Spring Tips 2023
1. Promise Pediatrics is here after hours. You can reach one of our providers 24/7 by phone. If you need us at night, on weekends, or even on holidays, give us a call and leave your phone number and one of our providers will call you back within a few minutes. If you call after hours and one of our providers does not call you back within 20 minutes, please call again. We are working to give good care to all our children as efficiently as possible.
2. At Promise Pediatrics, we want to build long-lasting relationships as a team, in partnership with you, the parents. While there are many retail-based health clinics available for walk-in appointments, these offices are often ill-equipped to care for the needs of children. At Promise Pediatrics, our providers are specifically trained in child health issues and are best equipped to care for your children based on their health histories. We are invested in your children’s long-term health needs because we care. Give us a call when you need us – we are here for you.
3. Spring is here and we’re embracing the change in weather. It’s time to dust off those bikes and get moving – but not without a helmet. According to the AAP, bicycling is the leading cause of recreational sports injuries treated in emergency departments, but a helmet can prevent the occurrence of up to 88 percent of serious brain injuries. When shopping for a helmet, check the inside label to ensure CPSC safety standards. Any helmets involved in a crash or otherwise damaged should be discarded, and all helmets should be replaced at least every five years. Model safe behavior for your children by wearing a helmet when bicycling.
4. Spring season is sports season and a good time to think about the types of foods we’re feeding our little athletes. When it’s your turn to bring snacks, go for a game plan that includes healthy, nutritious foods without the unnecessary calories and sugar. While it’s easy to grab those snack-sized cookies or chips, a healthy serving of fruits or vegetables can be just as fun and easy. Try clementines, bananas, apple slices or fruit kebabs in a rainbow of colors for a sweet treat. Instead of sugary sports drinks, a bottle of water and some fruit is a great way to replace fluids and electrolytes.
5. If seasonal allergies or asthma affect anyone in your household, spring cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your family’s health. Take that duster out of hibernation, vacuum weekly, change your mattress cover and pillow covers, and use disinfecting wipes or plain old vinegar and water to clean areas of your home that accumulate buildup. Taking stuffed animals for a spin in the dryer for an hour can also reduce dust mites. Make spring cleaning a family affair and celebrate your clean sweep with a pizza night.