HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 12, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

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Backpack Safety and Your Child

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 11, 2017 9:43:15 AM

Does your child's backpack feel like 40 pounds of rocks? Have you've noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it, or complaining of tingling or numbness.

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Do You Know the Signs of Asthma in Children?

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 22, 2017 1:40:46 PM

Asthma is a serious disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.

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School Bus Safety

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 7, 2017 2:26:57 PM

It's that time of year. Fall is upon us and thousands of children are heading back to school, many on school buses. While riding a bus to school is safer than riding in the family vehicle or walking, you may be wondering how to ensure the safest ride for your children.

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Why We Offer Prenatal Orientation

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 7, 2017 8:40:03 AM

Why we offer Prenatal Orientation

Choosing the right doctor for your baby is an important decision, as you’ll be visiting the doctor’s office 7-8 times in the first year for routine preventative care visits alone. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the choice, so we have Prenatal Orientation to allow a face-to-face meeting with a few of our providers.

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Student Athlete Safety - Avoid Injuries with Mouthguards

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 2, 2017 5:35:17 PM

Mouthguards Can Prevent Serious Injuries

Your child can derive many benefits from participating in sports activities but you want to protect them from serious injuries. Mouthgaurds are an essential piece of equipment for student athlete safety.

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How Children's Vaccines Work

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Aug 17, 2017 1:19:11 PM

What is Immunity? 

When germs from a disease enter the body, they begin to reproduce. These foreign invaders cause your immune system to start making proteins called antibodies. These antibodies’ first job is to help destroy the germs that are making you sick. They can’t act fast enough to prevent you from becoming sick, but by eliminating the attacking germs, antibodies help you to get well. 

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Poison Ivy

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Jul 28, 2017 2:18:29 PM

This is the season for poison ivy.  We've been seeing a lot of cases lately, whether it was an exposure at camp or just spending more time out of doors. This is a rash caused by contact with poison ivy, a plant that unfortunately flourishes on four continents. 

The sap of the plant contains an oil called urushiol. This is the irritant that causes an allergic reaction and rash. This oil is in the leaves, stems and roots of the plant. The itchy, blistering rash often does not start until 12 to 72 hours after initial contact with the oil.

There are many misconseptions about how the rash spreads. The rash is not contagious nor is the fluid in a blister. The fluid doesn't contain urushiol and so it can't spread the rash. The rash can't spread on the body by scratching either. Poison ivy can't be transferred from person to person. The only way to get poison ivy from another person is to touch urushiol that's still on that person or his or her clothing.

If your child is exposed, you should wash the skin right away with warm soapy water. Also wash the clothing to remove any oil. Washing the oil off may reduce your chances of getting a poison ivy rash, but if your child should develop a rash, it can be very itchy and usually lasts 1 to 3 weeks.

You can treat mild cases of the rash at home with soothing lotions and cool baths, but a prescription medication may be needed for a rash that's severe or widespread.  Swelling is a sign of a serious reaction, especially swelling that makes an eye swell shut or the face to swell.
 
Make sure your older children know what the plant looks like, so they can avoid it. Recognizing poison ivy and avoiding exposure is the best way to prevent a poison ivy rash from developing.
 
Poison Ivy Facts:
• Poison ivy has three leaves that are usually shiny and medium-sized. The leaves are usually bright green but can also have shades of red or yellow.
• It can be found along the edges of trails, streets, campsites or in your garden.
• It can appear as either a small vine or a small shrub.

Most cases of poison ivy can be treated at home. However, should your child have difficulty breathing or trouble swallowing go to the emergency room at once.

The Rainbow Pediatrics team strives to create a caring, comfortable environment for providing your family's health care.  That's how we've built the most trusted practice in our New Albany and Dublin communities. Should you need more information you can contact us at
 

 

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