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Sue Ann Jantz

Kids in Mask Photo Contest

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Free Kids Cottonwood Pediatrics t-shirt

50 children will be selected to receive a free shirt and photos will be featured.

T-shirt sizes subject to availability. Ages: 2-14.

Deadline EXTENDED to Friday, November 6th.

 

Sports Physical 2020-2021

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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.

Call 316-283-7100.

 

 

Telehealth at Cottonwood

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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.

Requirements:

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.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

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Caring for Children during COVID-19 outbreak. 
Caring for a New Baby during COVID-19 outbreak. 
Working and Learning from Home during COVID-19 outbreak. 

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;
  • Our staff has a designated day to see sick children and another day to see well children;
  • 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.

Russians and the Heated Discussions about Immunization

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Have you ever read a post about immunization that made you think it must have been fabricated?

Russian bots posted 75% more anti-vaccine messages than the average user according to a research from July 2014 to September 2017. These trolls have been posting both pro and anti-vaccine messages in order to promote discord in American society, according to Mark Dredze, Ph.D.

The story was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics magazine in November, 2018.

Washing the germs away

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Anyone around young children knows that their hands get dirty quickly. These hands touch eyes, noses and mouths, infecting everyone and everything that may come in contact.

 

Washing hands is the most effective way you can teach your child to eliminate germs. For a quick brush-up on handwashing, here are a few tips:

 

Lather hands for 20 seconds      

For young children, it’s a great time to sing the ABCs. You can use a cheap timer too (also helpful when brushing your child’s teeth).

 

Skip the antibacterial soap

Antibacterial soap is not better than regular soap and may actually eliminate good bacteria on the skin. For young children: use scented soap and ask to smell their hands afterwards – they will love to show off their fragrant hands.

 

Wash around nails

Most people neglect this part of handwashing. It is important to wash under the nails and all around the cuticles.

 

When to wash your hands

After petting animals;

After using the restroom or changing diapers;

Before handling food or eating;

Every time children go back inside;

After coughing or sneezing;

After blowing your nose.

 

Thinking about skipping the flu shot this year? The CDC estimated that 80,000 deaths last year. Please consider getting flu shots for all your family and kids and make sure they have healthy hygiene habits.

 

Links

Do you wash your hands after using a public restroom? 69% of men and 35% of women don’t wash their hands after using a public restroom – U.S. National Library of Medicine

Handwashing Poster – CDC

Mom-tested handwashing tricks – Parenting.com

Flu Season

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Last year’s flu season was a long, memorable one for many people. This year, Cottonwood Pediatrics hopes to see fewer children for the flu because parents took preventive steps. Here are a few questions we hear from parents:

Does my child need a flu shot?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends everyone ages 6 months and older to get the influenza vaccine annually. If you have babies younger than 6 months, everyone else in the household should be immunized. The flu caused thousands of deaths in the United States last year and some of them were previously healthy children.

Can my kids get a flu shot yet?
Everyone 6 months and older should schedule to get a flu shot starting on the last week of September/beginning of October. We require that kids are up to date on their yearly well-checks. Parents and other adults can get the immunization at their doctor’s office or at pharmacies.

Can’t we just get Tamiflu instead?
Antiviral medication is not a substitute for the flu shot. We received many calls asking for Tamiflu last year but parents should know that the medicine should be given within 48 hours of the first symptoms. The reactions from the medicine could be just as bad as the flu symptoms, so please do not skip the vaccine.

Will my child be 100% protected from the flu this once vaccinated?
The virus can mutate but your child’s immune system will have 3x more work if your child is not vaccinated.

Schedule everyone’s flu shot and teach appropriate hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

To learn more about the flu season please visit:
Prepare Your Family for Flu Season – healthychildren.org
AAP policy emphasizes importance of vaccination after high-severity flu season – aappublications.org