Toy Shopping

tricycleGood info about best toys for children from Bananas in Oakland is here and the American Academy of Pediatrics has a link about choosing safe toys here.

See also my previous posts on Old School Toys and Baby’s First Holiday Season.

Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins is an excellent read about toys and open learning.







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Open Enrollment

IMG_8674Open Enrollment chaos at your house?

We try to make open enrollment, well, more open.

We don’t want you or your child or young adult to have to change health doctors when insurance options change, so we accept most health insurance plans.

Online physician databases can be outdated and just plain wrong!

We accept Healthnet, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, UnitedHealth, Cigna, Aetna and TriWest and many others. We contract with Network Select for the employees of the John Muir Health System and Anthem Blue Cross MediCal through Children’s First Medical Group.

We participate in Hill Physicians, Canopy, Alta Bates Medical Group, Sutter, and Brown and Toland networks as well as the John Muir Physician Network. In 2018 the Muir IPA will merge with Hill Physicians.

If you are having trouble finding Dr. Asta or running into any problems, please call the office and speak with Ronda or email her at

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Dogtor Teddy

IMG_7705You may have already met Teddy, the office dog, who started work in April after a mom asked if the puppy could sit with her child who was anxious about a vaccination. Since then Teddy has assisted with many immunizations. Teddy is up to date on all his vaccines and well care at his veterinarian’s office.

Be sure to say hi to Teddy when you’re here for well care or your flu shot.

You can watch the Teddy video here.

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Vanderbilt Forms for ADHD

ADHD Vanderbilt parent

ADHD Vanderbilt Teacher


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Achoo!!! Family Flu Shots

First Aid NeonOur first shipments of flu vaccine for this year have arrived.

We are bringing back flu shots for kids and their adult family members here in our office this year.  Every patient’s chart is screened before the flu shot is given to make sure all your child’s immunizations are up to date.

Call or message us through our Practice Fusion online portal to schedule. You can also email us at and we’ll call you to schedule.

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Talking with Babies and Young Children

Find ways to stimulate language and talking with your baby and small child herehappy-baby

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Summer Travel with Kids


Here’s a podcast from RadioMD about summer travel with kids that I did last week.

Listen here.

Happy Trails!

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Eating with Kids at Home

Green and Yellow VegetablesWant to start a dialog about eating a little better at home? Check out this video from DocMikeEvans here.

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How tall will your child be? How do you get them there?

Almond MilkProtein and nutrients are important for your child’s final height.

This study of over 4000 kids found that children who drank milk versus non-dairy drinks were shorter. The researchers projected that a child who drinks 3 cups (24 ounces or 750ml) of a non-milk drink (rice, almond, etc.) daily may be more than half an inch shorter than a milk drinker.

If your house needs help maximizing your child’s nutrition, we are here to help.

For more information check out our calcium challenge and Not Milk posts.

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Preschooler Portions: 2-3 years old

PreschoolTotal Solids for preschooler for 24 hours:

Dairy 2 cups (480 ml) as nonfat milk, yogurt, or cheese
Fruits 1 cup or ½ cup of dried fruit
Vegetables 1 cup raw or cooked or 2 cup leafy greens
Grains 3 ounces (90 grams). One serving is: 1 slice of bread, ½ cup of oatmeal or pasta or rice, or 1 cup dry cereal
Protein: 2 ounces as cooked meat, poultry, fish, beans, egg, or peanut butter.

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