April 1, 2017 – So this is 12 days late – spring officially began on March the 20th – but can you blame someone for being a little confused about the change of season around here?
It is our tradition to change our website banner to match the season, and in that spirit we remove the sledders – that seems like a pretty foreign concept at this point – and introduce the family walking on the partially tree-shaded path (is it half-sunny or half-shaded? What kind of person are you?).
Dad appears pretty casual. Mom seems to have kept her options open for the day with her choice of clothing. All three seem to be fully participating in each other on this beautiful day (do those assumptions make me a half-sunny kind of person?).
You could imagine as they walk the parents might gently lift their son by his hands and swing him back and forth (WARNING: don’t fall for it – it’s a trap).
Let me take this opportunity as your pediatrician to provide this public service announcement: SWINGING OR PULLING A CHILD BY THEIR EXTENDED ARM IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.
The possible resulting condition described above is Nursemaid’s Elbow. You can find more information at the link provided.
In short, it is a painful yet fortunately treatable (and preventable) condition – don’t let it mess up your half-sunny day.
January 1, 2017 – A common New Year’s Resolution revolves around getting “caught up.”
In that spirit, I would like to announce the arrival of our new winter-themed banner (from last week). Such mild weather – snow seems like a reach but we can always hope.
Here is a 5-word summary from the Farmer’s Almanac for winter weather in our region (I really don’t like the phrase “penetrating cold” though I am sure we could use the “very wet” weather):
A few winter notes:
- We still have flu vaccine available for everyone under 36 months old and for patients 3 years and older who receive state flu vaccine (includes those with Medicaid insurance)
- Winter Safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.
- Remember that tomorrow – Monday, January 2nd – our office will be closed for routine business in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Look here for details about office coverage if you have a concern about your child.
September 25, 2016 – As we acclimate to a new school year – as the flow of school forms slows from Code Red Status to a light trickle – Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine welcomes the fall season.
The new season also means it is time to switch up our banner. And that makes sense too – because isn’t the image of a goggled-swimming little girl very appropriate for the summer months but intolerable as we begin to feel that crisp, cool nip in the air.
Cue pictures of children playing in leaves.
Ahhh. Now doesn’t this feel better.
When If we hit 90 again, maybe we’ll put the pool pic back up.
A few things about flu vaccine for this year:
- Get your child a flu vaccine. As we prepare for the upcoming flu season, we want to make flu vaccine available for as many as we can. We recommend it for just about all of our patients – some more than others (those more at risk for complications from catching the flu like our youngest patients and our patients with chronic conditions like asthma are most recommended to get the flu vaccine).
- As announced earlier, we have plenty of privately-supplied flu vaccine and have begun scheduling flu vaccination clinics.
- We anticipate having state-supplied flu vaccine in the next few weeks. We will make that known as soon as we have it.
- Finally, the Flumist nasal spray vaccine is not available this year.
Have a healthy and productive fall.
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.