School Physical Day at the Bloomingdale Office

on Thursday, August 16

Please call the Bloomingdale Office to make an appointment for your child’s school physical which everyone should receive prior to starting a new school year! We will have extra health providers so we can see everyone who needs to be seen!

How to use and store medicine Safely at home

 

Guide to your Child’s Medicine:

Sun Safety

As we head into another glorious summer in the Chicago-land area I am sure kids of all ages are eager to spend  more time in the water. This brings up an important topic of sun exposure and skin cancer. The risk of skin cancer in children is rare. However, in adults in their 20s, melanoma is now the second most common cancer in women and the third most common cancer in men. Sun safety becomes even more important when considering that estimates show that 25% of lifetime sun exposure occurs within the first 18 years of life. So here is a condensed list of safety tips. For the full article click here.

What’s the best way to protect my child in the sun?

Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns now and from skin cancer later in life.

  • Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy.
  • When possible, dress yourself and your kids in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body, like lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats.
  • Wear a hat or cap with a brim that faces forward to shield the face.
  • Limit your sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when UV rays are strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection (look for child-sized sunglasses with UV protection for your child).
  • Use sunscreen
    • Sunscreen should be at least SPF 15
    • Look for “broad-spectrum” which means it protects against UVA and UVB.
    • Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
    • Reapply every 2 hours even on a cloudy day
  • Set a good example. You can be the best teacher by practicing sun protection yourself.

Sunscreen for Babies

  • For babies younger than 6 months. Use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face and the backs of the hands, if protective clothing and shade are not available.
  • For babies older than 6 months. Apply to all areas of the body, but be careful around the eyes. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe the eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth. If the sunscreen irritates her skin, try a different brand or try a sunscreen stick or sunscreen or sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk with your child’s doctor.

Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt

I recently came across a mayo clinic article that is the most comprehensive list of cold remedies I have found so far. Take a look at the article for more information, but here’s a summary including helpful links.

Click here for the Original Article

Cold Remedies: What works

1. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids

2. Salt water gurgle

3. Saline Nasal drops and sprays

4. Zinc

5. Chicken soup (recipe)

6. Over-the-counter cold and cough medications in older children and adults.

7. Antihistamines

8. Humidity

9. Honey

Cold Remedies: What doesn’t work

1. Antibiotics

2. Over-the-counter cold and cough medications in young children

Cold Remedies: What probably doesn’t hurt

1. Vitamin C

2. Echinacea

3. Oscillococcinum

KidsDoc Symptom checker

Alert for parents! If you have any questions regarding symptoms that your child is experiencing try out the KidsDoc Symptoms Checker brought to you by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not only does it give you tips on how to help your child, it also tells you when you should be calling your doctor. Click on the logo to go to the site:

 

The Problem with Serving Sizes

Here is an article that reminds us of the importance of reading the nutrition facts and not be a victim of the food industry’s ambivalence to health: The Problem with Serving Sizes.

For example, below is the nutrition facts of a well-known snack that I find constantly in the hands of kids. As you can see, the serving size is 21 pieces. When was the last time you counted 21 pieces going into your child’s mouth and said that was enough? The last time I opened a small bag of Cheetos there were a lot more than 21 pieces.

The point is not the fact that we don’t count each cracker or snack piece that goes into our children’s mouth. The point is that the food industry makes it difficult for us parents to properly feed our kids and understand the health benefits or lack thereof in the everyday foods that we eat. Parents, let us be more vigilant in what we buy and not blindly follow the lead of the food industry for whom the bottom line ($$$) is more valuable than healthy families. In the end, it is our children’s health that suffers.

Simple toys, unstructured play, one-on-one time with parents promote children’s healthy development.

A new American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report focused on the critical role of unstructured play for children. “Dr. Milteer maintains that a child who plays with simple toys and games learns to develop creativity, resilience, and the ability to get along with others.” Her message carries special importance for a generation of children to whom iPads, iPods, PlayStation, Wii, and robotic toys has become a norm.

“Parents of all income levels should use time together at home to engage in both free and structured play with their children,” the report states.

Playtime is bonding time for families.

Examples of simple, creative play include hopscotch games, bike riding, jump rope, horseshoe, hide and seek. (The importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty. Pediatrics. 2012;129:e204-e213)

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Wal-Mart announced Wednesday, December 21st,  it has pulled Enfamil Premium Newborn formula from its store shelves nationwide after the death in Missouri of a newborn boy who was given the formula. The move was a precautionary measure, Wal-Mart said. On Christmas day the following statement was released…

“New Tests Confirm Safety of Mead Johnson’s Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn Formula

Mead Johnson Nutrition has conducted a new round of rigorous testing on samples of a batch of Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn powdered formula related to a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigation. Drawn from samples parallel to those being tested by public health officials and following the same methodology, the new testing did not detect any presence of Cronobacter (Enterobacter sakazakii).

These new results reaffirm the testing conducted before the batch was made available to retailers and consumers. Based on both sets of tests, Mead Johnson can say with confidence that Enfamil PREMIUM Newborn formula, like every infant formula the company produces, is safe.”

Holiday Office Hours

Parents, please note the following office hour changes:

On Fridays, December 23rd and 30th, both offices will only be open in the morning.

On Saturdays, December 24th and 31st, both offices will not be open.

Have a happy and safe Holiday Season!!!

Flu Vaccines

We now have flu vaccines available for all ages.

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