Village Pediatrics Spring Newsletter
April 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 1
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Dr. Jenn and Dr. Nikki are thrilled to be sending out our first Village Pediatrics newsletter, keeping you up to date on what's new in pediatric healthcare and here at Village Pediatrics. We welcome your feedback on your experience with us, positive or negative; email us at villagepedi@yahoo.com. We appreciate your decision to join our practice, and hope to continue improving your healthcare experience with your suggestions.

Spring means time to book your sports or camp physical. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends your child have a yearly physical from the age of two on. The AAP also recommends a dose of MENACTRA (a vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis) for all children attending a sleep-away camp. Please call our office at (203) 221-7337 to book your preferred day and time before the spring rush.

Spring also means time to play in the grass, go for long hikes, and start your daily tick checks. Lyme disease carrying deer ticks are tiny- the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Your BEST protection against lyme and related tick-borne infections is to do a daily inspection for ticks, and remove any ticks before they have a chance to feed. In general, ticks need to be attached for more than 36 hours to pass on infection.


Swimmer's Ear (otitis externa) is a painful inflammation of the outer ear canal that often occurs in kids who like to dive and swim underwater. Repeated dunkings wash the protective wax coating of the ear canal away, leaving the sensitive skin underneath vulnerable to infection. Ponds and lakes, because of high bacteria and fungal counts, are often the worst offenders. To PREVENT swimmers' ear, try mixing a solution of 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 white vinegar and putting a few drops in each ear at the end of a swim day. This helps dry out the ear canal and restore the normal acidity. You can also purchase "Swim-Ear" drops over-the-counter for the same purpose. If your child has persistent ear pain, particularly with movement of the outer ear, she will need to be seen for prescription ear drops.

Remember we have walk-in time every weekday except for Tuesday, from 8:30-9 am. No appointment is necessary, as we reserve this time for acute issues such as earaches and sore throats. Chronic or complicated conditions deserve the time allowed in a scheduled visit. Please also visit our newly redone website, www.villagepedi.com, for a treasure trove of information, including the "SelfCareNavigator"- a resource with answers to many common pediatric questions. For information about the current Swine Influenza outbreak please visit the "Whats New" section of our website. We wish you and your family a sunny and safe spring season!

Sincerely,


Dr. Jenn and Dr. Nikki
Village Pediatrics

phone: (203) 221-7337

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