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Monday, February 6, 2012

Prescription questions?

 From time to time our children are going to need a prescription, it's just a fact of life.Whether it's an antibiotic, allergy medication, or a medication for ADHD sometimes the whole process can seem like such a hassle! It shouldn't have to be that way.We're hoping to eliminate some of that hassle for you and also give you a place to go to when you have questions, please visit our website and click on the button for "Prescription FAQ's". Here you will find answers to the most common questions.
We also added the "Auto Refill" button which explains our Auto Refill Service and how it works. This service is great for ADHD patients. This service refills their medication a few days ahead of when they're going to run out and sends them an email alert letting them know when they can pick up their prescription.
The last button we added is the "ADHD packet" button. This packet of information is what we have in the past had to have parents come pick up from the office. This packet of paperwork needs to be completed and helps in the process for our providers to determine if your child has ADHD. Upon completion of this paperwork you will be scheduled for a "Parent Consult" to discuss the possibilities.
We're always looking for new things to include on our website that will be helpful for our patients and make the most of everyone's time. Why surf all over the web when the information can be right at your fingertips on eastcobbpeds.com?
We hope that these new additions to the website will be informative and as always if you have suggestions for something you would like to see us add to the website feel free to contact me, Jennifer Collins at jcollins@eastcobbpeds.com

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2012! It's sure to be an exciting year here at East Cobb Pediatrics! Dr. Barr gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in December and while she is out on maternity leave we have Dr. Wynn Kallay filling in for her. We're so happy to have him here and we're proud to report that we have had many patient compliments for him!
In February we're looking forward to the addition of Dr. Lee Belvin. Dr. Belvin is coming to us from a practice in South Carolina.
We hope that everyone had a great holiday season and wish everyone the very best in 2012! We thank you for continuing to let us care for your children and look forward to seeing all our little patient's this year!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Safety tips from The Academy Of Pediatrics

The following is an exerpt from an article from http://www.aap.org/

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

Trees

When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."

When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.

Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.





Lights

Check all tree lights-even if you've just purchased them-before hanging them on your tree. Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.

Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.

Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.

Decorations

Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals.

Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked over.

In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.

Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass "angel hair." Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame.

Toy Safety

Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.

Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.

To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don’t give young children (under age ten) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.

Children under age three can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.

Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death -- after swallowing button batteries and magnets. Keep them away from young children and call your health care provider immediately if your child swallows one.

Children under age 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Remove strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children.

Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.

Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on a shelf or in a toy chest, and keep older kids’ toys away from young children.

Food Safety

Bacteria are often present in raw foods. Fully cook meats and poultry, and thoroughly wash raw vegetables and fruits.

Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away from the edges of counters and tables, where they can be easily knocked over by a young child’s exploring hands. Be sure that young children cannot access microwave ovens..

Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.

Never put a spoon used to taste food back into food without washing it.

Always keep raw foods and cooked foods separately, and use separate utensils when preparing them.

Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the countertop.

Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

Happy Visiting



Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could rise early and choke on leftover food or come in contact with alcohol or tobacco.

Remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed. Keep an eye out for danger spots.

Keep a list with all of the important phone numbers you or a baby-sitter are likely to need in case of an emergency. Include the police and fire department, your pediatrician and the national Poison Help Line, 1-800-222-1222. Laminating the list will prevent it from being torn or damaged by accidental spills.

Traveling, visiting family members, getting presents, shopping, etc., can all increase your child's stress levels. Trying to stick to your child's usual routines, including sleep schedules and timing of naps, can help you and your child enjoy the holidays and reduce stress.

Fireplaces

Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open.

Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from children.

Do not burn gift wrap paper in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

2010 - American Academy of Pediatrics


Shared by: Jennifer Collins
Technical Support Coordinator

Monday, October 3, 2011

FALL IS IN THE AIR!

I could tell by the chill in the air and the crisp breeze blowing all weekend that fall is officially here! It's been absolutely beautiful here in north Georgia the last few days! I only hope it lasts!
With the changing of seasons comes the threat of flu season and many coughs and colds! If your child hasn't already caught a "bug" you can, unfortunately be pretty certain that something is right around the corner. East Cobb Pediatrics is here for you!
Did you know that starting October 1st we have a Walk-In clinic at our Kennesaw location from 8:30am to 10:30am on Saturdays? This clinic is for our established sick patients only. This is not a clinic where we would be able to do physicals/well visits. This time is set aside for those sick children who need medical attention over the weekend. This is only offered at our Kennesaw location, however patient's of both the Kennesaw and Marietta location are welcome to Walk-in.
If you need directions, please visit our web site, click About Us and the Locations tab for all the information you should need.
Welcome to Fall!!

Jennifer Collins
Technical Support Coordinator
RX/Immunization Dept.
Referrals Coordinator

Friday, September 16, 2011

Confirmation of Appointment Calls...

You may have noticed that East Cobb Pediatrics now has automated confirmation calls going out. This would be the call that you received two days prior to your child's appointment confirming the date and time.

This is a new service for us and we're very excited! Soon the service will provide the opportunity to confirm, reschedule or cancel your appointment with the push of a button. Currently confirmation calls are sent out two days ahead and If you need to cancel or reschedule this gives you plenty of time to call the office  and avoid a "No-Show" fee! 

If you have more than one child scheduled on a particular day you will receive more than one call as this service confirms each and every appointment. Be sure to pay close attention to each call and the date and time specified.  Be sure to show up at the appointment scheduled earliest to avoid missing an appointment.

The service now gives the opportunity for you to identify the best way for you to be reached regarding your child's appointment. This can be by voice call, text, or email. You can let our front desk know which way you would like to be notified.

If you have questions about this service, just let us know.

Jennifer Collins
Technical Support Coordinator

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