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ParentingU is a podcast by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health, where we sit down with doctors and experts to talk about important topics that all parents face. We're here to help you navigate this amazing journey we call parenting.

Mar 13, 2020

Bonus episode: Parents have a lot of concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it means for keeping kids healthy. To bring you facts you can use, we sit down with Dr. Michael Bolton, of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Pediatric Infectious Disease division. Dr. Bolton shares practical tips for what parents can do now, where you can find up-to-date information, who is at most risk for COVID-19, and what to do if you are concerned you or your child is ill.

Dr. Bolton discusses practices we all can employ now (and at all times) to encourage health among all our family members. If you have a child that is anxious or overly concerned about the novel coronavirus, host Stephanie and Dr. Bolton talk about how to approach those conversations.

This episode was recorded on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Mentioned on the show:

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for talking about the novel coronavirus with children.

- Our Lady of the Lake has information and updates about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

- Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health has an infographic to help you know more about COVID-19.

Some of the questions answered in this episode:

  • Are children at risk for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • How can I talk to my child about the novel coronavirus without increasing anxiety?
  • What should I do if I think my child has the novel coronavirus?
  • What are illness prevention practices I can start using right away?
  • Should we cancel our family vacation because of COVID-19?
  • Does Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health offer telemedicine?
  • Where can I get accurate, up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus?

We hope you find this Bonus episode of ParentingU informative and timely. You can hear all episodes of ParentingU on our website or on your favorite podcast app including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts.

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