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.
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!
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.
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
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
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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:
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:
“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
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!
March 14, 2017 - RESCHEDULED for March 21, 2017 due to inclement weather
April 11, 2017 (tentative)
If interested, please call (610) 363-1330 to register.