Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2018-2019 Influenza season is here in full force!





Signs of the flu are:
- A sudden high fever
- Chills and shakes with the fever
- Headache, body aches, and extreme tiredness
- Sore throat and/or a dry, hacking cough
- Stuffy, runny nose
- Vomiting and loose, runny stools

How do I treat it?
- Encourage frequent fluids
- Treat fever
- Rest! Rest! Rest!

Call /see your health care provider if your child:
- Has a cough that won’t go away for a week
- Pain in the ear
- Fever that continues or comes back after 3-4 days
- Does not start feeling better or is worsening after 3-5 days.

See your doctor or go to emergency room if your child has any trouble breathing! 

***Influenza does have a higher incidence of secondary infections such as ear infection and pneumonia. If your child is improving from influenza illness and then worsens again please follow up with your health care provider. 

So... how do I prevent it?
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The flu vaccine is currently the best way to prevent influenza. If you'd like to read about it's effectiveness for yourself, try this Healthline article. 

...But vaccines aside, there are things you can do to make sure that the spread of influenza (and other viruses) is minimal.

Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap. Try singing the Happy Birthday Song or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while you wash to make sure you've washed thoroughly. 
 

Don't cough into your hands! You touch multiple surfaces/people/things a day, so coughing into your hands could easily spread any germs you have to others. Try coughing here instead:

Stay away from others until your fever is gone and for at least 24 hours. 

For even more information from a trusted source, read up on flu prevention at HealthyChildren.Org by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#WellnessWednesday


This week for #wellnesswednesday, we are celebrating #nationalvideogamesday with some tips for our patients and their families. 

Videogames are easily accesable - from your phones to tablets to computers, laptops, and gaming consoles. It falls on you, as the parent, to set the usage guidelines for your children - not just on how long to play, but what to play as well. We know that there are a lot of conflicting guidelines and recommendations out there -which is why we recommend you visit this article by the AAP (It has all the basics covered, and then some) :




If you have questions or concerns about screen usage, childhood exposure to violence, or are concerned about your child's media usage, call us to make an appointment to talk with your pediatrician. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Flu Clinic 2018

We have regular insurance flu vaccinations! If you have Medicaid, CHIP, or are self-pay, your vaccine inventory will be here closer to October. We will keep you updated!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Help Ease Back to School Anxiety



Back to school time is just around the corner! We know that this time of year can bring with it a lot of excitement and anticipation (for both parents and children 😉), but it can also come with a lot of stress and anxiety for many children.

We want our children to have a positive experience as they begin the adventure of a new school year, so we asked our Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Helen Aoki, to give us some tips for parents to help their children feel confident going back to school:

1. Maintain good schedules with sleep and waking
     Don't wait until school starts to move bedtimes back. Most school-aged children need 9-11 hours
     of sleep per night, and older adolescents need 8-9 hours.

2. Normalize anxiety before school starts
     Help your children understand that it's normal to feel nervous before starting something new, and
     that many of their friends and classmates will be feeling the same way. Anxiety usually gets better
     after your child has had time to adjust and get used to the new school year.

3. Praise the ability to be brave and go to school despite feeling anxious
     Always praise the behavior you want to see in your children. Say things like "I'm so proud of you
     for going to school, even though it makes you anxious."

4. Teach basic relaxation skills
     Have your child try deep breathing 5 times or squeeze and relax hands 5 times before leaving for
     school; or when feeling anxious while at school. Focus on being calm and brave, and not on being
     anxious.

5. Focus on a positive thought
     Have your child repeat out loud, or in their mind, positive and encouraging thoughts like "I can
     do this" or "I won't always be this anxious for school." Do this instead of repeatedly having
     thoughts like "I hate school!"

6. Know when to seek additional help
     If your child experiences continually worsening anxiety, has frequent physical symptoms of
     anxiety or is regularly unable to stay at school, seek additional help. Contact your child's primary
     care physician or talk to a school counselor to get more help and resources to help you child feel
     comfortable and confident going to school.

For more information on getting your children's school year started off on the right foot, visit: The AAP's Back to School Tips