Thursday, October 28, 2010

Southpoint Pediatrics WELCOMES

Nathanael Ridge, Ph.D, PAS-III
He received his Masters in Science from Baylor College of Medicine, Doctorate of Philosophy and Bachelors in Science from Brigham Young University.
He will be joining our office 2-3 days a week beginning in January 2011.
He will be seeing patients with:
ADHD
Depression
Anxiety
and other mental health issues
Call our office mid December and we can begin scheduling appointments

Monday, October 25, 2010

Teething Tablet Recall


The FDA has issued a recall for all types and lot numbers of Hyland's Teething Tablets. Some of these tablets have been found to contain belladonna. Belladonna is a plant (also known as Deadly Nightshade) that has been used for centuries as a medicine and a poison. In large quantities it can have harmful effects in children, such as a racing heartbeat, dry mouth and skin, drowsiness, and dilated pupils. The FDA has received reports of children exhibiting signs of belladonna toxicity after taking the tablets.

If you have any of these teething tablets, stop using them and return them to the store.

More information here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fructose intolerance

I thought this was an interesting article...something that we probably don't think about often enough. The original article can be found here.


Low-Fructose Diet May Ease Kids’ Abdominal Pain

Cutting Back on Fructose Relieved Symptoms in Children With Fructose Intolerance
By Katrina Woznicki
WebMD Health News

young boy with stomachache

Oct. 18, 2010 -- New research suggests that a low-fructose diet reduces recurrent abdominal pain in children with fructose malabsorption. The condition causes gas, bloating, and cramping because of an inability to properly digest fructose.

Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits, honey, and some syrup. It is also used to sweeten many processed foods and drinks. Researchers led by Daniel Lustig, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma, Wash., studied 245 patients aged 2 to 18 who had unexplained chronic abdominal pain,constipation, gas, bloating, and/or diarrhea. Nearly two-thirds of the group was female and the median age was 11.

The children underwent breath hydrogen tests to determine if they had fructose intolerance. Nearly 54% of the group tested positive for fructose intolerance.

Children who tested positive were put on a low-fructose diet and counseled by a registered dietitian. They were later re-evaluated for pain. Sixty-seven percent of the children who tested positive for fructose intolerance reported resolution of abdominal pain and other symptoms after being on the low-fructose diet. Of note, about 48% of children who tested negative for fructose intolerance also reported resolution of their abdominal pain without a low-fructose diet.

The findings were presented today at American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting in San Antonio.

Lustig says fructose intolerance appears to be more common in teenage girls. Fructose intolerance can be mistaken for other gastrointestinal disorders that cause abdominal cramping and pain, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome.

“With fructose in everything from fruit to pre-packaged products, soft drinks, and honey, it is difficult to avoid so the challenge is finding those foods without fructose and still maintain a healthy nutritional balance," Lustig says. "While there is definitely a subset of patients who respond well to a low-fructose diet, it's challenging for patients who are fructose intolerant to maintain, especially teenagers. But the good news is that over half of patients who are fructose intolerant are able to maintain a low-fructose diet and are able to notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Health Department notified us that there have been several cases of Hepatitis A in Utah recently. Hepatitis A is usually food-borne, but can also be passed by close personal contact.

Our patients receive vaccinations against Hepatitis A at the 12 month and 18 month visits, so most of your children should be protected. Some teenagers may not have received the vaccine when they were little, although we try to catch them up when they start 7th grade. If you have any questions about your child's immunization status, feel free to call us at 801 565-1162 to check on it.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A to watch for would include: vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) and tiredness. If you or your child has these symptoms, please get checked.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Skinny Jean Syndrome


As one who occasionally dons the skinny jean, I was curious to read about
Skinny Jean Syndrome.

Apparently, it is the when your skinnies are so skinny that they can block some of the normal nerve conduction in the legs and lead to numbness and tingling. Today Dr. Lash saw his first case!

So all you hip moms and kids...maybe try jeggings?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Flu Clinic Days


There has been some confusion about our flu clinic days. Flu clinic days are by appointment only to minimize wait time. Patients that show up without an appointment may still receive the vaccine but will likely have to wait longer.


We have flu vaccine for all ages and for all insurance companies, self pay or under-insurance patients.


Flu Clinic Days:


Select Tuesdays 9-5


Wednesdays 2-5


Fridays 2-5


Saturdays 9-1

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Blog

The other day we were talking about how to best display pictures of our darling patients. Seeing as we are ├╝ber high-tech now, with our blog and facebook page, we thought we'd see if there is any interest in a side blog showcasing the new baby pics, halloween costumes, Christmas cards, and just cute pictures.

If you're interested in showing off your little one, just send us a pic at southpointpediatrics@gmail.com

The new blog will be southpointpatients.blogspot.com (it's still a work in progress as of yet)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Flu Shot Clinic at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday, Oct 2

I received this email from Real Salt Lake. It would be a great way for you parents to get your flu shots!

Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic" Sponsored by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and Community Nursing Services


Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

When: October 2, 2010 from 9am - 1pm.
Where: Rio Tinto Stadium – south parking lot.

Available to anyone 6 months and older.

Insurances accepted: Aetna, Altius, Blue Cross, DMBA, PEHP, SelectHealth, Summit Care, United Health Care, Medicare part B and some Medicare Advantage Plans. Cash price for the shot is $20. Roll in… Roll up… Roll out.

Sponsored by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and Community Nursing Services.
For more information call: (801) 207-8777