All Star Pediatrics has always encouraged families to offer water and milk as part of a healthy diet for
toddlers and children. We have taught families over the years that juice has really minimal nutritional
value, especially for our youngest patients. Fresh fruit is always more preferred!
Your All Star Provider may have encouraged the occasional use of juice (pear and prune) as a short term aid
for infrequent, painful infant stooling – but thankfully this is not very often.
New information from a 2017 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, now reinforces our practice
philosophy about juice and other fluid intake.
Human milk or infant formula is the only nutrient needed for infants up to 6 months of age
Fruit juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants prior to 1 year of age
NO MORE THAN 4 ounces of fruit juice per day should be given to toddlers aged 1-3 years
NO MORE THAN 4-6 ounces of fruit juice per day for children aged 4-6 years
NO MORE THAN 8 ounces of fruit juice intake for children aged 7-18 years
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.
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!
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.
"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:
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:
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:
Don't be the only patient family not on the portal – remember most All Star
communications are now via the
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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
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!
January 9, 2018
February 6, 2018
March 13, 2018
If interested, please call (610) 363-1330 to register.