Village Pediatrics 
  Summer Newsletter
June  2012- Vol 4, Issue 2 
In This Issue
Oldies but Goodies...
Warts Warts Warts
The Stomach "Flu"
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Rated PG... Pretty Gross

We apologize in advance for the somewhat "gross" messy babynature of our June newsletter, but parenting can be a messy business! If you are in the mood for some lighter fare, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, where we regularly post timely scientific articles mixed with some great parenting humor.  

  

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Parenting Help 

We are thrilled to welcome child psychologist Nancy Sedlack to the Village Pediatrics family.  Nancy has extensive training in her field, including a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale's renowned Child Study Center.  After many years of private practice in child psychology, Nancy now works as a parenting consultant within private practices addressing a wide range of topics such as:
  • Behavioral challenges (e.g., aggressive behavior) 
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression)
  • Managing transitions
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Discipline
  • Supporting children who feel "different" (e.g., deceased parent, adopted, disabled)
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Toileting issues
  • Parenting quirky kids
  • Ways to discuss difficult topics (e.g., sexuality, illness, death)

Read more about Nancy Sedlack's training and find a list of recommended parenting books here.  She will be seeing parents (not children) in our office on Thursday mornings; appointments can be made via our front desk at (203) 221-7337.  Please note that parenting consults are not covered by insurance, but can often be paid for with flex spending dollars.

Oldies but Goodies...  

Our past newsletters have featured a number of articles  

that bear repeating- take a look at these links for some summer baby

valuable summertime information:

Warts Warts Warts

We have seen a lot of molluscum contagiosum lately- a type of wart caused by a virus in the pox family. This infection is common in young children, and causes clusters of small, "pearly," flesh-colored bumps with a little indentation in the cmolluscumenter. They tend to spread when scratched, or infected, and are often found on the arms, legs and trunk. The virus can be spread to other children through direct contact, or by shared objects such as towels. Children with eczema are more prone to this rash, which tends to infect areas of irritated skin. While the rash is not dangerous, it can be annoying especially if it starts to spread. At Village Peds we have an easy, painless treatment called Canthridin- a blistering agent derived from a beetle (otherwise known as "beetle-juice!") A small amount applied to each wart will cause a small blister that quickly disappears, along with the wart.  Read more about molluscum by clicking here.   

 

Plantar warts are similar infections caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Most plantar wartcommonly occurring on the palms or soles, the virus is generally picked up from moist walking surfaces such as showers and pools.  These benign epithelial tumors may persist for many months, and while harmless may cause discomfort at the site of infection or spread locally.  We treat these types of warts PAINLESSLY by shaving down the surface of the infection, then swabbing it with phenol, a chemical that destroys the HPV virus at the base of the wart.   

 

All the doctors at Village Peds treat both molluscum and plantar warts in the office quickly and painlessly.  Contact our front desk if you need an appointment.  

 

 

The Stomach "Flu"

As we bid adieu to winter respiratory illnesses, we unfortunately also say hello to the spring/summer gastroenteritis season.  Viral gastroenteritis, often called the stomach flu (but not a true influenza), is caused by a variety of viruses including noroviruses, adenoviruses, astroviruses and rotaviruses.These germs typically cause vomitting and watery diarrhea, often in conjunction with headache, fever and abdominal cramping.  It typically starts within a day or two of exposure, and can last anywhere from 24 hours to 2 weeks (usually lingering cramps and diarrhea.)   

 

The viruses are spread by close contact with infected persons, or exposure to contaminated food, drink and surfaces. The best prevention of spread is with frequent handwashing and disinfection of stomach flu

contaminated surfaces with bleach-based cleansers. 

Infants are now routinely immunized against rotavirus, which can cause severe symptoms in young children requiring hospitalization.  Antibiotics do not work for these illnesses, and treatment is aimed at supportive therapy to prevent dehydration.  Any child with blood in the stool, severe stomach cramping, or inability to keep down clear liquids should be immediately evaluated for bacterial infection or dehydration.  If your child has the more typical symptoms of gastroenteritis please read more on our website here to learn how to properly manage their unpleasant symptoms. 
Dr. Nikki's New Job
Congratulations to Dr. Nikki on her new job! Though we will all miss her dearly, we are so proud to announce that she has taken on the position of personal pediatrician for a large television family. Good luck Dr. Nikki ;)drnikkiprank 
 
We wish you all a summer season full of laughs! (and no, Dr. Nikki isn't leaving us for Arkansas.)

Dr. Jenn, Dr. Nikki & Dr. Robin

Village Pediatrics LLC

 

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