Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Being overweight is stressful enough, but if you’re a child or teenager, it’s even harder to deal with and be sucessful in loosing weight. Children and teenagers who are overweight or obese are frequently targets for other children and teens to be made fun of and bullied because of their weight. As a result, children may become more isolated or “outcasted” from their peers and suffer from anxiety or depression.
Many children who are overweight in their childhood will become overweight and obese as adults. Obesity increases the chance of developing other heath problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascualr disease. Parents need to be role models for their children and teens and set good examples of making healthy and nutritious food choices, and making exercise and being more active part of their everyday lifestyle. It all starts with healthy examples at home that your children can see every day, and become an active participant every day.
We can also help you in promoting a healthy lifestyle for your children and teens. We encourage all children and teens to have annual physical exams. At this time we will do height and weight measurements and calculate your child’s body mass index or BMI. BMI is a good way to assess whether an individual is overweight. BMI takes into account not just your weight, but also your height to indicate body fat. However, BMI is not a measure of percentage of body fat. A healthy BMI should be over 18 and under 25. BMI’s for children will differ from those for adults. A healthy BMI for a child will be lower than an adult’s BMI. After your child’s BMI is determined, it will be plotted on your child’s growth chart. We will be able to review the percentile and detrmine if your child is at a healthy weight or is overweight. We will also check your child’s blood pressure at their physical. These are important measurements in your child’s health.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently issued new guidelines regarding children and cholesterol screening. These guidelines suggest that all children between the ages of 9 to 11 years have their cholesterol levels checked, regardless of family history. More children have been seen with abnormal cholesterol levels, and some have shown the beginning stages of atherosclerosis. When your child has their physical exam, we will recommend checking a lipid panel to look at their cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
We encourage parents to learn about cholesterol and the potential risk to their child’s health. We encourage parents to promote a healthy lifestyle for their children including a healthy diet with more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. Families should also increase their activity levels, with children getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Submitted by Vona Lantz, CPNP
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
I’m sure back to school physicals are the last thing on most parents’ minds right now but now is the time. Those last few weeks of the summer are usually hectic getting ready to go back to school. Oftentimes parents realize at the last minute that their child needs a physical or a shot before school starts. You can avoid this stressful situation by scheduling your child’s physical in the early part of the summer. Not only are you able to check that off your to-do list, but you beat the back-to-school rush in our office. We always have plenty of open appointments for physicals in May and June, however August fills up quickly. We cannot guarantee there will be an appointment available if you wait until the day before school starts. We recommend scheduling now and scheduling early!
A yearly physical exam is an important time to assess a child’s overall health, catch potential problems early, update immunizations, reinforce healthy behavior, and review normal development and safety measures. These topics are covered in depth during the physical, therefore it is not a good time to address a significant health concern (for example migraines, abdominal pain, etc.) If you do have an additional health concern, it is best to make a separate appointment in order to address the concern more thoroughly.
A physical is good for the entire year since most standard forms simply require a physical exam within the last year. Keep in mind, your child may need a form signed for sports participation, camp, daycare and numerous other activities. It is very helpful to have that yearly physical exam completed when a form is needed. Scheduling now will ensure your child doesn’t have to miss out on his favorite activity. Don’t get caught off guard. Get that physical out of the way early!
Daycare: Requires children to be up-to-date on all recommended vaccines for age.
Kindergarten:Children need 3 booster shots: MMR, chicken pox, and polio-DTaP (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis).
6th Grade:Adolescents are required to receive Tdap, a tetanus booster that also includes protection against whooping cough.
-Jaime Fell, PA-C
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Crown Point Pediatrics and Ammons Photographic Art are proud to present the 2012 Easter Picture Contest!
Enter and have your friends and family vote by “liking “ your photo for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
1st Place: Free sitting and $100 credit with Ammons Photographic Art PLUS a $25 gift certificate to Toys R Us from Crown Point Pediatrics.
2nd & 3rd Place: $25 gift certificate to Toys R Us from Crown Point Pediatrics.
To enter the contest:
1. Go to Crown Point Pediatrics Facebook page through the following URL:
It will prompt you to sign into your account. If you do not have a Facebook account you can create one.
2. Click on the Competitions icon, upload your photo and start sharing!
Entries will be accepted until April 30th and winners will be chosen and posted May 1st!