Sharon is our nurse and has had several years of experience with pediatric nursing.
Nancy, our receptionist has been with us for many years.
Our billing is done off-site by Heartland Medical Billing;
their phone number is 402-343-1701 x 216.
If you need a refill for your child's prescription, please ask your pharmacy to fax our office their request for prescription refill (fax number 592-3335). We will determine if the request is appropriate, and fax the approved request back to the pharmacy.
In general, we do not automatically refill a prescription for antibitotic. For medications that your child takes daily or often (for example, allergy or asthma medications), we will need to re-evaluate your child's condition every 3 months or so in order to comply with the guidelines required by your insurance company.
OUR FALL 2012 NEWSLETTER
Seasonal flu shots will be available beginning Oct. - Nov. at our office.
Please call to schedule your child's appointment as soon as possible.
(Article taken from "very best kids" magazine Fall '06)
That old saying is true - knowledge is power - for both kids and parents. which is why it's so important to know what to expect.
Here are 9 questions to ask the teacher at your first conference.
1. What will my child be expected to accomplish this year in each subject?
2. What types of projects and assignments will help my child succeed?
3. How will my child be evaluated and how often?
4. How do your evaluation methods compare to other school districts?
5. What can I do at home to support what is going on in the classroom?
6. How do I know what/when homework has been assigned?
7. What if my child is easily bored, or easily frustrated? How do you accommodate differences in learning?
8. Are there programs available for students who may need extra help?
9. Can parents volunteer to contribute to classroom activities?
More questions by ages:
"Ages 2 to 5":
What is a typical day like in the classroom?
What if my child is shy or clingy to me when I drop her off?
How do you handle disciplining the children in the classroom?
How is developmental progress evaluated?
How structured or unstructured is the classroom?
"Ages 6 to 8":
What are some milestones for this age group?
To what extent do kids use computers?
How much homework is assigned each week?
Are phonics skills and punctuation stressed in writing?
Are there trouble signs to be aware of regarding learning pace?
"Ages 9 to 12":
How are students prepared for future learning before high school?
Is tutoring available for students who may need more help?
Are children encouraged to think about career interests?
How can I support the teachers in achieving higher academic standards?
How much does peer pressure come into play in the classroom?
How can we as parents address this issue?
SPORTS INJURIES PREVENTION
School is back in session and your children may be playing fall and winter sports. Remember, sports are supposed to be fun, and the risk of injuries while playing sports can be prevented or reduced if you remember some of the following guidelines.
Most every school requires a sports physical for participation. Your pediatrician will check to assure your athlete is healthy and ready to play, as well as look for any problems that could potentially place your child at risk for sports related injuries. The doctor will also address healthy nutrition, sleep, emotional well being and other problems which need to be addressed for early detection.
New concussion guidelines:
Every year, doctors diagnose more than a million concussion cases in the U.S. Those most at risk for this kind of brain injury include adolescents, ages 15-19.
Evidence reveals that our brains may need more time to heal from injury than previously thought.
This information has resulted in developing new guidelines to how concussions are assessed and recovery time is determined. These new guidelines are being adopted by high schools and professional sports nationwide.
Fuel up you student athlete:
Be their nutrition coach
Remind them to stay hydrated by drinking before during and after sports or exercise. Extreme temperatures and humidity make it difficult to regulate body temperatures. Replace electrolytes - potassium and sodium with low calorie sports drinks.
Remember, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that stimulant containing energy drinks have no place in the diets of children or adolescents.
Make sure they eat carbohydrates - whole grains, fruits and vegetables - for healthy energy. Never play or practice on an empty stomach.
Protein helps to repair and rebuild muscles. Lean protein such as fish, lean meat, eggs, beans nuts, skinless poultry should be eaten after practice or a game.
Calcium rich foods such as milk, yogurt, fortified orange juice, salmon, greens and broccoli help to keep bones strong and healthy.
Opt for variety:
Encourage your kids to switch from one sport to another during the year. Be sure to choose activities that don't stress the same muscles and joints.
Take a break:
Children who focus on a single sport need to take three months to recover, even if they're uninjured. The temptation to play year round is often great in sunny places like Texas and California.
Check out the coach:
The best ones have an easy relationship with parents and children and they know which drills minimize the risk of injury.
Don't forget the core:
Strengthening muscles involved in maintaining balance can avoid many problems.
Pain plus tenderness over a joint is often a sign of an overuse injury. Any pain that lingers or interferes with performance should be evaluated by a doctor.
Find good balance:
Make sure your child has time to participate in other extracurricular activities such as music, dance, etc. and have sufficient time to balance homework, sleep and family schedules. These activities help to practice their social skills, meet new friends, and learn good sportsmanship.
DID YOU KNOW???
An annual physical isn't only for sports?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends check-ups annually for everyone up to age 21. Your child's pediatrician covers a lot of preventive topics during an exam. As teens transition to adulthood, doctors can monitor many physical, cognitive and emotional changes. They look for signs of unhealthy nutrition, sleep disorders, depression and substance abuse, including cigarettes and alcohol use. Subjects such as contraceptives, problems with substance and emotional abuse within the family, or other sensitive topics can be discussed with the doctor in private for teens over the age of 14. Doctors will guide teens towards making good choices and become advocates for their own health care.
Why school buses are yellow?
School buses in the United States have been painted yellow since 1939 when the vivid and visible color was selected at a New York conference that established nationwide school bus construction and safety standards.
1. Flu Vaccine: for the 2012-2013 season, the Centers for Disease Control
recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot.
FluMist: the vaccine that can be given through the nose, is approved for
healthy non-pregnant persons ages 5-49 years.
2. Chickenpox vaccine: the government is recommending that children receive a
second dose of the chicken pox vaccine (the first given at age 12-15 months,
the second at age 4-6 years)
3. Tetanus/Whooping cough vaccine: for children ages 11 years and older, if
their last tetanus booster was given 2-5 years prior, it is recommended that
they receive a one-time dose of this new vaccine.
Human Papillomavirus Virus Vaccine: The HPV virus is common and affects both males and females. The vaccine is currently approved for males and females ages 9-26. Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact could get HPV infection.
HPV can lead to genital warts in both males and females as well as cervical cancer in females. For more information about these vaccines, please contact our office.