Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keeping kids safe and warm while in the car

Winter is here, and if you have little ones that means trying to keep them warm while shuttling to and fro in the car. One of the tricky things is to get a good car seat fit with all of the "fluff" that winter brings; the "fluff" being anything that didn't come with the car seat that we use to make it cozier (coats,blanket type inserts, etc). While these things are really appealing, they can actually make the car seat not fit properly and consequently unsafe. There is a great blog post from The Car Seat Lady where she goes into a ton of detail about what can cause problems and how to fix them. You can read it here.  The gist of it is that all those cozy things can bulk up your child, making them bigger than they actually are. So when you tighten down the straps you are tightening on coats, sleeping bag inserts, etc, and not on the actual child. But if you were to get in an accident those things are so easily compressible it is like they aren't even there, and then the care seat straps on your child are really loose, putting them at risk. It's worth reading the article--I learned quite a bit!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Super Kid!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Flu Clinics


We now have flu vaccine (mist and shot) for ALL insurances, Medicaid, CHIP and Self Pay.
Please call our office to make your appointment!
Flu clinic days are...
Tuesdays 2:00 - 7:00
Thursdays 9:00 - 1:00
Fridays 2:00 - 7:00
Saturdays 9:00 - 1:00
We also offer flu vaccine (mist and shot) and pertussis vaccine to parents.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Parental Pertussis Vaccination

In my opinion, the pertussis vaccination is one of the more important vaccinations we offer. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and can make babies very very sick. We start the vaccination series at 2 months old but it isn't until 6 months old that they have a decent immunity (and the series isn't completed until they are 5, with a booster at age 12). The best way to protect those vulnerable babies under 6 months is to vaccinate those around them--namely their siblings and parents. Pertussis vaccination is so important to babies that it is one of only two vaccines that we offer to parents (influenza is the other).

A new study came out looking at how effective vaccinating parents is. Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis when their parents had been immunized. You can read more about the study here. And you can find some great info about pertussis here.

If you haven't gotten your pertussis booster (the Tdap for adults) please see your health care provider or come into our office and we will be happy to get you and your baby protected.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Effectiveness of different types of birth control

This is an interesting look at the number of unplanned pregnancies over the course of 10 years with different types of birth control. I was surprised at how ineffective many of them were!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enterovirus D-68 Update

Looks like EV D-68 is making its way to Utah. Here is a good interview with Dr. Andy Pavia, an Infectious Disease specialist at Primary Children's Hospital.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Enterovirus D-68

You may have heard about the "mystery virus" that has popped up in some parts of the country and is all over the news. Nearly 1000 children have been affected by this respiratory virus that starts with symptoms similar to the common cold, but can be more serious in children with underlying breathing problems such as asthma, or in children under 5. The virus has been identified as Enterovirus D-68 and has been found in ten states: Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky. There have been no cases in Utah, but if the spread continues chances are that we will see it as well.

Symptoms include runny nose, cough, sneezing and wheezing. The onset of symptoms can be quick. Within hours, typical cold systems can turn into breathing difficulties, sometimes accompanied by wheezing, cough, rash or fever. If your child has any wheezing or difficulty breathing, please have them seen as soon as possible. While most children do very well and recover without any treatment, a small percentage require hospitalization.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Flu Vaccine Clinics

We are currently scheduling for flu vaccines in our flu clinics. Flu clinic days are...
Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:30
Thursdays 9:00 - 1:00
Fridays 2:00 - 4:30
Saturdays 9:00 - 1:00
We currently have flu vaccine (mist and shot) for patients with regular insurance.
We currently DO NOT have any flu vaccine for patients with Medicaid, CHIP or are Self Pay.
We also offer flu vaccine (mist and shot) and pertussis vaccine to parents!
Please call our office and make your appointments today!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


With the tragic news of Robin William's suicide, Depression is on our collective mind. This is a fairly good article on Childhood Depression and how parents can help. We are incredibly lucky to have a great mental health team as part of Southpoint Pediatrics. If you would like to talk about any mental health concerns you have please give us a call and schedule an appointment.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Too darn hot

As temperatures are soaring, there has been more awareness about leaving children in parked cars. But did you know that even on cooler days leaving kids in a parked car can be dangerous?

Heat stroke is the second leading cause of non-traffic fatalities among US children, second only to backovers (where drivers unknowingly run over children while backing up a vehicle.)  Ninety percent of the children who die of heat stroke in cars are aged 3 years and younger.

Little bodies heat up fast—at 3 to 5 times the rate of adults’ bodies—putting children at high risk for heat stroke.  A child whose core body temperature reaches 107°F experiences cell death and organ shutdown, leading to death.

In 2005 some researchers measured the temperature rise in a dark sedan on 16 different clear, sunny days, ranging in temperature from 72°F to 96°F.  The study found that the rate of temperature rise inside the car didn't depend on how hot it was outside. On average, the increase was 3.2°F every 5 minutes, and 80% of the temperature rise occurred during the first 30 minutes.

How hot the care eventually got depended on how hot it was outside, but even at 72°F, the internal temperature reached 117°F.6 The researchers noted that, on average, internal temperatures increased 40°F.
Leaving the windows cracked open did not significantly slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature.

Even with outside temperatures as low as in the 60s, a car can heat up to much higher than 110°F.

So what is a parent to do? First (obviously) don't knowingly leave your children in the car. But many of the cases of heat stroke or death occurred when parents forgot about their child in the back seat. David Diamond, PhD, a leading expert said, "“The first thing to emphasize...is this happens to all kinds of people. This does not seem to target irresponsible people. It targets people who, in fact, are aware of this phenomenon. There are quite a few parents who have learned of other parents leaving kids in cars, and they judge them very harshly. Those are the very same parents who then forget their kids and their kids die. So, no one is immune from making this memory error. I tell people, if you’re human and have ever forgotten anything (if you satisfy those 2 criteria), then you can forget a child in a car.”

 The problem seems to occur when parents depart from their normal habits or daily patterns. For example, a parent who doesn’t normally take his or her child to daycare, but does on that one day, is more likely to forget that child in the car, Diamond explains.“From a neuroscientific perspective, forgetting a child is [like] when you’re driving home from work and you intend to stop along the way just to go to the store, and you forget to go the store. You just drive home.”

The question remains, what is a parent to do? Most importantly, recognize that anyone can inadvertently leave their child in the car. There are some products out there that may also be helpful. Here's one that looks promising.  

A few more tips:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids Worldwide, and their safety partners recommend that people transporting children take these steps:
-Never leave children alone in or around cars, not even for a minute.
-Put something you'll need such as your cell phone, handbag, employee ID, or briefcase on the floorboard in the back seat.
-Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind. This will soon become a habit. NHTSA calls this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.
-Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It's a visual reminder that any time the stuffed animal is up front, you know the child is in the back seat in a child safety seat.
-Make arrangements with your child’s daycare center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled.
-Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway, and always set your parking brake.
-Keys and/or remote openers should never be left within reach of children.
-Make sure all child passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
-When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks immediately.
-If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If the child looks hot or appears to be sick, get the child out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
-Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes, and periods of crisis or holidays.
-Use drive through services when available (eg, restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners).
-Use a debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump.

 Keep those kids safe! Happy Summer!

ACT for Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends that caregivers use the acronym ACT as a safety reminder:
A: Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. Also, make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something on the back seat of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.
Safe Kids Worldwide.

Heat stroke safety tips:
PDF: ContemporaryPediatrics.com/heat-stroke-tips-PDF
HTML: ContemporaryPediatrics.com/heat-stroke-tips-HTML
Frequently asked questions:
Social media guide:
Poster: ContemporaryPediatrics.com/heat-stroke-poster
Print ad: ContemporaryPediatrics.com/heat-stroke-print-ad
Sample press release:
See more at: www.safekids.org/take-action-prevent-heatstroke

Thursday, June 26, 2014

1 More Day!

1 more day until our Bike Fair!

Come and join us for some fun!! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bike Safety Fair

It is almost here!!!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Dear 16-year-old Me

Welcome Summer! I know I have put this on the blog twice already, but if you have teenagers who are craving that golden bronze tan, please have them watch it.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Iodine Supplements for Pregnant or Nursing Mothers

The AAP released new recommendations that pregnant or nursing women should get an extra boost of iodine. About 150 mcg via a supplement. It is thought to help in the development of your child's brain. In the past, American's got plenty of iodine in salt. But since much of our salt consumption comes from processed foods that are not supplemented with iodine, there is concern that iodine levels may be lower than is ideal.

You can read more here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Cell Phone Laws in Utah


A new law going into effect last Tuesday will add tighter restrictions on what a person can and cannot do with their cell phone while driving their car. 
While it was already illegal in Utah to send a text message while driving, the new law will update Utah's code to also restrict practices such as playing games, checking a Facebook status, and reading or writing an email on a cell phone while driving.
Basically, if drivers are doing anything other than using the device for a phone, they might be cited for using their cell phone illegally. The only exception is if the phone is being used for directions via GPS. 
"They can use it for navigating, but people cannot read, write or send communications, dial a number, surf the Internet, view or record a video or enter data," said Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George, the house floor sponsor of the legislation when it was up for final debate in March. 
Ipson explained the new law will give law enforcement officials more clarity on what can or cannot be done with a phone while behind the wheel. In the past police have struggled with the old law, which basically banned sending a text message while driving, because drivers could say they were checking an email or playing a game and not texting. 
The new law is a primary offense, and violators could be charged a $100 fine if caught using their phone unlawfully.  
Sgt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol explained the new law will require many Utahns to change their cell phone behavior. He said UHP is planning to emphasize education at first when pulling over drivers in the coming weeks who are using their phone illegally, meaning more warnings will be written than actual tickets. 
Royce also noted the law clearly states an individual's car has to be in motion to be violating the law.

(original article found here)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bike Safety Fair

Now that the sun is out and school is coming to a close, it is time to dust off the kids' bikes and
May is Bike Safety month and Southpoint will be holding a
Bike Safety Fair
Saturday, June 28th
Come and have fun with us and learn all about bike safety. We are holding a bicycle safety clinic featuring:
-Bike safety stations for the older kids including a track to practice traffic laws.
-Bike courses for the younger kids to ride and learn skills and practice bike safety.
-Helmet fitting and prizes.
-Minor bike maintenance assistance.
-Raffle for 3 bikes!!!!
Don't miss:
-Princesses (to be announced) will be there to sign autographs and take pictures.
-Face painting
-Purchase breakfast fromThe Matterhorn French Toast Food Truck.
Put June 28th at Southpoint on your calendar!!
SPONSORED BY: Jerk Bikes, UDOT, and
Salt Lake County "Safe Kids"

Monday, May 5, 2014


We wanted to express our gratitude to everyone that came out and supported our fundraiser!
100% of the money raised was given to families in need!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and I think revisiting THIS post may be worthwhile. There are links to some great articles. We love all of our patients with autism, and want you to know that we are thinking about you today.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Open House

OPEN HOUSE and ribbon cutting ceremony for
Autism and Behavioral Intervention Center
12350 South 800 East
Draper, UT  84020
April 2
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
You can visit their website www.abintervention.com to receive more information on the services they provide.
They are currently accepting applications!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

iPad use by kids younger than two may be...just fine?!?

One of the leading experts in childhood development and the media (who, by the way, wrote The Elephant in the Living Room, one of my favorite books about TV and children) has come out with an opinion statement saying that iPad use in children under two may be a-okay. He recommended limiting it to 30-60 minutes a day, and makes a distinction between passive watching and engaged interaction. He suggests a few questions to help you determine if the time your child spends is potentially beneficial, or just a time drain.

1. Can the device/app respond differently to different actions of the child?
2. Can the device/app behave differently for each child or each time it is used?
3. Can the device/app move a child along a continuum that advances in complexity?
4. Does the device/app enable or facilitate adults and children playing together?
5. Is the device transported easily and available in different venues?

Most (all?) of us have used some sort of media as a 'babysitter' in a pinch. It's nice to know that it doesn't always have to turn their brains to mush.

You can read his piece here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Super Kid!