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By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
February 28, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: pregnancy   Baby   Free   App   IT  

The free Text4baby app makes it even easier for you to get critical health and safety information! 

You have a lot going on- let Text4baby.org help you remember your upcoming appointments. Set up a text-based reminder for your doctor’s appointments for you or your baby.

As the perfect companion to the text messages, you can get more health and safety tips and access fun, interactive features, including:

How your baby is growing each week

Your progress and medical updates

And more...

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
January 29, 2017
Category: Motherhood

From Familydoctor.org

Whether you’re actively planning to become pregnant or not thinking about it quite yet, preconception care during your childbearing years is essential. One reason is because about half of all pregnancies in this country are unplanned. And unplanned pregnancies are at higher risk for preterm birth and low-birth weight babies.

And besides, anyone can benefit from preconception care. Essentially, it means taking good care of your body and mind during the period when you can have a child. And healthy living is good for everyone.

If you’re trying to have a baby or just have an inkling you might want to in the near future, here are some of the things you should focus on.

Path to improved well being

Whether this is your first, second, or sixth baby, the following are important steps to help you get ready for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Up your folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin that our bodies use to make new cells. Folic acid is especially important during times when the cells are dividing and growing rapidly, such as during pregnancy. Getting adequate folic acid can help prevent two common and very serious neural tube defects (NTDs): spina bifida and anencephaly. Both occur very early in pregnancy (as early as 3 to 4 weeks after conception), which is before many women even know they’re pregnant.

  • Anencephaly is when a baby is born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.
  • Spina bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the backbone that protects the spinal cord does not form and close properly. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Spina bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe.

The U.S. Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all women of childbearing age (between 15 and 45 years of age) consume 0.4 mg (400 micrograms) of folic acid every day.

Schedule a preconception checkup. It’s important to get any chronic conditions under control before you become pregnant. Identifying them now can help up your chances of having a healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby. Your visit should include discussions of:

  • Your medical and family history. If you have certain conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, seizure disorders, or maternal phenylketonuria, you’ll need to learn how to manage them during your pregnancy.
  • Any vaccines or boosters you may need. Some vaccines can be given during pregnancy, but the rubella (German measles) and varicella (chicken pox) vaccines should be given before you get pregnant.
  • All over-the-counter and prescription medicines you take, including dietary or herbal supplements. Certain medications can cause serious birth defects, so be sure to mention everything you’re taking.

Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Both can increase the risk for preterm birth, NTDs, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). If you need help to stop, speak to your healthcare provider about what types of supports are in your area. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to be connected to your state’s “quitline.” For help with drug abuse, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Having supports in place will increase your chances of quitting successfully.

Get to a healthy weight. Being overweight can make it more difficult to conceive. It also increases your risk of certain issues during pregnancy, including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, having a stillbirth, and increasing the chances of needing a cesarean delivery. Shedding the weight before becoming pregnant can help improve your chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s adult body mass index (BMI) calculator can help you determine your BMI and figure out whether you’re in the healthy range. If not, speak to your healthcare provider about the best way to achieve your weight loss goals.

Stay away from certain fish. Some fish, including swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, and shark, contain a metal called methylmercury. Exposure to this metal can be harmful to a developing fetus. If you regularly eat these fish, methylmercury can build up in your bloodstream. Since it may take awhile to drop to a safe level, stay away from these four fish while you’re thinking of getting pregnant.

Other cooked fish and seafood are fine as long as you eat a variety of different kinds of fish. Choose up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of an assortment of fish and shellfish that are lower in methylmercury. These include shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Keep in mind, albacore (“white”) tuna has more methylmercury than canned “light” tuna. So, when choosing your 2 meals, you may eat up to 6 ounces of albacore tuna per week.

Things to consider

Genetic counseling may be something you want to think about if certain conditions run in your family or your partner’s family. You will also want to know if a member of your family was born with a genetic condition, birth defect, chromosomal disorder, or cancer. Other reasons to see a genetic counselor include having had trouble getting pregnant, experiencing several miscarriages, infant deaths, or a birth defect with a previous pregnancy. Or if you or your partner are over age 35.

A genetic counselor can meet with you to discuss potential genetic risks. At your appointment, you’ll discuss your medical, family, and pregnancy history. The counselor will explain what genetic conditions your future children may be at risk for depending on your history, and recommend tests that can help diagnose any conditions. Once you gather all the information, you and your partner can make an informed decision about whether or not genetic testing is warranted.

Questions for your doctor

  • What kinds of vitamins should I take that include enough folic acid?
  • Are there any foods I should not be eating while trying to get pregnant?
  • Are there any activities I should not be doing while trying to get pregnant?
  • Could any of my current health conditions affect my pregnancy?
  • Could any of my past history (STDs, miscarriages, abortions) affect my future pregnancy?
  • When should I stop using birth control?

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BMI Calculator

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
August 15, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Hello from Dr. T,

 

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the start of school and the coming colors of autumn.

 

Priority Pediatrics News:

 

We are off to Portland, Oregon, to enjoy the wedding of our nephew. We leave this Thursday, 8/18/2016, and return in one week on 8/25. Although I will be out of town, I will return phone calls and reply to texts and emails except when in the air and when the bride comes down the aisle. My voice mail will announce my circumstances.

 

The influenza vaccine has arrived. Unfortunately the vaccine nasal spray, Flumist, is not being offered this year. It was only 3% effective last year and the experts do not yet know why. The flu shot is 60-70% effective and is recommended for everyone, 6 months of age and older. Influenza is a serious disease... Make sure your child is protected! Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (the Flu shot): What you need to know.  What to do if your child has discomfort.

 

The best time to immunize against the flu is in September and October of every year. Children age 7 and older only need one vaccine. Under age 7 years, a child may need two shots one month apart if the child has never had a previous vaccine against the flu.

 

If you would like me to immunize your child(ren), please contact me by text or email to schedule the vaccine visit. I am happy to offer this vaccine to all healthy adults in your family and friends network after completing a Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination.


 

Other News items:

 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.  Find out what shots you need (adults & teenagers).  If your child is under 7 years of age, find out what vaccines your child needs to be fully protected.  


 

August is Kids Eat Right Month™. Enjoy these links to articles, videos and recipes that help support Kids Eat Right initiatives every August and all year long.


August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  The CDC celebrates National Breastfeeding month.  

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
November 18, 2015

Pregnant Women Need Tdap Protection

As an adult you can catch whooping cough because the vaccine you received as a child may have worn off. Even if you had Whooping Cough when you were younger, the disease will not give you life-long protection. Whooping cough shots safely prevent the disease. You should get a pertussis booster shot (Tdap) with every pregnancy regardless of receiving a previous vaccine Tdap. By protecting yourself you protect your newborn baby too. Get more information here.

Dr. T

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
October 31, 2014
Tags: Influenza   Flu   immunizations   pregnancy  

 

Special Alerts; What's Up with the Flu—October 30, 2014
Flu activity remains low at this time in the United States, however, one pediatric death has already been reported. This first reported death serves as a reminder of how important our preparation strategies are for this influenza season. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting ourselves against influenza.
 
Everyone needs an influenza vaccine each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies for protection against influenza. Anyone who plans to visit or travel during this holiday season should get vaccinated now. Some physician practices have reported delays in receiving shipment of vaccine. Our supply should last into December.
 
Of note, flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Pediatricians play a crucial role in promoting vaccination to help keep women and their newborns healthy. Influenza vaccination is recommended in any trimester for all women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the influenza season. 
 
The best treatment for the flu is prevention of flu in the first place.