Flu Shots

Call today, 879-6556, to schedule an appointment in one of our many flu shot clinics. Day and evening appointments available.

*Please note, Flu mist is not available for the 2017/18 season.*

Flu Shots

Scheduling for flu shot clinics has begun.  Please call our at 879-6556 to schedule your child/children for an appointment in one of our many flu shot clinics, evening times available.

*Please note, Flu Mist will not be available for the 2017/18 season.*

Summer Information

SCHEDULING

The Vermont Principal’s Association now recommends annual physical exams for Middle and High School students. Please call us soon, 3 months in advance if possible, to schedule these appointments.

Most colleges require a physical exam, updated immunizations and a form signed by the doctor for first year students. Please bring your form with you to the appointment with your portion already completed.

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY

According to new guidelines, children entering kindergarten require Dtap (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), IPV (Polio) and now a Varicella (Chickenpox) booster.
Children entering the 7th grade are required to have a Tdap and possibly a Varicella booster. If your child is attending a residential school, such as boarding school or college, Menactra (Meningitis) vaccine may also be required. Menactra is now routinely given after age 11.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL FORMS

If your child will be taking medication at school, the school nurse will need written permission from you and the doctor. Advance notice for this is appreciated.

BIKE HELMET

Many head injuries can be avoided by protecting your children with helmets when they roller blade or ride a bike, scooter or skateboard. For your convenience, bike helmets are available for $15.00 in the office.

SUNBURN

UV rays can be very damaging to the skin. Avoid the hot mid day sun between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Wear hats, sunglasses and cover as much skin as possible. Be especially careful when on the water or sand as sunlight is reflected upward from these surfaces. We recommend a UVA and UVB, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.  Initial application should be 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply frequently. Combination insect repellent and sunscreen is not recommended as overuse of insect repellent can occur when applying frequently.

INSECT REPELLENT

Insect repellents containing Diethyltoluamide (DEET) are generally safe for children if used in concentrations of less than 30% and frequent reapplications are avoided.
It may be helpful to apply to clothing in addition to exposed skin.

TICK BITES

If you find a tick on your child’s skin, it should be removed promptly and carefully. Ticks must be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours before they can transmit Lyme disease bacteria. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease.

To Remove the Tick:
Grab the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and slowly pull it straight out. Do not use a twisting motion. Cleanse your child’s wound and apply antibiotic ointment.

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease:
In the early stages of Lyme disease, a bulls eye rash may appear at the site of the tick bite. Along with the rash, your child can develop other symptoms, many of them flu like, that may include fever, fatigue, headaches, mild neck stiffness, muscle and joint aches.

Prevention:
– Stay on cleared trails and away from overgrown grass and brush.
– Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants with the cuffs tucked into shoes or socks.
– Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.
– Wear a hat and closed-toe shoes especially in densely wooded areas.
– Tick and insect repellents are available to be applied.
– Once indoors, remove clothing and wash skin to remove repellent if applied.
– Inspect the body for the presence of ticks. They may hide behind ears or attach themselves to hair.
– Pets may bring ticks into the house and should be inspected.

Have a question about your child’s symptoms? Check out this neat KidsDoc Symptom Checker to help figure out if he/she needs to be seen.

https://www.healthychildren.org/english/tips-tools/symptom-checker/pages/default.aspx

Healthy Summer Snacking

From our nutritionist, Kerri-Ann Jennings.

Summer is (almost) here and school year routines will soon be a thing of the past.  For many families, that can mean lots more grazing on snack foods – at home, the beach, at camp… To keep everyone eating right all summer long, follow these tips:

1) Decide how many fun foods you kids can have each day/week.  Fun foods are things like ice cream, cookies/pastries, French fries and soda.  They’re important to have on the table (totally forbidding these foods makes them extra tempting), but the key is to keep your kids conscious of them.  Give them some limits (e.g. you can have one/two a day), but then let them choose what they want – do they want that candy bar at the pool or do they want to save their fun food for ice cream after dinner? Think of it as a fun food allowance – you give them a certain amount and they decide how to spend it.

2) For most snacks, follow this snacking formula: Fruit/vegetable/healthy starch + protein = healthy snack.  What does this look like? It could be air-popped popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese; an apple with cheddar cheese; a slice of whole-grain toast with peanut butter; celery with cream cheese and raisins… you get the idea.

3) Keep plenty of prepped fruits and vegetables in the fridge.  Baby carrots, cut celery sticks, sugar snap peas, cubed melon…whatever your family likes.  Once you make fruits and vegetables as easy to reach for as a granola bar, you will see a shift in what your family chooses.

 

Starting Solid Foods

Tuesday April 7th, 5-6 PM at Essex Pediatrics

FREE nutrition session!

Have a baby 4-7 months old?

Come learn what to feed your new-to-solids (or soon to be) baby.

Our nutritionist Kerri-Ann Jennings will discus:

When should you start babies on solid food?

How should you feed them?

What are ideal first foods?

How long should you wait between trying new foods?

When should you change the consistency of the food and go to the next stage?

What about allergies?

Bring your questions to this FREE nutrition session!

We could help save you a trip to the Emergency Room!

Did you know Essex Pediatrics is open for urgent care after 5pm on weekdays and on weekend mornings?

Providers and triage nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.  Consider calling Essex Pediatrics before bringing your child to the Emergency Room to see if we can help!

802-879-6556

 

Online Bill Pay

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Check out our Online Bill Pay!

Essex Pediatrics now works with industry-leader InstaMed to enable our patients to safely and securely pay their bill online.

In addition to paying your Essex Pediatrics statements online, patients have the option of registering for an account which provides:

Convenience & Security – Securely save your payment information on file for future use
Keep track of payments– View your payment history and print receipts at any time

Summer Camp Time!

Summer camp time is here!  Please look ahead at the camps your child is participating in this summer.  Some camps require immunization information or a form signed by your child’s primary care provider.  If you have forms that need to be signed or need information from our office please let us know as soon as possible.  Please allow 2-3 business days, more if possible, for us to get these done for you.  Also, make sure you have filled out all of the information you can on forms before submitting them to our office.  Thank you and have a wonderful summer!