Happy New Year from Promise Pediatrics! Did the new year bring your child never-ending sneezes and sniffles? Serving more fruits and veggies is a great way to boost your child’s immunity naturally! Or do they have a cough that just won’t quit? A chronic cough lasting longer than eight weeks is reason to come in for an appointment to rule out any underlying issues. Let us set up an appointment for you today!
At your next visit, please remember to bring a copy of your updated insurance card and photo ID so that we can provide you with the most efficient care. If you’ll be visiting for the first time, please find the link to patient information forms on our site and complete them prior to coming in if possible!
For growing children, calcium is crucial for building strong, healthy bones and teeth. Did you know that’s where 99% of the body’s calcium is stored? The best sources of calcium are dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Other sources include fortified juices and cereals, canned salmon, almonds, broccoli, and white beans. If you have concerns about vitamin deficiencies, please let us know at your next visit.
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Winter can be especially hard on children battling eczema, when cold outdoor air and dry indoor heat can rob skin of its natural moisture. Usually appearing in the first six months to five years of a child’s life, eczema describes dry, rashy, itchy skin that tends to flare due to climate or allergens. Use a mild soap when bathing your child, apply moisturizer throughout the day, and consider a humidifier to keep air moist. If your child’s eczema symptoms are hard to control, please see us to discuss next steps.
Proper handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and keep from getting sick. Teach your children to scrub their hands for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing the alphabet or hum the happy birthday song twice. It’s always great to teach by example! Wash up multiple times a day, especially after bathroom trips!
A good night’s sleep is just what the doctor ordered! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 12 to 16 hours including naps for infants 4 to 12 months, 11 to 14 hours including naps for toddlers one to two years, 10 to 13 hours including naps for preschoolers three to five years, 9 to 12 hours for grade-schoolers ages 6 to 12, and 8-10 hours for teens ages 13 to 18. Child having sleep issues? Schedule an appointment to get down to the issue today!