Your First Appointment
- What To Bring to Your First Appointment
- Patient registration form
- Release of medical records
- Prenatal registration form
- How to prepare your child for an office visit
- How to be a good medical historian
School has started. That means kids in confined spaces, close contact, sharing lots of germs. We don’t want parents or kids to become germaphobes, but we would encourage kids to wash hands after using the bathroom, and before eating, to cough into the crook of the elbow, and to keep little fingers away from the nose. Older kids – especially in high school – often get stressed from pressure to get good grades, frequent tests, time doing extracurricular activities, social stresses, doing college applications, anxiety over their future, etc. Good time management, good diet and getting enough sleep will help prevent burnout and illnesses.
We start giving flu shots in early October. Call us for an appointment.
The Santa Cruz County Fair is this month. If your kids want to pet or feed the animals, make sure they wash up well afterwards. These animals often carry bacteria – like E coli O157 - which can cause serious illness in people.
We recently confirmed a case of Lyme Disease in one of our patients. Remember to do tick checks after your kids have been out hiking. Here’s more info: full article
If your child is off to college this fall, and especially if (s)he will be living in a dorm, we recommend getting the meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine. This protects against bacteria which has caused a number of meningitis outbreaks on college campuses around the country. It’s a series of 2 injections a month apart. This is a deadly serious bug that can be prevented!
Just a reminder to please try and call us before jumping in the car and going to the ER or urgent care with your child. Many such visits can be avoided if you call us for phone advice. “High” fever in toddlers (103-104) is rarely an emergency. Just treat the fever and call us for further guidance. You will probably avoid unnecessary blood tests, x-rays, and other procedures by doing this.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets dangerous? Maybe so: Read the Full Article
Advances in car safety, including safety belts, infant and toddler car seats, improvements in highway design, greater enforcement of DUI laws, and advanced car design have had a big impact on the rate of injuries and deaths of children. Look at this link: Then and Now