Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Well-Child Check Reminder Calls

Starting tomorrow (1/26/11) we are trying out a new system that will give a reminder call to patients who are behind on their vaccines or need a well-child check up.

We are hoping the system does a fantastic job, but there are always glitches. If you get a call but are pretty sure your child is up to date, go ahead and give us a call and leave a message for the medical assistant. They will double check your child's vaccines record and call you back. (We have over 300 calls that will be going out in the next week, so if we don't get back to you right away....forgive us. We will call you before we close at 8:00 pm.)

Hopefully this will help our patients stay healthy, and take one thing off your plate.

Flu Vaccine Update

We no longer have FluMist for patients with regular insurance. We do still have flu shots for all ages and insurance as well as FluMist for patients that require VFC vaccine (Medicaid, no insurance, under-insured).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Parenting Books

During my "nesting" for this new baby, I came across some parenting books and thought it might be worthwhile to pass on a few of our favorites. This list is by no means inclusive, but it's a good place to start. Happy reading!

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth
Last week I had a rough time getting my 2 year old to stay in her own bed. After one long night, and a few tears, I remembered this great sleeping book. I broke it out and re-read the chapter on toddlers. I followed Dr. Weissbluth's advice, and the next night was worlds better. His program is simple and it works, but you do have to be okay with listening to your child cry initially. If that's not your style, Nighttime Parenting by Dr. William Sears is a good alternative.

Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown
This is the book I give as gifts for baby showers. It's written by a Pediatrician and a mom, in a question and answer format. Things like, "How much should my baby be eating/sleeping/peeing/pooping at 4 months?" "How long are naps supposed to be?" or "I have chosen to feed my baby formula. What formula should I use?" It answers all those questions that you had at your well-child visit, but forgot to ask.

If you have a colicky baby, this book is a lifesaver. Dr. Karp explains different ways to soothe your crying baby. The techniques don't work every single time, but it's nice to have something in your arsenal when you're all out of tricks.

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
This is Dr. Lash's go-to book for child care questions. It's an oldy but a goody.

This is another of Dr. Lash's favorites. It is great for acute illnesses, "Do I really need to go to the Dr?" questions and behavioral issues.

Dr. Terry Brazelton has some great books on child development and behavioral issues (discipline, potty training, feeding, sleep, aggression, sibling rivalry, etc).

1,2,3...Magic by Thomas Phelan, PhD
This is a good discipline book for toddlers through school age children. It discusses how to effectively use time out.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

hot tip

If you buy Pampers* diapers, Amazon is the way to go. Through their Subscribe and Save program you get 30% off. You sign up for a recurring order (I do monthly) and a week before it ships they send you an email reminding you of your order so you can change or cancel as you like. You can also have the order come early, but it takes a few days to get here after you order it.

I wasn't sure it was a great deal until last week when I ran out of diapers a few days early (one of the downsides) and went to Walmart to buy some more. I paid $26.50 for 92 diapers. When I came home I found the diapers on my front porch (drat! should have waited) and realized that for $28.10 I got 156. I also checked Sam's club and there the 156 count is $38.98. If you join the Amazon Mom club you get 2-day free shipping, too.

{yes, this girl is still in diapers. she tells us that when her baby comes next month she is going to start going in the toilet...}

*I am not in any way endorsing Pampers--as a Pediatrician I have no opinion as to which diapers are best. As a mom, Pampers fit my little girl well and if I can find a good deal on them...even better.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Bugs

We are starting to see more and more influenza cases. If your child needs a second dose of flu vaccine (check out this for more information) come on in and get it. We still have about 50 doses of FluMist left, and a few hundred doses of injectable Flu vaccine. If your child is under a year it is especially important to get them immunized.

Also, we've started to see more RSV and strep. I thought this was a decent overview of RSV and this and this good articles about strep.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Calling All Artists

If you've been in our office lately you know it looks vastly different than it did a few years ago. We are almost done with our remodel, just putting the finishing touches here and there. In our waiting room we are going to rotate artwork created by our amazingly talented patients. If your child wants to draw a picture please bring in an 8x10 masterpiece at your next visit.

Thanks in advance to all you Picassos, Monets and Van Goghs out there!