DEA National RX Take Back Day

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 19, 2018 11:18:40 AM

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. Since its introduction to the public on September 25, 2010, the DEA has collected and incinerated over 4,982 tons of unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous medications.

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Safety Tips for Halloween

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 18, 2018 8:53:00 AM

Halloween is almost here. Most children enjoy dressing up and trick or treating, but keeping them safe and healthy during and after is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help keep Trick or Treating fun. This 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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Why Vaccinating Your Child for Measles is Important

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Aug 29, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Many of our families travel extensively and we want to remind them that other countries don’t always enjoy the level of vaccination found in most states here. In fact, many countries are experiencing a marked increase in the number of cases of measles.

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Topics: Immunizations

What is Prenatal Orientation?

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Aug 15, 2018 9:13:56 AM

Prenatal Orientation Helps You Make an Important Decision

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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Help Your Child Ride the School Bus Safely

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Aug 9, 2018 8:35:08 AM

Several school systems have already started their year and thousands more are heading back soon, many on school buses. While riding a bus to school is safer than riding in the family car or walking, you may be wondering how to help your children ride the school bus safely.  

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VITAMIN D, SUN & SUNSCREEN

Posted by Dr. Ann Marie Rogers on Jun 5, 2018 9:08:36 AM

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, with the exception of fatty fish. Most types of milk and some breakfast cereals are fortified with this vitamin. Synthesis in the skin is the major source of the vitamin.

The vitamin D synthesized in the dermis (the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis) or obtained from the diet is biologically inactive and requires conversion to an active metabolite, which the body does nicely.

Vitamin D, in its active form, has a significant role, as it has an interrelationship with calcium and bone metabolism. Severe deficiency can cause Ricketts in children and osteomalacia (softening of the bones) in children and adults.

Subclinical vitamin D deficiency (levels below 20-25 ng/ml) can lead to the development of osteoporosis and an increase risk of fractures and falls in adults.

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Topics: vitamin D, sunscreen

When is Your Child's Fever Serious?

Posted by Ryan Schoonover, CPNP & Ann Marie Rogers, MD on Apr 30, 2018 12:10:06 PM

It seems that this time of year medical providers frequently receive questions and concerns about fevers.  If a child has a fever, parents feel like they need to rush them to the office, or, if after hours, to the ER to have them evaluated, which may or may not be the correct course of action, nor even necessary. 

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Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your New Baby

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Apr 23, 2018 2:08:20 PM

Choosing the right pediatrician for your new baby is an important decision. 

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Topics: Prenatal Orientation

Do You Know How Children's Vaccines Work?

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Apr 22, 2018 1:30:26 PM

Childhood immunizations are one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious and can require hospitalization, or even be deadly, especially in infants and young children.

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Topics: Immunizations, children's vaccines

Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

Posted by Dr. Ann Marie Rogers on Jan 29, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Parents often express concern about their child being a “picky eater”. This is most common in the toddler and preschool years.     

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Topics: Nutrition