January 2019
This Month's Newsletter
Happy New Year! As with every new beginning, a new year is sense of renewal and opportunity to set goals for what you would like to accomplish over the next twelve months. It's also a great reminder to schedule your child's annual well-visit. We look forward to taking care of you and your family in 2019.

In this month's newsletter, we bring awareness to this year's flu season and offer suggestions on how to keep healthy. We also discuss the importance of carbon monoxide detectors and how to keep safe. Finally, Dr. Moskowitz authors and article on the transition to parenthood with recommendations and guidance.  

Our goal is to further develop our relationship with our patients and create an open forum. We welcome your comments and ideas. If you would like to see something included in this newsletter, please email us at pedcenter.com@gmail.com  with ideas only, please no medical requests.

As always, we welcome you to share your experience with our practitioners with an online review. 

Sincerely,
The Pediatric Center Staff
Flu Season In Full Swing
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Just when you think the flu season might be winding down, news outlets are reporting an increase in flu or influeza-like activity across the U.S.

This latest FluView report, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the elevated influenza activity, including 19 related deaths for this season. The highest hospitalization rate is among the older population of adults 65 years and older, followed by children younger than 5 years. 

According to the CDC, flu severity is assessed by looking at levels of influenza-like illness (ILI), hospitalization rates and percentage of deaths resulting from pneumonia or influenza for each season. 

This season, the CDC reports up to 7.3 million flu illnesses, 3.5 million medical visits and 83,500 hospitalizations. 

You can still protect yourself. If you have not yet received a flu shot, it can still be effective. You can also try to boost your immune system by taking a reputable probiotic and incorporating homeopathic preventative measures like elderberry, oregano extract and olive leaf extract. Ensure you continuously wash your hands and mouth. If you are near someone who shows signs of illness, try to avoid close contact and cover your mouth and nostrils. 

Make an appointment with one of our practitioners at the first sign of influenza-like illness.
Source: Centers for Disease Control; Accuweather
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Must
Carbon monoxide in the home can be deadly. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. It's dangerous because it dramatically reduces your blood's ability to transport oxygen. 

The gas is produced by car omissions, heaters, appliances, furnaces, portable generators, water heaters, and clothes dryers.   

Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide because of their smaller bodies. Children process carbon monoxide differently than adults, may be more severely affected by it, and may show signs of poisoning sooner.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, confusion, fainting, drowsiness, coma and even death. 

There are steps you can take to ensure your family home is safe:
  • Buy and install carbon monoxide detectors/alarms for every level of your home, particularly near bedrooms. Keep them at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are 2 different things. You can buy them as a combination, however ensure you have both features.
  • Ensure you check that your carbon monoxide and fire alarms are functioning properly. Test them periodically by setting dates in your calendar every six months.
  • Have your furnace, fireplace and heaters inspected each year to ensure they are working properly. 
  • Never leave your car idling in the garage - even if the garage door is open. 
  • Never - ever - use charcoal grills, kerosene heaters or portable stoves indoors.
  • If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in child-proof containers in a locked location inaccessible to children.
  • Keep gasoline away from any source of heat, spark or flame. 
These simple steps can help you and your family avoid tragedies associated with this deadly poison. 

Source: Amercian Academy of Pediatrics; Safekids.org
Welcome To Your New Reality
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by Dr. Steven Moskowitz

Are you expecting?

If you are like most people you are terrified about bringing home a new baby!  Welcome to reality. 

Although you may have a million questions as an expecting parent,  bringing home a new child is one of the most wonderful, exciting things on the planet!
 
The trepidation of being a new parent stems mostly from not being prepared for the wonderful change.  Attending a newborn class can have an incredible impact on helping new parents transition into parenthood and becoming more comfortable with the new changes. Newborn classes help:
  • Decrease  the fear of having a newborn
  • Clarify what's normal for a new life (often very different than what one might expect)
  • Understand behaviors, breathing patterns, even bowel habits
  • Understand how/what /where/when to feed a newborn
  • Reduce anxiety and build confidence
  • Build a connection to the health care providers that are part of your child's development
Topics include how to care for your newborn, understanding your baby's anatomy and physiology, baby care and breastfeeding. The class prepares you with all the basics you need to know before heading home with your newborn.
 
These classes also provide a deeper understanding for the unique needs of your newborn including diapering, bathing and general care. The specific topics covered include:

On-Site Lactation Support Center
The Pediatric Center's on-site Lactation Support Center led by our own Director of Lactation Support, Clare Cardo McKegney, DNP, APN, CPNP, is here to support you in breastfeeding your child. Dr. McKegney is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and certified breastfeeding counselor with over 18 years of advanced practice in pediatrics. 

Our modern and private on-site lactation suite provides a warm and relaxed environment for the mother and infant to enjoy a positive breastfeeding experience. 

We also offer a free prenatal class every month, open to the public. 

To schedule your lactation consultation, attend our free prenatal class or make an appointment please call us at 908-508-0400.

Find More Topics On Our Blog
The Pediatric Center's blog is an invaluable resource for pediatric and parenting topics. The blog is right on our website . It includes topics such as "12 Super Foods for Lactation Aid", "Best Winter Skincare Tips" and so much more. 
Patient Portal
The Pediatric Center's patient portal provides personal access  to your family's  medical records. 

You can access information such as immunization records, visit summaries, request appointments, view dates for upcoming appointments and pay your bill.

Sign up is quick from our website. Click here.
Do You Need A Pediatric Specialist?
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If you are in search of a pediatric specialist, please know we are here to guide you.

We have a wide network of doctors we can refer to ensure you are in good hands.

We specialize in developmental & behavioral health and focus on positive parenting practices. We can offer guidance on depression, eating disorders, developmental concerns and many other issues.

You are not alone. 
Please call to make an appointment to meet with one of our physicians:  
908-508-0400.
The Pediatric Center Online Bill Pay
Online Bill Payment
The Pediatric Center offers the ease and convenience of online bill baby_laptopbuying.jpg payment.   

Simply visit our " Bill Payment & Insurance" page on our website. 

Payments Over The Phone
If you prefer, you can still make a payment over the phone by calling The Pediatric Center's billing department, HealthCare Billing, Inc:  
Toll Free:  877-852-9092  or
Local:  908-237-9092
Vaccine Education Center
Did you know our website includes a Vaccine Education Center where you can find the immunization schedule for your child?
 
Reminder - we offer all students going to college the Meningococcal B vaccine. This vaccine is covered by insurance.  It is recommended it be administered to all students starting college as part of their pre-college physical. Please also discuss the new Gardasil vaccine with your practitioner.
 
View all the details here.
We Love Your Feedback!

Your feedback is very important to us! We would love to hear about your positive experience with our doctors and nurse practitioners.  

 

Did you know you can write and post a review right on our website? Click here.

 

You can use this page to provide feedback, kudos, or just share thoughts. 

 

Thank you for your kind words!

Free Prenatal Class
We offer a free prenatal class on the 3rd Thursday of every month with our own
Dr. McKegney!
Click here to learn more.
It's A Partnership
Resources for breastfeeding, immunization schedules, what to do if your child is sick, online references & much more! Click here.
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