Is it true that doctors have to study for the rest of their lives? 🧑⚕️ How do doctors know what's wrong with a tiny human who can't speak yet? Join us as our host Emily Calandrelli answers those questions and chats with Dr. Kelly Fradin, a pediatrician who decided to be a doctor in first grade!
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Speaker: When I grow up, I want to be a doctor.
Speaker: What does being a doctor mean to you?
Speaker: Helping people who are hurt.
Speaker: They can fix your ears and give sick people medicine.
When I grow up
Want to be a pilot with a uniform white
Always flying high up in the sky.
When I grow up.
Want to be a firefighter putting out flames,
or maybe a police officer keeping people safe.
It's so fun to learn what you can be.
When I grow up
Want to be an artist that paints portraits.
Want to be a scientist that does experiments.
Oh, so many people you will meet-
Emily: Hi, and welcome to Growing Up with Emily, a Lingokids podcast helping amazing kids to grow up and be even more amazing. Emily, it's me. As a kid, I was always asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I wanted to be so many things. Does that sound familiar? Then I'm glad you are listening because you are going to find out what it takes to be anything you want. Are you ready to make public safety your superpower?
Emily: Last episode, we met Adam, an Australian firefighter who shared what it's like to save people and animals from fires. Today, we are exploring an equally important job.
Speaker: A mom?
Speaker: A babysitter?
Emily: Good guesses. Here's a tip. The person we'll meet works in that building over there.
Speaker: The hospital?
Speaker: We are going to meet a doctor.
Emily: We sure are and not just any doctor, a children's doctor. Do you know what they're called? A pediatrician. Do you like to help people? If you've dreamed of becoming a doctor, you don't want to miss this episode. Today, we're going to meet a real children's doctor, a pediatrician.
Emily: They say a healthy society starts with healthy children. What better place to talk about children than a playground?
Speaker: There are kids of all ages. I never thought about it before, but babies grow into kids first.
Emily: Yes and pediatricians make sure children are healthy each step of the way.
Speaker: Sometimes I go to the doctor when I'm not even sick.
Emily: Great, that's a checkup. Because you're changing so quickly, your doctor looks for important signs that your body is growing as it should.
Speaker: My doctor says I'm tall for my age.
Emily: That's one of the things pediatricians notice. Comparing your height and weight to other kids your age is one way to know you're on track.
Speaker: My doctor always puts a cold metal thing on my chest.
Emily: That's called a stethoscope. It allows the doctor to hear your heart beating and your lungs breathing.
Speaker: Why does my doctor put a popsicle stick on my tongue and make me say, ah.
Emily: The stick keeps your tongue down. When you say, ah, it allows the doctor to see the back of your throat, where your tonsils are.
Speaker: What are tonsils?
Emily: We have a tonsil on each side of our throat. They help stop germs from getting into your body. When your tonsils get swollen, it causes a sore throat.
Speaker: It's hard to swallow.
Emily: Want to hear a joke?
Emily: When do doctors get mad?
Speaker: I don't know, when?
Emily: When they run out of patients, get it? Patience and patients. When you have no patience.
Speaker: Hey, see that boy in the bench? What is this bright orange sleeve on his arm?
Emily: It looks like a cast. He must have broken his arm. Not that long ago, casts were made of white plaster. They were really heavy but fun. It was common to have your friends sign their names on it. Today, colorful casts are made of fiberglass, which are lighter and make life easier with a broken arm or leg. Speaking of bones, do you know the name for the upper arm bone?
Emily: It's called the humerus.
Speaker: Humerus like funny?
Emily: No, it's spelled differently, but that is pretty funny. Hey, I think it's about time for our doctor guest to have her lunch break. Let's head to the hospital.
Speaker: Doctor Smith.
Speaker: Why are so many people in their pajamas?
Emily: Those are called scrubs, medical staff wear them. It's like a uniform. People who work in a hospital or clinic can't work in street clothes. They might bring in germs.
Speaker: What about that man in the white coat rushing down the hall?
Emily: He's probably a doctor.
Speaker: He is in a hurry.
Emily: He's going into the emergency room. Those doctors see a lot of patients of all ages with all sorts of different health problems.
Speaker: They must know a lot.
Emily: For sure. It takes eight years of schooling and three years of practice to become a doctor.
Speaker: 11 years. That's older than me.
Emily: That's not all, many doctors specialize in a certain area like fixing heart problems or treating cancer. That can take three more years. Then they have to pass exams.
Speaker: That's dedication.
Emily: It sure is. Oh, I think our guest is coming this way. Are you ready to meet a real doctor?
Speaker: A real pediatrician you mean.
Kelly Freiden: Hello? I'm Dr. Kelly Freiden.
Emily: Hi there Dr. Freiden. I'm with Lingokids and we want to find out what it takes to be a pediatrician. Can we ask some questions?
Emily: Great. First off, how long have you been a doctor?
Kelly: I've been a doctor for 13 years and for 10 of those years, I've been a specialist called a pediatrician who only takes care of children.
Emily: Dr. Freiden, what would you say are three things all doctors need?
Kelly: Let's see. All pediatricians have to be able to listen to parents and children when they're not feeling well to learn their story. You have to have patience and compassion, especially when you're helping a family when a child might be scared or in pain, you also have to have observation skills.
Emily: Really interesting. Kelly, maybe you can give us some tips at the end on how our listeners can start learning some of this. We also received some excellent questions from our Lingokids listeners.
Speaker: Were you ever afraid of needles?
Kelly: When I was a kid, I was sick and sometimes I had to have different kinds of needles. I would have to have blood draws or vaccines or even medications given to me by a needle. At the time, I was a little scared, but as I got bigger, I learned that I can take a deep breath and that the pain that comes from a needle only lasts for a few seconds. Sometimes even by the time I take another breath, it's already gone.
Speaker: Dr. Freiden, how do you know what's wrong with a baby? They can't talk.
Kelly: That's a great question. Babies aren't able to talk because their brains are still developing. The brain doubles in size the first year of a baby's life. They have a lot to learn before they can start talking. When I have to take care of a baby who is not feeling good, I have to use those observation skills to look and see what their coloring is. I use my ears to listen to their heart and lungs to make sure that everything sounds healthy and strong. I use my hands to touch and examine their body so I can see if anything feels different than it should.
Speaker: My mom says when I was little, I was a poor sleeper and now it's my little brother who can't sleep. Do you know how to help?
Kelly: The main things I tell kids to do to help them learn to sleep is to have a routine. Every night to do the same few things before you go to bed like maybe take a bath, brush your teeth, read a book, and during that routine, your body will learn to start relaxing. Then once you're in bed, you can also continue relaxing your hands and relaxing your muscles, and relaxing your mind, so that you can have a peaceful night's sleep.
Speaker: How old were you when you decided you wanted to be a doctor?
Kelly: I was in first grade when I told my family that I was going to be a doctor and a pediatrician.
Speaker: First grade? You were so little. Why did you decide to be a doctor when you were only five or six years old?
Kelly: When I was growing up, and I was sick and going to see the doctor, I thought the work that they did was really important. I saw how they helped me feel better and they helped my mom feel less worried and I said that I really wanted to help people in the same way.
Emily: Wow, thanks, Kelly for sharing all this with us.
Emily: What can kids do now while they're still growing up to become a pediatrician or any kind of doctor?
Kelly: It's never too early to start learning about the human body and how it works. You can begin with the skeletal system, the bones.
Speaker: We learned about the humerus. That's an arm bone.
Kelly: Here's a trick question. How many bones are in the body?
Emily: I'm pretty sure there are 206 bones.
Kelly: You know, Emily, that's the crazy part. We have 270 bones in our body when we're born, but some grow together. By the time we're an adult, we have 206.
Kelly: Do you know what the largest bone in the body is?
Speaker: Your skull.
Kelly: That's a good guess. The skull or the cranium is not the largest.
Speaker: Your leg.
Kelly: The thigh leg is the largest bone. Doctors call it the femur.
Emily: Thank you, Dr. Freiden. There are so many fun and amazing facts we can learn about the body.
Emily: We hope you enjoyed this episode of the Grown Up podcast. Even if you never plan to be a doctor, it's great to know more about the body. Can you learn all 206 bones? Tune in next time when we meet a real teacher. To live a full interactive learning adventure, check out our Lingokids app with tons of games and activities for endless fun.
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'cause it's so fun to learn what you can be.
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