How can I ease my baby’s pain during immunizations?
How can I ease my baby’s pain during immunizations?

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  • The 5 S’s can be a good tool for reducing distress in infants.
  • Other options may also provide relief.
  • Parental mood is important, too.
Surviving Norovirus—or that thing we call “stomach flu”
Surviving Norovirus—or that thing we call “stomach flu”
  • Vomiting is usually caused by viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu.
  • Dehydration is the most serious complication from vomiting, so parents should be vigilant about keeping their child hydrated.
  • The stomach flu is highly contagious, so be extra careful about hand washing and disinfecting.
Utah Valley Pediatrics Awarded Recognition by NCQA
Utah Valley Pediatrics Awarded Recognition by NCQA

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Utah Valley Pediatrics has the tools, systems, and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.” We’re … Continue reading “Utah Valley Pediatrics Awarded Recognition by NCQA”

When is the best time to get a flu shot?
When is the best time to get a flu shot?

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  • Getting a flu shot as soon as vaccines are available (usually September) offers the best protection.
  • The flu is much more serious than the common cold and can cause serious complications.
  • Most people over 6 months old should get a flu shot.
2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics
2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics

The flu vaccine is important. It can save your family time, money, and may even save the life of someone you love. Flu killed approximately 80,000 people in the United States last flu season, according to the CDC. That record-setting number doesn’t take into account hospitalizations, doctor visits, or days missed at work or school. … Continue reading “2018 Walk-in Flu Shot Clinics”

Is my child at risk from whooping cough?
Is my child at risk from whooping cough?

Many parents, from Payson to Saratoga Springs, have questions about whooping cough. Utah County’s current Pertussis levels are in the news and parents are understandably concerned. The good news is, if your child has been vaccinated for Tetanus, he or she has also been vaccinated for whooping cough (Pertussis). While this doesn’t mean vaccinated kids … Continue reading “Is my child at risk from whooping cough?”

Evening & Weekend Appointments now at Saratoga Springs
Evening & Weekend Appointments now at Saratoga Springs

After hours night-time pediatric care in Saratoga Springs is now easier than ever. The Utah Valley Pediatrics office accepts appointments until 9:00 pm.

How old is old enough for my child to stay home alone?
How old is old enough for my child to stay home alone?
  • Utah law doesn’t dictate an age when kids are ready but leave it up to parental discretion
  • Look for signs that your child is responsible—homework, hygiene, etc. to know if they may be ready to stay home alone
  • Set your child up for success by prepping them and your home for a successful outcome
Can chores make our family’s summer better?
Can chores make our family’s summer better?
  • Long summer days can mean extended veg-out sessions and messy houses
  • Without structure, summer break can become frustrating for parent and kids
  • Consider a schedule of chores to help structure the day, build skills, and increase bonding
How can I talk to my kids about lying?
How can I talk to my kids about lying?
  • Strategies for dealing with lying should differ by age group
  • Books can be a great way to address honesty with children
  • Communication and honesty from parents is key

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