As we are all well aware, a world-wide pandemic called the coronavirus or COVID-19 has turned the lives of millions upside down. We are literally flooded with information but still have detailed questions about our day-to-day decisions that seem to go unanswered. Dr. Elisa Song, MD, is a pediatrician and functional medicine expert who is also a mom, so she knows exactly the questions that are on our minds.
- Is this virus serious, or media hype?
- Is it safe to go to the park or have playdates?
- If we get sick, how will I know when to call the doctor?
- Should I stock up on food or medicines?
- Is elderberry syrup good or bad for coronavirus?
Dr. Elisa tackles all this and more in this episode, and I share too what I’m doing at home to try to help slow the spread and negative effects of COVID-19.
Episode Highlights: Coronavirus
- What coronavirus is, and is it really new?
- COVID-19 facts vs. myths
- What’s happening in other countries vs. the US
- Symptoms associated with coronavirus
- How social distancing and self-quarantine works to control a pandemic
- A simple formula to monitor breathing if your child gets sick
- When to call the doctor and what to do if you suspect COVID-19
- Cytokine storms: what are they and could elderberry make it worse?
- Ways to talk to kids about what’s happening (without provoking anxiety)
- What supplies to have on hand
- What our family is doing at home to prepare
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Dawn Huebner (and books by Dawn Huebner)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (blog post and video interview with Dr. Song and Dawn Huebner)
- Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipes on Healthy Kids Happy Kids and Wellness Mama
- Homemade Sanitizing Wipes Recipe
- Hand washing and Coronavirus: Are You Doing It the Right Way?
- John Hopkins COVID-19 tracker
What I’m Using
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C (use code wellnessmama10 for 10% off)
- Genexa (use code WELLNESS for 20% off)
- Air Filters
- Plant Therapy Essential Oils (Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter blends. Use code wellnessmama for 10% off)
More From Wellness Mama
- My Common-Sense Guide to Viruses and Pandemics (for Moms)
- My Top 5 Practical & Easy Natural Remedies (I Couldn’t Live Without)
- What’s in My Medicine Cabinet
- DIY Foaming Hand Soap
- 92: A Holistic Pediatrician Talks Ear Infections, Fevers, & Vaccines
- 495: Madiha Saeed on The Holistic Rx for Kids: Parenting Healthy Brains and Bodies in a Changing World
Are you worried about the coronavirus? Do you have other questions I can pass on to Dr. Elisa? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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