The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club
Leah Remini, actress and co-host of the new show The Talk, and Dr. Jennifer Berman, urologist and female sexual health expert, join The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club, a place for open and honest conversations with moms, mom-experts and celebrity moms. Hear their candid opinions about sex, mothers who spy on their kids and more!
Heather, Lana and Ana, members of the Motivated Mamas, join the show and the conversation. Sign up for The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club with a group of moms in your town! And, get exclusive tips and prizes to get you and your family healthier.
At What Age …?
The Doctors reveal when you can expect to reach the milestones of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and the golden years.
… Will Children Shed Their Baby Fat?
Baby fat, or brown fat, comprises 5 percent of an infant’s mass. It burns calories for heat and keeps babies warm. One pound of stored body fat contains 3,500 calories of potential energy reserves, which comes in handy when babies start scooting across the floor! Babies should shed their baby fat by age 3.
… Will Children Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?
The average age for kids to lose their first tooth is 6, but but sometimes it happens as early as age 4 or as late as age 8. By age 12 or 13, most children will have lost all of their baby teeth.
… Should Children Start Visiting the Dentist?
Visit your pediatrician when your child’s first tooth comes in. The first official dental visit should be at 3 years of age, and followed by cleanings every six months.
… Should Kids Transition from a Crib to a Bed?
“A toddler is usually able to make the switch when he or she can climb over the rails [of the crib] and get out,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “That’s usually between ages 2 and 3, or when they reach 35 inches in height.”
Dr. Sears demonstrates how to help your toddler transition to a bed!
… Should Girls Start Shaving Their Legs?
Girls usually enter puberty between ages 11 and 13, but it can start as early as age 6. Fluctuating hormones create changes in their bodies, and one such change is the development of hair on their legs.
One battle most moms and daughters can relate to is when a girl is allowed to start shaving her legs. Elizabeth and her 10-year-old daughter, Sydney, are no exception. Sydney wants the freedom to shave, but her mother resists.
“My concern is that [upkeep] is a lifelong commitment for a woman,” Elizabeth says.
“Girls start to look at their friends or their peers for clues for whether or not they should shave, or when they start to wear their bras,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “It’s really a social thing. Really, it’s harmless.”
… Should Kids Get a Cell Phone?
A person’s brain is not considered fully developed until age 20. Studies have shown that children who use cell phones before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop brain cancer and tumors on their auditory nerve than those who do not. When held against the ear, radiation from a handheld cellular device can penetrate up to 5 inches of a child's brain and up to 2 inches of an adult brain.
… Will a Penis Stop Growing?
Male puberty begins anywhere from age 9 to 14. The testicles enlarge, pubic hair grows, and the penis grows in length and girth.
Generally, a boy's genitalia will complete its growth two years after he stops growing in height.
… Will Adult Acne Pass?
Acne is a skin inflammation that occurs when oil glands, or sebaceous glands, produce too much oil. Naturally occurring bacteria in skin feeds on the oil and proliferates. The pores on the skin become clogged and inflamed, and create pimples and cysts.
Recent studies indicate that cases of adult acne are on the rise, requiring treatment into the mid-40s. The best ingredients to look for in over-the-counter acne treatments are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is ideal for unclogging pores and treating blackheads and whiteheads, and benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria in the pores that cause inflammation and acne.
Tips for preventing acne.
… Will a Person Start Shrinking?
Everyone will get shorter as they age. Years of gravity, and the compression of the vertebrae and discs in the spine, take their toll. The process is slow, but most people notice a height decrease in their 60s.
Another reason for shrinking is due to osteoporosis, a condition that occurs when the bone tissue thins and becomes brittle and porous, causing breaks and fractures. Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, and 80 percent of women will develop osteoporosis if they do not take the proper precautions.
Tips to Preserve and Maintain Bone Health:
• Get at least 10 minutes of sun every day
• Check your vitamin D levels because deficiency can lead to bone loss
• Eat foods rich in calcium
• Avoid salt
• Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine
• Perform weight-bearing exercises -- activities that allow your structure to support your weight
Add these foods to your diet:
• Salmon and other fish
• Sesame seeds
• Sweet potatoes
Learn how to determine if your bones are brittle.
… Should Drivers Stop Driving?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, drivers over the age of 75 have the second-highest rate of fatal crashes behind teenagers.
As the body ages, vision, muscle movement and hearing diminish, slowing reaction time and decision-making.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Kerry K. Assil describes how vision changes as a person ages.
… Should Women Stop Getting Pap Smears?
Pap smears are exams used to screen for cervical cancer. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states that women can cease regular Pap smears between ages 65 and 70, as long as their last three exams were normal, and they did not have a positive result in the last 10 years.
“Even then, I would still do it every three years,” Dr. Lisa says. “As long as a woman has a cervix, she should continue to have a Pap smear.”