Laurie Wolf, CPNP, October 2018
It’s time to bring out the pumpkins and candy! Be prepared for a safe night out with your ghosts and goblins with these safety tips.
Crestwood Pediatric Associates
School is out and it’s time for some summer fun! For most families, this includes lots of swimming in either community pools or a backyard pool on a fairly regular basis. Here are some key safety points to keep in mind to keep the kids safe while swimming this summer:
- An adult who is able to swim (and preferably who is CPR-trained as well!) should always be present at the pool actively watching older children swim and actually in the pool with infants and toddlers free from any distractions like smart phones, house/yard work, socializing, and alcohol.
- Remember that inflatable swimming aids (“floaties”) are not a substitute for approved life jackets and offer a false sense of security.
- It is a good idea to have a few rules for playing in the pool if you do have your own backyard pool. These might include no running on the pool deck, no diving, no electrical appliances near or in the pool, no toys near the pool when not using the pool, and no tricycles or bicycles near the pool, and of course, no using the pool without an adult physically present as mentioned above.
- If you do have your own pool, one of the best ways to protect children in addition to having adult supervision, is having a fence completely around the pool to prevent any accidents.
- Remember that children over the age of 1 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swim lessons, but such lessons should not be considered to “drown proof” any child. Adult supervision is always needed!
So, grab your swimsuits, have fun this summer at the pool, and always stay safe!
Spring means children playing outside, sunshine, flowers budding, and leaves on trees. It also means itchy eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, and congestion. Luckily, there are ways to help reduce allergy symptoms this spring season:
- Reduce exposure to triggers.
- Remove clothes worn outside and shower at night.
- Keep doors and windows closed when pollen counts are high.
- Vacuum/dust your home often.
- Be sure to change bed sheets every week.
- Keep your nose clean.
- Clean out your nose with a nasal saline spray. For toddlers, use a nasal aspirator or bulb syringe to suck out their noses.
- Rinse nasal passages to help relieve congestion by using distilled or sterile water in a squeeze bottle or neti pot.
Using an over-the- counter allergy medication Antihistamines such as loratadine, cetirizine, and fexofenadine can help receive congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose. Decongestants, both oral and nasal, help relieve nasal congestion. Some options are pseudoephedrine and oxymetazoline. There are many ways to treat allergies and usually can be controlled with the use of
supportive measures and medication. However, you may have to try several different approaches before you find what works best for your child. If allergies are still not under control, seeing the pediatrician is a great place to start!
Several confirmed cases of mumps has been reported at JMU in Harrisonburg, VA. Several more cases are suspected with test results pending. Mumps is a mild to moderate contagious viral illness that is spread through close (face-to-face) contact with an infected individual. Symptoms usually appear 12-25 days following exposure and include body aches, fever, and swollen or tender salivary glands. If you or someone you know is exhibiting these symptoms and has been exposed to mumps, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Up to 10% of people who have received two doses (the routine schedule) of the MMR vaccine are still susceptible to infection from the virus. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that individuals in an outbreak setting receive a third dose of the MMR vaccine to prevent against infection. This recommendation is supported by a study performed at a university with over 20,000 students during a mumps outbreak.
To prevent the spread of mumps - or any virus - the following actions are recommended:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water
- Don't share food, drinks, or utensils
- Limit your contact with people who show symptoms of illness
- Clean surfaces that are frequently touched (doorknobs, tables, counters, bathrooms) with soap and water or other disinfectant
We at Crestwood Pediatric Associates are concerned about the increasing use by our patients of retail based clinics or urgent care centers. Here are some important things to consider before you go:
Parents are often unsure when a problem arises when our office is closed if it can wait till the office opens in the morning. We have 24/7 on-call physicians that can help you make the decision to go to an urgent care center or ER, or if it can wait till the office opens in the morning.
We understand that children get sick at night and on the weekend. Our office is open until 9 PM most nights and on Saturday morning to give maximum flexibility in scheduling to our patients.
We remain your partner in your child’s care. We want what is best for your child as do you. Please consider the above carefully the next time you consider going to an Urgent Care Center.