Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It's check-up time!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9 well checks for children up to age 3 and then annually up to the age of 18. Annual exams are important for checking your child’s growth factors, including height, weight and bmi. It is also the opportunity to discuss with your physician any concerns about social, emotional, physical and mental well being. Your pediatrician can give you advice and resources to assist your family with whatever challenges you may experience with your children.

If your child hasn’t had a check up in the past year, now is the perfect time to call for an appointment. Getting your child’s check up scheduled early will help you avoid school physical season in the summer and can ensure that you can get an appointment with your doctor of choice.

Go Green!
Did you know that the expired medications that you throw out are considered hazardous waste? By flushing them or throwing them in the garbage our water supplies risk being contaminated. Many pharmacies now accept old prescriptions for disposal. You may also dispose of your old medications at the Naperville Fire Station #4 located at Brookdale and Route 59. Disposals are accepted Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm except on holidays.

Many of the everyday things we throw out can contain mercury, lead or other toxins that can also seep into our water supply. Safe disposal of computers, televisions, batteries, latex paint, old books or household cleansers will also help us reclaim vital resources. For information on where to dispose of these items go to http://www.bookrescue.org/recycle/default.asp?page=Rbasics

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