Did fun at the pool leave you with a sore ear? If you have swimmer’s ear, you may be eligible for an ear drop research study. Ear exam and study […]

Swimmer’s Ear Research

Did fun at the pool leave you with a sore ear?

If you have swimmer’s ear, you may be eligible for an ear drop research study.

Ear exam and study drops at no charge for eligible participants.

Contact Jamie Barker at 870-935-6012 for more information.

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No one loves April Fool’s Day as much as kids! Below are a list of kid-friendly pranks. Turn all the photos in your home upside down. Put a few drops […]

Kid Friendly April Fools Day Pranks

No one loves April Fool’s Day as much as kids! Below are a list of kid-friendly pranks.

  • Turn all the photos in your home upside down.
  • Put a few drops of food coloring in your milk. Make sure your kiddo is watching when you pour their cereal.
  • Spill “milk” over your child’s electronics. You can make your “milk splatter” here.
  • Stick googly eyes on all the food in your refrigerator.
  • Stuff toilet paper in the toe of one of your kid’s shoes and insist one of their feet grew overnight.
  • Put a surprise toy dinosaur in the mailbox and ask your child to check the mail.
  • Switch the inside bags of two boxes of cereal
  • Pick up your kids from school wearing a funny wig
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With the beautiful blooms of spring comes the dreaded allergy season. Part of allergy season is itchy, watery eyes. How can you tell what is simply an eye allergy or […]

Eye Allergies

With the beautiful blooms of spring comes the dreaded allergy season. Part of allergy season is itchy, watery eyes. How can you tell what is simply an eye allergy or something that needs medical care?

Eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy eyes (you will notice your child frequently rubbing their eyes)
  • Increase in tearing
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Mild swelling of the eyelids
  • No sticky, mucus discharge
  • No pain or fever
  • Other allergy or hay fever symptoms may accompany the eye allergies (sneezing, running/itching nose)

If your child has these symptoms you can wash the allergens off the face by using a wet washcloth to clean the eyelids. You can also use an antihistamine such as benadryl.

If your child wears contacts, you may want to switch them to glasses temporarily to allow the eyes to heal faster.

You should contact us during office hours if:

  • You think your child needs to be seen.
  • Blisters on eyes or inner lids
  • Eyelids are swollen shut
  • Discharge that is not cleared after taking allergy medications for 2 days
  • Discharge that is mucus or sticky

 

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Does the Flu Vaccine Work and should my child get one this Flu season? The answer to both these questions is yes. Recent news reports have come out in reference […]

Does the Flu Vaccine Work and should my child get one this Flu season?

Does the Flu Vaccine Work and should my child get one this Flu season?

The answer to both these questions is yes.

Recent news reports have come out in reference to the CDC’s reported concern about the Flu Vaccines effectiveness. And thus the question must be should I even bother getting my child a Flu vaccine if it’s ability to help is in question?

Setting aside the very small minority who are not eligible to receive the Flu vaccine like those who are allergic, and who have immune related issues and those under 6mo of age, every eligible person should get a Flu vaccine. Despite reports of the Flu vaccine not be as effective as hoped any vaccine is better than none. Our immune system responds to vaccines by producing antibodies to fight off actual infections we come in contact with. The vaccines job is to trick our immune system into thinking we have the illness, in this case the Flu, and thus stimulating an immune response that leads to the production of these protective Flu antibodies. Most will develop these protective antibodies in 2-4wks after receiving the vaccine.

The problem with the Flu is unpredictability. The Flu type, severity, and the timing of its arrival to the U.S. from other parts of the world are extremely unpredictable. The top 3-4 types of the Flu are used to create the vaccine. If the these most common forms of the Flu are not the type(s) of Flu that show up during this Flu season then the vaccine will appear to be less effective as many who received the vaccine may still come down with Flu-like symptoms. However, the Flu vaccine, even in these cases, still provides protection. But that doesn’t make any sense, right? But realize that despite being vaccinated and still contracting the Flu the likelihood is that without some protective antibodies, produced secondary to the vaccine, the person would have been more critically ill and may have even required hospitalization. So despite concerns over the effectiveness of the Flu vaccine we at the Childrens Clinic would agree with the CDC’s recommendation and urge all our eligible patients to receive a yearly Flu vaccine, along with their family members to help prevent illness from spreading and to avoid the need to hospitalize our patients.

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Seasonal Weekend Hours

The Children’s Clinic weekend clinics have changed.  Appointments are available Saturday ONLY.

Saturday clinic will continue to be appointment ONLY. You may call from 8 am – 10 am on Saturday for a sick appointment.

Callers will be given an appointment time until all appointments are taken. Appointments are from 9 am – until last appointment scheduled.

Due to the season, we have had to implement an end point –our last appointment will be 430 and once that appointment has been taken, we will forward our phones even if it’s prior to 10am.

As always, our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Children’s Clinic is a proud sponsor of The Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker will have performances December 5-8 at The Foundation of the Arts. Tickets may be purchased here.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Children’s Clinic is a proud sponsor of The Nutcracker Ballet.

The Nutcracker will have performances December 5-8 at The Foundation of the Arts. Tickets may be purchased here.

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Growth Charts

Father checking daughters height against the wall

Growth charts consist of a series of percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in children. Pediatric growth charts have been used by pediatricians, nurses, and parents to track the growth of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States since 1977.

CDC recommends that health care providers:

Growth charts are not intended to be used as a sole diagnostic instrument. Instead, growth charts are tools that contribute to forming an overall clinical impression for the child being measured.

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