Thursday, April 24th, 2014
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is set for April 26-May 1, 2014. NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievement of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined together to celebrate the important role vaccination plays in protecting our children and communities.
We, here at Crown Point Pediatrics, highly recommend immunizations for everyone from infancy through adolescence and adulthood. We encourage you to talk with your health care provider about your child’s immunizations and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. You may also visit the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control) for accurate an reliable information about all immunizations. (cdc.gov/vaccines)
Submitted by Vona M. Lantz, CPNP
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Champ camp turns 34 years old this year. Every year the American Lung Association in Colorado holds Colorado’s only wee long camp for children with asthma. At camp, children get to be physically active and challenged, while learning how to correctly manage their asthma.
Champ camp is for children 7-14 years old with asthma. There are day to day outdoor group activities such as swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, high and low rope courses. There will be asthma education and management of asthma there. Champ camp is July 20-26. It is at Glacier View Ranch in Ward, Co, near Boulder.
There are volunteers around the clock that include doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, cabin counselors, and activity assistants who are dedicated to creating a fun and safe camp experience.
Every child has a chance to have an adventure and attend the Champ Camp no matter their financial status. If you have a child with asthma between the ages of 7 and 14 years old and you think they would enjoy this camp please call 303-847-0267 or 303-847-0279, or visit www.champcampcolorado.org.
Submitted by Vona Lantz, CPNP
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Recall affects B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion single and double strollers.
WASHINGTON • Britax is recalling about 216,000 strollers because of a risk to partially amputate fingertips, break fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when pressing the release button while pulling on the release strap.
Britax Child Safety Inc. of Fort Mill, S.C., has received eight reports of incidents including one partial fingertip amputation, one broken finger and severe finger lacerations.
The B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion single and double strollers were sold in various colors including black, red, kiwi, sandstone, navy and orange at major retailers and juvenile products stores nationwide and online retailers from May 2011 to June 2013 for $250 to $450.
Article by St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Associated Press
David Roos, M.D.
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Influenza (Flu) season is here in full force. Hopefully, all family members have received their flu vaccines. If you still need a flu vaccine, call the office today and schedule an appointment to get your flu vaccine.
What other measures can you do to increase your families’ protection from the flu?
Always practice good hand washing! Remember to keep your children home if they have a fever, and make sure to schedule an appointment to have your children checked if they have the following symptoms: fever, cough, bodily aches, a fussy and irritable infant, or an infant that is not feeding well.
You can boost your body’s immune system with these natural flu-fighting foods:
1-Black-eyed peas, which include pinto beans, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, and wheat germ, These nutritious legumes are rich in zinc, a mineral that keeps your immune system in working order.
2- Carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, helps your body to ward off respiratory infections. Other good sources are dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash.
3- Tea, green, black, and oolong teas all contain naturally occurring compounds that reduce the risk of the flu, including quercetin, a powerful anti-oxidant , and L-theamine, an amino acid found naturally only in tea. Decaffeinated teas also contain the amino acid, but herbal teas do not.
4-Yogurt, which includes probiotics, the beneficial bacteria, that strengthen the immune system. Cottage cheese and sauerkruat also contain probiotics too.
5- Tomatoes, contain Vitamin C which helps your body to fight colds and flu by boosting the body’s natural defense system in the same way their “citrus relatives” do. One medium tomato provides 40% of your daily vitamin C. Don’t forget tomato juice or natural tomato sauce on pasta dishes!
6-Mushrooms, are nutritional powerhouses that heighten the body’s resistance to viral infections by increasing the activity of your body’s immune fighting process. They are also rich in selenium; Low levels of this element has been linked to an increased risk of developing more severe influenza.
7- Almonds, are a rich source of Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, which helps your body to fight off infections.
Submitted by Vona M. Lantz, NP
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Infants, children and pregnant women should not drink raw milk or eat products made with raw milk because they can cause illness or death, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream that are not pasteurized are considered raw milk products. Two people died and 195 went to the hospital after eating or drinking raw milk products between 1998 and 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infants and young children are especially at risk for getting sick after eating these products. Pregnant women also are at greater risk of problems such as miscarriage and infection.
People often consume raw milk products because they want unprocessed foods. But research studies have not shown any benefits to drinking raw milk, and products made with unpasteurized milk can be the source of various infections.
Pasteurization is the process of raising the temperature of milk to at least 161 degrees for more than 15-20 seconds, followed by rapid cooling. Pasteurization kills dangerous bacteria and reduces the risk of getting sick. The process first was used in the United States in the 1920s. Before pasteurization, raw milk contributed to a large amount of food-related illness.
Claims linking pasteurized milk to health problems have not been backed up by scientific data, according the report. In addition, strong scientific evidence shows that pasteurized milk is just as nutritious as raw milk.
The sale of raw milk products is legal in 30 states, but shipments between states are not allowed. About 1% to 3% of all dairy products eaten in the United States are not pasteurized.
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend against consuming raw milk products.
David B. Roos, M.D., FAAP
© 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics. This Parent Plus may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
J. Hobbs! Congratulations to our first winner of the mini Ipad give away contest! We want to thank all those who took time to write a review of Crown Point Pediatrics on Facebook, Google and ZocDoc. Be on the lookout for a future give away.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
This is sponsored by the CDC-Centers For Disease Control, to help inform the public, as well as, health care providers about the more and more pressing problem of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, but antibiotics can have side effects. Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health threats. Antibiotic overuse increases the development of drug resistant germs. Antibiotics are important for fighting illness, but overuse of antiiotics has helped create new strains of infectious diseases. Treating viruses with antibiotics does not work, and it increases the likelihood that you will become ill with an antibiotic -resistant bacterial infection. Children can have up to nine colds each year. Antibiotics are not indicated for colds and cold symptoms. If your child develops cold symptoms that are not getting better or are getting any worse, they should be evaluated in our office. Use good hygiene measures and teach your children about good hygiene; Proper hand washing and not sharing their food or drinks with their friends. Make sure your children are up to date in their immunizations. Make sure you and your children get a flu vaccine this season.
Submitted by Vona Lantz, CPNP
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
No Health Risks With Levels of Arsenic Found In Infant Rice Cereal and Other Rice Products
The Federal Food and Drug administration has tested over 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and the levels of arsenic that were found in these products are far to low to cause any immediate or long term adverse health effects or concerns.
The levels of inorganic arsenic found in different rice products vary from a high of 160 parts per billion in brown rice, 120 in infant cereal and a low of 11 in rice wine. Arsenic comes in 2 forms, organic arsenic which is completely harmless and inorganic arsenic that occurs in rocks and soils. Inorganic arsenic in sufficient quantities is a known carcinogen in humans. Rice is grown in fields flooded with water that stirs up the arsenic found in soils around the world and the growing rice takes in the arsenic into the hulls of the rice through the roots. The more processed and refined the rice is, the lower the levels of arsenic will be in that product.
The acceptable level for arsenic in water in this country is 10 parts per billion. Even with the large amounts of water that Americans drink each year this is considered a very safe level.
The most important take home message is for all consumers to diversify the grains in their diet. Rice cereal is one of the first foods that is introduced to young infants and there is no known harm with the small amounts of rice cereal that they eat. It makes good sense to use other grains in their diet like barley and oats. When they are older they can be introduced to more grains like wheat and corn.
Americans eat an average of 25 pounds of rice per person per year but in some parts of the world, like China and Vietnam, they eat 8 to14 times more rice than we do in this country. There has been no scientific links of adverse health effects from eating rice in these high rice-consuming countries. At this point there is no need to change the amount of rice or rice products that you are consuming.
From USA Today:
David Roos, M.D
October 16, 2013