Flu Vaccines 2018-2019 Season
- Flu injection for 6 months to 3 years: in stock
- Flu injection for 3 years and older: in stock.
Flumist is not recommended for this year and we will not be stocking it.
Please call to schedule an appointment. We schedule them throughout the day and ask that you call ahead to make sure you don’t have to wait too long.
We are offering flu shots for healthy parents with PPO and POS insurance.
HMO parents should contact their physician or plan for immunization options.
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Read why to get a flu vaccine HERE
Vaccines for Children Program
Children with Blue Cross through Children’s First Medical Group or Contra Costa Health Plan receive their shots through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
VFC Flu Vaccines 2018-2019 Season
- Flu injection for 6 months and older: Expected in September-October
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Good article from Consumer Reports (and I helped).
More info here.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner pretty much covers it, but if you offer snacks, make them healthy and not so large to discourage kids from eating the healthy things offered at meals.
Up your game with the quiz and planner here.
Want info on cooking for the family? Check out Choose My Plate.
“Picky” or just waiting to see if you’ll cave and offer food with high fat, salt and sugar? Coping strategies here.
No one can be completely prepared for a disaster, but planning helps.
Our local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following resources:
How to Talk with Kids
Talking about Natural Disasters with Children audio link.
Family Readiness Kit
Helping Children Cope
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SUPPORTS CHILDHOOD SLEEP GUIDELINES
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children from infants to teens. The guidelines, “Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations” was published June 13, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The AAP endorses the guidelines and encourages pediatricians to discuss these recommendations and healthy sleep habits with parents and teens during clinical visits.
The consensus group recommends the following sleep hours:
- Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
The group found that adequate sleep duration for age on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression, especially for teens who may experience increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
In addition to these recommendations, the AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children’s bedrooms. For infants and young children, establishing a bedtime routine is important to ensuring children get adequate sleep each night. The AAP program, “Brush, Book, Bed,” is available here: http://bit.ly/bedroutine.
Dysfluency is the technical term for stuttering. Repeating words and sounds can be normal for toddlers; older children should be evaluated and assisted. Information
The Stuttering Foundation has a website, videos and tips for parents.
How good are online resources for diagnosing? A recent article tried to tackle that question. The chance of getting the right diagnosis range from 30-60%.
One of the best resources for parents that we recommend is the book Healthy Children written by Barton Schmitt, MD. Dr. Schmitt developed the telephone triage practices that pediatricians use. Another good place to start is HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Phone advice is available by calling the office. During the day Dr. Asta takes calls; after hours, the advice line provides advice and recommendations.