Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

We will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve for sick visits only. Dr. Buchanan and Dr. Packer will be the doctors in the office on those days. We will only be open in the morning on both days. Our phones will turn on at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Great American Smokeout

Every year the American Cancer Society chooses one day to encourage people to stop smoking for 24 hours and to quit for good. It's called the Great American Smokeout, and it is tomorrow, November 18th. So, to all you parents out there who know you need to quit...tomorrow is your day. If you needed anymore motivation (although I know you don't--those darlings are enough) here are a few tidbits.
  • Living with someone who smokes (even if they only smoke outside) makes kids more likely to have ear infections, lung infections, SIDS, obesity, worse asthma and allergies.
  • Smokers are more likely to be depressed.
  • Any amount of smoke (not just high levels) causes genetic abnormalities in lung cells which can lead to cancer.
  • People who quit smoking AND change eating habits at the same time are more successful at both.
  • Children whose parents smoke are twice as likely to begin smoking.
  • Brad Pitt did it for his kids. You can too.
We know that quitting can be really really hard. There are some great resources out there. Check them out, and Butt Out tomorrow!

You can do it.

The Flu and You

Worried about getting your flu shot? Worried you don't need it, or it will give you the flu, or it will cause all kinds of bad diseases???

Read this. Then come in and get your child protected. We still have vaccine (mist and shot) available, for all insurances and all ages.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Retraction, of sorts

After reading Tuesday's post about Vicks VapoRub, Dr. Bosworth reminded us of a few of the potential pitfalls of using VapoRub. A few years ago there were some deaths associated with camphor (one of the ingredients in VapoRub) toxicity. The camphor levels in these incidents were very high, and were likely ingested. So, take home point #1: Don't eat it.

Last year a study came out that showed respiratory distress in small infants and children who used VapoRub, as it caused them to have more mucus production. Take home point #2: Don't use it near the mouth or the nose.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

VapoRub...helpful or just a big hoax?

Vicks VapoRub. Grandmas swear by it. But does it really work? A new study in Pediatrics is validating Grandmas everywhere. 138 sick kids in Pennsylvania were divided into three groups: some got VapoRub plastered on their chest, some got Vasoline, and some got nothing. The kids who woke up smelly ended up doing the best. The VapoRub group had less cough and congestion and slept better. There was no difference in runny nose. About half of the VapoRub kids had minor skin reactions, such as tingling, burning or red skin.

So this cold season, it might not hurt to follow Grandma's and lather on the Vicks.

Breast or's all the same to mom

There is a commonly held idea (with some scant research to back it up) that babies who eat formula sleep longer. But no one has ever looked at how much sleep mom gets with a breastfed baby compared to one who takes formula. And really, isn't it how well rested mom is that counts?

Researchers in West Virginia decided to do some sleuthing. They took 80 moms and followed them for 12 weeks. Some breast fed exclusively, some bottle fed exclusively, and some did both. They had the moms keep sleep diaries and they wore monitors to measure their sleep. Somewhat surprisingly, they found that there was no real difference in the amount of sleep that mom enjoyed.

At first glance, the results seem a little counterintuitive. If babies sleep longer with formula filled tummies, shouldn't mom sleep longer too? The authors theorized that breastfeeding moms were able to fall asleep faster. They didn't have to wake up completely to mix formula, and some of the hormones associated with breastfeeding promote drowsiness in babies, making it easier to get them back to sleep.

However it works, it is one more reason to try and stick with breastfeeding.

Day After Thanksgiving

We will be open the day after Thanksgiving 11/26/10 for sick visits only. We hope that you won't need us but if you do...know that we are open. Dr. Bosworth and Teresa McNaught will be the providers in the office. The phones will turn on at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Get your books

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, the Salt Lake County Library is having their annual book sale. It will be held tomorrow and Saturday (November 5-6) from 10:00 to 6:00 at the Sandy Library (10100 South Petunia Way, which is around 1400 East). Most items are under a dollar, cash or check only. They don't allow strollers, so bring your Baby Bjorn.

I can see more extensive libraries and smarter kids already.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Read to Me

Want to boost your child's chances of finishing high school or going to college? Load up your shelves with books. A new study out of the University of Nevada found that simply having books in the home was a better predictor of a child's future education level than was how much schooling their parents had. Having a library of 25 books (children's or adult) in the home gave children a greater chance of getting an extra year of education. A library of 500 or more led to an extra 3.2 years of education!

Now, it's likely the effect does not come from just having books in the home, but rather how they are used and regarded. But it is a good reminder to all of us to keep fodder for young minds head out to the library or the bookstore and stock those shelves.

Monday, November 1, 2010

After Hour Appointments

We have after hour sick appointments Monday - Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is a "after hours" fee for all these appointments, but it is cheaper than an ER visit.