Kids' Wellness Matters

The podcast where pediatricians give parents the evidence-based, practical advice they need to raise healthier, happier kids.

Dr. Nina Alfieri and Dr. Rob Sanchez are both new parents and colleagues at the world-renowned Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

On each episode, Rob and Nina share their own experiences as parents and pediatricians. Along the way, they’ll chat with their co-workers who happen to be some of the brightest minds in pediatric science and medicine. From questions about parenting to child health and wellness, they’ll help answer the questions that keep parents awake at night. This stuff is their passion. We hope it’ll help you too. Because kids’ wellness matters.


Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 8: Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety Disorder

Child and adolescent psychologist John Parkhurst, PhD, and clinical social worker Mallory Hilliard, LCSW, CADC, explain the signs, symptoms and causes of the anxiety disorders.

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Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 7: Protecting Kids From Gun Violence

Dr. Emily Lieberman, Lurie Children's physician and mass shooting survivor, covers the importance of secure gun and ammunition storage, the mental health impact of witnessing gun violence, and how parents can navigate these difficult topics with their children.

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Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 6: Limiting Lead Exposure in Your Home

Exposure to lead at a young age can disrupt brain development, making lead intoxication a serious health concern. But lead lurks in many places and knowing where it may be hiding and how to protect children from exposure is important.

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Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 5: How to Handle Teenage Substance Use

It's never too early or too late to talk with children about the dangers of substance use. Maria Rahmandar, MD, discusses how parents can help prevent drug and alcohol use in their children and offers strategies for helping kids who have already developed a substance use disorder. 

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Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 4: Safely Integrating Babies and Dogs In The Home

Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB, a veterinary behaviorist, addresses the potential risks of having dogs in the home and offers tips for avoiding negative encounters, especially dog bites.

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Kids' Wellness Matters Podcast Ep. 3: How Reading Impacts Early Brain Development

Mariana Glusman, MD, shares how parents can nurture their children’s cognitive, emotional and social development through meaningful, engaging interactions at home.  

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