Monday, July 6, 2015

Katy Wolf, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, I am a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and have extensive experience in lactation in both the hospital setting and outpatient areas.  I am also a Perinatal Educator and teach breastfeeding classes and newborn care to expectant families at local hospitals. 

Our new FREE Breastfeeding 101 Class here at Northpoint Pediatrics is open to all expectant parents. This evening class for expectant parents is designed to review breastfeeding basics including benefits of breastfeeding, keys to success, and tips to get through the first few weeks.  We will also discuss newer research including the power of “skin-to-skin” with your baby after birth and pumping and going back to work. Bring your questions for this interactive fun class. For more information go to www.northpointpeds.com/newpatients/breastfeeding
Katy Wolf, RN, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May is Asthma Awareness Month!

It is peak season for asthma and allergy suffers. Asthma affects more than 25 million people, almost 7 million are children.

Education is critical and knowledge is power.

Goals of asthma education and programs:
1. Improve quality of life
2. Prevent asthma flares
3. Improve self management of asthma.
4. Identify asthma triggers and discuss how asthma can be controlled.

Northpoint Pediatrics has their own asthma educator on staff to help meet your needs. Contact our office for an appointment with Kim!


Kim Hatchett
RN, MSN, CFNP, AE-C


Kim grew up in Columbus, IN and attended Ball State University for her Bachelors degree in Science and Indiana University for her Masters degree. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Having a special interest in education, treating allergies and asthma, she has established asthma clinics and precepted nurse practitioners students.





Accepting New Patients | Call 317-621-9000 today for more information or  REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE



Thursday, February 5, 2015

How to Protect Your Children During A Measles Outbreak

Since December 2014, a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California has grown to more than 100 cases in multiple states. Most of the people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated against measles. This is a stark reminder of the importance of making sure your children are fully vaccinated.
The following are answers to questions many parents have about this measles outbreak.

I thought measles was a mild illness, why the alarm now?

Measles was once a common childhood disease and almost an expected part of growing up. While most children recovered from the measles without problems, many others did not. In some children, the infection caused pneumonia and in a few, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and even death. Of every 1,000 people who got measles, 1 to 2 would die. Before the measles vaccine was available, every year an average of 450 people died from measles; most of them were healthy children.
Thanks to the success of the measles vaccine, we are now able to protect children from the measles.  However, in recent years some parents have refused or delayed vaccinating their children out of fear or misinformation about the safety of the measles vaccine. This means there are more unvaccinated children, adolescents, and adults in our communities. Choosing to not vaccinate your children not only leaves them susceptible to measles, but also exposes other children to measles. This includes infants who are too young to be vaccinated and those who are unable to be vaccinated due to other health conditions. In addition, measles is still common and large outbreaks still occur in many other parts of the world. Thus, measles is just a plane ride away, or even closer.

How is measles spread?

The measles virus spreads easily through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs and someone nearby inhales the infected droplets. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with fluids from the nose or mouth of an infected person. It is one of the most infectious agents known to man.
Most of the recent outbreaks in the US have started with an unvaccinated person from the US traveling to another country with measles outbreaks and bringing it back to the US. Measles is very contagious and the virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces infected patients have touched or in the air where they may have coughed or sneezed. As a result, anyone in an airport or crowded venue such as an amusement park has a chance of coming into contact with measles.  

Is the measles vaccine safe?

Yes, very. A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing side effects but usually these are mild, such as pain or swelling at the injection site and a fever that lasts a day or two. The risk of the measles vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. Getting the measles vaccine is much safer than getting the measles infection.

What are the symptoms of the measles?

The most recognizable symptom of measles is a very high fever accompanied by a red or brownish blotchy rash, although this is not the only symptom.

Before the rash appears, children with measles develop cold-like symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Red, watery eyes
These symptoms tend to get worse during the first 1 to 3 days of the illness.

We have a trip to Disneyland planned. Should we cancel? What about other travel?

Health department officials in California have stated that if you and your children are fully vaccinated, you do not need to worry about going to Disneyland. Be sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date if traveling outside the US. Tell your pediatrician if you are traveling outside the country--including Europe. In most cases, children 6 months of age or older can get an additional, early dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

When do children need to get the measles vaccine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend children receive the MMR vaccine at age 12-15 months, and again at 4-6 years. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.
High immunization rates in a community protects those who are too young to be vaccinated, including infants under 12 months of age. These infants are at the highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death due to measles.

How long does the measles vaccine provide protection?

The measles vaccine is very effective in protecting against measles. However, no vaccine is 100% protective so very rarely, people who are vaccinated may develop measles. Some people may also be at risk for getting the measles if they only received 1 dose of the measles vaccine, which was the recommendation until 1989 when it changed to 2 doses. The second dose of measles vaccine increases protection to greater than 95%.

I'm not sure if I've received measles vaccine. Do I need a booster?

If you are not sure if you or your children have been fully vaccinated against measles, talk to your doctor to see if anyone in your family needs to be vaccinated. There is no risk to receiving measles vaccine if you have been immunized before. Measles is a live vaccine so children with immune problems or receiving medications that suppress the immune system should not receive the measles vaccine. Your pediatrician is your best source of advice on vaccinations.

Additional Information:


Last Updated
 
2/3/2015
Source
 
American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2015)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Proactive Approach-Staying On Track

2015 has arrived and New Year’s resolutions are in full swing.  The gyms are packed, the produce is picked over, and everyone is sporting new workout gear!

In your family’s quest for health and wellness have you considered proactive approaches to healthcare, or do you only think of your pediatrician when your child has an ear infection or sore throat?

Northpoint Pediatrics can help you keep your kids healthy and on the wellness track.

  • Preventative Well Child Exams
  • Asthma Action Plan Visits
  • Skin and Acne Treatment
  • Baseline Impact Testing for your Athletes
  • Sports Physicals for your Athletes
  • ADD and ADHD Treatment
  • Lactation Services for Newborns
As you look to get your kids health and wellness on track for 2015, begin by scheduling an appointment with Northpoint Pediatrics.  

Step up to the starting line of change!

Northpoint Pediatrics is Currently Accepting New Patients.  Call 317-621-9000 today for more information or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE

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       George Wright, CPC
Sr Director Business Operations
Sr. Director of the Business Operations at Northpoint Pediatrics and a certified coder himself, George leads a team of professional coders, patient account professionals and scheduling team members. Married and dad of three active boys, you can often find his family either at the soccer fields or watching soccer matches. Having a spouse who graduated from IU and George graduating from Purdue keeps the house lively as they try to persuade their children to root for their Alma Maters while watching sports!

Friday, January 9, 2015

More Evidence Against Keeping Electronics in Kids’ Bedrooms

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN

Mon Jan 5, 2015 4:52pm EST
(Reuters Health) - Parents concerned about their children not getting enough sleep may want to remove televisions and other small electronics from the kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study.
Children who slept with televisions or other small-screened devices in their bedrooms ended up getting less sleep than children without those electronics in the room, researchers found.
Past studies found that having televisions in kids’ bedrooms is tied to less sleep (see Reuters Health story of April 14, 2014 here: reut.rs/1FbfcBj.) Less sleep is ultimately tied to other issues, including obesity and academic performance.
But few studies have looked at the presence of other small electronics in bedrooms, the researchers write in the journal Pediatrics.
For the new study, Falbe and colleagues used data from 2,048 fourth- and seventh-graders enrolled in an obesity study in Massachusetts.
They found that kids with TVs in their rooms reported sleeping about 18 minutes less each night than kids without bedroom televisions.
Additionally, children who slept near small screens, such as phones or other portable electronics, reported sleeping about 21 fewer minutes per night than children who didn’t sleep near those types of devices.
Kids who slept near small screens also reported feeling as if they didn’t get enough sleep, the researchers found.
Watching television and playing video games – including those on a computer – was also tied to worse sleep.
Hispanic and black children were particularly vulnerable to the possible effects of screened devices, but the researchers don’t have the data to say why, Falbe said.
It’s already known that televisions in children’s bedrooms are linked to worse sleep, said Dr. Heidi Connolly, head of sleep medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital in New York.
“The novel thing in this study is that it’s not just TV, it’s other screens,” said Connolly, who wasn't involved with the new study.
She advises parents to keep televisions and all other electronics outside of children’s bedrooms.
“You want your brain to associate being in bed with being asleep, said Connolly. “For kids, the only thing that should be happening in bed is sleeping.”
There are a number of reasons why televisions and small-screened electronics may result in worse sleep, such as the bright light of screens before bed, sounds and alerts and more sedentary activity to name a few.
“Parents can keep screen media out of the child’s bedroom, limit total screen time and set a screen time curfew,” Falbe said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age two years avoid screens. Additionally, it recommends that parents establish “screen-free” zones in the home – including bedrooms - and limit their children’s screen time to one to two hours of high-quality content each day.
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