Children's Wisconsin Launches New Podcast

Welcome to the podcast circuit, Children’s Wisconsin!

Wisconsin’s nationally ranked children’s health system has launched its first ever podcast, and already has 11 episodes under its belt.

Healthy Baby, Happy Parent” launched in July and is specifically aimed at parents of young babies and early toddlers.

The first year of a baby’s life can be daunting for a new parent, and it can be challenging to sift through the multitude of parenting websites and social media accounts.

This new podcast aims to cut through the chaos with evidence-based information and advice from the pediatric experts at Children’s Wisconsin.

They’ll tackle everything from feeding your baby to tracking development to worrying about baby’s first cold.

New episodes are available every Thursday on all podcast platforms.

I am so lucky to call myself a pediatrician. I truly believe it is the most rewarding and exciting career that one could possibly have. I love working with children as well as working together with the family as a whole.

Lisa Chowdhury MD, Episode 7

Available Episodes:

Ep. 1 — Getting ready for baby

Are you ready for baby? Listen as Patrick Lehman, MD, a pediatrician from the Children’s Wisconsin Bayshore Pediatrics primary care office, advises expecting parents what they REALLY need to know, do, and have before baby comes along — and what isn’t so necessary. From registering for nursery essentials to preparing for your hospital stay, this episode of the Healthy Baby, Happy Parent podcast from Children’s Wisconsin is a reassuring, realistic take on getting ready for the new addition to your family.

Ep. 2 — Essential ways to help your baby thrive

Every parent wants their baby to get the best possible start. Luckily, there are easy, fun things every Mom and Dad can do to help your baby learn and grow. Listen along as Kristin Bencik-Boudreau, DO, a pediatrician at the Children’s Wisconsin Bayshore Pediatrics primary care office, shares tips on how playing with, talking to, and just loving your baby can help them thrive.

Ep. 3 — Sleep, baby, sleep!

What does it really mean to “sleep through the night” — and when will your baby do it? How come babies sometimes seem to be great sleepers…and then suddenly start waking up every half hour again? What’s the best way to get your baby to fall and STAY asleep? In this episode, Barbara Calkins, MD, a pediatrician from the Children’s Wisconsin Westbrook Pediatrics primary care office, tackles the most common sleep-related issues new parents face.

Ep. 4 — Baby’s sick…now what? Part one

Baby’s first cough, fever and sniffles can cause a lot of anxiety. What’s really going on when baby doesn’t feel well, what’s the best way to treat common colds and viruses, and how do you know when it’s time to call the doctor? In this episode, Zaigham Tahir, DO, a pediatrician from Children’s Wisconsin Urgent Care, offers tons of reassurance and some great advice to help parents figure out which symptoms are normal — and when it’s time to take baby in to be seen.

Ep. 5 — Baby’s sick…now what? Part two

From over-the-counter medications to antibiotics, humidifiers to snot-suckers…what are the best ways to help a sick baby feel better soon? Zaigham Tahir, DO, a pediatrician from Children’s Wisconsin Urgent Care, gives us the most up-to-date information on treating common colds, viruses and much more in the second part of this two-part episode series.

Ep. 6 — Well-baby checkups: What are they for?

Why do babies go to the doctor when they aren’t actually sick? Paul Veldhouse, MD, a pediatrician from our Forest View Pediatrics primary care office, tells us what really happens during a well-baby visit and why they’re so important. From learning more about your baby’s development, to getting advice on feeding and sleep, to making sure Mom is getting what she needs, well-baby visits are about more than shots and growth charts. Find out more in this episode of Healthy Baby, Happy Parent! 

I decided to become a Pediatrician because I believe that caring for children, and specifically being a parent, is the most important job in the world…which I believe even more now having our son and two daughters at home. Also, if it makes anyone feel any better, raising kids is still a day-to-day adventure for a Pediatrician.

Patrick Lehman MD, Episode 1

Ep. 7 — Taking care of you

When you’re a new parent, it’s easy to focus so much on your baby that you forget about your own needs. In this episode, we talk with Lisa Chowdhury, MD, a pediatrician at our Next Door Pediatrics primary care office, about how important it is for parents to care for themselves, too. From sleep to relationships to mood swings, this conversation will help you take good care of yourself — so you can take even better care of your baby. 

Ep. 8 — Rashes, bumps, flakes and itchies: Your baby’s skin issues, solved!

Babies sure are cute – but their skin can be a mess! In this episode, we’re talking with LaVaughn Cotton, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Wisconsin Urgent Care, about all those itches, bumps and rashes that can show up on your baby’s face and body. Whether it’s an allergic reaction, a virus, or a simple case of diaper rash, this conversation will help you figure out what’s going on — and what to do.

Ep. 9 — What goes in, must come out

If there’s one sure thing to look forward to as a new parent, it’s that you’re going to have a lot of diapers to change. And sometimes, what’s IN those diapers can be pretty mysterious! Today, Barbara Calkins, MD, a pediatrician from the Children’s Wisconsin Westbrook Pediatrics primary care office, gives us the real scoop on baby’s poop — what’s normal, why it changes so much, and what it can tell you about what’s going on inside your baby’s body. 

Ep. 10 — Breastfeeding your baby, month by month

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy! In part one of a two-part series on feeding your baby, lactation consultant Rachel Rebholz gives us the scoop on everything you need to know about breastfeeding, including latching, weaning, how to make sure baby’s getting enough milk, dealing with nipple soreness, introducing a bottle and more.

Ep. 11 — Bottle-feeding and introducing solids, month by month

Feeding your baby may seem simple, but from what formula to choose to how and when to start solids, there are a lot of decisions to make! In the second episode of our “feeding your baby” series, we talk with Children’s Wisconsin pediatrician Daniel Dorrington, MD, from our Forest View Pediatrics primary care office, to demystify bottle-feeding and starting solids. This episode will help you feed your baby with more confidence, whether you’re thinking about introducing a bottle or want to know the best way and time to start solids.

Ep. 12 – Way to know your baby loves you

Believe it or not, your baby is starting to bond with you right from birth, and those early months are full of real-time evidence that your baby is developing a strong attachment and actually learning to love you. In this episode, Jennifer Schreiber, MD, a pediatrician from the Children’s Wisconsin Bluemound Pediatrics primary care office, shares ways your baby shows attachment and love, from first smiles to separation anxiety. You’ll also hear from Children’s Wisconsin psychiatrist Becky Verdin about what to do if your baby ISN’T showing some of those signs, and other ways you can help bond with your baby through the first year and beyond. 



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