July 2017
This Month's Newsletter

Next week will be August already...time flies! We hope you are able to enjoy some downtime this last month of Summer with friends and family. A mental break is always good for your health.

 

In this month's newsletter, we offer ways to keep your children's minds sharp during the Summer.  We also help you identify poison oak and ivy and what to do if you get it. In addition, we provide information on how to treat burns.  

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
Keep The Mind Sharp This Summer
According to Scholastic.com, "over the summer months, our students can lose up to 60% of kids_reading_book.jpg the math and reading skills that they learned during the year." However, there is an easy way to ensure your child continues to be mentally stimulated throughout the summer. It's not too late!

Simply incorporate a half an hour, set aside daily, to incorporate academic activities. Even this short amount of time can help students close  learning gaps and perform at higher levels during the upcoming school year. 

Edutopia provides seven simple steps to stimulate learning over the summer!

1. Make Time for Learning
Set aside approximately 15- 30 minutes/day for reading. During the summer, students have more time to read for enjoyment, which also offers a great opportunity to preserve and strengthen their reading skills. Bookstores can be a really fun outing with your kids to pick their new favorite books!

2. Learn and Practice Affixes
Children and teens of all grade levels can improve their reading and spelling skills by learning affixes. Most multi-syllable words include prefixes and suffixes added to a base word. You can find a list of affixes and their meanings in a dictionary or in many online sources. To make this practice appealing, turn it into a game! Students can create flashcards of prefixes and suffixes. On the reverse side of each affix flash card, they should write the meaning. You can also use this game to help them learn new vocabulary words.

3. Develop Math Skills
Working on just 3-4 match problems per day can keep math skills sharp! There are many Summer academic books available at most bookstores. 

4. Improve Reading Comprehension
To help your children better understand what they're reading, consider offering them a reading comprehension workbook to work on several minutes daily. These can be found at teacher supply stores or many online outlets. This practice helps develop their fact-retaining and inference-making skills.

5. Review and Build Grammar Skills
Review the past grade level's grammar concepts, and begin to work on the next school year's concepts. During the summer, students benefit from weekly reviews or pre-learning two to four lessons. Find workbooks geared to their grade or skill level, and encourage them to check their work using the answer key provided. 

6. Encourage Creative Writing
Creative writing is a great way to improve your children's written language skills while giving them a fun and imaginative activity during the summer! Have your student write a creative paragraph each week. As a parent, you can help by assisting him or her with choosing a "topic" (such as a family vacation, special outing or holiday memory) to write a paragraph about.

7. Focus on Specific Skills
Pinpoint the subjects your child had the most trouble learning the previous school year, and make sure to fit in some practice in these areas. Summer is an ideal time to set aside just 15 to 30 minutes a day for helping your student on areas of difficulty. 

These simple tips can offer  great strengthening and improvement in scholastic skills, and avoid digressing two to three months in learning. 

Implementing a summer plan and igniting your child's passion for learning, he or she can enjoy a renewed sense of academic self-esteem and dignity.

If you are looking for additional resources, click this link for free, printable summer activities and resources. Looking for even more activities? Education World offers "25 Ways to Keep Kids' Brains Active In Summer". 

Poison Ivy & Oak - What To Do
Skin reactions to poison ivy or poison oak are very uncomfortable, itchy, and unsightly. They can make a child miserable.

About half of the children who come in contact with either poison ivy or poison oak have an allergic reaction. Typically, the skin becomes reddened, swollen, and blistered, with the rash shaped like streaks or in patches. The children experience severe itching and burning sensations. The rash usually appears one to four days after your child is exposed. Then blisters form and soon rupture, fluid oozes out of them, and they eventually become crusty.

As with all allergies, preventing exposure to the offending agent is most important. Particularly if your child spends time in forests and fields, make sure she knows what the poison ivy and poison oak plants look like:

Poison ivy is a red-stemmed, three-leafed plant whose shiny green leaves turn bright red in the fall. 

Poison oak has green shiny leaves that also grow three to a stem. You might teach your child the poem: "Leaves of three, let them be." Particularly when you have younger children, inspect the parks they play in for any poison ivy or oak, and have the plants removed.

The skin reactions to poison ivy and poison oak are not contagious and cannot be transmitted from one child to another. But if your youngster comes in contact with the plants themselves, she should wash immediately with soap and water to remove as much of the sap or oil as possible. This will keep its absorption-and the ensuing inflammation-to a minimum. Pets playing in yards with poison ivy and poison oak can be a source of exposure to family members.

The rash will heal within about two weeks, although your doctor may suggest some treatment to relieve the symptoms. For instance, to ease both the itching and oozing, have your child soak the affected area in cool water for a few minutes, or rub it gently for ten to twenty minutes, several times a day, with an ice cube; then let the skin air-dry. A hydrocortisone cream might also be helpful. 

To discourage scratching and further damage to the skin, keep your child's fingernails trimmed. If your youngster cannot sleep at night because of the itching, you may give her an antihistamine. 

While mild cases can be treated at home, please consult us if your child is especially uncomfortable, if the rash is severe, if it has erupted on your child's face or groin, or if it shows signs of infection (fever, redness, and swelling beyond the poison ivy or oak lesions).

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
What To Do If You Get Burned
During the summer, families are grilling more, there are more roasted marshmallows and even hand-held sparklers. Burns are also one of the most common household injuries, especially among children. Most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences, depending on the cause and degree of injury. More serious burns require immediate emergency medical care to prevent complications and death.

What do you do if you get burned?

There are 3 types of burns: first, second-, and third-degree. Each degree is based on the severity of damage to the skin, with first-degree being the most minor and third-degree being the most severe. Damage includes:
  • first-degree burns: red, nonblistered skin
  • second-degree burns: blisters and some thickening of the skin
  • third-degree burns: widespread thickness with a white, leathery appearance
For first and second-degree burns, the first thing to do if you have a burn is to run cool water on it for at least 10-15 minutes. Most only do it for 2-3 minutes, which is not ample time for the skin to cool down. You can also apply a damp cool towel to the wound, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and apply an antibiotic cream to blisters and cover lightly with gauze.

Do not add ice to a burn. Icing a burn can slow the healing process and can cause frostbite to an already damaged and sensitive skin area. 

Third degree burns are the most severe and burn through every layer of skin. They can be identified by a waxy and white color, charring, dark brown color, raised and leathery texture or the lack of blisters.

You should never treat third-degree burns - see medical help immediately by calling 911. While you are waiting for help, try to raise the injury above your heart and try to ensure no clothing is stuck to the wound. 

In general...
It is important not to pop burn blisters, expose a burn to the sun or put butter on a burn (it traps the heat)

If the burn is larger than 3 inches in diameter or covers a major joint, you should seek medical attention right away. Waiting too long can make things worse. If your tetanus shot is not up to date, it's important to get one.  Minor and major burns can lead to tetanus, so it is important to protect yourself from this virus.

If you have a burn that is not healing properly, please make an appointment to see one of our doctors. 

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

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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.
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Online Bill Payment
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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
On-Site Lactation Support Center

Reminder, T he Pediatric Center offers an on-site Lactation Support Center.

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.

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 are offering the new meningitis vaccine Trumenba in our office. Insurance companies have started to cover this vaccine. It is recommended it be administered to all students starting college as part of their pre-college physical.

 

View all the details here.

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