Fall Blog 2018

Greetings Families! We at Child and Teen Medial Center hope summer was amazing and you are full of warm memories because it’s going to get cold out there. Fall and winter can be a super fun time too but we know that all too often health worries come with the cold weather. We thought to jot down some advice to minimize the chances that you and your little ones stay as healthy as possible. First, most illnesses that are commonly spread in winter are spread by germs we either cough out into the air or spread on our hands. Teach children to cough into their sleeve and either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Then think about all the things you touch during the day in your home and try to wipe them down with Clorox wipes (or similar product) regularly. Think about door knobs, faucet handles, cell phones and computer keyboards as well as kitchen counters. Make sure children don’t share cups or water bottles with others as well. Now is as good a time as any to go through their backpacks and make sure that they’re not using the same grubby bottle every day without washing it. Remember, kids are gross. You have to watch them or they’ll use that same bottle all year. If, despite all precautions, they still get sick please keep them home especially if they have a fever. If there’s a fever, a safe rule is to keep them home until they haven’t had a fever for 24 hrs. Also, if vomiting or diarrhea they need to stay home until no vomiting for 24 hrs and until their stools are starting to improve. Make sure they know to wash their hands well after using the bathroom. If you have any questions about when it is safe to let a child go back to school, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

Another very important step to staying healthy over the winter months is….. the FLU SHOT!! I know, I know. Many of you don’t believe in it. I promise you. The flu shot exists and will not cause you to get the flu. Sometimes people may feel a little achy afterwards but that just means that your body is mounting an immune response which is actually exactly what we want it to do. Another common misconception is that the Flu shot prevents colds and stomach viruses. Influenza is a specific virus that causes a high fever, body aches and respiratory symptoms such as cough. In some people it causes very serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or even death. The common cold is not the same as the flu. Colds are caused by different families of virus. They can make you miserable and sometimes cause complications such as ear infections or sinus infections but rarely anything more serious. The same for stomach viruses which are often referred to as “Stomach Flu”. As awful as those are they rarely kill you. Influenza is much different. Elderly people, adults or children with asthma or respiratory problems and people with weak immune systems are at particular risk of serious illness but very often completely healthy people become seriously ill with Influenza. We don’t know why this is but until science can figure it out the safest thing is for everyone to get the vaccine.  Another thing I hear is “it doesn’t work for me! I got the flu last year anyways!” Yes. This can happen but generally it’s because the strain of influenza you caught was not the same as the one covered by the vaccine. Every year the strains spreading through communities are different and when creating the vaccine science has to take their “best educated guess” when creating the vaccine. The good new is it usually helps a little anyways. People who get the vaccine, even if they still get Influenza generally don’t get as sick for nearly as long or as severely. For example, instead of having a fever for 2 weeks maybe you are only sick for a couple days.

I’m sure I’ve missed some folks’ questions but that’s why we’re here! Please, never be embarrassed to ask during your visit. The scientists who develop vaccines study for close to ten years to learn just enough to start understanding how the immune system works. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will help you find it. All of us here at the clinic want parents to be confident about the choices they make for their children’s medical care.

Before I turn you loose to enjoy the corn pits, apple orchards, mazes and pumpkin flavored everything I hope you will come see us at our new Blain location! (11107 Ulysses St NE, Blaine MN 55434) The Fridley clinic is staying right here in Fridley. We plan to each be available in each clinic on different days so hopefully nobody has to choose between their favorite provider and their preferred location.

 

Jennifer Rousseau, MD

2017 Rising Star Award Recipient-Mpls/St. Paul Magazine

Child & Teen Medical Center (Blaine and Fridley locations)

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Spring Blog 2019

 

Congratulations! It seems we’ve survived another Minnesota winter.

 

I know everyone is super excited to get out and finally enjoy the warm weather and sunshine but let’s pause for a safety break. While you’re taking stock of your summer essentials, now is a great time to look at the kids’ bike helmets to be sure they fit properly. I know kids hate to wear them so the best thing to do is make helmets a rule right from the start. Even if your kids are slow. Even if your street is safe. Remember, it’s the hazard you don’t anticipate that gets you. If you are worried about the fit of your helmet bring it with you to your next visit. Any of our awesome providers can check it for you.

  Now is also a good time to remind children how to cross a street safely and watch for other dangers. Don’t forget to tell even older kids that they should never swim alone and life jackets should be worn on any boat.

  Spring is also a time when annoying seasonal allergy symptoms start to show up. If your child has a known diagnosis of seasonal allergies and especially if they have asthma, now is a perfect time to come in and have their prescriptions updated. Asthmatics may benefit from starting medicines before allergy season in order to prevent a more severe exacerbation. We always recommend every child with asthma come in every 6 months to make sure that their symptoms are well controlled. 

  At home, there are a few things you can do to minimize allergen exposure. First is: control the dust, especially in their rooms. Use a damp cloth instead of a duster and vacuum frequently being sure to include under the bed. If possible, remove draperies and instead, use blinds. These are easier to wipe down and don’t trap as much dust. Put all stuffed animals through the dryer every couple of weeks. They tend to sit on beds and shelves and will collect a ton of dust. Get an allergy cover for the bed pillows. These can be found in most stores that sell linens. Changing your air filters regularly will help as well. We would be happy to talk this through with you at your next appointment. If problems persist, sometimes testing for environmental allergies can be helpful. We offer blood tests for this in our offices but more extensive testing can be done at an Allergy Specialist.

 We’re also getting closer to the end of the school year and many parents will be meeting with teachers. If you are concerned about learning disorders or behavior concerns, now is a good time to start the process. Often, we seek input from the teachers and waiting until summer complicates that. Also, schools will often perform testing for learning disorders as well but do not do it over the summer.  We are more than happy to help you navigate the school system and place referrals here in the office. We have talented psychologists seeing patients in both Fridley and Blaine locations who are very proficient in these types of evaluations. A word of caution! These evaluations tend to take time and often several visits are needed.

 

 Okay, okay…enough lecturing. Go enjoy your spring weather!

 
  

 

 

Jennifer Rousseau, M.D.

Child and Teen Medical Center

763-333-7733

www.childandteenmedicalcenter.com                      

 

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