Ep. 70: COVID-19 Advice From a Pediatrician on Making Decisions For Your Family with Kelly Fradin

Ep. 70: COVID-19 Advice From a Pediatrician on Making Decisions For Your Family with Kelly Fradin PIN

Ep. 70: COVID-19 Advice From a Pediatrician on Making Decisions For Your Family with Kelly Fradin

Dr. Kelly Fradin is a pediatrician, writer and public health advocate who lives in New York.

The Unspoken Topic

  • Being a parent, you are faced with making decisions in the absence of certainty. Know that the decision you choose is the RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR FAMILY.

What We Cover

  • How to identify the two types of advice.
  • Tips on dealing with COVID-19
  • The truth about decision-making.

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Key Takeaways

  • Educate yourself with what’s going on to understand the risks and benefits when it comes to making a decision.
  • As a parent, you feel like you should know the answer because we feel like there is a right answer.
  • But the reality is that the right answer is the answer you choose. 
  • Doctors are there to provide you the information and help you assess the risks and benefits, but the decisions are ultimately up to you.
  •  Don’t worry about pleasing or being judged by your pediatrician. They are there as your ally. Share your concerns with them.
  • When you receive advice from anyone on how you parent, think about where that advice is coming from. Is it evidence-based by science or personal experience.
  • Personal experience is valid, but just prioritize what makes sense for your family.
  • When it comes to COVID-19, the inflammatory system happening in children is VERY RARE.

Actionable Solutions

 How to Mitigate Risks for COVID-19

  • Young children under 10 are doing extremely well with fighting the virus. 
  • They are typically asymptomatic/ show no symptoms.
  • But they are still able to spread the virus. It’s just 1/3 less spreadable than adults.
  • That’s because their sneezes and coughs have less force so they produce less droplets than adults. Even though each droplet carries the same density.
  • Also, when you are asymptomatic, you are less likely to sneeze and cough, therefore not spreading the disease as easily.
  • Now understanding those facts, make decisions based on what is best for the health (both physically and mentally) of your family and have confidence in that decision.




How Partnership Has Changed After Having Kids

It has enriched their relationship and have gotten closer because nobody else cares about her children as much as he doesn. Now they have a shared mission.

Biggest A-Ha Moment in Parenting

What her children do doesn’t reflect on her. The good or the bad.

What Are You Most Excited About

Summer! And getting outside, and going to the beach and playing tennis.

Mama Has a Minute 

  • Favorite form of self-care: Exercise.
  • What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received: Feel free to ignore people’s input when it’s not helpful.
  • Share your favorite parenting hack: Family talking time at meals
  • Share 1 product your children cannot live without: Sleep sacks.
  • Share 1 book and why: How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen because it improves children’s behavior and the connection parents feel with their children.
  • What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is learning to tolerate part of your heart running outside of your body and to deal with that fear and love.


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