September, 2018
News From Cornerstone Pediatrics
Button Battery Dangers
More than 2,500 button batteries are ingested each year in the United States.
Small, shiny and appealing to children, button batteries can result in a major injury and even death if ingested. They can cause nasal and intestinal perforations. If you suspect an ingestion, contact us immediately.
And please, be careful to keep button batteries out of reach of children.
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School's Back In! So Are Coughs and Colds!
Colds go hand-in-hand with kids and school/daycare. It's just a fact of life. Colds last 7-10 days and go away all by themselves. Here are some things you can do to make your child more comfortable:
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can relieve sinus headache, body aches, and fever
  • Elevate the head while sleeping
  • Adult Vick's to the chest at bedtime helps with nasal congestion
  • 5 ml. of honey helps to relieve cough (do NOT give honey to infants)
  • Encourage fluids (but avoid juice)
  • Avoid over-the-counter cold medicines. They are not recommended, don't work, and have a lot of side effects.
Five Questions To Ask Before a Playdate
Here are some questions to ask before dropping your child off to play at a friend's house:
  1. Who will be watching the children?
  2. Do you have a swimming pool or trampoline (often a cause of injuries)
  3. Do you have any guns in your home? (are they locked away)
  4. What are your rules about screen time?
  5. What pets are at home?
How Much Formula?
How much formula to give your baby? Here are some tips:
  • After the first 3-4 days, most newborns take 2-3 oz. per feeding
  • As an average, most infants take about 2 1/2 oz. of formula PER DAY for every pound of body weight
But remember, your baby is unique, so pay attention to her and what she needs.