Spring 2009: lengthening days, green hills, and a swine flu epidemic.
H1N1 influenza made its appearance a decade ago. From April 2009 to April 2010, there were over 60 million cases, a quarter million hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths in the United States. Through a coordinated public health effort, our office had vaccine to administer that fall.
We acknowledged our staff who worked hard to get the vaccine to patients.
Celebrate this milestone in public health readiness by scheduling your flu shot for this year.
Read more about the national response here.
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Staying Healthy in the Heat 101
It’s hot! Here are some links for more information on staying well when playing or competing in the heat.
Protect Your Children from Extreme Heat from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Heat Related Sports Illnesses
Is it too hot to play?
Check what the experts recommend based on temperature and humidity on the PDF chart in the blog post.
Never Leave Your Child in the Car
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The AAP July 2019
Buyers, be aware of baby safety
Social media sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made it easier for small businesses to sell their work. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep safety in mind when buying or making homemade baby items.
Parents should steer clear of ingredients that can cause rashes and allergic reactions or items with small pieces that can cause babies to choke, suffocate or strangle.
Popular items include baby bath bombs, children’s sleepwear and clothing with buttons or drawstrings, toys with lead paint, handmade covers for unsafe infant sleep products, baby slings, infant necklaces, and pacifiers with small, glued-on decorations.
Report problems to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (https://www.saferproducts.gov) or the Food and Drug Administration (https://www.fda.gov/consumers). If you sell homemade products, find guidance at https://www.cpsc.gov/Business–Manufacturing/Business-Education and https://www.fda.gov.
Love the California sun, but summer conditioning and competition can be tough.
Make sure your athlete hydrates with 8-10 ounces every 20 minutes.
Coaches, athletes and parents should monitor the heat index. The index sorts temperature and humidity into relative risk zones and you can see it here at Heat_and_Humidity. The colored zones indicate when parents, kids, coaches and players should exercise caution.
Committed athlete or contemplating jumping in? The pre-participation physical and well check gets it done. 🏀⚽️🥎⚾️🎾🏐🏉🥅🏒🥋🥍
More info and links from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.
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Does your child have Anthem Blue Cross MediCal and needs mental health professionals for evaluation or counseling?
Please click Anthem.CFMG_Mental Health for information on connecting with your child’s insurance.
Infants roll, sit and walk all in about a year. They do this by moving their bodies. Time spent confined in infant gear gets in the way.
If you are curious about what to do with baby at home, take a look at the book Retro Baby by Anne Zachry, PhD. She’s an occupational therapist with at-home play activities for you and baby along with recommendations on what gear is safe to use and how often.
Registering for baby gear? Baby walkers develop pushing muscles, not walking muscles. Pediatricians don’t recommend them. They can also be dangerous. Read more here. They are illegal in Canada. Really. Read about that here.
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Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
I often get asked what it takes to be a pediatrician.
This graphic sums up the years of education and training.
Many people train to work in the medical field, and they may even see patients, but they do not receive this comprehensive training.
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Good night, pleasant dreams. Shopping for baby’s Crib.
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