1. All of us at Promise Pediatrics want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We pray that 2022 will be a wonderful year for you all and that you will see God’s blessings throughout the new year.
2. We want you to know that we are here when you need us. If your child is sick on a Saturday, our office is open for sick children only at 11 am every Saturday except holiday weekends.
3. Promise Pediatrics is also here after hours for your questions. You can reach one of our providers 24/7 by phone. If you need us at night, on weekends, or even on holidays, give us a call and leave your phone number. One of our providers will call you back within a few minutes.
4. Along with a resolution or two, the new year means a refresh on your insurance. Please remember to check your benefits and bring your insurance card with you to your next appointment. If you have a new plan, please verify that Promise Pediatrics is an in-network provider. Remember, most insurance plans cover a well checkup each calendar year. This is the perfect opportunity to talk to your pediatrician about any questions or concerns you have about your child’s physical, mental or social development. Regular visits are the best way to create strong relationships between parents, children, and doctors! We look forward to seeing you.
5. Although strep throat can occur anytime, cases tend to circulate in the winter and early spring. This common bacterial infection is more likely to occur in school-aged children, when kids spend more time together indoors. Symptoms can include a sore, scratchy throat, fever, headache, bright red tonsils, and swollen glands in the neck. If your child has strep throat, prescription antibiotics can clear up the infection quickly. Please don’t wait to have your child tested. If left untreated, strep throat can lead to rare but serious health problems.
6. Cold, dry air can rob skin of its natural moisture, leaving it itchy and dry. Winter dryness can be especially tough on kids with eczema, a condition that affects about 15 to 20% of all children. In infants, these red, scaly patches commonly affect the face, scalp, arms and legs. In older children, eczema usually appears in the folds of the elbows and knees. To help keep skin moisturized this winter, limit bath time to less than 10 minutes and pat skin dry with a soft towel. Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp. Consider using laundry detergents with no fragrances or dyes and use a humidifier to add moisture back into to the air. If your child is struggling with itchiness or the condition is worsening, please make an appointment with Promise Pediatrics.
7. Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems affecting children. Left untreated, cavities can have serious consequences on your child’s overall health – including infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning. To keep teeth and gums healthy, establish a dental home by your child’s first birthday. Help your child brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Try to limit sugar intake and carbonated drinks. Incorporate plenty of healthy snacks like cheese, fresh fruits, veggies, and yogurt to protect from tooth decay. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand!