Summer Sun

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It can be a lot of fun to play in the sun, and sunlight is important for our overall health. However, the suns ultra violate rays can cause sun burns and serious health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends covering up and staying in the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm when the suns rays are the strongest. A good sunscreen is also recommended.

Infants and babies should be kept covered up and in the shade, but a minimal amount of sunscreen of at least 15 SPF can be used.

Read more on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

Mothers Day Crafts

We love seeing handmade gifts and crafts from kids!

This one was from Mothers Day made by Lilli, age 3.

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Check out a lot of great Mothers Day AND Father’s Day ideas on Pintrest!

Easter 2017

Park Valley Pediatrics, P.L.L.C. will be closed April 14th in observance of Good Friday.

The Main Clinic will reopen this Saturday, April 15th from 8am through 12 Noon.

We wish you and your families a Blessed and Happy Easter.



How many times have you and your children washed your hands today?

In any group setting like school or daycare, the single most effective way to reduce risk of sickness and infection is hand hygiene. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “adherence to good hand-hygiene techniques has consistently demonstrated a reduction in disease transmission.”

All day your children are constantly exposed to bacteria and viruses. While hand washing is the single most effective prevention method, studies show that most people do not have good hand washing skills.

Proper Hand Washing Steps:

Wet hands

Apply soap

Rub hands vigorously together making sure to cover all surface area

Scrub together 10 – 15 seconds

Rinse completely


According to the Centers for Disease Control, studies have shown that antibacterial soaps are no better at washing away germs than regular soap, and that antibacterial soaps can even wash away good bacteria, increasing the chances of getting sick. The CDC suggests using warm water and a clean bar of regular soap on your child’s hands.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of states with the highest level of flu activity. (source)

Children and infants under the age of 6 months are at the highest risk of of complications and/or hospitalization from the flu.

Be Aware of Common Flu Symptoms in Infants & Children:

Fever or chills
Cough or sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Headache or muscle or body aches
Being tired
Not being hungry
Vomiting and diarrhea

Read more here.

Here are some tips from the CDC for Flu Prevention for Caregivers:

1) Get a flu vaccine and make sure others in the household are vaccinated against the flu.
2) Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
3) Keep surfaces clean and disinfected frequently.
4) Monitor your child for any signs or symptoms of the flu.



Prune Juice

There are plenty of other ways to get prunes into the diet other than juice.

For breakfast, prunes can be added directly to hot cereals like muesli, porridge, or rice for natural sweetness without adding extra sugar. Prunes can be added to breads and muffins to replace some sugars while adding fiber and flavor.

Topping a salad with a few prunes may help people increase their daily intake, while others prefer to simply eat them out of the bag. Prunes themselves are very sweet, and can be eaten alone or mixed with nuts in a healthy trail mix.

A few prunes after a meal can serve to curb sweet cravings, as well as provide the body some extra soluble fiber.


Read more at Medical News Today.