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  • Spring is here in Delaware, Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties! This is such wonderful time of the year for our children to get outside and explore. Family time outdoors is a wonderful way to reinforce exercise as an important part of a child’s health and growth. Play, run, plant a tree, ride a bike, kick a ball, take a hike, swim, make a garden ... kids love to be outside, so just enjoy! While outside, here are some helpful safety tips for the Spring and Summer for all of our All Star families.

    Summer Safety Tips: Sun And Water Safety

    Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

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  • All Star Pediatrics has been informed about an EpiPen recall that is now in effect. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EPIPENS!!! Here is the link for specific lot numbers EpiPen Recall and details are included below. Please contact your pharmacy for an updated EpiPen effective immediately.

    Recall Details:

    Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The recall impacts certain lots of the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths of EpiPen Auto-Injector. None of the recalled lots include the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector, which is also manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies.

    U.S. Impacted Lots:

    Product Replacement Instructions:

    Mylan is committed to replacing recalled devices at no cost and Mylan would like to reassure patients that there will be no additional replacement-related financial burden to them as a result of this recall. Patients, customers and distributors are being notified. We are asking patients to keep their existing product until their replacement product can be secured.

    Patients may receive either EpiPen Auto-Injector or the authorized generic for EpiPen Auto-Injector at the pharmacy as a replacement based on availability. The authorized generic has the exact same drug formulation, has the exact same operating instructions and is therapeutically equivalent to EpiPen Auto Injector, and may be substituted for EpiPen Auto Injector.

    It is important that patients continue to carry their current EpiPen Auto-Injector until they receive a replacement device.

    To return your product please contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494.

    Please check back here soon for updated and additional information on the product return and replacement process.

    Patient and Customer Contact:

    To return your product please contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494. If you have any additional questions regarding this recall, please contact Mylan Customer Relations at 800-796-9526 or

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  • HPV – Human Papilloma Virus – causes cancer!

    HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and throughout the world. Half of infected people are ages 15-24. Six million young people or adults become newly infected each year. Yes, even your child or young adult has a 75% chance of acquiring HPV by the time he or she is 25!

    HPV vaccination is an important way to reduce a young adult’s risk of acquiring the virus and thus, the possibility of developing future types of cancer.

    In early 2017, the dosing schedule for HPV vaccine has changed – the thought behind the dose change? The younger the child, the better the immune system will respond to the vaccine. Most adolescents 9 through 14 years of age should get HPV vaccine as a two-dose series with the doses separated by 6-12 months. People who start HPV vaccination at 15 years of age and older should get the vaccine as a three-dose series with the second dose given 1-2 months after the first dose and the third dose given 6 months after the first dose.

    All Star Pediatrics HPV Facts and Prevention

    CDC's HPV Information

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  • Spring is right around the corner – that means Track, Lacrosse, Softball, Spring Soccer, and Baseball will be starting for thousands of local athletes. Childhood sports are a fantastic way for children to get involved, get regular exercise, learn the values of sportsmanship and teamwork, in addition to creating new friendships. However, more and more children are becoming single sport specialized. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that delaying single sport specialization until later adolescence not only minimizes the risks of overuse injuries and burnout, but increases the likelihood of athletic success.

    • Studies of top college athletes show that for the majority of sports, late specialization with early diversification is most likely to lead to elite status

    • Youth who participate in a variety of sports until late adolescence (about 15-16 years of age) have fewer injuries and a higher chance of remaining engaged in sports

    • 70% of children drop out of organized sports by age 13 years

    • Having 1-2 days off per week from the focal sport can decrease chance of injury

    • 50% of athletic injuries are related to overuse

    Have fun and have your child play sports – remember only 1% of high school athletes receive college athletic scholarships – so let the kids be kids, and play with variety, not early specialization!

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  • Time to brush – but for how long? New data recommendations suggest that we may need to brush our children’s teeth longer than expected. Most parents likely stop brushing their child's teeth at an early age. Maybe we as parents need to think again about the importance of oral health!

    How Do I Get My Preschooler To Let Me Brush Her Teeth?

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  • The bathroom is an important part of the family home. How safe is the bathroom for our young children and toddlers? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some important safety tips for all of us to be sure we reduce the risk of injury and harm in the bathroom for our little ones.

    5 Bathroom Safety Tips for Infants & Young Children

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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

    Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland's, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online.

    Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.

    "Teething can be managed without prescription or over-the-counter remedies," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "We recommend parents and caregivers not give homeopathic teething tablets and gels to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives."

    The FDA is analyzing adverse events reported to the agency regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products, since a 2010 safety alert about homeopathic teething tablets. The FDA is currently investigating this issue, including testing product samples. The agency will continue to communicate with the public as more information is available.

    Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children.

    The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of homeopathic teething tablets or gels to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    ~ Complete and submit the report online at; or

    ~ Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

    The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products

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  • "Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." Thomas Dekker

    So how much do we sleep? How much do our children sleep? Are we getting healthy amounts of sleep?

    Sleep – so important for health and happiness. A new set of recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses optimal sleep requirements. Too much sleep has been linked to diabetes, obesity and mental health problems. Too little sleep has been linked to a higher risk of accidents, high blood pressure, and depression.

    The following are the recommended minimum and maximum hours each age group should regularly sleep during a 24-hour period for optimal health:

    Ages 4-12 months12-16 hours (including naps)
    Ages 1-2 years11-14 hours (including naps)
    Ages 3-5 years10-13 hours (including naps)
    Ages 6-12 years9-12 hours
    Ages 13-18 years8-10 hours

    Please check out our new sleep website link:

    This site is a great way to learn more about your child's sleep at various ages. It answers questions regarding Melatonin use, baby nightmares and many more topics. Give it a look!!!

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  • A wise man once said, "Peanut butter is good for you." In the past, peanut introduction was delayed beyond the first birthday. The concerns for peanut allergy have increased over the past 10 years. So when should we start with peanut butter for children? New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some helpful insight into peanut introduction:

    Peanut Allergies: What You Should Know About the Latest Research

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  • More than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers.

    Almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones.

    Iphones, Xfinity, Ipads, Direct TV, Computers, Play station, Verizon, Xbox, Wii - everywhere, all day, everyday. From infancy through adulthood, we are surrounded by distractions.

    Do our children get less than 1 hour of screen time each day? Are you a distracted driver because you answer emails? Does your TV get in the way of a good family meal? Is your teen or young adult still texting at 11 PM? Does your toddler get the iPad just so they will stop crying? Do you talk on the phone while driving? Has your young adult been involved with sexting?

    Technology can obviously be a very critical part of a family's daily life and survival. Is it too much? How do we police the use? Do we as parents model good behavior with our iPhone usage?

    Consider reading these helpful hints about technology and our role in making sure it is used safely:

    Kids & Tech: 10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

    How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

    The New Problem of "Sexting"

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  • “Patient portal, patient portal, patient portal ...” All Star Pediatrics would like to thank all of our families who have joined us on the PATIENT PORTAL – the feedback has been outstanding! We would like to invite all of our families to join our Patient Portal. The Patient Portal is an interactive and exciting way to track your child's upcoming appointments, review growth curves, follow current immunization recommendations, request refills, review handouts, request referrals and pay your bill online Please note that as of September 1, 2014 all patient referral requests and refill requests must be completed using the patient portal – we have found that these requests can be completed with much more efficiency when requested through the patient portal . Thanks for your cooperation and thanks for joining the patient portal!!!!

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  • Child safety seats in automobiles have saved many lives over the past few decades. Each year, new and improved information on child car seat/booster safety is released based on extensive research. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new updated guidelines for the use of child safety restraints in automobiles. Use this helpful link below from the AAP for Car Safety Seat information:

    Car Seats: Information For Families

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  • We encourage all of our families to call our office with updates for any personal information, new contact information, email addresses, work/cell phone numbers and insurance changes. We strive to have the most up-to-date information for all of our patient families in the event of a question or in case we need to contact you. Thank you for your assistance.

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  • Are you interested in breastfeeding your baby? Not sure?

    We welcome you to come to our monthly breastfeeding classes (same information is repeated) provided by Mrs. Jill Schwartz, RN, CRNP, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant.

    Learn in an informal setting. Practical information is reviewed. Your questions are not only welcome but also helpful.

    Don't miss out on how to feed your baby the very best!

    TuesdayJune 6, 20175:30-6:30 PM
    WednesdayJuly 12, 20175:30-6:30 PM
    TuesdayAugust 8, 20175:30-6:30 PM

    If interested, please call (610) 363-1330 to register.

    All classes are held here at All Star Pediatrics.

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