Season 1: Episode 7

Hope and Will: A Parenting Podcast from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Why Are Back-to-Back Illnesses Taking Over Your Home?

Is your family getting clobbered by back-to-back illnesses? Dr. Andi Shane, our Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, discusses the mechanics behind high volumes of infections in our communities. She’ll share the top places germs love to hide, leaving you with clear tips to try to keep those germs at bay. Should illness make its way into your home, Dr. Preeti Jaggi, our Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship, then talks us through the role antibiotics play—or don’t play—in treating common childhood illnesses. She’ll discuss the recent antibiotic shortage, how clinicians decide when to use antibiotics and why it’s important to finish prescribed dosing even after symptoms have subsided.

Originally Aired: January 18, 2023

Dr. Andi Shane, Children’s Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Shane specializes in prevention and management of infectious diseases, as well as bedside care for children with highly infectious special pathogens. Her wealth of clinical expertise, balanced by a practical approach honed while raising her 9-year-old son, has rendered her a sought-after media guest in the COVID era.

Dr. Preeti Jaggi, Children’s Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship

Dr. Jaggi, a pediatrician who specializes in infectious diseases, is passionate about raising awareness of the dangers of antibiotic resistance and “superbugs” brought about by misuse and overuse of antibiotics. At home, she’s the proud mom of two teenagers.

Lynn Smith

Lynn Smith is a veteran journalist, podcast host and mom of two boys. Her experience as the parent of a patient at Children’s inspired her to advocate for spreading awareness of childhood illnesses and injuries.

Why, when and how to wash your kids’ hands

Washing your hands throughout the day, and encouraging your kids to do the same, can help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses and infections, like colds, the flu and COVID-19.

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