Constipation and Bedwetting


If your child has struggled with hard stools and constipation or wetting accidents during the day or night, check out this book with explanations and home strategies.

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Zika Virus


The CDC has issued travel advisories for couples planning on starting or adding to their families and for pregnant women. The Zika virus has been linked to infections and birth defects. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites when traveling in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American and South America.

From the CDC: Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

More information and updates are here.

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Student Volunteer Work with ReSurge

ReSurgeDr. Asta is looking to collaborate with a high school or college student to develop a booklet to be used with families and patients undergoing reconstructive surgery at ReSurge partner sites world-wide.

You should be skilled in InDesign or comparable program and be comfortable working with the before and after photographs of patients. The booklet will be in PDF form for physicians and staff to use in print and on tablets during our overseas trips.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Asta with your questions or interest. Email or call the office (925)939-7334. For information about ReSurge , based in Sunnyvale, CA, and our work, visit This is a volunteer position.



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Better Breakfast


Looking to move the morning offerings at your house in a healthier direction?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has lots on information.

They rate various breakfast options here.

There’s also information about better breakfast_cereal and hot_cereal too.

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Prescription Drug Coupons?

RxTempted by coupons offered to reduce the cost of prescription drugs? The following was forwarded to a pediatrician listserv:

Copay coupons don’t bring savings
Drugmakers spent about $7 billion last year to distribute copay coupons and drug discount cards, according to IMS Health Holdings. The coupons and cards reduce initial out-of-pocket costs for consumers but keep overall drug spending high, studies show. Drugmakers get up to a 6-to-1 return on investment on copay coupons, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association says. Bloomberg (12/23)

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Easy Care Hours

Birdhouse logo.rightEasy Care Hours

Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Monday-Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Walk In Patients seen First Come, First Served

These times are reserved for single problems that started less than a week ago.

Example: cold, sore throat, rash, ear pain.

Same day sick appointments are also available by appointment. Call (925)939-7334 to schedule.

Established patients only for easy care hours.

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Grown Up Shots

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Adults need immunizations to protect them against vaccine-preventable diseases too. Shots can protect adults against respiratory infections like whooping cough and influenza. Adults may not have been vaccinated as a child against Hepatitis A–an infection spread by contaminated food and water. This vaccine is recommended for adults who travel internationally. Typhoid is another travel vaccination for some locations. If you are traveling, you should call your physician in advance about how to protect yourself.

Here is more information about adult_vaccinations.

If you are traveling, go to the CDC’s travel site.





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Healthy Habits: Wash Your Eyelashes!

First Aid NeonBacteria and dead skin can accumulate around the eyelashes. The glands that lubricate the eyes can also become plugged and cause irritation, inflammation and infection. Sometimes there is a stye.

Keep your child’s eyes and lashes clean. Use a dilute no-tears baby wash on a wash cloth and gently clean the eyelids and lashes. Rinse with clean water.

Download information on treating a stye here.




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Vegetarian Diets for Children

artichokesThere are lots of healthy reasons to go vegetarian diet.

To support the needs of growing children, parents need to make sure the foods consume enough of theses:



vitamin D


Vitamin B12

A good resource is vegetarian-diets-in-children-and-adolescents-childrens-hospital-oakland.

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Itigi: Day 14

Friday October 2, 2015

Part of our team leaves after breakfast for the airport, and the rest of us wait on the shore of the Indian Ocean until it’s our turn. The flight from Dar el Salaam is 9 1/2 hours to Amsterdam followed by an 11 hour flight back to San Francisco. We land, collect our boxes, clear customs–they know ReSurge and our small flotilla of Pelican hardcases–and load the boxes into the truck that will take them back to the warehouse in Sunnyvale to be repacked for the group’s next trip to India. More information about ReSurge is available ReSurge.



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