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Fall is almost upon us and that means its time to protect your children and yourself against the flu virus. Our offices are now scheduling appointments for the flu vaccine. We will be asministering the shot and the nasal spray. We offer the flu vaccine to all members of the family including parents and caregivers. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
This year vaccine manufacturers have developed more choices in protecting against the flu virus. This article explains the various options that will be available to you and your family. Our practice will have the various forms available. Please watch our website and social media sites for information regarding their availability.
The 15th Annual Miracle Miles at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies was held on Saturday, September 21, 2013. This was a family event that supports the Alexander Center for Neonatology. It included a 5k and 15k, as well as a Children's Fun Run and Walk Around Winnie. Interlachen Pediatrics sponsored a team and a booth at the event. We want to say THANK YOU to all who supported TEAM INTERLACHEN through your participation or your donations. Thanks to your generosity we raised $900 of our $1000 goal. Your generous donations are helping to make miracles!
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Interlachen Pediatrics is celebrating by highlighting a different group each week throughout the month. In this, the final week of August, we focus on babies and pregnant mothers. Getting a healthy start is important, that's why the CDC has recommended giving most childhood vaccines before age 2. Doing so will protect your baby against 14 serious childhood diseases like measles and whooping cough. For more reasons to vaccinate visit CDC's new vaccine website for parents.
The Centers for Disease Control released a report on Wednesday that shows the vaccine that prevents strains of HPV work well. The report identifies that since 2006, the year the first vaccine to prevent HPV was made available in the US, the number of girls and women infected with HPV has been reduced in half. This reduction is largely contributed to use of the vaccine. The report cautions that there is still more to be done in terms of compliance of patients completing the entire series of the vaccine, as well as continuing to educate parents and young adults about the importance of vaccinating both females and males. If you would like to know more information about the HPV vaccine, please contact our office.
We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Gabriela Roitman-Geller to the Interlahchen Pediatrics family of providers. Dr. Roitman-Geller will begin seeing patients in the office on Monday, June 17, 2013. Read here to find out more about Dr. Roitman-Geller. Contact our office today to schedule your child's next appointment with Dr. Roitman-Geller.
Summer is a perfect time to assess your child's growth and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual wellness exams for all children age 2 and older. Is your child attending summer camp, registering for school, or playing a sport? Let us provide them with a comprehensive wellness exam and complete all the required forms. Request an appointment today!
Interlachen Pediatrics is commited to excellence and patient safety. We are proud to announce that we have again earned COLA accreditation. Becoming a COLA accredited facility is complety voluntary, and demonstrates a commitment to excellent practices in the laboratory. We are pleased to provide this level of excellence and commitment to safe practices to our patients and their families.
Otitis media, commonly known as ear infection, is one of the leading causes of illness in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its treatment guidelines in order to assist pediatricians to more accurately diagnose and treat appropriately with antibiotics when needed. What should you expect as a parent and how can help reduce the risks of your child developing an ear infection? Read this article from Healthychildren.org to find out.
In this article, Dr. Thomas McInerny, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses the importance of training our children early in life about healthy lifestyle habits. He states that it is essential to train children within the first one thousand days of life. This is critical because Americans are living shorter lives and are sicker than people in other industrialized nations.
"The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world's health are clean water and vaccines." - World Health Organization.
During this month of immunization awareness we would like to encourage you to review your child's immunization record and determine if they are up-to-date with all their immunizations. Do you have a child entering kindergarten or seventh grade? There are specific vaccine requirements to enter school for these age groups. Do you have a newborn? Our office can help protect your baby by providing vaccines to parents and caregivers of the baby. Contact us today to request an appointment!
We are pleased to announce beginning June 22, 2012 patients of Interlachen Pediatrics will have the option of scheduling a lactation consultation with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in our offices, or in the privacy of their own home. Lactation consultation services will be provided by Orlando Lactation and Childbirth Services. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!
The discussion of whether to vaccinate or not, and on what schedule has been a growing debate through the last decade. Many well intentioned parents are trying to make the right decision for their families. This commentary from a pediatrician offers an interesting perpsective to what has been prevented through routine vaccination as well as what could happen if we choose not to vaccinate.
The CDC recently published a study with increased figures for the number of children being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is due in part to earlier and better tools for diagnosing ASD's. Our office promotes early screening and diagnosis by encouraging routine well child care and use of tools such as the Ages and Stages and MCHAT questionnaires, generally used at the 18 month well child care visit. We encourage you to follow-up with your provider if you feel your child is displaying any signs or symptoms of developmental delay.
Routine vaccination of the HPV vaccine for both females and males is now recommended by the CDC and AAP. The HPV vaccine provides protection from certain HPV-related diseases and cancers in males, as well as possible prevention of the transmission of HPV to females.
In an effort to reduce dosing errors and to standardize dosing for all age groups the concentration of infants acetaminophen will now be 160mg/5mL. The product makers of Tylenol as well as OTC medications have agreed to begin this standardization as early as summer 2011. For accurate dosing information please see the dosing chart, or contact our triage department.
It has been nearly 30 years since crib safety standards have been updated. The most significant change is that the standards prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs, which contribute to the suffocation of infants. Additionally, there are stricter standards for slats, mattress supports and hardware on the cribs, as well as requirements for more testing. To ensure your child's crib is safe, read these safety tips.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for car safety seats. This includes keeping children rear-facing until age two. Additionally, most children will need to be in a belt-positioning booster until they have reached the maximum height of 4 feet 9 inches. Although there has been a significant decrease in the number of motor vehicle related deaths, this is still the leading cause of death for children age 4 and older. This new advice should help parents change the way they buckle up their children when traveling.
In the latest issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 28) the AAP has issued a clinical report entitled "Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children." Fever continues to be one of the most common reasons parents seek advice of their pediatricians. The report outlines that parents should focus on the general well-being of the child, his or her activity, observing the child for signs of serious illness and maintaining appropriate fluid intake. You may read the entire article at healthychildren.org