Newborn Visits

We will now allow 2 healthy caregivers in the rooms with our newborn check-ups, this includes the initial newborn visit, circumcision, and the 3-4 week check-up. Thank you to our families for being understanding during this time as we continue to strive to keep our patients, families, and staff as safe and healthy as possible!

Check-In Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Please take a moment to review our updated check-in process that has been adjusted for your safety with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check-In:

  • Upon arrival at the clinic, please text 870-351-9587 with your child’s name and provider to be seen.
  • A nurse will call you at the number you provided for screening questions.
  • Remain in your vehicle until a nurse calls you to let you know a room is ready.
  • In the 1st Floor Lobby, all parents and children will have temperatures checked and be provided with a mask if you do not have one.

To limit the number of people in the room, we are requesting:

  • Only 1 parent per child
    • This does not apply to the 1st Newborn Visit and Well Checks in the 1st month of your child’s life.
  • If possible, no other children should be brought to the appointment
  • We are also requesting a face mask be worn when a provider or staff member is in your room for anyone 2 years and older.

Well Child Visits:

  • If your child or the parent has a fever and/or cough, please call ahead and reschedule your visit with us.
  • If there has been any exposure to COVID-19, please call prior to your appointment to discuss your visit.
  • It is required that anyone 2 years and older wear a face mask. If possible, please provide your own but if unable to they will be available upon arrival.

Sick Visits:

  • The 4th Floor is being used for acute sick visits that are not related to potential COVID-19 illness.
  • The 2nd Floor is being used if your child has fever, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, a new rash, or any concerns about potential COVID-19 exposure or illness.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • As of 6/1/2020, we are testing for COVID-19 with a send-out lab that should result in 2-3 days.
  • If your child has direct exposure to COVID-19 or needs clearance for a procedure or summer camp, please contact our clinic to speak with a nurse about testing.

Playground Safety

This is the time of year when trips to the park become frequent, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the risks on playgrounds and how you can prevent injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPSC), emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related injuries each year. Most playground injuries happen when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground. That’s why the best way to prevent injuries is to make sure the surface underneath it can help absorb and soften the impact when children land on it.

Steer clear of hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt. Although grass may look soft, it is not a shock-absorbing surface. The USCPSC recommends a thick layer of one of the following materials, extending at least 6 feet in all directions, underneath play equipment:

  • Wood chips, mulch, sand, or pea gravel (12 or more inches deep)
  • Mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like mats.

It is important for children to have fun, explore, and grow. Children learn through play and need opportunities to take risks, test their limits, and learn new skills through free play. Playgrounds can also put children at risk for concussion.

After a fall or a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, look for one or more of these signs and symptoms of a concussion:

Signs Observed by Parents

  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.

Symptoms Reported by Children

  • Headache or “pressure” in head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
  • Bothered by light or noise.
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down.”

If you see any of these signs or symptoms and think your child has a concussion or other serious brain injury, seek medical attention right away. Remember, signs and symptoms may show up right after the injury, or may not appear or be noticed until hours or days after the injury.

Now Hiring Full-Time LPN

We are currently hiring for a full-time LPN. Please email resumes to cmilburn@jbrkids.com.

Car Seat Safety In The Winter

As the weather is getting colder we all want to make sure our kids are cozy warm when we leave the house.  Something to keep in mind, however, is that puffy coats and car seats don’t mix!  Car seat straps are intended to lay against your child’s body with little space between the strap and the child.  Any extra bulk or padding will compress a great deal from the extreme forces of a car crash, leaving extra space under the harness a child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat.

These tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will help parents strike that perfect balance between keeping little ones warm as well as safely buckled in their car seats.

  • Store the carrier portion of infant seats inside the house when not in use.
  • Get an early start
  • Dress your child in thin layers
  • Don’t forget hats, mittens, and socks or booties
  • Use a coat or blanket over the straps
  • Use a car seat cover ONLY if it does not have a layer under the baby
  • Remember, if the item did not come with the car seat, it has not been crash tested and may interfere with the protection provided in a crash
  • Pack an emergency bag for your car
Immunizations

Flu Shots

Flu shots are available for ages 6 months and up. Please call to schedule a nurse visit Monday through Friday, or Saturday flu clinic appointment.

Sleep For Different Ages

​​​​​​​​​​Sleep is just as important to your children’s development and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. The amount and quality of sleep we have can affect our safety, how alert we are, as well as our memories, moods, behavior, and learning abilities. Establishing good sleep practices while your children are young will not only benefit you, but it will help them for many years to come.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides some helpful guidelines regarding just how much sleep children need at different stages in their development.  Children thrive on a regular bedtime routine. Regular sleep deprivation often leads to some pretty difficult behaviors and health problems—irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches, and depression. Children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system, and better school performance, behavior, memory, and mental health. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect total sleep hours in a 24-hour period. So if your son or daughter still naps, you’ll need to take that into account when you add up his or her typical sleep hours.

  • Newborns (0-3 months ): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

Now Hiring – Part-time Receptionist

We are accepting resumes for our part-time receptionist position.

Summer Hours (June, July and August):
Monday-Friday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (one Friday off per month)
Saturday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (one Saturday off per month)

September – May hours:
Monday-Friday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (one Friday off per month)
Saturday 8:30 am – 2:00 pm (one Saturday off per month)

Send resumes to careers@jbrkids.com

Summer Sports Physicals and Well Child Checks

During the months of June, July, and August, we are happy to offer to an established patient a wellness check or sports physical during walk-in clinic or by appointment from Monday to Friday.
Our walk-in clinic is staffed by board certified pediatricians and pediatric trained nurse practitioners daily. There unfortunately is no ability to pick which provider you will see in walk-in. If you would like to be seen by a specific provider, please call our clinic at 935-6012 to schedule an appointment.

 

Walk-in Clinic expansion

The Children’s Clinic is happy to announce that we are expanding our walk-in clinic services to all pediatric patients. As of 6/17/19, we will see any pediatric patient regardless of your child’s primary care physician or clinic. Our walk-in clinic is open from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am-12:00pm on Saturday.

The walk-in clinic is staffed by one of our board certified pediatricians or pediatric trained nurse practitioners. We are here to help with your child’s acute illness that cannot wait for an appointment.

In order to be seen, your child must be up to date on vaccinations and have current insurance. If your child’s insurance requires a referral to be seen, you will be expected to contact them prior to being seen, or you can choose to pay your visit.

We are excited to have the opportunity to serve more of the pediatric population of Northeast Arkansas.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment as a new patient, please give our clinic a call at 870-935-6012.