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

 

Summer Sun Care for Babies and Children

Protect Children from too Much Sun

Wear hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing.
Use sunscreen with SPF 15+ on kids over six months; keep infants out of direct sunlight.
Limit time in the mid-day sun – the sun is most intense between 10 and 4.

(More environmental tips for children)

Sun Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Babies under 6 months:

  • The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.

For All Other Children:

  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and clothing with a tight weave.
  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

– See more at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Sun-and-Water-Safety-Tips.aspx#sthash.nYkz91JC.dpuf

 

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