Pediatric News Blog


Paintball, airsoft, and BB guns less safe than believed

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  • Study finds permanent eye injuries—including eye removal—not an uncommon outcome when children play with pellet style guns.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics and toy gun manufacturers stress the need for constant supervision and approved eye protection.
  • Toy guns can be confused for real guns and should be treated with the same safety rules.

Building a good relationship with your pediatrician

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  • Find a pediatrician who is a good fit with your family and who shares similar views on health issues.
  • Staying on top of well-child visits helps your pediatrician monitor your child’s growth and development, keep your child up-to-date on immunizations, and provide advice on any issues.
  • To get the most out of your visits, be sure to eliminate distractions, be familiar with your insurance plan, and arrive on time.

Did you know this about your pharmacist?

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  • Your pharmacist is an excellent resource for questions about your prescription and how it might interact with other medications or supplements.
  • Make sure you understand and take note of all instructions regarding how to take prescription medication.
  • You can call and ask your pharmacist any questions you might have, even after you have filled your prescription and gone home.

Understanding how to make the healthcare system work for your family

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  • Get organized ahead of time so that everything is already taken care of in case of an emergency.
  • When picking your health insurance, think about what your family’s medical needs are.
  • Take the time to find a primary care pediatrician with whom you can develop a long-term relationship of trust.
  • Don’t skip well-child visits or immunizations; they are a very important part of your child’s overall health.


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