• About Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Jayne Laurin Kinney DNP, PNP-BC. April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects a child’s social skills, communication and behavior. Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience.  Other names for ASD have included autistic

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  • March is Poison Prevention Month

    March is National Poison Prevention month. Every day, over 300 children in the U.S. are treated in the emergency room as a result of being poisoned. Curious, active children will often investigate something by tasting it or ingesting it. Most poisonings occur when a caretaker is busy doing other things. It takes only seconds or

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  • Flu Information for Parents

    Can the Flu Be Prevented? There’s no guaranteed way — including being vaccinated — to have 100% protection from the flu. But these practical steps make spreading the flu less likely: • Wash your hands well and often with soap, especially after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before eating or preparing food.

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  • Flu Vaccinations Safe for Egg Allergic Patients

    Dr. Sara Narayan Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.  Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently.  Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die every year

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  • Back-To-School and Healthy Eating

    Maureen DiNapoli, CPNP Back-to-school time means early mornings and the chaos that comes with everyone trying to get ready and out the door at the same time. Taking the time to select and prepare healthy snacks and meals will make sure that everyone gets the most out of their day. Don’t forget breakfast! It is

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  • August is National Breastfeeding Month

    Kayla Simard, CPNP The choice to breastfeed is very personal Many mothers consider this choice before birth; however, some make a decision shortly after their child is born.  There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies.  It is common to encounter some difficulties initially when breastfeeding.  During this time, it can be

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  • Lyme Disease

    LYME DISEASE Jayne Laurin Kinney DNP, PNP-BC   WHAT IS LYME DISEASE? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through a bite of infected blacklegged ticks, or deer ticks.  Ticks live in forests, wooded areas, and marshy areas near water.  Symptoms of early Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, swollen glands, aches and

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  • Urgent Care at Pediatrics West

    by Russell Coleman, MD It seems that every day another urgent care center is popping up.  Some of them are run by hospitals, others are in pharmacies, and a few are independent.  They seem to offer a wide range of services ranging from treating minor illnesses such as sore throats, coughs/colds, and ear infections, evaluating

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  • Tips for Sports Injury Prevention

    More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. However, there are some important injury prevention tips that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child. Injury Risks All sports have a risk of injury.  Generally,

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  • Now Hiring!

    Pediatrics West is now hiring! We have open positions in many departments, including clerical, nursing, credentialing and billing positions. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your resume to employment@pediatricswest.com

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