Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stomach Bug

We've seen a nasty stomach bug going around lately. No fun. If you're child comes down with it try to start clear fluids as early as possible. If they are having a hard time keeping anything down go slow, giving them as little as a teaspoon every 15 minutes or so. Anything is better than nothing. A child should have at least 3 wet diapers a day or one wet diaper every 10 hours. Fewer would indicate dehydration and likely need IV fluids.

For more information on gastroenteritis (the fancy word for the stomach flu) go here.

If you really want to know more, go here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

BBQ



The Buchanan's graciously hosted a BBQ last night for all of our providers. Dr. Buchanan has an amazing yard and his wife is an amazing cook. Throw in a snow cone machine and you've got the perfect recipe for a great evening. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chicken pox deaths down 97%


Since most of us had chickenpox as a child, I think we sometimes take it less seriously than we should. This article from CNN is a good reminder of why we vaccinate. 
  
Deaths from chickenpox (the varicella virus) have dropped 97 percent in adolescents and children since the use of the vaccine began in 1995, new analysis shows.
 
"I think there's certainly the potential for very little disease in the future and very few deaths if we are to fully implement and maintain that program," said Jane Seward, deputy director, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study appears in journal Pediatrics. Researchers from the CDC looked at data from 1990 to 2007.
"Every kid did get chickenpox and, in the pre-vaccine era, there were 3-4 million cases a year," Seward said. "What people may not have realized, every year, about 105 people died of chickenpox. About half of those were children and about 11,000-12,000 were hospitalized with severe complications. We started preventing the disease to really prevent those very serious complications."
Among adults younger than 50, the decline was 96 percent; overall, the decline was 88 percent.  Seward pointed out that adults get more serious chickenpox than children and also need two doses of the vaccine.
"They have about twenty times higher risk of dying from chickenpox than children do. So it is really important for adults who haven't had chickenpox to get the vaccine."

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pacifier Recall


Pampers is recalling their "Natural Stages" pacifier.  The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to young children. The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package and were sold April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6. 


If you have one do not use it. Call the company at 800-447-1224 or visit key-baby.com for a full refund or $10 coupon toward the purchase of any Pampers Natural Stages products.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Holiday Hours


We will be open Saturday July 23rd and Monday July 25th. As always, we hope you don't need us over the holiday, but we will be there if you do.

Monday, July 18, 2011

WhiteOut

There's a new movement in children's dietary health, being led by Dr. Alan Greene, a Pediatrician from Stanford. The idea is that children eat too many refined, processed carbs, and part of the problem may be the foods we are feeding them from the get go, specifically rice cereal. Giving them rice cereal early on may give children a taste for refined foods, that later in life leads to obesity. Instead, he suggests, we should start with whole grains and real foods.

I haven't seen any good scientific data to back this up, but it does make sense. We know whole grains are better for us than refined carbs, and starting our babies off on them is probably a good idea.

You can read more about Dr. Greene's campaign here at his website.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Firework Safety



Utah fireworks laws changed this year, making fireworks more accessible to the public. Fireworks are legal from from June 26 – July 26 and some types of aerial fireworks are now legal for home use. With these changes we thought we'd remind you of a few common sense safety tips, take from here, the Utah Department of Public safety.


  • You must be at least 16 years of age to handle or light fireworks.
  • Fireworks need space from trees, carports, structures, or other obstacles. Aerial or “cake” fireworks need at least a 30 foot bubble of clearance around on the ground and above in the air. Some need as much as 150 feet clearance in the air.
  • Should a firework misfire or not light, do not attempt to re-ignite.
  • Children in Utah are burned each year by sparklers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision. Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Hold a sparkler at arm’s length from your body and do not wave sparklers or run while holding sparklers. Stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
  • After a firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.


Monday, July 11, 2011

New Safe Treatment for Lice

If your little one comes home with the dreaded critters, there is a new home remedy that has proven to be effective using Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. You apply the cleanser to the hair, wait 2 minutes and then comb it out. Eight hours later wash the hair with regular shampoo. Repeat once weekly for 3 weeks. Out of 131 patients studied 97% were cured of their lice using this method.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Recalls


Rhino Oball Links and Mini Rattles
 The ends of the chain can break and pose a choking hazard. Call 888-250-9969 for a refund.



Baby Jogger Jump Seats
 The seat doesn't lock properly and the child can fall out. Call 877-506-2213 for safety straps.


Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers

The stuffing and rattle can be pulled out and pose a choking hazard. Return to any Walgreens for a full refund.