Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GIVEAWAY!


A few years ago Dr. Lash came up with a crazy idea to put together a Southpoint blog. 150 posts later, here we are. And to celebrate, we're doing what all good blogs do...a giveaway! But since we don't have any cute crafts to give away, and no one's all that excited for what we do have (shots?) we're going old school. Cold hard...gift card. $75 to Target. Think of all the unnecessary goodness you can splurge on!

Three ways to enter (if you do more than one, just let us know in your comment):
  1. Leave a comment with your favorite thing about our office, your doctor, or this blog
  2. Put a link with your favorite thing about Southpoint on your blog
  3. Put a link with your favorite thing about Southpoint on Facebook

We will end the fun Sunday at midnight and announce the winner Monday morning.

*If you have problems with the comment form, send an email to southpointpediatrics@gmail.com and we'll enter you 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

5K/ Family Fun Run for Craig Peterson

Do you know our sweet receptionist Cindy? She will always greet you with an empathetic smile or a kind grin. Her husband Craig Peterson has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and her family is hosting a fun run/auction to help support him. So get your running shoes on and come to support Cindy. You may even get to see your favorite doctor or MA in their running digs....a little scary but it's for a great cause.

Saturday May 14th
9-12
Jordan Hills Elementary School
(8892 South 4800 West West Jordan)

Call our office, or visit their facebook page here for more information.



Monday, April 25, 2011

Disney Princess Tricycles Recalled


9000 Disney Princess plastic racing tricycles were recalled last week. The Princess Castle on the handlebars could cut a child if they fell on it. If your child is a princess racing daredevil, call Kiddieland at (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.kiddieland.com.hk for a replacement part.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Screen-Free Week



So, we're a little slow on the uptake on this one. Sorry. But what's so special about the 18th-24th anyway? The 25th- 1st seems just as good. Try a few days screen-free...or at least screen-reduced. Is the average really 7 hours a day?? Seems like a lot. Think of everything you could get done in 7 hours. Maybe a good way to start is by documenting how much screen time your kids get, and if it is in the 7 hour range try to cut back a bit at a time until it is more reasonable. Good luck!


*time spent reading pediatric blogs does not count toward your total daily allowance

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Reaction or Just a Rash?

It's a common scenario: Your child is ill with a cough, runny nose and a fever. You go to the doctor and what do you know---there is an ear infection too. So you start on the Amoxicillin and are well on your way to feeling better. Things start looking up, but a few days into the treatment a rash develops. It's Saturday night, of course, and you call the office to talk to the on-call doctor. They tell you to stop the Amoxicillin and they'll call in a non-Penicillin antibiotic. Now your child is labeled "Allergic to Penicillin" forever. Yuck.

A new study found that perhaps the penicillin allergy might not be so straightforward. A group in Switzerland looked at 88 children who developed a rash after being on an antibiotic. A few months later they tested them for allergies to these antibiotics. Only 12% had positive skin tests, and only 7% developed a rash when taking the antibiotic again. However 2/3 tested positive for a virus, which likely caused the cough, runny nose...AND the rash. The antibiotic was likely a red herring.

So what does this mean for you? If your child has been labeled penicillin allergic based only on a rash (no breathing problems, hives, swelling or other symptoms) it may be worth doing a medically supervised oral challenge test to see if the rash really equalled an allergy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

social media

*adapted from HealthyChildren.org

According to a Common Sense Media poll from August 2009, 22 percent of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teens now own cell phones, and 25 percent use them for social media, 54 percent for texting, and 24 percent for instant messaging. Given the prevalence of social media, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addressed the issue last month with a new report. (Full version here.)

The new AAP guidelines include recommendations for pediatricians to help families navigate the social media landscape, including:

  • Advise parents to talk to children and adolescents about their online use and the specific issues that today's online kids face, such as cyberbullying, sexting, and difficulty managing their time.
  • Advise parents to work on their own "participation gap" in their homes by becoming better educated about the many technologies their children are using.
  • Discuss with families the need for a family online-use plan, with an emphasis on citizenship and healthy behavior.
  • Discuss with parents the importance of supervising online activities via active participation and communication, not just via monitoring software.
The AAP report outlines the positive effects of social media. Engagement in social media and online communities can enhance communication, facilitate social interaction and help develop technical skills. They can help tweens and teens discover opportunities to engage in the community by volunteering, and can help youth shape their sense of identity. These tools also can be useful adjuncts to-and in some cases are replacing-traditional learning methods in the classroom.

But because tweens and teens have a limited capacity for self-regulation and are susceptible to peer pressure, they are at some risk as they engage in and experiment with social media, according to the report. They can find themselves on sites and in situations that are not age-appropriate, and research suggests that the content of some social media sites can influence youth to engage in risky behaviors. In addition, social media provides venues for cyberbullying and sexting, among other dangers. Youth who are more at-risk offline tend to also be more at-risk online.

"Some young people find the lure of social media difficult to resist, which can interfere with homework, sleep and physical activity," Dr. O'Keeffe said. "Parents need to understand how their child is using social media so that they can set appropriate limits."

Parents also should educate their children about the ways social media sites can capture personal information about users, Dr. O'Keeffe said. Young people can harm their reputations and safety by posting personal and inappropriate information. And information about sites they visit may be captured and used to target them with advertising.

For additional resources about online safety for children and teens, visit SafetyNet.org.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Measles


There was a case of measles here in Utah this week. Here are a few tidbits about the condition:

  • Before the vaccine in the 1960s measles affected 4 million people a year, with nearly 500 deaths
  • Since the advent of the vaccine there are around 150 cases a year, with over 90% of these occurring in people who are unvaccinated
  • Children are routinely vaccinated at 12 months of age via the MMR vaccine (which has absolutely no proven link to autism)
  • Measles is highly contagious. The attack rate in a susceptible individual is over 75%. Hence, sending all unvaccinated kids home from Olympus High school, where the case was reported.
  • Measles presents with fever, fatigue, red eyes, runny nose and cough. A rash whitish/blue rash can develop in the mouth, and there can be a bumpy red rash that starts on the face and spreads down.
  • Patients tend to improve 48 hours after the appearance of the rash.
  • Patients are contagiousness 5 days before the appearance of rash to 4 days afterwards, with the most contagious period when the patient has a fever and a cough.
  • Complications from measles occur in about 1/4 of the cases, with ear infections, pneumonia, and diarrhea being the most common.
Given that only one case has been reported, and most children are vaccinated, it is unlikely your child will get the measles. But if you have questions or concerns, give us a call. We are happy to check your child out.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

662-CARS

Dr. Bosworth pointed out that yesterday's post may have been more confusing than clarifying. And after looking at it, I think he is right. So scrap the chart. If you have car seat questions, your best bet may be a live person- the experts at Primary Children's Medical Center. They've got answers to all your questions.

801-662-CARS



Monday, April 4, 2011

more car seat info

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In case you had questions on what kind of car seat your child should be in, here's the new algorithm from the AAP.

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If you want to read the whole thing you can go here