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By contactus@napeds.com
February 19, 2018
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As most of you know, it has been a particularly bad influenza season, one full of coughs, fevers, and full waiting rooms at the pediatrician’s office.

A few things to remember:

  1. Is it the flu? Or just a cold? There is a significant difference between influenza and the common cold. Here is a great blog post about telling the difference as well as some good information about the flu. http://twopedsinapod.org/2018/02/flu-treatment-for-kids/
  2. When should I bring my child in to be seen? Here is another good article about how to tell when your child’s illness might be the flu, and when you should bring him into our office to be seen. Many times you may be able to manage your child’s illness at home. Call us if you’re not sure.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/well/family/children-flu-infants-deaths-influenza-complications-fever-breathing-symptoms.html
  3. Do I need a flu test? Tamiflu? Given the seriousness of the flu season this year, there has been a shortage of both influenza testing kits as well as the antiviral medication Tamiflu. Not every child needs to be tested for the flu, and in many cases we can make decisions on whether or not to treat without testing. Tamiflu can sometimes be helpful in shortening the course of the illness if it is started early enough in the illness, but is not always recommended or required. Here is a good article with some information about this anti-viral medication https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/12/tamiflu-answer-your-flu-heres-what-you-need-know/330646002/
  4. Should I still get my child a flu shot? It’s not too late to get vaccinated! While the flu vaccine may not always prevent the flu, a recent study has shown that it can significantly decrease the risk of death from influenza. Call our office to see about getting your child’s flu vaccine, if you haven’t yet. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0403-flu-vaccine.html

Thank you for bearing with us during this incredibly busy flu season. We know the waits have been longer and the waiting rooms busier but we are working hard and doing our best to help you and your children stay healthy!

By contactus@napeds.com
September 27, 2017
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Did you know, about 75% of teens own a smartphone, and a similar number use at least one social media site regularly? Probably not a surprise to many of you. Even so, we're still just beginning to discover all of the risk and benefits associated with smartphone, and social media use, and the impact it has on our everyday health. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics identified smartphones and media use as an important issue affecting children’s health, and released a statement with media use guidelines last November. Some recommendations:

-Create a family media use plan. This is one of the more important recommendations, since it is a tool that parents can use to start the conversation about limits and expectations for media use in your family

-Don’t use your smartphone before bed, during family meals, or during homework, and don’t sleep with your phone!

-Have regular conversations about online citizenship and online safety.

Many parents and teens may have seen the article in last month’s Atlantic about teens and smartphone use. While the article’s title seems to sound an alarm, (here’s one parent’s response), it’s useful as a jumping off point for conversations with your teen. The article discusses some research about how smartphone and social media use have been associated with increasing rates of depression and feelings of loneliness.  

In addition to health concerns, take a look at this recent New York Times article about how technology has affected teenage romance.

Internet use, screen time, and social media activity all impact our children's health (and parent's health too!) - talk to us about it next time you're in for your physical (Or, put your smartphone to good use and get signed up for our patient portal!)

By contactus@napeds.com
September 13, 2017
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We are very excited to announce that we have switched over to a new electronic medical records system through Epic, starting September 12th. We really believe that this new system will give us a lot more power to help communicate with you and to help you care for your children. We hope to have everyone using the new patient portal, called MyChart, to e-mail us, to fill out forms and questionnaires prior to visits, to download school forms and immunization records, and to get access to loads of health education.

Once you get your activation code from us (either in-person, or by calling 413-584-8700) head to https://mychart.chppoc.org/nap to get started. (Please be patient, though -- we're still working on getting all of the information loaded into the new system.) If you're really eager, you can download the MyChart Epic mobile app from the app store, then select Massachusetts, and PPOC - you'll be able to log on once you have a username and password.

If that's too much, don't worry! We'll still be available to you by phone, and our office hours aren't changing -- we'll still be open for you seven days a week.

Thanks for your patience with us as we get used to this new system. We think it will be worth it.

By contactus@napeds.com
June 12, 2017
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To our Cigna LocalPlus Plan members:
Effective January 1st, 2018, Cigna LocalPlus will no longer be available in the Massachusetts healthcare market.   The LocalPlus Plan is a limited network and as of 1/1/2018, Northampton Area Pediatrics will be considered out of network.  If you continue your coverage with Cigna LocalPlus beyond January 1, 2018, you will need to choose a new health care professional to continue receiving in-network benefits for covered services.  If you have any questions, please contact our billing department at 413-584-8700.

By contactus@napeds.com
June 06, 2017
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death in school-age children, and it is preventable.
 
By now, you have likely heard about the Netflix series '13 Reasons Why', a fictional story about a teenager that commits suicide, and the factors that lead up to it. The series has raised a lot of discussion recently with schools, parents, teens, and suicide prevention experts. If you have a teen and you haven't heard of '13 Reasons Why' it's worth finding out more about it. (Boston Globe story here)
 
The JED Foundation website has published a good post on some things to think about if you watch this series, and you can also find additional resources for suicide prevention at the NASP website. 
 
If you or your child is in immediate need of help, call Crisis at 413-586-5555 (Hampshire County)  413-774-5411 (Franklin County) or 800-437-5922 (Hampden County). It's even better to have the number in your phone -- a crisis is not often expected.
 
Another option: Text 'HOME' to the Crisis Text Line (www.crisistextline.org) at 741741 for immediate text based counseling support​, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
 
As always, NAP is available with support and resources for your children's physical and mental health. Call or e-mail us (contactus@napeds.com) if you have questions or comments.




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