Here are ways to show your child how much you love them on Valentine’s Day or every day.
- Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child.
- Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public.
- Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs
- When your child is angry, grouchy, or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about it when he’s feeling better.
- Use non-violent forms of discipline.
- Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis.
- Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together.
- Consider owning a pet, if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.
- One of the best ways to have your child learn more about good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you.
- As your child grows up, she’ll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life.
- Your child’s health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years.
- Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community.
- One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem.
- Don’t forget to say, “I love you” to children of all ages!
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Parents of newborn babies are presented with so much information during their brief hospital stay, it may be hard to absorb and remember it all. One of the topics usually discussed is safe sleeping for babies. We thought it would be a good idea to review that subject briefly since it is so important to your infant’s well being.
Though rare, “crib death”, or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) as it is now called, continues to occur, causing unspeakable tragedy for the families involved. This terrible occurrence is not completely preventable, but the risk can be significantly reduced with the tips presented below.
The list of suggestions was developed by the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center and reflects the latest scientific research on what works to reduce a baby’s risk of dying in his/her sleep. If you have questions on this subject, feel free to bring them up during your next wellness appointment.
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- The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a room with you, but in his own safety-approved crib or bassinet.
- Do not allow adults or other children to share a bed with a baby.
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- Cribs should be approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
- The space between bars should be less than 2 3/4 inches(about the width of a soda can).
- A crib should have a firm mattress and a snug-fitting bottom sheet.
- Do not place stuffed animals, soft bedding, pillows, bumper pads, or wedges in the crib.
- Place the crib in an area that is always smoke-free.
- Be sure any secondhand crib has not been recalled. Visit www.recalls.gov. Make sure any crib has all its parts.
- Do not allow your baby to sleep in a car seat if it’s not in a vehicle.
- Do not use bouncy seats, sofas/chairs as a sleeping arrangement for your baby.
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- Side sleeping is not safe and is not advised.
- Babies sleep comfortably on their backs.
- Babies are less likely to choke when they sleep on their backs.
- Babies need adult-supervised “tummy time” when they are awake. This helps them develop normally and helps prevent flat spots on their heads.
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- Overheating is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Dress the baby in the type of clothes you would be comfortable wearing.
- Blankets can become loses and end up on the infants face. Instead of using blankets, dress your baby in a wearable “sleep sack”.
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- Get all recommended immunizations.
- Keep the baby away from cigarette and other smoke.
Mumps has been in the headlines lately, and for a good reason. We are in the midst of a significant outbreak in several areas of our state, and cases of mumps have recently shown up in Northeast Arkansas. Here are a few facts about this disease:
- Mumps is a viral illness spread by coughing and salivary contact. It is present throughout the world and is uncommon in the USA because we immunize for it. The virus infects our respiratory tract and salivary glands, lasts for several days, and usually resolves without complications. After a 2-3 week incubation period, children and adults typically develop cough and congestion, sometimes fever and headache, and about two thirds have salivary gland inflammation with tender, firm swelling over one or both cheeks. When it is suspected, mumps can be tested with a cheek swab – the result may take several days.
- Thought the disease is usually relatively mild and self-limited, it can cause occasional severe complications including swollen testicles in adolescent or adult males, viral meningitis, encephalitis, arthritis, or other glandular inflammation. For women in early pregnancy, there may be a slight increased risk of spontaneous miscarriages.
- There is no specific treatment for mumps, so the only effective approaches are containment and prevention. Infected children can pass on the virus well before, and for about 1 week after the symptoms show up, so isolation of sick or highly susceptible individuals is important. Mumps vaccine is part of every child’s routine immunization regimen and is usually given at 1 and 4 years of age. Most, but not all children who’ve had both doses are fully immune.
More information, including detailed isolation advice, is presented in a recent Arkansas Department of Health Newsletter (see below), and you may feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
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Effective NOW, the Children’s Clinic will offer Walk-in clinic hours Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, 9:00 AM-2:00PM.
We are proud to offer a Walk-in clinic as an extra level of service and convenience because we know it is especially helpful for families with busy schedules. For common straightforward health issues, just bring your child to our walk-in clinic and you won’t have to worry about making and keeping an appointment later in the day or the following day.
The Children’s Clinic’s vaccine policy remains unchanged. As pediatricians, we strive to maximize health and minimize illness. We do take advantage of opportunities both big and small, as they present themselves and educate families about the importance of vaccines. Immunizing is vital to protecting us all, but especially the most vulnerable among us.
Our clinic doors will be locked at 6:00pm on Monday – Friday and 2:00pm on Saturday.
How does the Walk-in clinic work?
No appointment is necessary. If you choose to walk-in, you will NOT be able to select the provider you want to see. You will be placed in the first available exam room. If you have a concern and would like to see your primary provider, please call our office to schedule that appointment.
When you arrive and decide you do not want to see the provider who is working the walk-in clinic that day, one of two things may happen:
1. If there is an available appointment with a different provider, we will let you know and you can make the decision on whether to see them or not.
2. Or, you can make an appointment for a different date with the provider of your choice.
What types of issues can be seen in the walk-in clinic?
Walk-in visits are for ACUTE issues such as: ear infections, rashes, sore throats, eye problems, bug bites, bumps and scrapes, urinary tract issues, upper respiratory issues, cough, fever and minor trauma.
However, the walk-in clinic is NOT for chronic or wellness issues such as medication refills, well visits, sports physicals, immunizations, ADD/ADHD, Asthma, headaches, back pain, etc.
Does the walk-in clinic have a long wait?
Our walk-in clinic wait time does vary throughout the day, week, and season. It is one of our top priorities to not leave patients waiting any longer than necessary.
Based on experience, we know there will be “rushes” throughout the day. Those are typically, 8:00 AM– 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM-6:00 PM.
Do I sign in at a different place for walk-in clinic?
No, you will sign in at our receptionist desk on the 4th floor.
Address: 800 South Church, Suite 400, Jonesboro, AR
(corner of Church Street and Matthews)
What makes our walk-in clinic different than others?
We have 7 Board Certified Pediatricians and 3 Advanced Practice Nurses who will rotate through our walk-in clinic.
Our walk-in clinic is a great service we are providing for our established patients. If you have previously been dismissed from our practice, you will not be able to utilize our walk-in clinic.
If your child does not have a pediatrician, please call our office at 870-935-6012 to inquire about establishing with our practice.
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Bring your health insurance card to every visit at our walk-in clinic. And, be prepared with your current address, email address, phone number, emergency contact number and child’s Social Security Number.
Front facing or rear facing? Which one is the best? When a child is placed front facing in the car seat injuries can be more severe. This is because during a collision the child’s neck can be thrown forward, creating a stress on the spinal cord. The spinal cord is very important and even the slightest damage can cause tremendous injuries, such as paralysis or even death. When a child is rear facing in a car seat their bodies are cradled, supporting the head and neck securely. This keeps the head, neck, and spine fully aligned. The longer a child can ride in the rear facing position, the better protected his or her spinal cord will be in a collision.Read More
Thanksgiving can be challenging for parents with picky eaters. With a little planning, you can create a balanced Thanksgiving meal the whole family will enjoy. Here are some tips to please your picky eaters without straying from Thanksgiving traditions or creating a lot of extra work.
- Choose at least one food you know your child will like.
- Engage your child in meal planning.
- Engage your child in meal prep.
- Use food bridges.
- Make it look, smell, and taste delicious.
- Keep the mealtime relaxing and enjoyable.