Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Civil War and Living History Weekend, Sept 30-Oct 2

Looking for something different this weekend? Want to bring history to life for your kids? Head up to the Heber Valley and visit their Civil War and Living History Weekend. All of the events are free, and they have all kinds of activities. A mock skirmish, artillery demonstration, quilt show, music, dancing and a cavalry demonstration. Should be a great time.

You can get more information at

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Asthma Education Class

Fall is coming! School days, football, leaves changing, and a chill in the air. It’s also the time when asthma attacks seem to come more frequently and last longer. As part of our continuing commitment to helping you improve your child’s well-being, Southpoint and Willowcreek-Draper Pediatric Clinics are pleased to offer a free education session for parents and caregivers of children asthma and other airway diseases. Dr. Darin Bosworth and Tim Bluth, Certified Respiratory Therapist, will present the latest in asthma management techniques and will be available to answer your questions. Feel free to bring your child’s peak flow meters, spacers and inhalers for individual consultation as well. 

Join us at the Southpoint Pediatric Clinic (9071 S. 1300 W. Ste. 301, West Jordan) on Thursday October 6 from 7 to 9 pm. Again, this event is free of charge, just RSVP to Rick Gordon, RN, Patient Care Coordinator for Southpoint Pediatrics, at 801-565-1162 x103 no later than September 30, 2011. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: October 6, 2011
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Southpoint Pediatric Clinic, 9071 S. 1300 W. Ste. 301, West Jordan, UT 84088
RSVP: By September 30 to Rick Gordon, RN, Patient Care Coordinator, 801-565-1162 x103

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sponge Bob Square Pants in Hot Water

You may have heard about a recent study that looked at children and their reaction to certain television shows. The researchers took 60 four-year-olds and let them either draw or watch 9 minutes of Caillou or Sponge Bob. Immediately after their activity they gave the kids a short test. The children who watched Sponge Bob did measurably worse than the Caillou or drawing group.

Although Sponge Bob may be annoying to some, it's the pace of the show more than the content that is the problem. It is fast paced with many different voices, pictures and scenes to help keep the child's attention. It was created for the early school age child, but typically watched by the preschool crowd and may not be appropriate for their young minds.

There was a great interview last week with one of the leading experts on children and TV that you can listen to here. It's about 5 minutes long, and very interesting. One of the points he makes is that we need to assess our purpose with watching TV. Is it for education? For learning? For entertainment? For babysitting? (Dora has done her fair share of babysitting at my house) All of those are valid reasons to turn on the tele. TV is not inherently bad--we should just be aware of what we are watching and why.

Friday, September 16, 2011

National Play-Doh Day--Today

So break out your Play-Doh and enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flu Vaccine Supply

We received a limited supply of VFC flu vaccines today (mist and shot) for children with Medicaid, CHIP, self pay and underinsured. We have flu vaccines (mist and shot) for all ages and all insurances.

Please call our office to set up an appointment in one of our flu clinics.

Flu Clinic days:
Tuesdays: 4 pm -7 pm
Wednesdays: 9 am - 1 pm
Fridays: 2 pm - 4 pm
Saturdays: 9 am - 1 pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Help Your Child Succeed, Tonight!

This event  is tonight at Willowcreek Draper Pediatrics (114 E 12450 S, Ste. 100 Draper, UT 84020) from 7-9. If your child has an IEP or a 504 come and get help navigating these often confusing waters. Please call our office with any questions.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bath Time 101

At first glance, bathing a baby seems a breeze. How hard can it be, right? But once you are actually holding your precious newborn, filling the tub and plopping them in it can be a little intimidating.  Here are a few tips to help you out.

Until the umbilical cord falls off sponge baths are the rule. It's pretty much like it sounds. You use a sponge, or a clean wash cloth, to wash the baby instead of immersing her in a tub. Start with the face (no soap yet) and gently clean her off with the wet cloth. Keep her covered and warm while you are bathing her, only exposing the area you are cleaning. Next use some soapy water to dip your cloth in and clean the rest of her body, paying attention to the crevices. You can finish up with lotion if you like. But beware, for the first week or so she is going to look like she is peeling and all the lotion in the world won't help.

Once the cord has fallen off bathe her around 3 times a week. You can use whatever area works best for you. A kitchen sink, a baby bath or the regular tub. Just fill the water (not too hot--make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees) up to the depth of your elbow. Support her head and put her in the tub. Then it's just like before. A little soap, a soft cloth, and clean the body, remembering those darn hidden spots like under the neck and in the diaper area. Cup your hand over her forehead to keep soapy water out of her eyes. Since the water won't completely cover her, pour some water over her occasionally to keep her warm. When you are done dry her off with a towel. The ones with the hoods work well to keep her from getting too cold.

One important point: NEVER leave your baby. Let the phone ring, the people at the door wait, the other children dump flour on the floor. Stay with your baby.

Initially bath time might not be her favorite activity, but she'll love it with time. As she gets older she can splash around and even play with toys. And there's nothing better than snuggling your clean baby when you get done.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Talking to kids about 9/11

Here are a few ideas about taking to your kids about the upcoming anniversary.

Monday, September 5, 2011

How many flu shots do I need?

This year’s policy contains a simplified dosing algorithm for administering the influenza vaccine to children depending on the child’s vaccine history and age at the time of the first administered dose:

  • Infants younger than 6 months are too young to be immunized.
  • Children 9 years of age and older need only 1 dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age need only 1 dose of the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine if they received at least 1 dose last season.
  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age should receive 2 doses if they did not receive any vaccine last season. The second dose should be administered at least 4 weeks after the first.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Helping Your Child Succeed in School: IEP and 504 Help

It’s Back-to-School time! For parents with children who have special health care or education needs, it’s also time to evaluate and update the Individual Education Plan (IEP). Southpoint and Willowcreek Draper Pediatrics will be co-sponsoring a family group meeting at Willowcreek Draper to help you navigate this complex process. Mandy Bennett, a special education teacher and mother of a special needs child, will be giving a presentation on managing the IEP/504 process and being an effective advocate for your child. This event is free of charge, just RSVP to Melissa White, Care Coordinator at Willowcreek Draper (801-576-5941) no later than noon, September 9, 2011. Please join us on September 13, 2011 at the Willowcreek Draper office at 114 E 12450 S, Suite 100, Draper, Utah 84020 (801-523-3001). See you there!

Family Group Activity
IEP and 504 issues: Helping your child succeed in school
September 13, 2011
Willowcreek Draper Pediatrics
114 E 12450 S, Ste. 100
Draper, UT 84020

Labor Day

We will be open Monday if you need us.