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A message from our doctors:
Well if you hadn’t guessed it from the yellow plume of pollen in the air and thick film on your cars, it’s that time of year again! It crept up on us a bit early with such a mild winter, but the spring pollen is here to stay for a little while. The trees, grasses, weeds, and flowers are blooming, and with that comes itchy, drippy noses, sneezing, and red watery eyes for many of us. Fortunately, there are great remedies that can help alleviate some of these uncomfortable symptoms.
The first thing to do is “avoidance”. The less your children are exposed, the less bothered they will be. On days with extremely high pollen counts, they can spend less time outdoors (record highs right now >9000 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air!). You may be tempted to open the windows with these warmer temperatures, but perhaps you should hold off for a few weeks if you have allergic family members.
There are some great over-the-counter (OTC) medications available. You can try some OTC antihistamines (i.e. Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra), and these are available in children’s suspensions or chewables, and not likely to make your child drowsy. Some children’s allergies are going to require additional prescription medication and may benefit from a visit with your child’s doctor.
If you notice a pattern each year with seasonal allergies, the key is, START EARLY! Next year, before you’re seeing yellow everywhere, and the news reports are telling you about extremely high pollen counts, get started on the allergy medications that your doctor has prescribed. All of our doctors have a lot of experience and training in treating allergies and asthma and would be happy to see your child to discuss her/her current treatment plan.
At Pediatric Associates of Atlanta, P.C. we are committed to keeping our parents up to date on information that is relevant to their families. We have created this blog as an instrument to better communicate with you.
Our clinic has partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and their Strong4Life program to help eradicate childhood obesity. A recent article in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website expounded on the very serious matter of childhood obesity. Please feel free to read the following article.
A recent newsletter from the American Academy of Pediatrics unveiled a new policy recommending the H.P.V. vaccine be given to boys 11 years old and up. Originally this vaccine was only made available to young girls. However, research has shown that this vaccine can prevent cancer in boys as well as girls. Please feel free to look at the article in its entirety at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/27/us-hpv-shot-recommendation-boys-idUSTRE81Q0NZ20120227
Welcome to the Blog of Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Peachtree Corners, GA area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health.
As always, feel free to contact Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta