Friday, January 6, 2017

Have a picky eater? has a FREE parent webinar to help you combat picky eating and even prevent it before it starts:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 2 pm Central 

The host of the webinar is pediatrician and registered dietician Natalie Digate Muth.  She is a mother of two, and author of the new book The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes.

Register today at Attendance is limited.

On the other spectrum for parents who are struggling with their child’s weight and eating habits, we have nutrition consults available with our nurse practitioners.   They are here to help families set nutrition goals that can help your child attain a healthy weight.   Follow up visits will help keep them on course and help them take control and have better nutrition.   There’s so much more they will derive…a few things that come to mind are feelings of empowerment, higher level of self esteem and a happier outlook on life.

Call the office to schedule your appointment at 630.717.2300.

Friday, December 16, 2016

PHA wishes all of our families a very happy and safe holiday season!  May your days be filled with the love of family and friends, great memories and happy times!


Pediatric Health will have limited hours for the following days:

Sunday, December 18th CLOSED due to the anticipated wind chills being so far below normal.
Saturday, December 24th the office will be open until noon.
Monday, December 26th the office will close at 2 pm.
Saturday December 31 the office will be closed the entire day.
Monday, January 2nd the office will be open until noon.


We celebrate with Nurse Practitioner Kim Gubbins the birth of her daughter June Louise who arrived on Friday, December 2, 2016. June weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 ounces and at 20 ½ inches long.   Congrats to Kim and her family!

PHA also congratulates Dr. Tara Doman and Nurse Practitioner Kim Gubbins on earning their lactation certification from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  They are among only 28,000 certified specialists worldwide!  If you are a new mom struggling with nursing  don’t give up! They can help you overcome any problems you may be experiencing.

PHA would also like to recognize and thank Jo Knoeck who is retiring from the practice after 25 years of service.  For many years Jo handled the billing of claims and then moved into working administratively with the overall budget for the company.  For the past couple of years Jo has gracefully transitioned these rolls over to others in a smooth and efficient manner.   Jo, we will miss you!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Buying a trampoline for Christmas?

Looking thru the Black Friday and Cyber Monday toy ads we’ve noticed many stores have ads for trampolines for Christmas.  Each year trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries.   In a 9 year period (2002-2011) over 1 million people visited the emergency room due to trampoline injuries.  Approximately 300,000 of those injuries included broken bones and 93% of these fractures happened to kids under 16 years of age. 

Strains and fractures of the leg are the most common type of injury.  Other injuries include injuries to the spinal cord, head and neck with potentially devastating consequences.  On average, one out of 200 trampoline related injuries lead to permanent neurological damage.

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) advises against the use of trampolines but for those who choose to use them they suggest the following safety precautions:

  •  Constant adult supervision
  •  Protective padding surrounding the trampoline (both on the top and  sides)
  •  Avoid doing flips and somersaults
  •  Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time to avoid collisions as  75% of injuries occur due to multiple people jumping together.
  •  Children under 6 years of age should not be allowed on trampolines.      Younger kids tend to be at greater risk for serious injury when  older kids  are jumping at the same time on the mat. 
Remember, kids tend to want to show off to their peers and are willing to take more risks.  
Lastly, if you are thinking of purchasing a trampoline for your home make sure your homeowners’ insurance covers trampoline related injuries.