Our paediatrician expert Sarah Karabus gives us her insights on children, parenting and skin care
Do you have children? How old are they?
Noah, age 11, budding engineer, voracious reader and thoughtful kind soul. Ella age 8, funny, capable and a delightful young lady.
Why did you become a paediatrician?
Children are so pure and honest. When they are hurt you know they hurt, when they are better, they smile. There is no pretence nor exaggeration.
What are the most common issues you see in your practice?
Being an allergy specialist, the most common conditions I see are eczema, food allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis (“hayfever”). But I also deal with all the regular issues that parents have with their children including general health, developmental issues, nutrition, emotional issues as well as serious illnesses.
The most useful parenting advice you’ve ever been given From my father, himself a paediatrician, whenever I was worried that one of my children was ill or behaving in a way that did not fit my expectations or follow the textbook… “Read your baby, not the textbook”. It might sound flippant, but it helped me relax and enjoy my children and get to know them, rather than expecting them to be exactly as the textbook described.
The best skin-care advice you’ve been given
There can be only one answer to this…..wear sunscreen every day.
The skin-care advice you give your family, friends and patients
Again, sunscreen! Every day, even in winter, Reapply it frequently, every few hours.
Your skin is…
the largest organ in your body. Treat it with respect.
My skin care must-haves…
It must be as simple as possible in order to incorporate it into my hectic schedule. Sunscreen, a good moisturiser, a serum containing antioxidants like vitamin C and a night treatment containing Vitamin A.