Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Jen Long

Weekend Notes

Written by Dr. Jen Long

PEEKEND

It’s the Weekend, September 24 and 25, 2016

No Walk-In Appointments on the Weekend

  • Patients are seen by appointment only on all holidays and weekends.
  • If you think your child may need to be seen on Saturday or Sunday, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician
  • On the weekends, we see patients in the office in the morning but are available to speak at other times by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Weekend Lineup

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. Todd Harris

sparkle

September 14, 2016The sparkler is a universal sign of celebration.

It really has no other use.

ANNOUNCEMENT: here ye, here ye – we are (figuratively) breaking out the sparklers today at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine because we have just received word that one of our very own – Nurse Shannon M. – has joined the ranks of parenthood.

Shannon and her husband Andrew this morning welcomed into the world their very own brand new baby girl.

UPDATE 09-14-2016 06:15 PM: Here she is!

shannon-m-baby-2016

We are so happy for new Mom and new Dad and we await their little girl’s first visit to RCAM.

That leaves us with only one expectant Nurse named Shannon left at RCAM. #YearOfTheShannons #ShannonsStrikeBack

As we count our blessings, here is another universal sign of celebration:


Dr. Todd Harris

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM for 2016-17

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Beach umbrellas WS

August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.

With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.

Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:

  1. We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
  2. There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.

Click here for more details about those two details.

You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.

 

 


Dr. Todd Harris

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WakeMed presents a popular and practical program about puberty for pre-teens and their parents (try saying that 5 times fast).

There are separate programs for girls (“Girlology”) and boys (“Guyology”).

Here is a better description from WakeMed’s website about the “Girlology” program (NOTE: “Guyology” will also be offered):

 “When girls learn about puberty before it happens, they face it with greater confidence and even excitement.  This is the perfect time to start healthy, factual conversations.  Join us for this physician-led, mother-daughter program where we will discuss growth & development, bras & bra shopping, hygiene & hair management, nutrition, menstruation, feminine care products, moods and emotions and respect for self & others.”

The presentation is known for being both engaging and factually accurate. Spots fill pretty quickly, so be sure to pre-resgister soon.

As noted in the flyer above, here are details:

  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • 6-8pm
  • Andrews Center (located at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus on New Bern Avenue)
  • You must pre-register here on WakeMed’s website
  • Cost is $20 per pair (parent / parent-substitute and child)

 


Dr. Todd Harris

 July 29, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

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

We define “best resource” as being:

  • 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: With the completion of both political party conventions, let’s lighten the mood and look at resources intended to help us all…

Be Prepared for Threatening Weather

RCAM Approved Resource

 

Getting your family prepared for a disaster

From HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for handling a disaster – both before and after

 

Helping your child cope

Again from HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for helping children with general coping skills

 

Natural Disaster and Severe Weather

The CDC website has cataloged information about specific types of natural disasters and severe weather

 

Ready.gov

Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters”

 

Ready Kids

Ready.gov has a version of its website created with a younger reader in mind

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2016 Summer Web

June 21, 2016 – At Raleigh Childrens, we love the change of season.

In the spring and summer, it is always good to say “goodbye” to flu season and “hello” to a time that is generally healthier and when we are more physically active. It has become our tradition here to change the banner at the top of our webpage with each season, and – with that change yesterday – we officially welcomed summer.

At Raleigh Childrens, we also love children being active – particularly if they are enjoying themselves because that means they are likely to do it again and take some steps toward developing a good habit. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to highlight this delightful young lady with her multi-colored fingernails who is pictured here and clearly having fun at the pool.

A few things to keep in mind for the summer:

Have a healthy and fun summer.


Dr. Todd Harris

May 30, 2016From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.

He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:

Some ideas about lawn mower safety from HealthyChildren.org

Lawn Mower Safety - HealthyChildren


Dr. Lily Harris

 May 23, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

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

We define “best resource” as being:

  • 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:

Breastfeeding and Lactation

RCAM Approved Resource

Our Lactation Consultants

  • We offer lactation support practically every weekday at both Duraleigh and Brier Creek office locations from certified lactation consultants
  • They also provide support by phone when you can’t be seen in person
  • Come in early and often – our lactation consultants are quick to acknowledge that “breastfeeding Is natural and best for baby but often doesn’t always come easy; come in early and often
  • Participating in a breastfeeding class before your baby is born is a helpful first step (many listed below)

Nursing Mothers of Raleigh

nursingmothersofraleigh.org

  • Volunteer mothers
  • Provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers
  • They offer in home support, phone support, online resources, and free local meetings

Rex Lactation Services

rexhealth.com/rh/care-treatment/womens-health/maternity/breastfeeding-support

Phone: 919-784-3224

  • Prenatal and postnatal classes
  • In-Hospital Lactation Store where they offer breastfeeding supplies, hospital-grade pump rental, and bra-fitting services for nursing bras

WakeMed Lactation Services

wakemed.org/landing.cfm?id=1886

Phone: 919-350-5742

  • Free breastfeeding support groups meeting in three different locations
  • Breastfeeding classes and online education about breastfeeding
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rental

Mothers’ Milk Bank-WakeMed

wakemed.org/landing.cfm?id=135

Phone: 919-350-8599

Email: mothersmilkbank@wakemed.org

  • Non-profit milk bank
  • Provides safe donor milk to premature babies in hospitals all along the eastern coast
  • Their website offers information about donating breast milk
  • Outpatient dispensing of donor milk is available when supply permits.

ZipMilk

zipmilk.org

  • Simply plug in your zip code to find breastfeeding support that is close to you

WIC

wakegov.com/humanservices/family/wic/Pages/default.aspx

Phone: 919-250-4720, Option 6

  • Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
  • Intended for breastfeeding mothers that qualify for the WIC program
  • Breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish
  • Breastfeeding peer counselors
  • Breast pumps for rent
  • In-home support, phone support, and other resources

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance

nctba.org

  • Organization of healthcare professional working together to care for breastfeeding families in the triangle
  • Although the website is geared more towards medical professionals, it does offer breastfeeding education including prenatal breastfeeding information, tips for new breastfeeding mothers, working mothers breastfeeding, and breastfeeding humor

Dr. Todd Harris

5FRI

Today is Friday, May 6, 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).
  • Also – today – two big annual events have fallen for the first time in our 50 year history on the same day!

1. It’s Nurse Appreciation Day

Bev with BorderWhen you ‘Google’ “quotes about nurses” it is clear people really like their nurses.

It makes sense. They often are how things work in healthcare. Typically, it is the nurse who has the most face-to-face contact with the patient. The word nurse is also a verb – we all know good things have happened when someone is “nursed back to health.”

At RCAM, it is no different. We are thankful for our group of competent and caring nurses. We are dependent on that group. We simply don’t work at all without their special set of skills.

Say “Thank You” to a nurse today (or give them some chocolate – they seem to really like chocolate).

We are taking them to the Kanki today for lunch (they insisted on the Kanki after the Front Office had such a great time last week)

 

2. It’s Sport-A-Shirt-Share-A-Night Day

2016 Sport a ShirtWe have relaxed our dress code today and are wearing t-shirts with this logo on the front in support the Ronald McDonald House. Physicians can – and do – say a lot about the restaurant. We don’t need to cover that again – do we?

The Ronald McDonald House charity supports families who are going through their most difficult times – during the illness of a loved one (like nurses – see above).

RCAM supports this effort each year and get to wear a t-shirt to work (a “win-win”).

 

And now, a few details about other parts of our day:

Walk-Ins

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

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