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.

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Handwashing

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

Dry

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.

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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.

 

 

After Hours Acute Care Now Offered

EXCITING NEWS:

Beginning September 6, 2016 Park Valley Pediatrics, P.L.L.C. will be extending our clinic hours
To provide quality and continuity of care to your children
We will open for Acute Care (Sick Visits)

Monday through Friday
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

at the East Location
16010 Park Valley Drive, Suite # 300
Round Rock, TX 78681

Please call the office at 512.255.7337 (before 5 pm)
to pre-schedule the appointment
Walk-ins are welcome.

 

 

 

Angel House Soup Kitchen

angel house map Angel House Soup Kitchen is located at Austin Baptist Chapel Church in downtown Austin, TX, just East off I-35 North.

For thirty years the soup kitchen has served meals to the community every single day.

For information on volunteering, you can call (512) 474-2666 or visit their website – Angel House online.

There are an estimated 3 – 5,000 students in the Austin school district who are homeless. Recently the number of homeless individuals and families in Austin has decreased, but still numbers in the thousands.

 

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Read more about homelessness in Austin and around the country:

Homeless Children America.org

Homeless Families – Austin Echo

How Many Homeless People Are There In Austin? – AustinTexas.Gov

http://Austin Data from GreenDoors.org

Horizons for Homeless Children

Thoughts on Fighting Homelessness by ThinkProgress