Summer 2017 Pediatric Tips
From Promise Pediatrics
From Promise Pediatrics
A new year, a new set of resolutions. As we use this time of year to reflect on opportunities for change, why not talk with your kids about commitments they can make to improve themselves, too? Maybe it’s promising to brush their teeth twice a day, trying a new fruit or vegetable every week, or cooking together at home. As a family, try picking out one charitable activity a month to do together! By donating your time and money to those in need, you’ll make the world a better place while bringing your family closer together.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to the health of our children. Flu season is now in full swing, and we urge you to bring your children in as soon as possible if they haven’t already had their flu vaccines. Together with the CDC, we recommend everyone over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine not just to protect the health of your children, but the health of our entire community. Please make an appointment when we return to the line.
Winter is a time when we see an increase in RSV – a highly contagious respiratory virus that can lead to brochiolitis or pneumonia, especially in premature and younger babies. How can you tell that it’s more than a common cold? Symptoms of RSV include high fever, worsening cough, thick nasal discharge, wheezing or difficulty breathing, and extreme tiredness. Please give us a call if you’re concerned. We’re here to help your children stay healthy this winter.
All of us at Promise Pediatrics hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends and all of your favorite traditions. If that included a little too much indulging in holiday treats, commit to making improvements this coming year for the entire family. Along with a healthy diet, find new ways to keep active over the winter. Try a family 5K, take up a new activity like snowshoeing or ice skating, build a planter box for the spring, or buy your kids disposable cameras and let them take snapshots of winter in all its glory. On behalf of all of us at Promise Pediatrics, we wish you a healthy new year!
When it comes to germs, caring is not sharing! Kids get lots of colds – with school-age children averaging five or six each year. Washing hands thoroughly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. A good rule of thumb is to teach children to sing the Happy Birthday song twice while they wash. Always keep sanitizer in your car, purse and pocket – and teach your child to sneeze and cough into a tissue. With a few simple measures, many viruses can be avoided!
Does your child suffer from winter nosebleeds? Try a cool-mist humidifier in the bedroom at night, and saline drops throughout the day to keep nasal passages moist. For more winter healthcare tips, please like us on Facebook.