Mask Up to Move On

Calvin says, wear your mask!

As families venture out more and things open up, it’s important that children wear masks.

Here are some resources for introducing (or reintroducing) masks.

Face Masks for Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tips for Helping Kids Wear Masks

Helping Kids Get Used to Masks

Mask Toolkit: Tips for Success

7 Tips to Help Your Child Wear a Mask

For children with special needs, in addition to the Mask Toolkit above, there are articles on masking and coping.

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General Public: Vaccination Information

vaccinate-58-logoEdThank you for your interest in COVID19 vaccinations.

Our office is authorized to provide the COVID19 vaccine.

We have ordered vaccine, however we are waiting for our first shipment. Blue Shield is now administering the distribution of COVID vaccinations in California, and the transition has not going smoothly.

Once we have COVID19 vaccines in stock, we will provide information about scheduling a vaccination at our office.

We will be providing the vaccination to patients in the approved tiers and those with medical eligibility. Read more at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/vaccine-high-risk-factsheet.aspx

Until we have more information, we are focusing on our clinical care responsibilities.
At this time, we are not taking reservations for vaccines. We are unable to offer a waiting list.

Please follow our vaccine availability online at http://www.vaccinefinder.org

When the vaccine(s) is/are available, we will provide the information about the vaccine(s) here and scheduling information on our website https://www.cvpediatrics.com/services/covid19/
The 2 dose Moderna vaccine is approved for 18 years and older.

The 1 dose Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine is approved for 18 years and older.

The 2 dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for 16 years and older. This vaccine currently requires ultra-cold storage, however data suggests the vaccine can be stored in a conventional medical freezer. We may order this vaccine when storage recommendations are updated as we do not have the facilities for ultra-cold storage.

Thank you for your interest in getting vaccinated!

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COVID 19 Vaccination Game Plan: for Patients

vaccinate-58-logoEdThank you for your interest in COVID19 vaccinations.

Our office is authorized to provide the COVID19 vaccine.

We have ordered vaccine, however we are waiting for our first shipment. Blue Shield is now administering the distribution of COVID vaccinations in California, and the transition has not going smoothly.

Once we have COVID19 vaccines in stock, we will provide information about scheduling a vaccination at our office.

We will be providing the vaccination to our patients in the approved tiers.

Until we have more information, we are focusing on our clinical care responsibilities.

At this time, we are not taking reservations for vaccines. We are unable to offer a waiting list.

Please follow our vaccine availability online at http://www.vaccinefinder.org

When the vaccine(s) is/are available, we will provide the information about the vaccine(s) here and scheduling information on our website https://www.cvpediatrics.com/services/covid19/


You may also follow our social medial accounts for updates.
These include:
Blog https://lmasta.wordpress.com/
twitter @cvpediatrics
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CasaVerdePediatrics
The 2 dose Moderna vaccine is approved for 18 years and older.

The 1 dose Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine is approved for 18 years and older.

The 2 dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for 16 years and older. This vaccine currently requires ultra-cold storage, however data suggests the vaccine can be stored in a conventional medical freezer. We will order this vaccine when storage recommendations are updated as we do not have the facilities for ultra-cold storage.


Thank you for your support and understanding, and thank you for being pro-science and pro-vaccine!

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Baby Steps: 2 Months Get Ready to Roll

img_8887Baby Steps: 2 Months Bound to Roll
Back to sleep is the safest position for babies, but since the change from sleeping on their tummy to their back, babies started rolling over a little later. Twenty-five years ago we expected babies to roll over by 4 months. Now with Back to Sleep (which has significantly reduced the rate of crib death), we expect babies to roll over by 6 months.

Babies who put waking time in on their tummies will push up on their hands in that classic baby “bear rug” pose. Often they will accidentally lose balance and roll from tummy to back. Once they discover this move, they’ll repeat it. Get your baby ready to roll with the best of them by letting them play on their tummy! Being on their tummy also sets them up to be in the right position for crawling. Remember: tummy to play, back to sleep.

 

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Baby Got Shots?

happy-babyBaby Got Shots? Here’s the 2021 schedule for birth through kindergarten. Seem complicated? It’s not! We’re happy to review it with you at the next well care visit.

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Drive-In: Now Open

drive-in_cinemaWe are resuming urgent morning sick visits.

This includes COVID19 testing with rapid and PCR tests.

Patients should arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

As these are drive-in appointments, there may be a wait. Patients will be triaged for level of illness.

Park in the labeled parking spaces along the south side of our building and CALL the office at (925)939-7334.

This lets us know you have arrived. Staff will screen patients and direct patients to be seen inside or outside in our satellite area.

Patients MUST bring the current insurance card for every visit. This helps us validate what lab to send tests to.

The only stable thing about the pandemic is change. We encourage you to call the office and listen to the overnight message to confirm that the Drive-In is open.

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Baby Steps: Read to Your Bunny

Read_to_Your_bunnyBabies learn language the way you and I learn new languages: by repetition. Talk to your baby and child! The more words they hear, the more they learn. Talk about what you’re doing, name the items that you see and use. When your baby babbles at you, respond to your baby. This is how they learn the back-and-forth of conversations. Skip the baby talk for real words.

Read to your baby everyday. There are board books and picture books galore. Point to items and name them. Talk about what’s going on in the picture.

Books also develop motor skills. Books like Pat the Bunny are meant to be touched. Learn to turn pages from the edges. Your baby and toddler can practice turning with cloth books and then magazines to protect that precious picture book you had growing up.

Singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes are excellent language builders. Rhyme and rhythm develop pre-reading skills and memory.

If your children’s songs and nursery rhymes are a bit rusty, check out your local library for virtual offerings.

It’s never too soon to get a library card so your family can enjoy unlimited resources. The pandemic has made things a little different, but libraries have modified their services for the pandemic.

 

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Baby Steps: 1 Month

img_8887Mix it up to keep baby moving!

Starting tummy time early and scheduling routine tummy times—like after diaper change—can make baby accept and enjoy this time “face down.” Change up the surface for baby: different textures, different colors. Sing and talk and gently touch baby and name body parts. Never leave baby unattended during tummy time.

If you didn’t start tummy time from day one, never fear. No one trains for a marathon by going out and running one. Some may even walk a block then run a block. Build up tummy time and watch baby’s neck, back, and arm muscles strengthen.

Don’t force tummy time on an upset baby. Start when she’s settled and build duration and frequency day by day. You can start tummy to tummy with baby, or lie baby on your lap. You can also supervise baby and place a rolled up blanket behind the back to support baby in side-lying. Never leave baby unattended in this position.

To keep your baby’s skills on track, avoid baby positioning gears like infant seats, swings, carriers, and the car seat whenever you can. This means at home and at daycare. If you must use them, limit your baby’s time in the gear to no more than 2-3 hours per day.

Don’t let your baby sleep in baby gear. You don’t want a light sleeper! Have baby fall asleep where baby is supposed to sleep: in the crib, tummy-up.

Alternate everything to make baby strong!
Breast fed babies change positions to nurse on the left and the right. Bottle-fed babies can too! Switch the hand you use to hold the bottle. This goes for burping and carrying. Change the location of toys and mirrors to make baby look around. Rotate the position of the baby seat, the high chair, everythi

 

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Baby Steps: Week 1

img_8887Babies love to look at overhead mobiles. Change the hanging toys with different shapes and colors to keep baby’s interest. If the mobile has music, sing a long. Baby will listen! Toys must be attached with very short cords to avoid any risk of entanglement or strangulation. For safety, mobiles must come down once baby can sit.

Most cribs are placed longways against a wall. Change the direction your baby sleeps—head to the right one night and head to the left the next. All the interesting stuff is happening away from the wall, so this helps your baby get stronger looking in both directions and helps prevent flattening of one side of the head.

Remember: back to sleep, tummy to play.

Build on tummy time by putting baby on their stomach after a diaper change. Help build strong arm, neck, and back muscles!

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Baby Steps: Day 1

img_8887Get your newborn off to the best start with tummy time, tummy time, tummy time!

Aim for 15 minutes with 4 repetitions daily.

A great way to start is to put your baby tummy to tummy with you–but make sure you’re not so drowsy that you drift off and baby slides off.

Use a blanket or towel on the floor–not the bed or couch–newborns inch and scoot–so baby doesn’t tumble off.

Get eye to eye with baby if they fuss and encourage! Mix up the blanket: different colors, different textures! You already have textiles at home so you don’t need to buy anything.

Never leave baby unattended on their tummy.

Remember: Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play.

Tummy time helps develop strong core muscles. Using back and neck muscles, baby lifts their head. Pushing up with the upper arms will eventually lead to rolling.

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