Be prepared for Covered California changes in 2017

If you are insured through covered California, please take note of upcoming changes. You should have been notified by covered California via mail or email to select a primary care physician, if you have not, please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card and request Lisa Asta, MD be your child’s pediatrician. If this is not done, it is possible covered California will elect a pediatrician for you. If that happens, you can still call your insurance plan and ask them to update your child’s PCP to Dr. Asta. If any questions please feel free to call Ronda in our Billing Department. 925-939-7334.

All Covered California enrollees, including those with a PPO or EPO, will be assigned to a primary care physician. The assignment will either happen by January 1, 2017, or within 60 days of the enrollee’s effective date with the plan.

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Martial Arts: Great Exercise for Kids

Channel your Kung Fu Panda, Karate Kid or Jackie Chan and keep safe.

Information on kids and Martial Arts from the AAP here.

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Tummy Information for Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad

happy stomach From food sensitivities to constipation, the GI Kids website provides all sorts of good stuff.

Search for your topic here.

The site is the work of NASPGHAN – the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.


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Winter Break Hours

First Aid NeonWinter Break: kids are home! We are open 12/26-12/30/2016 for well care and urgent care. Please call to schedule to catch up on physicals, flu shots, asthma care. Stay well!

For our college students, this is a good time to get in for an annual physical and to renew medications.

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Baby’s First Thanksgiving

Green and Yellow VegetablesFeeding baby this year? The traditional Thanksgiving foods can be enjoyed as soon as baby can eat off of a spoon, which is usually around 4 months of age. Foods like turkey and vegetables can be blended into a puree. A more chunky consistency can be offered as the weeks pass. Your 7 to 9 month old baby can start to pick up small, soft pieces of food.

Nutrition-rich meats and beans are excellent sources of iron and protein. Vegetables are chock full of vitamins. Limit starches like potatoes and sweet potatoes to 1/4 of the meal. They add calories without providing the nutrition that growing babies need.

When first introducing solids, offer one new food at a time for a few days to watch for oral swelling or hives.

Babies under 12 months of age should not eat honey because it can be contaminated with botulism spores that cause paralysis.

Foods like eggs and nuts can be given in the first year, in fact allergists recommend introducing these foods as it has been shown to reduce food allergies.

For more about introducing solids to your baby, read the  Feed the Baby post.




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Baby Intel: the new generation montiors

There’s an article out today in Atlantic Magazine online about smart monitors for babies that Dr. Asta was interviewed for.

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Sports Rule!

SportsKeep it fun and learn lifelong skills to stay active.

Mix it up and participate in multiple sports until puberty to avoid injuries and burnout.

Early specialization may not advance athletic goals.

Take three months off each year in increments of one month while staying active for mind and body fitness.

Taking one or two days off each week can decrease the risk of injuries.

Read the AAP clinical report Sports Specialization and Intensive Training in Young Athletes.


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Vomiting and Diarrhea 101

happy stomach home-care-for-stomach-viruses for Dr. Asta and Casa Verde Pediatrics

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Baby Mani Pedi

clippersBabies grow fast! They double their size in the first three months, and that means cutting baby’s nails every few days. The best time to do this is when the baby is sleeping because the hands (and feet) will be relaxed. Consider doing it right before baby wakes from a nap, although sometimes you may only one hand at a time.

Clippers are a good choice. They come in different sizes as your child grows. You can also use safety scissors. Emery boards and nail files also work, but they take longer. Biting your baby’s nails can cause infection. Peeling lacks precision.

Cut straight across the nail and leave enough white–a millimeter or two–you don’t want to cut the nail too short. Avoid angling the sides. This is where parents sometimes get into trouble. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with gauze or a clean cloth and monitor the area for infections. Bandages  don’t work well on baby since they put their hands in their mouths and the bandage can be a choking hazard.

Whatever tools you use: keep them clean. Consider keeping baby’s set for baby. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or wipe with rubbing alcohol and air dry to avoid rust and damage.

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Battle to Beat the Germs

Come play Vax Pack Hero vaxpackherowith us!

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