Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Wishes Benefit Concert This Saturday

Reminder of the benefit concert to help Children with Special Health Care needs is this Saturday December 22nd. Generous partners have donated gift baskets which will be available for raffle and silent auction.
100% of proceeds will be to benefit Children with Special Health Care needs in your community.
Children with Special Health Care needs are encouraged to attend. If you would like to submit a photo of your child with special health care needs, these photos will be used during Kyle Khou's performance. Please email the photo to
We look forward to seeing you there. We would love to see a large turnout to support children in your community. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors.

Friday, December 14, 2012


For the past two years we have had a super light flu season. Hardly any at all. This year we are not so lucky. The flu is here, and it is legit. I have seen more kids with influenza this week than I saw ALL of last season. So, if you haven't gotten your vaccine this is your chance.

If you are worried that your child might have the flu it is worth being seen sooner rather than later. Tamiflu, the medication used to treat influenza, needs to be given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms in order to be most effective. So if your child has cough, fever, aches, runny nose or just plain looks awful it is worth coming in. 

Super Kid of the Month

Medical Home is a service Southpoint provides for our "Super Kids". These are patients with special medical and developmental needs. We will be choosing a child to spotlight and introduce to you, our Southpoint family. If you have a child that qualifies for Medical Home and would like your child to be spotlighted, please call our Medical Home Coordinators at 801-565-1162 ext. 170

Qualifications for Medical Home include, but are not limited to:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Diagnosed Behavioral Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Developmental Delay Disorders

Muscular Disorders

If you would like to know more about Medical Home, please call our Coordinators.



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pesticides...oh, what to do??

So the American Academy of Pediatrics came out again saying that pesticides aren't awesome for kids. We figured as much :) But it is oh so tempting to pick the $2 giant gorgeous strawberries from Costco rather than the $5 scrawny organic ones. What's a mom to do?!?

I think the first thing to remember is that it is most important for our kids to eat healthy foods. A non-organic apple is better than an organic donut. And when we can, pick organic, but don't get in a tizzy if it's not going to happen. If you are trying to get the most bang for your buck, here are a list of foods that are more and less important to buy organic. You can print it here and keep it in your purse, if you like.

Next, we should try to avoid pesticide exposure in other areas of our life. This becomes an issues when we need to get rid of, say, pests! Try to use chemical free pest-control, when possible, for common household and yard insect issues. And if your kids are lucky enough to bring home head lice, ask for a low-toxicity medication. has some really good information on this topic. Check it out.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Super Kid of the Month

Medical Home is a service Southpoint provides for our "Super Kids". These are patients with special medical and developmental needs. We will be choosing a child to spotlight and introduce to you, our Southpoint family. If you have a child that qualifies for Medical Home and would like your child to be spotlighted, please call our Medical Home Coordinators at 801-565-1162 ext. 170

Qualifications for Medical Home include, but are not limited to:

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Diagnosed Behavioral Disorders
Neurological Disorders
Developmental Delay Disorders
Muscular Disorders

If you would like to know more about Medical Home, please call our Coordinators.



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Arsenic in Our Food

Arsenic has been getting a lot of press lately. And it's not because the classic movie is being re-released. It is because Consumer Reports recently issued a report that looked at the amount of arsenic in rice products, as well as in apple and grape juice. They found that the levels of arsenic was such that it might increase life-time cancer risk when these products are consumed over an extended period of time.

So...what does that mean for us? Well, first, more research needs to be done. I never want to radically change my lifestyle based off of one study. But it does give reason to pause, and think about what we are feeding our kids. I think that diversifying our diet is probably a good thing. Using cereals made from oats and wheat are probably better than rice anyway. (Remember this article from last year??) And juices...well, I am not a fan. Kids who drink juice are filling up on empty  (sweetened) calories and not as eager to eat a healthy, balanced, diet. I try to avoid them and only offer them on special occasions. Water or low-fat milk are better options.

I can't say for sure if this initial research about arsenic is going to prove true. But I am probably going to be a little more careful about what I feed my family, cutting back on rice and rice products and continuing to avoide juice.

If you want to learn more, here are a few resources:
Healthy Kids
Consumer Reports

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Super Kid of the Month

Medical Home is a new service Southpoint provides for our "Super Kids". These are patients with special medical and developmental needs. We will be choosing a child to spotlight and introduce to you, our Southpoint family. If you have a child that qualifies for Medical Home and would like your child to be spotlighted, please call our Medical Home Coordinators at 801-565-1162 ext. 170

Qualifications for Medical Home include, but are not limited to:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Diagnosed Behavioral Disorders

Neurological Disorders

Developmental Delay Disorders

Muscular Disorders

If you would like to know more about Medical Home, please call our Coordinators.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

We Hope You Never Need This...

We are providing CPR classes for parents. There are a limited amount of spaces (8 people) per class therefore, we will be charging $10.00, which will be refunded after class completion.

The class will be held:

Thursday October 25, 2012

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Southpoint Office

(Certification available for $5.00) 

Call our office and ask to speak to our Medical Home Coordinators

801-565-1162 ext. 170

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sleep Training

On Monday afternoon I spoke with a darling mom about sleep training for her 6-month-old child. She asked me a question that I frequently hear: "Are you sure this isn't going to scar my child???" I reassured her that not only would sleep training not scar her child, but it may help the whole family dynamic. A rested mom is a happy mom, and a happy mom is a happy child. A new study just came out to back me up. They followed over 200 8-month-olds with sleep problems for 6 years. Half of them went through sleep training, half did not. As expected, the sleep training camp had fewer sleep problems AND less maternal depression. There were also no negative long-term effects on the child's emotional well-being or behavior OR the parent-child relationship.

So...if sleep training is your thing, train away guilt-free. I am a huge sleep training advocate (although I also co-sleep with my babies when they are super young--don't tell the AAP!), and just this morning when my daughter Anna needed a little "refresher course" this knowledge made it a little easier to let her cry it out.

Sleep issues can be really draining on the whole family. If you are struggling, we would be happy to see you and talk it out. Good luck!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer Referral

We are almost done with the Summer Referral Giveaway. We've tried to get everyone's info when they came in, but a few may have slipped through the cracks. If you referred a new patient to our office, and they were seen in August, send us an email with your address and we'll make sure you get your gift card.

(We aren't doing gift cards for self referrals. Sorry!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Feeling the Love

We have been feeling the love of the world wide web lately, and wanted to share. Check out all the nice words about Southpoint and Dr. Packer from these two cute blogs:

My Sparkle
Hope Smiling Brightly

Thanks Danielle and Molly! And remember--we are still doing our August referral program. If a new patient lists you as how they found out about Southpoint we send you a $25 gift card to Target. A little help for your  back to school shopping budget.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Giveaway (of sorts)

Each summer we try to do a giveaway, usually with a $50 Target gift card as the prize. This year we thought we'd shake things up a bit. We are taking the luck out of the giveaway and putting it in your hands.This year we are doing a new patient referral program, just in time for back to school physicals.

Every new patient who you refer gets you a $25 Target gift card.  Some of the specifics...

  • The patient has to be seen in the month of August (not just scheduled, but seen)
  • The patient has to list you as their reference
  • They patient has to be new to our office, ie, not previously seen by one of our doctors or nurse practitioners 
  • Previous referrals are not eligible
  • Every patient counts as his or her own referral. For example, if you refer a family of 4 and we see all four bam. $100 in Target goodness for you.
  • There is no limit on the number of gift cards you can receive
We are really excited for this, and hope you will be to! Spread the word, tell your friends, and get yourself some Target love.

LEGACY Girls Study

Wasatch Pediatrics is participating in a research study sponsored by the Hunstman Cancer Center. The study is for girls ages 6-13 and their mothers. They will be looking at growth and development as well as breast cancer likelihood and outcomes.

If you are interested in participating or getting more information please contact 
Briar Doi at 801-585-7567 ( 
Karen O'Toole at 801-581-8795 (

Friday, July 20, 2012


We have seen a record high number of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 18,000 cases have been reported in the United States this year – more than twice the number reported this time last year.  547 cases of pertussis have been reported in Utah so far this year. The greatest incidence continues to occur among infants less than one year of age. Nationwide trends also indicate an increase in pertussis cases among school-age children. Similarly, Utah is experiencing an increase among school-age children 10-11 and 13-14 years of age.
Pertussis continues to be a health threat among infants and children who are not adequately vaccinated, as evidenced by the ongoing pertussis outbreaks in Utah. Pertussis vaccine is effective in preventing disease when given at the appropriate ages and intervals. It is important that infants and young children receive the pertussis vaccine by the recommended ages to prevent the serious consequences that can result from pertussis. It is equally important for adolescents and adults to be vaccinated against pertussis to protect themselves and others who are too young to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated due to health conditions. We offer vaccination for patients, their parents and other caregivers here in our office. Just call and schedule a nurse visit and we will get you protected.

For more information on pertussis, visit here
To read an article about increased pertussis rates in Washington and nationwide trends, visit here

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet Helen Aoki, CPNP-PC

We are so excited about the growth at Southpoint. Helen will be working with Dr. Ridge, and we feel lucky to have her as part of the Southpoint team.  She trained under Dr. Ridge and will be working with him to supplement and expand the mental health services that he offers. She sees patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety and other co-morbid mental health issues.

Helen Aoki was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. She moved to Utah after high school to attend nursing school at the University of Utah. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and her Master’s of Science in Nursing- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah. Prior to joining Southpoint Pediatrics, she worked at Primary Children’s Medical Center on the Neuroscience Trauma Unit for 12 years. She is married and has two children, a daughter and a son. In her free time she enjoys golfing, boating, running and cooking.

Dr. Ridge's Parenting Workshops

Dr Ridge is doing another round of parenting workshops in August. Classes will be held once a week from 6:00-7:00 p.m for 10 weeks.  They are held on Tuesday nights starting August 28th.

Space is limited, and fills up fast! 

One of my friends took this class, and LOVED it. Here's a snippet of what she put on her blog (unprompted by me):

 I couldn't have anticipated the effect this amazing little chart and system would have on my son.  He truly loves it and it works better than I could have imagined.  I got the idea from the parenting class I'm taking.  If you can take one of these classes, do it.  Don't be ashamed.  You don't have to be out of control to finally take a class.   

If you are interested in signing up, and want more information, please contact Kim at 801-565-1162 Ext 107

(Discount is available for early sign-up.)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grief and Children

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Sierra Newbold. We are struck and deeply saddened by the loss of this sweet little girl. Many of our patients knew Sierra and are struggling with the tragedy of her death. Here are a few resources to help your child deal with grief and tragedy.

Grief and Getting Back to Normal
Crime, Violence and Your Child
Helping Children Handle Stress
Helping a Child Manage Fears

A great local resource is the Bradley Center for Grieving Children and Families.
9584 Royal Heights Drive
South Jordan, UT

Our child psychologist, Nate Ridge, is also available.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Don't get burned!

**Warning, there is a picture at the end of this post that is a little graphic. So if you are of the squeamish sort, don't scroll down.

Last Friday I got the kind of phone call that is never fun for moms to get. The one with your child SCREAMING in the background. My 16-month-old little girl was toddling around and followed my mom outside to their deck. She stepped onto the metal threshold of the door and let out a wail. My mom quickly grabbed her, but the damage was done. She had second-degree burns covering the bottom of her foot. Oh, poor baby.

When we took her to the Burn Center they told us that they see this type of injury commonly. Toddlers don't have good balance, and will often freeze when they are getting burned instead of removing their foot. They said they see it from hot asphalt, door thresholds, etc. It's one of those things that we should think about, but often don't. Luckily little Anna healed well and was back to her busy self within a few days.

A few reminders to keep your kids safe and burn free (adapted from the University of Utah Burn Center handout)

1. Keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge. All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges. Curious children may reach up and grab handles or cords.

2. Adequate and constant supervision is the single most important factor in preventing tap water scalds. Provide constant adult supervision of young children or anyone who may experience difficulty removing themselves from hot water on their own.

3. Set water heater thermostats at a temperature no higher than 120 F. An easy method to test this is to allow hot water to run for 3-5 minutes then test with a candy, meat or water thermometer. Adjust the water heater and wait a full day to allow the temperature to change. Re-test and readjust as needed.

4. When using a gas grill, check all connections leading from the fuel source to the inlet connection of the grill for leaks. A leak can be detected by spraying soapy water at the connections. If bubbles surface, there is a leak. SHUT TANK VALVE OFF and tighten all the connections. If leaks continue, have a certified dealer check the grill before using it again.

Scroll down for the pictures of Anna's foot, and watch those hot surfaces!

A week later at her follow-up visit 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Car Seat Safety

We are always asked "when can you turn a child's car seat around" or "when can they go to a booster seat", click here to have all your questions answered about car seats and how to properly install them.

Primary Children's maintains a SafeKids Inspection Station for families who would like help learning the proper way to use and install car seats. For appointments or questions call 801-662-CARS and leave your name, phone number and your question or concern.

Below are the 2 locations where you can have your car seat checked:

Primary Children's Medical Center:

Primary Children's Riverton Outpatient Services:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fake Adderall sold online

The FDA has issued a warning that rouge websites are selling fake Adderall. The medication has not (yet) been reported to be harmful, but it does not contain the active ingredients of true Adderall.

Some signs that the Adderall is fake:
1. The product comes in a blister package
2. There are misspellings on the package. For example:
  • The package reads “NDS” instead of “NDC”
  • “Aspartrte” instead of “Aspartate”
  • “Singel” instead of “Single”
3. The tablets are white in color, round in shape, and are smooth
4. The tablets have no letter or number markings on them
Read more here

Monday, May 21, 2012

Water Safety Tips

Here are some helpful tips on water safety from the AAP and You can also click here for more information on bike, sun, bug and playground safety.

  • Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach.
  • If the house serves as the fourth side of a fence surrounding a pool, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool.
  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook - a long pole with a hook on the end - and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
  • Children age 4 and older should be taught to swim. Parents may choose to start swimming lessons before age 4 if their children are developmentally ready, but swim programs should never be seen as “drown proofing” a child of any age.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision"
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Dear 16 year old me:

    We put this up last year, but with summer approaching it is a good reminder to lather up.


    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Recall of Good Start Gentle Formula

    One lot of Good Start Gentle powdered infant formula is being recalled because of a bad odor. The affected formula is sold in a 23.2-oz. plastic package, and an expiration date of March 5, 2013.

    There have been no adverse effects other than increased spitting up.

    Families who have the product with the batch code and expiration date above should contact the Gerber Parents Resource Center at 1-800-487-7763 for replacement.

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Bumbo Recall/Warning

    A warning has come out on how to properly use a Bumbo. There have been reports of 28 children falling out of the chairs, including three skull fractures which occurred when children fell out of chairs that were on a table. This isn't a true recall, but just a reminder of how to safely use the Bumbo. Never place the Bumbo on an elevated surface such as a counter top or table, no matter how tempting it is. 

    I loved my Bumbo and found it really helpful during that stage when babies want to sit up and be part of the action, but aren't quite strong enough to do it on their own. As long as it's used properly it can be great.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Happy Birthday Leapsters!

    We wanted to give a big shout out to our 16 patients who are celebrating their birthday today.
    Happy Happy Birthday! Hope it's an extra-special day.

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    i heart crafty things

    I saw one of our cute families today for a 5-year old visit and commented on how ready he was for Kindergarten. His mom told me that she does a lot of educational crafts with them, and then blogs about them so we can all share the wealth. She's got some great ideas. She often pairs a craft with a book which makes it even more fun.

    This is one of my favorites.  Happy Crafting!

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Fun Game

    If your kids are fans of online games, check this out-- It is a kid-friendly trivia, and each correct answer earns grains of rice to be donated to the World Food Programme.  Win-win!

    Friday, February 17, 2012

    Tylenol Recall

    The makers of Tylenol are announcing a voluntary recall of Grape Infants' Tylenol. The medication itself is fine, but some parents have had problems with the newly redesigned bottles, which include a protective cover and a syringe.  If you have this medication (and have had problems with it) you can find out how to get a refund here.  

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    There's still time!

    Typically by this time of year flu season is in full swing and starting to wind down. But this year we are just getting February! Crazy. This likely means that flu season will hit later and last longer. Which means that there is still time to get your flu shot. It is especially important for children under one year. Babies above 6 months can get vaccinated, and need a booster shot one month after the initial dose. In our crazy lives this booster shot is easily forgotten, but it is really important.

    We're still doing vaccinations for parents, so the whole family can join in on the fun. You don't even need an appointment. Just walk on in and we'll get you all protected.

    Here's to healthy kids and a happy flu-free spring.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Just trying to do our best...

    Almost every mom I see is just trying to do her very best to raise her kids. We all fall down and make mistakes, but luckily for us most of the time the kids turn out great even with our foibles.

    I recently read a great little blog article about being a mom, being kind to others, and trying to make our way through parenthood, and I thought I'd pass it on. Enjoy.

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Parenting Classes

    Dr. Ridge is offering more parenting classes. Click on each handout to make it more readible. Please contact Kim, at our office, if you are interested or would like more information.

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Acetaminophen Dosing

    In 2009 the FDA noted that there were multiple accidental overdosages of acetaminophen (or Tylenol) to infants. Part of the problem was that there were multiple strengths of the drug, leading to confusion on how much to give. So they recommended a single concentration of liquid acetaminophen for pediatric use be available OTC. Manufacturers switched to a single, stronger concentration of 80 mg/0.8 mL and marketed it as "infant" to avoid the dosing errors.

    But recently, there has been concern about the stronger concentration being MORE harmful if overdosed. So a new lower concentration (160 mg/5 mL) is being introduced for infants. Supposedly, the stronger concentration is being phased out and in theory eventually there will be one version of infant/children's acetaminophen, the 160 mg/5mL. 

    But until this happens there are two DIFFERENT forms of acetaminophen out there, both labeled "Infant." Last week a parent told me they had "Infant drops" and I gave them the traditional "Infant" dosing. But after looking at the label I realized that it was the new formulation, and had given them incorrect dosage instructions. So you must read the labels very carefully to make sure you are giving the correct dose. If you mix up the doses and give the higher volume of the more concentrated drug, it could have serious consequences for your baby. 

    This is a decent dosing chart. If you have any questions, please call our office.