Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Lily Harris

Thursday Notes

Written by Dr. Lily Harris


Today is Thursday, May 5, 2016

  • We sign off our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office until we finish our evening clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).


  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients. These times are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Lily Harris will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Rick Gessner, Lily Harris, Todd Harris and Sarah Owrey
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Ben Meares and Tom Sena

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

Written by Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

May 1,2016 – Yesterday a group from Raleigh Childrens participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies in Morrisville at Perimeter Park.

Our choice to support for the March of Dimes was not a hard sale.

We work with the families of premature infants everyday and recognize that when we prevent a premature birth – when a pregnancy is able to go to full term – that is good medicine.

The March of Dimes makes that its important mission. It is an easy cause around which to rally the RCAM-ily. 

If you would like to support the March of Dimes, their website details lots of opportunities to get involved.

Dr. Todd Harris

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Administrative Professionals Day 2016

April 27,2016 – They have such a tough job – some thankless work for which today we will try to thank them.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Both the Duraleigh and the Brier Creek offices will be closed during lunch while we attempt to make our Front Office Staff feel appreciated at the Kanki!

UPDATE: Sights from Lunch at the Kanki today:

Administrative Professionals Day 2016 mix

Dr Gessner Got Game


Dr. Todd Harris

March of Dimes Bake Sale

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

April 20, 2016 –

Help prevent premature birth and help the care of infants who are born too early – now there is a cause that can justify the purchase of some baked goods!

As you enter the building where our Duraleigh office is located, you will have the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth while making a contribution to an important cause.

Smiling faces will be selling baked goods from 10:30 am to about 3:00 pm (as long as we have food to sell).

Dr. Todd Harris

Is It Allergies or Is It a Cold?

Written by Dr. Todd Harris


March 29, 2015 – It is that time of year that we get to experience the yellow dusting. Just waiting for the year that there is so much we can break out our sleds from the winter for another run.

Here is a link for when you are trying to decide whether you are dealing with allergies or a cold.

If you are not sure what it is or what to do, we are happy to help.

Dr. Todd Harris

Parent Resources: Immunizations

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

March 21, 2016Today’s topic:

Information About Vaccines

RCAM Approved Resource

Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website provides a wide range of vaccine information for providers and parents.

From the AAP through

Vaccine topics presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way can be found here.

Checkout just a few of its features:

Immunization Action Coalition

  • Vaccineinformation.orgFor parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Immunize.orgThis is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.

Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH)

I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease (PKIDS)

From their mission statement: “PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.”

Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

CHOP’s official website includes this section about vaccines that “provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.”

“The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.”

Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements

Provides possible health consequences of non-vaccination and possible side effects of each vaccine

Dr. Todd Harris

Baby Pink Tub

March 9, 2016 – We recently got very excited about hiring a new nurse – she is also a lactation consultant and that brings our number of lactation consultants on staff at RCAM to four.

There is a downside though: her name is Shannon.

Nothing against the name – ‘Shannon’ is a perfectly good name – but that puts us now at three nurses who answer to the name ‘Shannon.’ There is a slight concern that this could lead to some confusion (kinda like having two pediatricians named ‘Dr. Harris’).

That got us thinking: What are the popular names today – not just national trends – but what is the local trend here in the Raleigh area?

We looked at all newborns in our practice in the year 2015 to find Raleigh’s most popular baby names.

Here are our results:

1-Most Popular Baby Names at RCAM in 2015: Female First Names 

Top Female First Names

… Continue reading

Dr. Lily Harris

March 4, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children is beginning a new, regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

The best resources are:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!


Today’s topic:

General Pediatric Medical Information

RCAM Approved Resource


The American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP official website has many professional resources for pediatricians but also includes the latest pediatric health news and research, numerous educational brochures and childcare books.



A parent-oriented website launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics with up-to-date health advice for parents and caregivers including development, nutrition, and safety. There are many topics listed and navigating the site to find what you are looking for is pretty easy. They also have health apps for your phone and e-magazines available for subscription.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC official website provides information needed for travel health, tracking infectious diseases such as flu, vaccine information, and preparing for natural disasters.



This website is sponsored by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, it describes itself as providing “information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.” It touts four websites in one, with distinct portals designed for: 1) Parents, 2) Kids, 3) Teens, and 4) Educators. The first three portals (Parents, Kids, and Teens) are available in Spanish.


American Academy of Pediatric Dentists

The AAPD official website has a lot of information about pediatric dental health


Check back often to hear about the best resources – both online and  local to the Raleigh area – to help keep your child healthy and provide support for children’s parents and caregivers.

Updated 03/04/2016

Dr. Todd Harris

Safe Sleep for Babies

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

February 24, 2016 – For new and expectant parents, here is everything you need to know about what makes for a safe sleep environment for your baby in only 12 minutes.

This video is presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) through

Unlike many pediatric instructional videos, this one contains only straight answers: at NO time are AAP recommendations put to verse and presented as a musical or rap performance: