This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital For Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Living in Massachusetts all my life I’ve been surrounded by the best hospitals. Boston has always been known for their great hospitals and medical practices. When my son was born I gave birth in a hospital just outside of Boston. Even though I am a first time parent of a three-year old I am still learning as we go.
I did take a tour of the maternity wing of the hospital. Little did I know they still had a little Boston inside them. The nurses that took care of A came all the way from Boston Children’s Hospital. It was so comforting knowing they were there every step of the way. Just knowing they had that and didn’t need to go all the way to Boston was a great feeling.
As a first time mom you always get more clingy and over protective. Who wouldn’t? Now that we live a little closer to Boston a trip into the city is always a nice day. Except, when its an emergency.
Did you know that Boston has its very own Floating Hospital sequence through Tufts Medical Center? Tufts Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine.
I love that this option is available. You don’t have to go to the bigger based hospitals for care. Since A suffers from ADHD this is so comforting to know, since it provides a smaller environment which is what he needs. As a parent you always want your little one to feel secure on their own and in the doctors care. I’ve been to urgent care where the doctors just didn’t click or had no connection due to being rushed because of all the patients they had to attend to. That’s not their fault it just isn’t something in my sons best interest since he does have a medical condition that needs quick attention to sick or not.
Their pediatric department is constructed to help the parents and children especially in this age. For a child that suffered from ADHD using an IPad does help with his learning, like reading apps or using Amazon Kids time. Making sure he unplugs from digital media is something a parent needs to know. Also kowing what he is actually using watching and blocking certain apps may be what you need to do. I came across an issue with Youtube Kids a while back where even though it may be curated for your child’s age, inappropriate content gets through.
Mary Brown, MD, MS, Pediatrician at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, talks about the appropriate amount of screen time based on your child’s age and the importance of unplugging depending on the age difference.
For A he should be getting 1 hour or less of high quality programming per day that is developmentally appropriate and helping with cognitive skills.
Parents should supervise what kids are watching to prevent them from being exposed to violence or inappropriate content; when parental controls are available, use them to block inappropriate apps, videos, websites or channels.
Parents should make sure there are certain times and places with no screens: dinnertime, homework time and in the bedroom. This will help prevent any issues.
On the end note. Being able to go to a great place without having to go to a big hospital is key for some parents like me. Not having to go to the inner city of Boston or having to wait hours just to be seen for the smallest issue is something I don’t take lightly as a parent. Also finding an affiliation is a great way if your out of town that can link to your child’s doctor so they can always stay in the loop.
What are your thoughts?