Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We always strive to learn the latest in pediatrics

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics holds their fall conference.   Many of our physicians will attend several of the sessions that will be available to hear about the latest research, policies and medical discoveries that are happening in pediatrics.   This also affords them the opportunity to talk with a host of other pediatricians from all across the country.   

Our own Dr. Shelly Flais opens the AAP highlights video with the some of the things that make Chicago an incredible place to live.

Shelly Flais, MD
September 2017 Edition
AAP Experience 2017

September 16–19, 2017 | Chicago


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey gives us an opportunity to teach our children about helping others.

Many of us have friends or family that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The disastrous flooding caused not only the loss of property but everything…..jobs, vehicles, mementos, pictures, important documents, clothing, crops, fresh food and water supplies.  The impact of this storm will surely leave many families with absolutely nothing. 

It’s estimated that the losses will amount to hundreds of billions of dollars.  While the government will provide much assistance, they can’t absorb all the cost.  

This past year our country has witness increased violence and hatred towards one another.  And now we have a disaster of epic proportions.  But the good news is that out of such pain and suffering we are seeing an outpouring of care and concern for the victims of the hurricane.   People all over the country are sending water, food, money and clothing as quickly as they can to help the recovery efforts. 

This is an opportunity to teach our children about reaching out to others in need.  Some ways to let them help are:
·         Donate some of their savings/allowance
·         Help in community events to load supplies
·         Write letters of encouragement
·         Pray for these families
·         Share their toys

Some of the relief agencies that are accepting donations are listed below if you would like to donate.

Texas Diaper Bank:

Austin Pets Alive:

Map International:

The Red Cross also has a Wish List where you can purchase supplies:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Monday's solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21st we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a total solar eclipse!  Since the Chicago area is not in the path of totality, we will be privy to about 90% of the eclipse. What a great teaching opportunity we have for our children to learn about our universe and improve their interest in science. We strongly encourage parents to take this opportunity to share this momentous occasion with your kids as a way to get them interested in our world and in science. Viewing will be between 11:30 am until 3pm in our area.

Although an extremely rare occurrence, it is important to remember that it also can be very dangerous for a person's (or child's) eyes. The only way to safely view the eclipse is with a pair of properly fitting, NASA certified solar eclipse glasses.  Regular sunglasses will not work.

Our friends at the Wheaton Eye Clinic shared with us the following recommendations from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to safely view the solar eclipse:

A solar eclipse will be visible across North America for 2-3 hours on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Watching the moon slowly block out the sun is a rare opportunity but should be attempted with caution.
“Never look directly at the sun or an eclipse!  The sun’s rays can damage the retina and lead to permanent vision loss,” said Rachel Bishop, M.D., chief of the NEI Consult Service.  The retina is a light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.  A condition called solar retinopathy occurs when sunlight burns and potentially scars the retina.  Symptoms of solar retinopathy include central graying and fuzziness of vision.
A solar eclipse can be viewed safely by looking through special-purpose solar filters.  These filters must meet an international standard, indicated by ISO 12312-2 certification.
“While using UV-blocking sunglasses is an important part of keeping your eyes healthy, even very dark glasses cannot protect your eyes from damage caused by looking directly at the sun,” Bishop said.  Use of regular sunglasses, damaged solar filters, or peeking between your fingers or through a pinhole to watch a solar eclipse is not safe.
“The only safe way to watch a solar eclipse without a filter is by turning your back to the sun and watching a projection.  Devices such as pinhole projectors allow you to watch an indirect image, which is safe and still exciting,” explained Bishop.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

Sometimes babies cry and fuss at odd hours for reasons that may be hard to pinpoint. While there is no getting around the reality that your baby will cry, there are ways that you can learn to read their body language so you can help them feel more comfortable. Check out our tips that will hopefully give you the magic touch you need to soothe your fussy baby.

Are they hungry? It is often the first thing that comes to mind when a baby gets fussy. Other signs that come along with hunger can be nibbling of the hand or lip smacking.

When was their last nap? Overtired babies are often the fussiest. Some parents have found that putting their child to bed as soon as they see that first yawn has caused them fall asleep a lot quicker and without all the fuss.

Dirty diaper? This is an easy fix if it’s the cause of the fussiness. Some babies can tolerate a dirty diaper for a while, but others will let you know as soon as the time comes.

Still fussy, what could it be? Try mimicking life in utero. It is often beneficial in relaxing your fussy child as they are still adjusting to life. Hold your baby close to your neck or right against your chest, swaddle them in a blanket, and hum a song or simply let them listen to your heart beat. Babies love cuddling and they need a lot of it.

Some babies are just eager to see the world and need a lot of stimulation. When you carry them, whether it be in a carrier or in your arms, have them facing outwards so they can take it all in.

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.