2 1/2 Year Old Check-Ups

Bright Futures and the American Academy of Pediatrics are now recommending a 2 1/2 year old well child visit.  Many parents have asked about this recently, so we are beginning to offer them in the office.  Since it is a fairly new recommendation, we are asking parents to contact their insurance company and confirm that it will be covered under your plan prior to scheduling.  Please talk to your primary care provider if you have questions.



8 Great Habits For Kids To Have Early In Life

Most parents are well aware that telling children what to do and how to act is far less effective than showing them what to do and how to act. Teaching children what is a good habit early in life works best when the habit or behavior is modeled by the parents themselves.

Whether the child is 3 or 13, kids look to their parents for guidance, so consider these 8 great habits for kids to develop early in life.

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A Guide to Coping with Childhood Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of childhood and growing up, and it’s safe to say everyone experiences some level of anxiety throughout their lifetime. For a certain number of people, though, childhood anxiety may turn into teen and adult anxiety. In fact, we all probably know an adult whom we think of as a chronic “worry wart,” but does that meant they’re affected by anxiety?

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What Your Kids Need to Know About Poisonous Plants

Summer is a season filled with outdoor activities for children. Whether your child is headed to a summer camp, or is simply playing in your backyard, it is always good for them to know the hallmark characteristics of common poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.

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How To Manage Your Child’s Eczema

With all the trials and tribulations of a growing family, managing eczema in children is not a welcome addition. Children with eczema present a whole new litany of challenges beyond the normal ones.

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How To Speak To Your Child About Weight And Bullying

Speaking to your child about weight and bullying is difficult enough without the mixed messages they see everywhere.  Parents are forced to compete with the countless media messages in our culture about weight and bullying. You can counteract this by always striving to model respect.

Consider what you say to your children and what you say about others.  

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Three Easy Steps to Prevent the Flu

Per the CDC’s latest reports, the flu has now been reported as widespread in 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia, with 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported so far. What this means for most, and certainly those with children, is that the flu is much closer to you and your home than you may think. While most of the recommendations for prevention should be practiced throughout the year, it’s more important right now to follow these steps to prevent sickness for not only you and your family, but numerous others. 

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Why you should activate your MyChart account

MyChart is a great tool that allows you to access your child’s lab results, shot records, doctor notes, daycare forms, and send requests for rx refills and secure emails.  There is even an app for it!! Activate your child’s account, or have your teenage child activate their own account the next time you are in the office or call the front desk to help you activate it over the phone.  Immunization records printed from MyChart are able to be turned into school/daycare with no signature needed! Its that easy!