Read simple age-appropriate activities to do with your child (0-5 years) using day-today objects and situations. Read tips on the vroom app or receive texts. Data and message rates may apply. Sign up at www.vroom.org.
For children (18 years old and younger):
Print tracking page or pick up a copy at our office. Color one icon each time you read. Once you finish the page, bring it to Cottonwood Pediatrics during business hours for a prize (subject to availability).
Program dates: 6/1/2021 to 8/11/2021 – Newton schools start 8/12/2021.
Last day to submit tracking page: 8/13/2021
Printable Tracking Pages – pick one or use all three:
Always review mental health benefits with your insurance.
Please do not routinely use both medications at the same time. Choose the medication that you feel works best for your child. Always use the dropper that came with the medication.
Dosage is weight based and not age based.
Can be given every 4-6 hours as needed, but no more than 5 doses in 24 hours. Suppositories are for ill/vomiting child unable to take liquid medication by mouth.
Ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil):
Can be given every 6-8 hours as needed, but no more than 4 doses in 24 hours. Approved for children 6 months and older.
Look for medication concentration on the label.
While most stories around this time of the year focus on traditional love, Dr. Jon Jantz reads Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. He chose this book because kids can get into the Valentine’s Day spirit without having emphasis on romance.
While Cottonwood Pediatrics is still taking measures to stop COVID-19, we are ready to cheer for our kids during the 2020-2021 school year.
KSHSAA regulates school sports in Kansas, requiring a yearly physical after May 1 for the following school year. If your child is considering sports, schedule an appointment with us and get started with the paperwork (valid until the end of the school year).
The regulations in place are meant to protect young athletes. Getting this check-up done by a medical professional is giving your child better care.
Dr Matthews, Tarina Gfeller, APRN and Maureen Entz, APRN have daily appointments starting May 1.
Some insurances have allowed telehealth services (virtual visits) for specific issues. Not all plans have this option, and not all conditions allow us to provide excellent care remotely.
Examples of appropriate telehealth appointments:
- Mild cough, cold or congestion
- Allergy symptoms
- Dermatological concerns (such as acne or rash)
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Pink eye
- Possible COVID-19
- Depression follow-up
- Anxiety follow-up
- ADHD follow-up
If you are interested in this kind of service, please call us at 316-283-7100.
Testing your device:
For telehealth, we need you to have a working front-face camera, microphone and audio, a well-lit area and a good connection. You can make a list of questions to ask prior to your appointment. We will test the service with you prior to meeting your pediatrician, but you can try it on this link: https://help.myupdox.com/help/videochat-devicetest . Please allow the use of the microphone and camera.
During the appointment both the consenting parent/guardian and the child need to be present (and in Kansas). The child needs to be an established patient.
We may ask you to come in the office if further evaluation is needed.
We encourage parents to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect their children and loved ones.
Local resources for the COVID-19 immunization:
COTTONWOOD PEDIATRICS: by appointment only – 316-283-7100
Harvey County Health Department: www.harveycounty.com/COVID19vaccineappointment – 316-836-4990
McPherson County Health Department: 620-241-1753
Sedgwick County Health Department: www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/vaccine/schedule – 316-660-1029
Harvey Drug and Gifts: www.harveydrug.com – 316-333-0120
Hesston Pharmacy: www.hesstonpharmacy.com – 620-327-2211
Dillons: www.dillons.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated – 316-283-4180
Walgreens: www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19 – 316-281-9356
Walmart: www.walmart.com/cp/1228302 – 316-284-0555
Health Ministries: hmcks.org/en – 316-804-7785
Axtell Clinic: www.axtellclinic.com – 316-283-2800
Some steps we are taking to prevent exposure so far:
- We now ask that everyone 2 years and older wear facial coverings into the office if possible;
- Our families are being screened over the phone and during check-in;
- Our clinic has physically separated sick and well visits to opposite sides of the office;
- Whenever possible, we ask that only one adult and one child come (be advised that the hospital is enforcing this for services such as x-rays and labs);
- Possible COVID-19 patients are being triaged accordingly;
- Telemedicine is available for some insurance policies. Not all concerns can be addressed by telemedicine nor are all children good candidates for the service.
- Our office looks a little different as we are implementing physical distancing.
We are still committed to providing excellent care. If you have questions please call us.
The Good News: Children don’t seem to get as sick
In all the reports so far, while children do get the COVID-19, they typically don’t seem to get as sick as adults. All the basics apply: push fluids, rest, and take pain and fever medication. Call if short of breath or if breathing problems develop. Don’t go out, stay home.
Please refer to this Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
For current news, the CDC has been posting daily updates.
Remember to be developmentally appropriate when talking to children.
Our clinic recently received a Four Stars Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation. Only 18 clinics in Kansas have this designation and Cottonwood Pediatrics is proud to be one of them.
We would also like to remind our patients’ moms that it is OK to stay in the room to nurse your kids after your appointment.