What’s the Latest on Swaddling?
You may have heard lately some concern about swaddling infants. Here’s a link to a great article highlighting the most current information:
Through intense efforts from the WHO, CDC, UNICEF, Rotary Club International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are on track to eradicate Polio by 2019. This would be a nearly unprecedented public health achievement, as just one generation ago thousands of children around the world died or were permanently disabled due to the Polio Virus. In the 1940s and 1950s in the US alone, over 35,000 children were diagnosed with Polio annually.
Doctor says: When it comes to breastfeeding, your health and happiness matter as much as your baby's!
Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, when it works. But we (Pediatricians) don't want it to come with the cost of not enjoying that special time with your newborn. "Let's not forget that the mother-baby bond is comprised of healthy mothers and babies and we can't overlook that half of the equation...A good mother? One who is calm, well-rested, and emotionally engaged in whatever way works."
Fevers: What Parents Need to Know
Dr. Bridget O'Brien
Zika Virus was discovered in 1947 in Uganda. It is one of the many virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Among these viruses, including Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya, Zika caused a relative mild disease in most infected patients. Typical symptoms include a low grade fever, conjunctivitis, rash, muscle aches, and fatigue.
With the type of stressors that kids currently have to deal with on a daily basis, the ability to be resilient is such an important skill to have. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after experiencing stressful experiences or adversity. It is being able to fail or fall and get back up and move forward. Many things can help build resiliency such as healthy relationships and connection to others, having confidence, developing competence, feeling in control, having character, feeling like you contribute and make a difference to others, and having positive coping skills. REDgen is a local organization that helps promote balance and resiliency in children and teens. Check out their web site at http://www.redgen.org/ and http://www.redgen.org/web-sites/ .
Part of being a great Pediatrician is being an advocate for your patients. All eight of our Shoreview doctors are wonderful patient advocates in our medical home and community! Drs. Sarah Hambrook and Bridget O'Brien brought that passion from Shoreview to the State Capitol today for Doctor Day 2016. We love our patients and want to ensure they have access to the care they need to stay healthy, physically and mentally, and develop into awesome adults!
Whitefish Bay High is doing GREASE this year! February 26th, 27th, 28th and March 4th and 5th. You can buy your tickets online now for each show and pick out your own seats! ENJOY!
It's not too late to vaccinate against influenza ("the flu")!
As Pediatricians we are often asked if certain vaccines are necessary and safe. One that has more recently come into question is the HPV vaccine. Through ongoing and thorough studies into vaccine safety by the FDA and CDC via both individual-reporting of adverse effects and clinical research (after extensive research to get these vaccines on the market in the first place), all data to date points to "YES". Below you will find a statement by the AAP on the HPV vaccine, as well as up-to-date safety information from the CDC. As always, ask us questions! We appreciate the thoughtful participation in patient care and opening up this dialogue with our patients and their families. And remember, at the end of the day we all have the same goal (parents and physicians alike): to see this generation grow into happy and healthy adults and do BIG things in the future. Dr. Bridget O'Brien
Winter is upon us here in Wisconsin which means warmer, bulkier clothes for all. Those thick bulky coats and snowsuits can actually interfere with your child's safety in his/her carseat, and Shoreview Pediatrics wants to ensure you know the proper ways to dress and keep your child warm in the car this season. See below for some great car seat safety tips:
We all need more sunshine, but in the meantime, take Vitamin D.
Shoreview Pediatrics would like to send their support and best wishes for success to Girl Scout Troop 1201 from Whitefish Bay High School. As part of their Sow What journey, they educated themselves regarding social and societal issues with food (including access to food for individuals living in poverty).
Our flu clinic days for the 2015/2016 flu season are on as follows: Saturday, October 24th, Saturday, November 21st, and Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9am to 2pm.
We also have other dates available during regular work hours and would be more than happy to accommodate your family's scheduling needs!
Please call our office at (414) 272-7009 to schedule your child/children's flu vaccine today.
By now, you may have heard about Enterovirus D68 circulating in the community. Nationally, we first found out about cases in Chicago and Kansas City. We now know of confirmed and suspected cases in Milwaukee. Some doctors are testing the more severe cases for tracking, but most physicians are not testing as it will not change the course of treatment.
For over thirty years, the physicians and staff of Shoreview Pediatrics have worked together towards a single goal: to provide the most timely, accurate, comprehensive, and compassionate care for our patients and their families. Our practice comprises eight physicians who are all certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? A great thing to do is get your children involved in reading! A new policy statement just came out by the American Academy of Pediatrics urging parents to read to children, starting in infancy. Reading not only promotes language, cognitive, and social development, but also strengthens parent-children bonding.
SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY
With the summer months quickly approaching, we look forward to spending time with our families outdoors and enjoying the sunny days at local beaches and pools. While it’s a great time of the year with so many outdoor water activities to partake in, it is very important to safeguard our loved ones from the potential dangers of water-related accidents.
What is influenza (also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and symptoms of flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
• Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore throat
As the holidays approach, keep your family safe by remembering a few important safety tips.
-Make sure Christmas trees have plenty of water to prevent them from drying out. Keep them away from radiators, fireplaces, candles, and other heat sources. If using an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled as “fire resistant.”
7 tips for a good school year
Kids need help, tools to succeed
It’s that time of year again when we, as healthcare providers and parents, worry about our children getting whooping cough. This illness is caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis, which attacks the lining of the breathing passages, producing severe inflammation and narrowing of the airways.