New Feature: Send us a cute picture of your child!

You can now upload a picture of your child in the “My Profile” section of the Patient Portal!  This will show up in our schedule and in their chart, and make it easier for our nurses to find them in the waiting room. The real reason this is important, though, is so that we can look at pictures of cute kids while we work! Fun!

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Tuesday Weather Update

We have power and are open at both offices today!  Stay safe driving – there are trees and power lines down.

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Time for flu vaccines!

Flu season is just around the corner, and it’s time make sure you and your family are protected. Washing hands, staying away from sick people, getting enough sleep — those are all important. But another big step you can take to protect your family from flu is to follow the recommendations of the CDC and your child’s pediatrician: Everyone aged 6 months and over should get a flu vaccine every year.

We’ve got plenty stocked now at both offices for our patients and parents. You can call during regular hours for a special “flu shot visit”, or follow the instructions below to make your own appointment via your child’s online portal. Be safe, vaccinate!

  • All of the flu vaccine we stock is in single-dose, preservative-free prefilled syringes. There is no “Flumist” option this year.
  • We are happy to file insurance for adult vaccines. Or, you can pay a cash charge of $35 for a flu shot on the day of administration.

To make an online flu clinic appointment:

  1. Sign up for a portal account, if you haven’t already. Here are full instructions. You’ll need portal access for every individual person, adult and child, to make each online flu clinic appointment.
  2. Log in to your portal
  3. Make sure you’re looking at the correct family member’s access. The “patient” who will be getting the flu vaccine should appear in the upper left, after “you are viewing.” Change the name with the down arrow, if necessary. If you have multiple family members who need flu vaccines, you’ll need to follow the next steps once for each family member, after changing the name in this upper left area.
  4. Choose “appointments”, then select as the “reason” Injection/Vaccination from the down arrow. Then click “find appointments”.
  5. The next screen will show available appointments on days with the green circle highlights. Make sure you’re looking at the office you prefer — change the office under “location” if necessary.
  6. Choose a day with a green circle, then choose the time, then click “schedule now.”
  7. Don’t forget to do this once for every family member — one appointment for each person. If you can’t get all of your kids and adults at one time or adjacent times, call our office and we’ll help squeeze it in.
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Be wary of infant jewelry and lead poisoning

A recent story reported by the CDC reminds us of a few important lessons about teething, lead, and the kind of jewelry you buy at craft shows. A mom had purchased a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” from an artisan at a local craft show. Her 9 month old daughter wore it on her wrist, reportedly to help with teething symptoms, and occasionally chewed on it (as babies are known to do.) She was found on routine screening to have a blood lead level about 10 times the safe upper limit of safety.

Lessons to learn:

Babies really shouldn’t wear jewelry at all (they look good without it!) Some bling is probably OK (like small earrings), but you have to be sure they’re not made with lead. That’s because anything on a baby or near a baby will end up in the baby’s mouth. Seriously, everything.

This particular bracelet was triple-dangerous. Looking at the photo, it was made of little beads strung together, which apart from their poisonous lead content were a potential choking hazard. And: magnets are a very bad thing for kids to swallow, because they can glom onto each other in clusters, or even while pinching a piece of intestine. Magnets are less likely to make their own way out without causing big-time tissue damage. No lead, no beads, no magnets!

Babies should especially never wear any kind of jewelry around their necks. Even a small tug on a necklace can close off the airway and kill a baby. That includes those trendy amber teething necklaces, which are both a choking and strangulation hazard. There are media reports of deaths from those things. Look out for long cords or straps on pacifiers, or cords on window blinds or binoculars or anything else thin and round and shaped in a loop. Anything that could wrap around a neck can strangle a baby and needs to be cut to pieces or kept very far away.

And: teething. Most babies experience teething with no symptoms whatsoever – the only way you know, with most babies, is that you see teeth poking out. An occasional baby might have some fussiness with teething, and you can treat them with love and cuddling, maybe a teething ring, or some acetaminophen if needed. There is no great plague of terrible symptoms of teething that need constant treatment, especially not with dangerous things. Teething is just another thing most parents do not have to worry about.

Other dangerous teething “cures” have included “homeopathic teething tablets” which contained poison, and benzocaine-containing teething gels(now mostly off the market) that caused a potentially fatal blood disorder. The sad thing here is that none of these were ever really needed – they’re marketed based on fear of a normal, harmless condition. Don’t waste your money, or endanger your child’s health, on jewelry or potions to treat teething.

Republished from Dr. Roy’s blog

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Phone Service Restored

Our phone service has been restored at both offices.  We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this caused yesterday.

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