Friday, October 18, 2013

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

October is National Bully Awareness Month, and we just finished up Bully Awareness Week at Southpoint. The first step, as with most issues, is recognition. Thankfully, bullying is something more and more people are talking about. Hopefully it will become less of an issue for our kids as we all stand together to stomp out bullying.

Here are a few great resources:
Bullying: It's not OK
Avoiding Bullying
Take Action, Avoid Bullying
10 ways to respond to bullying
What to do if your child exhibits bullying behavior

Some pictures of our office during our Bully Awareness Week.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Salmonella Outbreak

There has been a recent outbreak of Salmonella associated with Foster Farms chicken, with two cases in Utah. Symptoms of Salmonella are fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, sometimes with blood or mucus. If your child has any of these symptoms they should be seen.

Utah has created a new website to help track food-borne illness outbreaks. If you think something you ate made you sick, go to and report your symptoms.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Decorative Contact Lenses

With Halloween around the corner, some of our teenage patients may be thinking of buying decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. What they might not realize is that while they may look cool, and give the edge to that Twilight costume, decorative lenses can also be dangerous. They have dye in them that can cause problems. One size does not fit everyone, and they can stop air from getting into the eye and trap germs underneath. These problems can be serious and lead to blindness, even if only worn for a few hours.

These lenses are FDA approved (with a prescription) after being measured by an eye care professional. However, lenses are sold illegally at costume shops and from online stores. Parents should keep an eye on any child who wears contacts, decorative or prescription. If there is redness, pain, light sensitivity, tearing or drainage from the eye the contact should be removed and see an eye care professional.