Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:23
Much has been said about the unhealthy â€śthin idealâ€ť for women perpetuated in American media, but less has been said about the new emphasis on muscular, lean bodies.
Affecting boys and girls, this new ideal may seem like a good thing â€“ especially since we also hear so much about the obesity epidemic in our country. But parents, beware. There are ways to improve the body in healthy and unhealthy ways.
A recent study of muscle-enhancing teenage behaviors published in Pediatrics offers concerning evidence that boys are negatively affected by popular media images of male bodies that are large, lean, and muscular.
Boys who report dissatisfaction with their bodies are doing some good and some bad things to achieve this ideal. More than two-thirds of boys reported changing their eating patterns, and more than 90 percent exercised more to increase muscle mass. If they are taking these steps in healthy ways with realistic goals in mind â€“ more power to them.
Unfortunately, one-third of boys said they regularly used protein powders and 6 percent admitted to using steroids. Both protein supplements and steroids can have serious health consequences, including kidney failure and heart-muscle enlargement.
Similarly, girls are trying to achieve the muscular and lean look, both in healthy and unhealthy ways. More than half of teenage girls in the study said theyâ€™ve changed their eating habits to build muscle; two-thirds exercised more; 8 percent used protein powders; and 1 percent used steroids.
Parents, talk to your teen about their body image. Acknowledge that eating right and exercising to feel good is great. But trying to force their body to look like an air-brushed model is neither good for their health or their self confidence.
If youâ€™re concerned and would like some support in talking with your teen about fitness and body image, call us at Eugene Pediatrics. Weâ€™re here to help you every step of the way.
Friday, 01 February 2013 20:09
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and fifth leading cause of injury to kids in the U.S. Unfortunately, many parents choose not to follow suggested guidelines for child safety seats.
Car seat recommendations are as follows:
â€˘ Babies should be rear facing in an infant car seat until age 2.
â€˘ Toddlers over 2 years should be in a 5-point safety seat until they outgrow the upper weight limit of the seat.
â€˘ Children should be in a booster seat until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall.
â€˘ Children should not sit in the front passenger seat until age 13.
These recommendations are expected to become law in Oregon soon. Until then, we strongly urge you to follow them; they may save your childâ€™s life. Sadly, many parents donâ€™t follow these guidelines.
Hereâ€™s what studies have shown:
â€˘ Keeping toddlers ages 1-2 years in a rear-facing position reduces the risk of dying or having a serious head or neck injury by 75 percent.
â€˘ Children ages 5 and older are 50 percent less likely to die in a car accident if properly retrained.
â€˘ A survey found that 41 percent of kids age 5, 23 percent of kids age 6, and 12 percent of kids age 7 were not properly restrained.
The reasons parents donâ€™t follow the recommendations vary, but some of the common ones we hear are: â€śHer legs look crampedâ€ť or â€śHe doesnâ€™t like his car seat.â€ť
The fact is, baby legs have multiple joints that will absorb the impact of a crash. And parents should never leave it up to their children to decide.
Because no matter how good of a driver you are, you can never predict when a car accident might happen.
For more car seat and booster basics, child seat recalls, installation tips and instructional videos, visit The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:44
If you believe â€śIt takes a village to raise a child,â€ť youâ€™ll be excited to know about Eugene Pediatric Associatesâ€™ new online â€śvillage.â€ť
Like us on Facebook and get the conversation started. Know of a family-friendly event coming up? Share it! Got a baby who sleeps days and is up all night? Tap other parents for tips. Want to find out when flu season begins and ends? Weâ€™ll keep you in the know.
Follow us on Twitter for helpful tips, trends, inspirations, advice and updates about our practice.
And â€ścheck inâ€ť on Foursquare when you check in at Eugene Pediatric Associates.
â€śWe encourage you to get involved by posting your favorite photos, sharing your personal parenting experiences, and supporting other parents by becoming active on our social media pages,â€ť says Dr. Pilar Bradshaw.
Share. Learn. Laugh. Grow. Join our online village!
Friday, 26 October 2012 20:56
Itâ€™s that time again, folks. Time to get your child vaccinated against the flu? Why? With all that sniffling, sneezing and sharing of space and materials in the classroom, your child is even more prone to infection. And who wants to be sick during the holidays?
Influenza season is unpredictable. It can begin as early as October and can continue through May. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu.
That means you, too, parents. Especially those considered â€śhigh risk,â€ť including those with asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 years and older; and those who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.
We say, â€śWhy risk it?â€ť when the (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans, or approximately 25 percent of the population, come down with the flu each year.
Why vaccinate every year?
A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing, and annual flu vaccines are formulated to keep up. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection.
What does the vaccine prevent?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common this season, including influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses.
The flu can produce a high-grade fever, up to 104 F (40 C), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, dry cough, and just plain feeling sick. These symptoms usually last for three to four days, but cough and tiredness may linger for one to two weeks after the fever has gone away.
In younger children
Influenza may resemble other respiratory tract infections, such as croup, bronchitis or pneumonia. Abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea are not uncommon. A small child may also have a high temperature and be irritable â€“ who can blame them!
To schedule a flu vaccine
Call Eugene Pediatrics at 541-484-5437 today to schedule your childâ€™s flu vaccine. Flu shots for adults can be obtained at Lane County Public Health Department, area drug stores and doctorâ€™s offices.
Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:10
The next time you visit Eugene Pediatric Associates, you will notice some exciting changes. In addition to adding two new doctors to our family of pediatric care providers, we have expanded our clinic.
Located just across the hall, youâ€™ll discover newly remodeled exam rooms, business offices, nursesâ€™ station and lobby. Bright colors, artwork and modern lighting make this a fun and welcoming space that we hope our families will enjoy.
When you make your appointment, we will let you know at which desk to check in and the proper lobby, where youâ€™ll wait to be seen by one of our doctors, nurse practitioners or nurses. Signs posted outside each of our internal doors will indicate where your provider is located on the day you visit.
We will rotate providers in and out of the new space so that all of our patients can enjoy it.
By adding 3,000 square feet, we hope to better meet the needs of our patients. We will continue to make it a priority to provide same-day appointments and the best possible care for your children.
We look forward to seeing you!
Friday, 21 September 2012 21:56
Eugene Pediatric Associates is growing. And like the children we care for and adore, weâ€™re not just getting bigger. Weâ€™re getting stronger. Weâ€™ve added two new doctors to your family of pediatric care providers.
Dr. Angela Romanoski, who joined Eugene Pediatric in September, has a big picture perspective on health care. From her love of exercise and yoga to her advocacy work in the Oregon Legislature, she understands that good health and a strong health care system is about more than getting a prescription when you donâ€™t feel well.
Dr. Romanoski is also conversational in Spanish. We love having a doctor on board with this skill. We believe that many of the families we serve will be more at ease and more engaged with their childâ€™s care when they can communicate with a doctor in their own language.
Dr. Alison Chase, who has also joined our team, graduated from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She practices the full scope of medicine, equivalent to that of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Her education allows her to use principles that emphasize the interrelationship between the body's structure and function, and recognize the body's ability to heal itself.
The principals of wellness and prevention are ones we all embrace at Eugene Pediatric Associates, so we appreciate Dr. Chaseâ€™s perspective.
We hope you meet both of these fine doctors soon, because they not only are part of our team. They are part of your team. Having two new doctors on staff will allow us to get you into the office more quickly when your child needs to see a doctor.
When you think of your childâ€™s â€śpediatrician,â€ť we want you to think of the whole team here: Our four doctors, our three nurse practitioners, our nurses and the rest of the staff.
Kids have a way of spiking a high fever or falling out of a tree at inopportune times, sometimes when â€śyour regular pediatricianâ€ť is out of town or otherwise unavailable, so we want you to feel at home with everyone:
â€˘ Caring staff members who greet you at the front desk;
â€˘ Nurses who help take care of your child;
â€˘ Nurse practitioners who handle many day-to-day medical concern;
â€˘ And all of our doctors, who may see your child at one time or another.
Weâ€™re all here for you, every step of the way!