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🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Ozomatli | PBS KIDS

October 19, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Ozomatli | PBS KIDS


– We are Ozomatli! – And you’re watching PBS
KIDS Rocks, Behind the Scenes. (trumpet blows) (drums beating) (saxophone tuning) – Okay! Here we go. Four, three, two, one. (exciting music) ♪ How tall are you ♪ ♪ How high can you jump ♪ ♪ How much do you weigh ♪ ♪ How fast can you run ♪ ♪ If you need to answer ♪ ♪ All of these questions ♪ ♪ Measure it ♪ ♪ Here are some suggestions ♪ ♪ Use a ruler and see
how tall you are ♪ – For us the song
writing process has always been
really collaborative. We create grooves, we throw
them out to each other, we see who responds. – There’s a collaborative
process between, you know, everybody in the band as
well as the people at PBS. And some of the ideas
actually came from PBS. Are you faster than a turtle, I remember that one coming back. So we put it in the song. ♪ Can you run faster
than a turtle ♪ ♪ Turtle, turtle ♪ ♪ Measure it ♪ (claps) – That’s fun. – Being that we’re so
many guys in the band, we’ve always had to
understand that the collective and the whole is so
much more important than just the individual parts. – One of the thing
that keeps us together is our love of music. (upbeat music) ♪ What do great apes and
humans have in common ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ Our fingers are
opposite from and ♪ ♪ Touch the thumb ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ If you text, throw
something to me ♪ – [Raul] Writing for a younger
audience really allows you to kind of get to
different characters. I think for us it puts you in
perspective of being young. – [Wil-Dog] We learn
so much from doing it, it’s like I don’t
even remember learning about opposable thumbs. (laughs) You know, like who
has opposable thumbs? Oh, it’s only apes
and us, that’s it. – [Jiro] And that’s the
way the song starts. ♪ The list goes
on and on and on ♪ ♪ What do great apes and
humans have in common ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ ♪ We can bend ’em,
stretch ’em, snap ’em ♪ ♪ They’re awesome ♪ ♪ Opposable thumbs ♪ (production clatter) – Writing music for PBS
KIDS was a great experience for us as a band. We had never really
written music for kids and so it kind of opened a
door for us into that world. – [Producer] Four,
three, two, one! ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ Pronouns, him ♪ ♪ Pronouns, us ♪ ♪ He, them, we, she, us and it ♪ ♪ Are pronouns ♪ ♪ So let me explain ♪ ♪ It’ll take thirty seconds ♪ ♪ To play this game ♪ – It’s interesting
how once the melody and the message,
it’s put to music, it not only makes the
lesson go a little deeper in your brain but it
kind of like, makes it, kind of stick there for a while. ♪ Play with him and her ♪ ♪ I mean Buddy and Tiny ♪ – There’s lessons that I
learned in elementary school that were in the melody
of a song, you know, that it just sticks. – The ABC song is a
perfect example of that. The melody, rhythm, and
it’s like everybody knows the ABC’s. ♪ The pronoun sound is
the name of the game ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ We’re talking pronouns ♪ ♪ Pronouns ♪ (crew cheers) – [Announcer] Check out
more Ozomatli music videos on the PBS KIDS YouTube channel and the PBS KIDS video app.

“The Letter A Song” by ABCmouse.com

October 17, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

“The Letter A Song” by ABCmouse.com


Alan ate an apple, and awesome it did taste. Ava ate an apricot, and not a bite did waste. Andy watched a little ant crawl along the ground. And Allie watched an alligator swim without a sound. The alphabet begins with a. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray for a! Let’s find the words that start with letter a—amazing letter a! At the airport, Aaron watches airplanes in the air. Annie saw an antelope and knew to be aware. Archie is an artist. Amber flies a kite. And Abby is an actress. She acts all day and night! The alphabet begins with a. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray for a! Let’s find the words that start with letter a—amazing letter a! At the beach, Amanda found an abalone shell. She took it to her school one day to use for show-and-tell. Ariel can count to ten and knows her ABC’s. And Angie is an acrobat and swings from a trapeze. The alphabet begins with a. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray for a! Let’s find the words that start with letter a—amazing letter a! Oh yeah. Amazing letter a! One more time! Amazing and adorable and absolutely awesome letter a. Oh yeah! Whooo!

“Continents and Oceans” by ABCmouse.com

October 17, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

“Continents and Oceans” by ABCmouse.com


Our Earth is a very, very, very big place! It is covered by water and land. It has five huge oceans, where we can swim,
And seven continents, where we can stand. Asia is the continent that has the most people. It’s also the largest in size. It has the 50 highest mountains in the world—
Their peaks reach high into the skies. Second largest is Africa. It’s the hottest continent of all. It has the largest sandy desert in the world
And animals both large and small. If Africa’s hottest, then which is the coldest? Antarctica—but it’s so very cold. It’s only home to seals, penguins,
and other birds. Though there’s snow, it’s the driest,
I’m told! And which is the wettest? It’s South America! Rainforests cover much of its face. Millions of animal species live there. You’ll find them all over the place! Our Earth is a very, very, very big place! It is covered by water and land. It has five huge oceans, where we can swim,
And seven continents, where we can stand. Let’s look at Australia. It’s the smallest of continents. The fewest people call it home. Most of its land is the bushland and outback,
Where koalas and kangaroos roam. Now on to Europe. Though it’s rather small,
It has dozens of famous old cities. Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, and Rome—
Each city is uniquely pretty! Last but not least is North America. It’s the continent that I know best. It is the home of our own United States—
A wonder from East Coast to West! But let’s not forget, there are also five
oceans. Please let me be quite specific. Their names are the Southern, Atlantic,
and Arctic, The Indian, and the Pacific! Our Earth is a very, very, very big place! It is covered by water and land. It has five huge oceans, where we can swim,
And seven continents, where we can stand. I hope you learned something
about all the continents And the names of our five oceans. Hopefully, someday you will travel to each,
But only if you get the notion! Our Earth is a very, very, very big place! It is covered by water and land. It has five huge oceans, where we can swim,
And seven continents, where we can stand.

ARTHUR: What’s A Lycanbunny?

October 15, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 6 Comments

ARTHUR: What’s A Lycanbunny?


# # BUSTER:
It’s called a lycanbunny. And they actually heard one
howling. And saw its footprints. Buster, your uncle is
just making up stories. That’s what I thought– at first.
(basketball bouncing) But check this out. I found it in my mom’s office. ARTHUR: “The Encyclopedia
of Creatures of the Dark” by Beatrex Trobb. There’s a whole chapter
on lycanbunnies. They come out
when the moon is full and look for prey. See? There was a sighting in 1521 in a little French village.
(basketball bouncing) And in Japan in 1844,
they almost captured one. Maybe not everything
in this book is true. It’s an encyclopedia, Arthur. Trust me, lycanbunnies are real. Did your uncle actually
see one? Part Two is tonight. I’ll let you know. # # NARRATOR: Watch “Arthur”
weekdays on your PBS Kids station or anytime
on the PBS Kids video app.

FOUND GAME MASTER while Escaping TOP SECRET Headquarters! (E2 Quadrant Date Reveal)


– Right now, we are at the Quadrant’s top-secret quarters,
where we are hopefully going to go in, find the Game
Master and escape with him. – I found the key card. – Game Master wrote the code so we could get out.
– Get the card, get the cards. It’s the Game Master. – [Game Master] Why did you come? – Hey ZamFam, it’s Rebecca, and right now we have been trapped at the Quadrant’s top-secret
quarters for over 24 hours, and we just found the Game
Master right over there. So right now, we are trying to break him out so we can escape. – Daniel, what do we do? – [Daniel] Let me take
a look at this lock. – Okay.
– Hold on. Let’s see. Matt, do you remember in
the clue room you found that device with the fire on it? – Yeah, yeah. – Okay.
– This thing? – [Daniel] That, I think we can use that. – You think? – You’re gonna use this as a
spy gadget to unlock the lock? – [Daniel] Exactly, I think
I can fry the lock open. – I’ll switch you.
– Okay, here. – ZamFam smash the thumbs
up button right now, because hopefully this works,
and Daniel does it right, so we can get the Game Master, break him out and get an
escape out of here and stop E2. – Okay, ready, here we go. Okay, yeah. – Got it?
– It worked? It worked! – [Daniel] Get inside, get inside. Let me shut this, I’m going to shut this. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. We don’t want anyone to
know we’ve been here. As of right now, the Quadrant
has no idea that we are here. Matt has the Quadrant
mask, and Daniel and I have been in black spy
clothes the whole time. Matt, this is so weird. – I know, we’ve got to
get him out of that. – Talking to the Game Master, okay. So, how long have you been here? – [Game Master] Couple weeks. – What do they want with you? – [Game Master] It’s the
device, they need it for E2. Have you been in the clue room yet? – Yeah, the clue room. We saw clues in there but
we didn’t know what… – What?
– The Quadrant is coming. You need to hide. – Okay, come on, come
on, come on, come on! – Daniel, you locked us back in. – [Daniel] Go, go, go, hide, hide, quick. Locked, locked.
– Look, tons of storage! Get behind the boxes,
get behind the boxes. – Behind, how?
– I don’t know. – [Daniel] Hide, hide, hide, hide. – Let’s see what we can see. – [Matt] They locked us in. – They locked us in, okay, come on. Daniel, can you see anything? – [Daniel] I’m gonna put
my camera through, hold on. – [Matt] What are they doing? – [Daniel] They’re
putting handcuffs on him. – [Matt] How are we gonna get those off? – [Daniel] Oh no, how are we
gonna get him out of those? – [Rebecca] I have no idea. – [Daniel] They’re bringing him out. Okay, okay, okay, okay, hide, hide, hide. Did you see that? The Game Master pointed at his wrist. – I think that’s where they put the key. I saw the key for his handcuffs. – Oh, for the handcuffs.
– Oh, okay. – Exactly. – [Daniel] How are we gonna get that off? – I don’t know, but we
need to break out of here. – We’ve gotta get out of
here, we’re locked in. – [Daniel] Right, we
should’ve got the little. – The device.
– Yeah let me. – Yeah.
– Yeah, of course. – [Daniel] Let me see if that works. – Okay.
– Here, take this. – I got you. – This lock is different.
– What do you mean? – It’s like there’s no electric wiring for this that I can fry. It needs a physical key. – Okay, so we’re trapped in
here until we find a key? – Yeah. I mean, the only key we saw was the ones that maybe
they have, I don’t know. – They have, the Quadrant has the key. So, wait, are we trapped in here? – [Matt] We’ve gotta
look around for a key. – Look around. I mean,
there’s not going to be any in here, right?
– No. Look, there’s a key! – Over there, it’s outside!
– How do we get that? – [Matt] Maybe we can use the boxes. – The boxes, Matt, how?
– Here Matt, I can take this. – I don’t know, maybe we can break them down somehow, and
put them all together and then reach out to it and get them. – There was a string. Last time it was like an escape room and there was a magnet,
and we put a string and we got the key, but
the key was on the ground. This is the exact replica of
Stephen Sharer and his sister. What if that was all training? – For right now.
– For E2. The Game Master knew this
would possibly happen. – Wow, okay.
– Okay, so. – I don’t see anything
anything in the boxes. – [Rebecca] Okay, it’s like… – [Daniel] Yeah, the boxes are empty. – Plastic round things. – Plastic round things?
– I don’t know. – There’s like pipes, too? – Pipes?
– Yeah, it’s like a PVC pipe. – [Daniel] Oh. – It looks like they’re
using this room for storage. – Weird.
– Why would they put… Matt, hold on. – Oh, I see where you’re going,
I see where you’re going. – Right?
– Oh, okay. – They probably had no idea,
when they were using this as storage, that you could actually
use these to get the key. – [Daniel] Oh, okay, so
we’ve got to build this up. – Okay, let’s see if that’s long enough. – Yeah, let’s see if we can reach it. Got to be quiet. – [Daniel] Ooh, almost. – Okay, so it needs maybe one more. – [Matt] Hold on Bec, I almost got it. – [Daniel} He’s almost got
it, he’s almost got it. – Just gotta, it’s like.
– So close, so close. – Okay, I think we need something too, to get the key off the hook. This isn’t gonna be enough. – Oh.
– Maybe here? – Yes.
– Okay? – [Daniel] Alright, try that. – Let me see. – Is there anything else down here, I’m gonna keep on looking around. – [Daniel] Okay. Go, try. – [Matt] Almost have it
Bec, you almost have it. – Almost.
– Oh, okay. – [Daniel] There it is. – Oh!
– Get it. – [Matt] Careful. Bec, you don’t have the hook.
– Okay. – You need a hook.
– A hook? Okay, well where do we find a hook? – I have an idea. What if we took this one off right here. Moved this around, clip this right here. And we use this as a hook,
right here at the end? – Oh, okay, okay.
– Yeah, let’s try that. Okay, Oh, Matt, I hope… – [Matt] If this doesn’t work we can’t afford to let this thing fall. – Smash the thumbs up button ZamFam. Do you think this is going to work? We have to try.
– So close. – Okay.
– So close. – [Rebecca] Maybe knock it up. Ready, three, two, one. – [Matt] Ah! – [Daniel] Almost there. – [Rebecca] Come on, Matt. – [Matt] I’m trying. – So close.
– Okay. Oh no! – [Rebecca] Okay, no, no, no. We can do this, look, come on, look. – [Daniel] We knocked it down. – [Rebecca] Yeah, we knocked
it down, that’s perfect. – [Matt] Then we can drag it back. – [Rebecca] Exactly. – [Matt] Grab it. Put it like on top of it. – Okay
– There you go, almost got it. Drag it back, drag it
back, you’re doing it. You’re doing it, Bec. – [Daniel] Good job Rebecca. – [Matt] Go, now get it on the other side. Oh, yes!
– Okay. We got it.
– Yes! – [Rebecca] Okay. – [Daniel] Aren’t they taking him in for questioning right now? – Yeah, we’ve got to hurry. – [Daniel] We’ve got to hurry, yeah. – [Rebecca] Hold on, if
I can do it down here, okay, Matt can you reach and grab it? – [Matt] Yeah, hold on. Got it
– Got it! He got it, ZamFam we got it! – Sorry, I got excited. – Yeah, so excited.
– Okay, okay, okay. – Do we even know if
this is the right key? – Well I’m hoping so,
– It has to be. – [Daniel] Why else would it be here? – Three, two, one. – We did it, we’re out, look. Another lock. – Daniel.
– You know what? – These locks are the same,
they have the electrical wiring. I think we can fry it.
– Do you think it’ll work? – [Daniel] Yeah, hold this. – [Rebecca] We need to get in there because they’re interrogating
the Game Master. – Got it, got it, got it, here it goes. – What if they’re making him
take a lie detector test? – The interrogation room’s in here? – [Daniel] That’s the
way they took him, right? – Yeah, this is where
the Game Master went. – I just hope it’s close.
– Okay, be careful. – It’s unlocked. – It’s unlocked.
– Okay, be careful. – Daniel, you don’t think they know how to make the lie detector mixture, do they? – [Daniel] Well they had that
vial up in the clue room. – [Daniel] Maybe they’re learning how. – Yeah, maybe they’re learning. – Let’s get inside.
– Okay, get your mask. – I’ll go in first?
– Yeah, let Matt go in. – Okay.
– Do I look okay? – It’s unlocked – I don’t have any gloves again. – [Daniel] Oh, man. – You’ve gotta cover your hands. Just get in. – [Matt] I’ll tell you if it’s clear. – [Daniel] Okay. There’s the Game Master, what? – [Matt] Two-way mirror,
they can’t see us. – Oh, it’s a two-way mirror.
– They can’t see us. – Exactly. – This is perfect, now
we can know exactly what questions the Quadrant’s
asking the Game Master. – [Quadrant] You can only
hold out for so long. – There’s a mic in there
too, we can hear everything. – Mid April, what is that? – That must be when E2’s happening. Some time in mid April,
you guys, that’s coming up. – That’s so close. – The boxes, in the safe. – Yeah, we saw the two boxes
with two different codes, and then the Game Master also said the clue room was important. – Yeah.
– It might be in there. And they can’t figure it out. – We’ve gotta get in there.
– Yeah. – They have all the answers,
but they don’t know it yet. – He’s not breaking. – That makes so much more sense. That’s why they trapped him. They need him to operate the device. – Oh.
– For E2. – They’re leaving, let’s go. We’ve gotta hear what they’re saying. – If the Hypnotist comes,
then the Game Master will tell them how to operate the device, and we won’t be able to stop E2. – [Daniel] You’re right. – Okay, they’re coming, they’re
coming, hide, hide, hide. We need to follow them, and you heard what the Game Master said, we’ve gotta get the keys, and we have to find those two devices. – Exactly.
– Okay, let’s go. – [Daniel] Let’s go. – He has the handcuff key. Do we have the device, Daniel? – [Daniel] Yeah, I still have it, here. – Okay, let’s go.
– Okay, use it again. – [Matt] The Game Master. – [Game Master] Don’t forget
the two things I told you. – We’re gonna get you out. – Alright, let’s go. Where did they go? We need to find the handcuffs
for the Game Master, before he gets hypnotized. – Did you hear that? Oh, yeah. – [Rebecca] Is that the one with the key? – [Daniel] Yeah, I see
the key on the wrist. – Okay, so how do we get
the key off the wrist? – I have a plan, we’re going in. – [Daniel] What are you going to do? – [Matt] I’m just going to bump into him, get the key, they won’t even know. – [Daniel] Oh, okay.
– Okay. – [Matt] It’s called the bump and run. – [Daniel] Okay. – We’re gonna hide over
here so we can see it. Alright ZamFam, let me know if you think this is going to work. Right now Daniel, we’re out of options. – I know.
– Okay. – [Matt] Excuse me? I think I found a clue
for the Game Master. It was hidden over here,
did you even see this? – [Matt] It’s right
here, have you seen this? – [Matt] It was hidden right over here, you should check it out. – [Matt] You know what,
I might be mistaken. Carry on, I’m sorry to interrupt. – [Daniel] He got the key, he got the key. – Oh my gosh Matt, I can’t
believe you did that. – I know. – So now we have the key for the handcuffs for the Game Master,
so we can get him out, but we still need the two devices, and the clues are in the clue room. – [Daniel] We’re running
out of time though. – Okay. – Yeah, the Hypnotist is coming. – I think we need to split up, you guys. Maybe if Matt and I go down to the safe, we grab the devices, Daniel you can figure out the clues, we can communicate with our earpieces.
– [Daniel] Okay, yeah. So when you guys get to
the vault just radio me. I’ll head to the clue room, let
you know when I’m there too. – Okay, well let’s go, come on. – [Matt] Yeah, okay,
go, go, go, go, go, go! There’s the vault, there’s the vault. – Good.
– Daniel, are you almost to the clue room? – I just got into the clue room. I’m here right now. Okay, so what am I looking for, guys? – Okay, the first thing
is a five-digit word. – Five letter word? – [Rebecca] Yeah, five letters. Maybe it’s in that treasure chest. – [Daniel] Yeah, I’m actually standing over the chest right now. – Maybe it’s that, and
then there’s another box and it’s the one that smells like orange. – Orange, okay.
– Orange. – [Daniel] Orange, orange, okay. What should I focus on first? I’m here, should I go to the chest, or should I figure out orange? – Maybe the treasure chest first. – [Daniel] Okay, okay, I’m over the treasure chest right now. – Okay ZamFam, we’ll need
your help, so look for… – [Matt] The power just went out. – The power?
– The power just went out. – [Daniel] The power went out. – [Rebecca] The power’s out? – [Daniel] The power went out over here. – ZamFam we need your
help finding those clues. I don’t want this to turn into
another challenge overnight, ZamFam please go look for
the clues in the clue room!

PBS Kids Channel Program Break (2019 WGIQ-DT2) Sunday, March 3


[Music] that looked like fun thanks neighbor it’s an all-new week of let’s go Luna on PBS kids and a week of all new friends from around the world I’m going to return to counting my toenails don’t miss an all-new week of let’s go Luna starting Monday five four central on PBS Kids and watch Luna anytime on the PBS KIDS video app PBS Kids family night is celebrating dr. Seuss’s birthday knows a lot about starting tonight at six five central on PBS Kids family night Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood is made possible in part by all kids should get the chance to be themselves no matter who the audience is that’s why the Rite Aid Foundation through its kid sense programs supports kids in neighborhoods like yours and why we’re proud to support Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood [Music] talking with your child about what they see in here helps them connect words with sounds and is a great way to build their language skills with brain building tips available on our app room is proud to support Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood and by these foundations and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you thank you [Music] visit the neighborhood at pbskids.org [Music] morning [Music] what this bear is for you [Music] how is fun let’s do it again every day is an adventure PBS KIDS if this your birthday – happy birthday to you [Music] it’s the PDS kids channel on Alabama Public Television digital channel too [Music] hi neighbor guess what today King Friday is letting me be king for the day I’m going to find different ways to be kind to my neighbors I’ll be right back daniel tiger’s neighborhood is made possible in part by every kid should be encouraged to keep trying even if they are a little puzzled along the way that’s why the Rite Aid Foundation through its kidsenz program supports kids in neighborhoods like yours and why we’re proud to support Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood learning how to help my son manage his feelings in a positive way has been really rewarding with brain building tips available on our app room is proud to support Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood these Pittsburgh foundations and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you thank you

ARTHUR: The Auditions

October 12, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 4 Comments

ARTHUR: The Auditions


# # (applauding) PRUNELLA: Thank you for coming
out to audition for
“The Princess and the Pea.” (thunder claps) A new play,
based on the fairy tale, written and directed
by Prunella Deegan. Thank you, thank you. (clapping tentatively) Binky’s running late, so…
George? (clears throat) Wheresoever shall I find
a real princess? Oh, wherefore? I am a princess
who has lost her way in this dreadful storm. (record scratches)
You call that a princess? Come on. Grant me shelter, thou peasant. Or face my wrath! Hmm. Uh, is there a smaller part
than the prince? It seems like a lot of lines. Next. (crashing) (panting):
Sorry I’m late. Can you believe this rain? Whew! (catching breath) Okay, I got to sit down. (kids laughing) (gasps) (laughter continues) (goofily):
This is the worst bed ever. What is
this mattress made of? Rocks? (snickering):
Worst audition ever. (giggling) Brilliant. # # NARRATOR:
Watch “Arthur” weekdays on your PBS Kids station or anytime
on the PBS Kids video app.

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Weepies | PBS KIDS

October 11, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

🎬🎶MAKING MUSIC! | Weepies | PBS KIDS


– Hi! We’re The Weepies. – And this is PBS Kids
Rocks Behind the Scenes. (guitar strumming) (laughs) (drumbeat music) – I could’ve been a drummer. – 3, 2, 1. (upbeat drum music) ♪ Navigation ♪ ♪ Gets you where you wanna go. ♪ ♪ Navigation ♪ ♪ It’s how you find
your way back home. ♪ – [Deb] When we were
provided the opportunity to write for PBS Kids Rocks, it was important for
us to write songs that weren’t just teaching at. ♪ How do you find your way
back home from school ♪ ♪ Go past the blue house ♪ ♪ And through the park ♪ ♪ That’s navigation ♪ – It was a great opportunity to try to pass information
along in a form we know. The reason we’re excited
about “Navigation,” is it seemed an
obvious question, that we couldn’t answer. What is navigation? And I think Deb might’ve said, ♪ It’s how you find
your way back home ♪ And it wrote itself after that. Deb came up with a great riff. And anytime that Deb comes
up with a great riff, I pretty much, I say that was a good days work. ♪ Navigation ♪ – Nice. Great! Good! – What do you need? – Yeah, yeah! – More zazzle? – More zazzle! More pizazzle! – Pizazzle, that’ll work! We have kids ourselves and we sing to them. – They love music! And they’ll tell us if
they like something. – They’re the most
honest critics. – Yeah. – That have ever been. The honesty on kids faces often is easier to
gauge how you’re doing. That was it! Excellent job! Thanks! ♪ Oooh, gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Whoah! ♪ ♪ Gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Drop a cup ♪ ♪ Drop a ball ♪ ♪ Drop your shoes
and they will fall ♪ ♪ Something pulls
them down, you see ♪ ♪ And that force
is called gravity ♪ – [Steve] We actually
wrote two songs for gravity and the first one
was so technical. And also, I got it
wrong evidently. And the second one was
Gravity Always Brings Me Down and I said, “Is that right?” I checked with the scientists. They were like,
“That’s correct!” And I was like, “Okay! We’ll go with that one!” ♪ You see what it does ♪ ♪ That’s why apples
fall from trees ♪ ♪ Why the rain
falls from above ♪ ♪ I wish I could
jump up to the moon ♪ ♪ But gravity keeps
me here in my room ♪ ♪ Gravity always
brings me down ♪ ♪ Oh, gravity always
brings me down ♪ – [Producer] Nice! Yeah, I think we got it! Cool! That’s great! – [Announcer] Check out
more Weepies music videos on the PBS Kids YouTube channel and the PBS Kids video app!

Being Well 1204: Kids/Pediatrics

October 11, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 1 Comment

Being Well 1204: Kids/Pediatrics


[music playing]
Lori:They’re the ones who raise the bar. The ones dedicated to providing care in the
most demanding of circumstances. The ones that understand the healing benefits
of kindness and compassion. They’re the people of Sarah Bush Lincoln,
and they set the bar high. Sarah Bush Lincoln, trusted, compassionate
care, right here, close to home. Male Voice:Carle is redefining healthcare
around you. Innovating new solutions, and offering all
levels of care, when and where you need it. Investing in technology and research to optimize
healthcare, Carle with Health Alliance, is always at the forefront to help you thrive. Rameen:
Meeting the ever changing in healthcare needs of our communities. Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center
is now Horizon Health, with the same ownership, management, providers and employees. Horizon Health provides patient care and promotes
wellness to the communities of East Central Illinois. Jeff:
At HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital we are at work transforming heart care, rebuilding
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Hi, I’m Ke’an Armstrong, your host for Being Well. I’d like to thank you for tuning in today. We’ve got a really interesting topic today. We’re talking all about kids and pediatrics. Today I have Dr. Mary Harvey with Sarah Bush
Lincoln. She’s a pediatrician. Thank you so much for joining me today. Mary:
Thanks. Thanks for having me. Ke’an:
Yeah, I’m really interested in this. It’s a great time of year to talk about kids. I mean, when isn’t, but especially summertime. So first of all, I’d like to ask you, how
did you get interested in pediatrics, and then we may go into some summer safety here. Mary:
Sure. Well, in medical school, your third year of
medical school, you go through different rotations. Pediatrics happened to be my last one and
I thought I was going to go into family practice, but I just enjoyed the pediatric rotation
so much that it convinced me, why wouldn’t I want to just do this for the rest of my
life? Ke’an:
Yeah, well lots of people out there turn to pediatricians for all kinds of answers and
hopefully that’s what we’re going to give our viewers today. Let’s talk about some summer safety, some
sun and pool safety and things like that. What are some helpful advice that you can
help us keep in the forefront of our minds when it comes to summer safety for kids? Mary:
Well, water safety is very important around pools, especially home pools, which may not
be as supervised as a public pool with lifeguards. It’s important to make sure that children,
and toddlers especially, are safeguarded and away from it, and if they’re ever at the pool,
they’re in protective wear. And it’s a very important skill for everyone,
especially children and babies to start getting comfortable with water and learn to swim,
so swim lessons are really important things for children to learn. Other summer topics, sun, sun burns. Sun protection with sunscreen and shading
is important not only to protect against burns, but for a lifetime of skin health. Damage to our skin actually builds up our
whole lives, so protecting children’s skin with sunscreen, and a SPF of 15 is fine, is
really important because whatever exposure and damage is happening to the melanin cells
are actually building up and building up and it’s a additive effect. It’s also important to reapply the sunscreen
every hour and a half to two hours. That’s more important than the SPF actually. Ke’an:
Really? Because I was going to ask you about that. There’s all kinds of numbers, like 15 to 50,
75, whatever it is. How do you know what to choose? So, 15 is okay just as long as you keep reapplying? Mary:
Right. The increment of protection you get, say between
15 and 30, 30 to 55, is really not that much. It kind of decreases just exponentially, but
water, handling, playing, all of that wears it off the skin, so reapplying it is actually
more important than going up on a SPF. You could go to a 60, but leaving it on for
three hours, you could still get a burn. If you had a SPF of 15 and you put it on an
hour later again, going to be better protected that way. Ke’an:
Well, and also when they’re in the pool or playing on any kind of water equipment or
outside water parks, different things like that, you just want to make sure you keep
applying it so it doesn’t wash off. Even if it does say waterproof, it’s probably
better to be sure, to put it on. Mary:
Exactly. Yep. It can come off with rubbing against toys,
and kids are wrestling and it comes off on hands, so yeah, it does need to go back on. Ke’an:
And probably also think about, I’m thinking, maybe hats or sunglasses, different things
like that, so not just sunscreen is important. Mary:
Right, right. Eyes are important, protect the retina, and
the hats are really good for shading. Years and years ago, there were some sunscreens
that contained a chemical that could have been absorbed into babies’ skin and was dangerous. That isn’t in products anymore. That was outlawed, so it’s actually safe to
apply sunscreen to a baby who is less than six months old. So that’s kind of gone by the wayside that
you shouldn’t apply sunscreen to babies six months and younger, but they’re still very
sensitive to the sun, so the best thing is keeping them shaded and out of the sun altogether. Ke’an:
Okay. Mary:
Hats, under a roof, umbrella- Ke’an:
Or those rash guards, like the shirts that they can swim in now too. Mary:
Yeah, yeah. Ke’an:
Hey, you brought up something just a minute ago when you were talking about chemicals
in sunscreen. What about protecting kids from bug bites
and things like that? Give us some tips on maybe how to protect
kids from insects. Mary:
Well, there are sprays and that’s probably the most effective as far as keeping bugs
from biting. Some people just happen to be more naturally
prone to attracting insect bites than others. Ke’an:
And those darn mosquitoes. Mary:
Yeah, so really the avoidance. The best thing would be a spray, unfortunately,
and you hate to think of putting chemicals on, but you got to weight your- Ke’an:
Right, yeah, I understand. Mary:
… advantages, disadvantages. Most of the time, insect bites are harmless
and just annoying, but sometimes they can get infected, especially if they’re particularly
itchy and get scratched with a dirty finger and open up a wound where a germ can get in. It can seed an infection. So when there are insect bites, it’s important
for parents and caretakers to look at the bite regularly, make sure they’re not noticing
any pus or increasing redness over the course of days. Ke’an:
Okay. What about a bee sting or wasp sting? What’s the best thing for an adult to do if
a child gets stung? What’s something they should do first? Mary:
The first thing to do if a child’s not allergic to that, because there are people who have
anaphylactic reactions to those sort of things, but if it’s just a local reaction, sometimes
just ice to soothe it, or a cool washcloth can be helpful. Ke’an:
Okay, and then just let time take its course? Mary:
Yeah. Yeah. I wish there was more that you could just
do to erase the pain, but yeah. It’s usually acute severe pain and then it
gets better with a little bit of time, sometimes quicker than actually a pain reliever like
a ibuprofen or acetaminophen could do. So it’s not always worth treating them. If a child is anaphylactic, and does have
reactions, it’s, of course, always important to have an EpiPen available. So to travel with a child, and sometimes that’s
hard to remember in the summer, because they’re not in their structured school environment
where it might be at the school office or whatever, so we should- Ke’an:
Right. I don’t go anywhere without a first aid kit. I think it’s important because a lot of times
if you’re at the playground or somewhere where there’s kids who are playing and having activities
that someone’s going to get scratched or hurt or something, and it’s just good to keep on
hand, I think. Mary:
Yeah. Yeah. And if there is a insect bite or a scratch
or a scrape, cleaning the wound is a good first step too. So clean it, make sure that there isn’t any
dirt or germs that are going to get into it, and then after that, maybe an antiseptic cream
and cooling it off. Well, topically. Ke’an:
All right. Hey, during the spring and fall, there’s a
lot of times where kids have allergies and different things like that. How do you know if it’s something that’s triggering
an allergy versus a cold or a virus or something going on? Give us some tips on that one. Mary:
Well, I think of having a fever is a differentiating symptom. With allergies, you shouldn’t have a fever. A lot of the other symptoms can be the same:
congestion, runny nose, runny eyes, cough even. And those things are annoying, but they’re
not dangerous. And even if a child has a fever with all of
that, it may just be a viral infection, which again, is not dangerous, but sometimes it’s
worth getting checked out to make sure it didn’t seed any deeper and lead to an ear
infection or worse, say a pneumonia or something like that. But a fever is probably the point at which
I would consider it a illness rather than a allergy, like a more contagious illness. Ke’an:
Okay. People you hear sometimes are, I don’t know,
hesitant sometimes to give medications to children or you hear a lot about vaccinations
and things like that these days. What do you tell parents about antibiotics
or over-the-counter medicines or vaccinations? Let’s cover some of that a little bit. Mary:
Sure. Well, over-the-counter medications, there
aren’t a lot of over-counter medications that are very useful for kids. Cough and cold medications really sometimes
can actually make kids feel worse than they do better. For adults, sometimes they can mask symptoms
enough so that it’s easier to go to work and not sound stuffy or … But for kids, that’s
probably not as bad as maybe the jitteriness they might get or stomachache they might get
from cough and cold medicine, so I’m not a big proponent of those. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, those are pain and
fever reducers, and I think it’s fine to use those when needed, whether there’s a fever
or pain. A fever itself isn’t dangerous, but it’s important
to note because it is a symptom to kind of add on to other symptoms when taking an illness
into consideration. However, anybody who’s got a fever, whether
it’s a child or adult, is going to feel crummy, so bringing the fever down is nice so that
they feel a little bit better- Ke’an:
Right. You don’t want to feel like that. Mary:
… and you want them to drink fluids and stay hydrated- Ke’an:
That’s important. Mary:
… so it’s easier to do that if you’re not feverish. As far as the antibiotics go, there has been
a tendency for antibiotic overuse over the last many decades. Antibiotics are good when they’re needed and
bad when they’re not, so it’s important that they’re prescribed appropriately. Antibiotics won’t work on all illnesses. Viruses do not respond to antibiotics because
they’re not bacteria. Antibiotics specifically kill bacteria, and
not all antibiotics work on all bacteria, so it’s important to be aware of that and
know that if a physician’s prescribing an antibiotic, it should be for something real
specific, which would be like a bacterial illness, whether it’s strep or pneumonia that
we would suspect as being caused by a bacteria. Ke’an:
All right. What about vaccinations and maybe school readiness
too? Can you talk about what needs to be done,
what parents need to keep in mind, either at the ages that kids need them or also what
they need to prepare if their child’s getting ready for school? Mary:
Sure. As far as school, before kindergarten, there’s
some vaccines that are required by the state, and prior to that, infant vaccines would have
brought them up to date where there might be a couple of years before the child’s had
immunizations. Although we do recommend even for babies,
six months old and older, that they get flu shots every year. Those are very important. Vaccines are safe and there are vaccines given
at kindergarten. As far as the next round of required vaccinations
by the state, it doesn’t come around until sixth grade, so there’s a pretty big gap in
there of when the required immunizations come around. And again, that’s not including the flu shot. That’s every year. At sixth grade there are some, even in kindergarten
and earlier, there are some immunizations that are available that aren’t required. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea
to do them. Immunizations are very safe, and if you could
protect your child from an illness, why wouldn’t you? I mean, before kindergarten we offer Hepatitis
A vaccine. That’s not required by state or government
officials and may never be, I don’t know if that’s coming down the pipeline as far as
legislation. Once girls and boys get to be 11 years old,
we offer an HPV vaccine, which is not required. Again, it’s a very, very great vaccine, as
it protects against a lot of cancers. Why wouldn’t one want to protect your child? Ke’an:
Right. Right. Think ahead. Mary:
Yeah. Ke’an:
So let me ask you, you’re talking about different guidelines and things like this, kids are
on the screen so many hours, it seems like, if you don’t monitor that. What is the guidelines for screen time versus
physical activity, and summertime versus school time and things like that? How do you balance all of that? What’s your tips? Mary:
Well, that’s a good question. The American Academy of Pediatrics just recently,
I think a couple months ago, published some pretty clear-cut guidelines. Really, six months and younger shouldn’t have
any screen time. And as far as up to 18 months, really, it
should very, very specifically educational, and not more than a half hour. Ke’an:
Okay. And why is that, I guess? Explain why that is. Why do they have these guidelines in place? Is there things that affect the child if they
have too much screen time? Mary:
Yeah, they basically are not interacting. They’re not using back-and-forth communication. They’re not physically active during that
time. It’s sort of just occupying them without using
any skills that they need to develop, like reading, or when they’re playing outside or
playing in the house, they’re manipulating, say, toys or blocks, and developing skills. And those are windows of opportunity lost
if they are wasting time just staring at a screen. Ke’an:
Right. It can be helpful. Here we are, a PBS station, and we offer PBS
Kids and educational activities, but we always say, “Watch it and then turn it off and do
something about what you just watched. Read a book, do an activity so you’re not
having too much screen time.” Mary:
Absolutely. And then, even younger than middle school,
a lot of schoolwork requires online investigation, studying, reading something related to a video
or a search. So we can’t say that you can erase all screen
time because that’s not realistic, but there is a difference in the quality of screen time. I mean, social media doesn’t offer much, and
there’ve been studies to show that it’s actually kind of a negative impact on middle school
and high school kids. But there are a lot of academic things online
that, and even on the phone that can help and are useful for school too. Ke’an:
Right. Mary:
But going more than a couple hours a day probably is going beyond what is useful. Ke’an:
Yeah, just kind of limit the time, make sure that you’re keeping mindful of the time, and
it’s best probably for adults to stay off their phone a little bit more too. Mary:
Right. Ke’an:
Right. Yup. Mary:
Yup, and keeping the quality high. Ke’an:
There you go. There you go. Hey, a topic that I think of often because
my son is a very picky eater, what do you suggest for some of these kids that maybe
don’t want to eat meat, or they’re like, “Ew, I don’t like the texture of that. I’m not eating anything with sauce.” Give us some helpful information on how to
help our kids have a balanced diet. Mary:
That’s a good question, very broad. I guess I would start when children are very
young and starting to eat, it’s important to offer a lot of different flavors and textures
so that children are more exposed to different types of food, and it’s not something new
and they’ve already maybe established some likes. So at an early age through toddlerhood, offering
wide variety of options is good. It’s important to know that kids aren’t always
hungry when we’re hungry. As adults, we tend to be hungry more often
and we’ll eat three full meals a day, sometimes with snacks in between, whereas children and
toddlers especially may just snack. So, it’s important to make sure that the food
that’s being offered during those snacks is healthy food. Don’t give in and say, “Oh, oh, she’ll take
a cookie.” I wouldn’t go there. Just offer fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese. If those are going to be the snacks … I
mean, if there’s going to be snacks, make sure that the snacks are what you would want
the meal to be. Ke’an:
Okay. What about drinks and soda drinks, juices,
things like that? What do you … Mary:
That’s a good question too. Really, water is super important. It’s the healthiest thing we can drink. The sugar that’s in juices or in sodas is
not good. It’s just not nutritionally valuable. So surprisingly, juices don’t offer much,
and skipping them altogether isn’t a bad idea. Toddlers shouldn’t have more than 24 ounces
of milk in a day because sometimes that can lead to problems. But other than milk and water, there really
isn’t anything else that’s really healthy to drink. Ke’an:
All right. Stay hydrated. Mary:
Yeah, stay hydrated, drink enough water, and every now and then for a little treat, juice
is okay, or a soda occasionally. But as far as mainstay of staying hydrated,
water is the best option. Ke’an:
Limit the sugar. Mary:
Yes. Ke’an:
Yeah. Well, not only for hyperactivity, but also
to do their body good. Mary:
Yeah, free sugar just really hasn’t been proven to help us with anything nutritionally except
for in cases of emergency. But yeah, the more complicated the carbohydrate
is the healthier it is, and sugar is about the least. Ke’an:
Right, yeah, for all of us. Mary:
Yeah. Ke’an:
Hey, you hear about kids getting ear tubes a lot lately. A lot, I guess, because I mean, I don’t know
if it’s just colds and things that lead to it and ear infections, if it’s allergies. What can you tell us about ear tubes, how
to know when it’s just a minor ear infection, when to take them to the doctor, what to do
about ear issues? Mary:
Well, ear tubes are a surgical procedure where a tiny tube’s inserted into ear drum itself,
way deep inside the ear. Now, what that does is it just creates an
air flow between the back of our throat and the external ear so that fluid can’t build
in the middle ear. Ear infections come from when there’s fluid
building in the middle ear, which is really deep inside of our ear, behind the eardrum,
and it’s trapped in there. And it’s a wet, warm place, whether it’s mucus
from a cold that starts it. What happens is the bacteria can get in there,
white blood cells get in there, and it basically turns into an abscess. We try to treat that with antibiotics, but
sometimes it doesn’t work. If it goes on for weeks and weeks and we’ve
switched up antibiotics, that might be an appropriate time to go to the surgical route
and have a tube placed. More often it’s recurrent ear infections where
a child may have, say, three or four in one season, we think about tubes at that point,
or six in a year. Those are sort of the guidelines we use of
when a surgical tube placement might be appropriate, which in that case we would refer the child
to an ear, nose and throat doctor to do that. Ke’an:
Okay. So if they are having recurrent ear infections,
that’s more often the time to look into? Mary:
Yes. Yep. And there are specific number guidelines on
how often and when, so during one season if it’s three ear infections, or if it’s one
year and it’s six ear infections or more, that’s usually the recommended guideline to
follow. Ke’an:
Yeah, and you don’t want your child to suffer. That’s painful. They don’t feel good, things like that. Mary:
Yeah. Ke’an:
Good to keep in mind if they do have ear tubes, what about being in the water, in the pool,
and things like that? Mary:
That’s a good question, and actually there it’s a controversial thing whether water should
be in there or not. Some ear, nose and throat physicians will
recommend plugs, others don’t. Ke’an:
Okay. Mary:
So that’s a difficult one to answer. I’d say just follow the guidelines that your
specific ENT gives you. Ke’an:
All right. All right, well, hey, we have covered so many
topics today. I’m sure there’s lots more to cover when it
comes to kids and you get asked all kinds of things in the office, but it’s been very
informative, very helpful. I want to thank you so much for being on today’s
episode. Mary:
Well, thanks for having me on. Ke’an:
Absolutely. So once again, we had Dr. Mary Harvey with
Sarah Bush Lincoln, a pediatrician. Lots of helpful tips today. We want to thank you for watching, and we’ll
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