Insect Repellents and Kids

mosquito-clip-art-AT-1-300x215Good article from Consumer Reports (and I helped).

More info here.

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Eating In, Snacks and Picky Eaters

Apple PearBreakfast, 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.

 

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Urgent Care

First Aid NeonWith the rise of urgent care centers and after hours clinics, it can seem like an easy decision to get your baby, child or young adult seen any time they are sick, even when we aren’t open.

Those types of clinics are best reserved for the times that your child needs urgent or emergency care and not just because it is convenient.

 

The emergency room is for emergencies–a life-threatening illness or injury that can’t wait for a trip to the doctor’s office. But what about walk-in clinics popping up inside drug stores and shopping centers and big box stores? Is it ever acceptable to go to a walk-in for relatively minor health complaints like earaches and sore throats?

 

Certainly, these clinics can be helpful, especially if you are away from home or an illness occurs after hours. But just like the ER, they don’t meet the definition of a medical home, and for the health of your child, you should think twice about using them routinely. In the long run, you may not save time seeing someone who doesn’t really know your child and isn’t a pediatrician.

 

Remember that you can always call our office for after hours advice.

 

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Disaster Preparedness for Families

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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

 

 

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Sleep on It

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SUPPORTS CHILDHOOD SLEEP GUIDELINES

sleepdogThe 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.

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Dysfluency

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.

 

 

 

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Paging Dr. Web

First Aid NeonHow 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.

 

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Back to School

Lots of good information for the first day back to school and the new school year from the American Academy of Pediatrics is here. Includes information on that first day, backpacks, traveling to and from school, bullying and aftercare.

Child's Drawing

 

 

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When to Keep Your Child Home

Mom TattooMedical reasons your child should not attend daycare from the American Academy of Pediatrics are here.

 

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/When-to-Keep-Your-Child-Home-from-Child-Care.aspx

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Riding Toys

Ride On Toy

Wheels. What fun!

Ride on toys are terrific for toddlers. Look for low, stable toys, and a helmet.

While balance bikes are the latest craze, learning to pedal is an important developmental achievement for your three year old. Again, low, stable three wheeled tricycles are best.

tricycle

Questions about selecting the right bicycle for your child? There’s information here.

Need help with the helmet habit? Read more here.

 

 

 

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