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  • No Fruit Juice for Children Under Age 1

    All Star Pediatrics has always encouraged families to offer water and milk as part of a healthy diet for toddlers and children. We have taught families over the years that juice has really minimal nutritional value, especially for our youngest patients. Fresh fruit is always more preferred!

    Your All Star Provider may have encouraged the occasional use of juice (pear and prune) as a short term aid for infrequent, painful infant stooling – but thankfully this is not very often.

    New information from a 2017 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, now reinforces our practice philosophy about juice and other fluid intake.

    • Human milk or infant formula is the only nutrient needed for infants up to 6 months of age

    • Fruit juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants prior to 1 year of age

    • NO MORE THAN 4 ounces of fruit juice per day should be given to toddlers aged 1-3 years

    • NO MORE THAN 4-6 ounces of fruit juice per day for children aged 4-6 years

    • NO MORE THAN 8 ounces of fruit juice intake for children aged 7-18 years

    For more information, please read:

    AAP Recommends No Fruit Juice for Children Under 1 Year

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  • Back to School!

    Are you ready for School? Here is a checklist for everything to consider for your child’s healthy and happy return to school!

    Back to School Tips

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  • HPV – Human Papilloma Virus – causes cancer!

    HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and throughout the world. Half of infected people are ages 15-24. Six million young people or adults become newly infected each year. Yes, even your child or young adult has a 75% chance of acquiring HPV by the time he or she is 25!

    HPV vaccination is an important way to reduce a young adult’s risk of acquiring the virus and thus, the possibility of developing future types of cancer.

    In early 2017, the dosing schedule for HPV vaccine has changed – the thought behind the dose change? The younger the child, the better the immune system will respond to the vaccine. Most adolescents 9 through 14 years of age should get HPV vaccine as a two-dose series with the doses separated by 6-12 months. People who start HPV vaccination at 15 years of age and older should get the vaccine as a three-dose series with the second dose given 1-2 months after the first dose and the third dose given 6 months after the first dose.

    All Star Pediatrics HPV Facts and Prevention

    CDC's HPV Information

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  • Time to brush – but for how long? New data recommendations suggest that we may need to brush our children’s teeth longer than expected. Most parents likely stop brushing their child's teeth at an early age. Maybe we as parents need to think again about the importance of oral health!

    How Do I Get My Preschooler To Let Me Brush Her Teeth?

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  • The bathroom is an important part of the family home. How safe is the bathroom for our young children and toddlers? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some important safety tips for all of us to be sure we reduce the risk of injury and harm in the bathroom for our little ones.

    5 Bathroom Safety Tips for Infants & Young Children

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  • "Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." Thomas Dekker

    So how much do we sleep? How much do our children sleep? Are we getting healthy amounts of sleep?

    Sleep – so important for health and happiness. A new set of recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses optimal sleep requirements. Too much sleep has been linked to diabetes, obesity and mental health problems. Too little sleep has been linked to a higher risk of accidents, high blood pressure, and depression.

    The following are the recommended minimum and maximum hours each age group should regularly sleep during a 24-hour period for optimal health:

    Ages 4-12 months12-16 hours (including naps)
    Ages 1-2 years11-14 hours (including naps)
    Ages 3-5 years10-13 hours (including naps)
    Ages 6-12 years9-12 hours
    Ages 13-18 years8-10 hours

    Please check out our new sleep website link:

    This site is a great way to learn more about your child's sleep at various ages. It answers questions regarding Melatonin use, baby nightmares and many more topics. Give it a look!!!

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  • A wise man once said, "Peanut butter is good for you." In the past, peanut introduction was delayed beyond the first birthday. The concerns for peanut allergy have increased over the past 10 years. So when should we start with peanut butter for children? New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some helpful insight into peanut introduction:

    Peanut Allergies: What You Should Know About the Latest Research

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  • More than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers.

    Almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones.

    Iphones, Xfinity, Ipads, Direct TV, Computers, Play station, Verizon, Xbox, Wii - everywhere, all day, everyday. From infancy through adulthood, we are surrounded by distractions.

    Do our children get less than 1 hour of screen time each day? Are you a distracted driver because you answer emails? Does your TV get in the way of a good family meal? Is your teen or young adult still texting at 11 PM? Does your toddler get the iPad just so they will stop crying? Do you talk on the phone while driving? Has your young adult been involved with sexting?

    Technology can obviously be a very critical part of a family's daily life and survival. Is it too much? How do we police the use? Do we as parents model good behavior with our iPhone usage?

    Consider reading these helpful hints about technology and our role in making sure it is used safely:

    Kids & Tech: 10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

    How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

    The New Problem of "Sexting"

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  • “Patient Portal, Patient Portal, Patient Portal”

    Have you used the patient portal?

    Don't be the only patient family not on the portal – remember most All Star communications are now via the patient portal.

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  • Child safety seats in automobiles have saved many lives over the past few decades. Each year, new and improved information on child car seat/booster safety is released based on extensive research. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new updated guidelines for the use of child safety restraints in automobiles. Use this helpful link below from the AAP for Car Safety Seat information:

    Car Seats: Information For Families

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  • We encourage all of our families to call our office with updates for any personal information, new contact information, email addresses, work/cell phone numbers and insurance changes. We strive to have the most up-to-date information for all of our patient families in the event of a question or in case we need to contact you. Thank you for your assistance.

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  • Are you interested in breastfeeding your baby? Not sure?

    We welcome you to come to our monthly breastfeeding classes (same information is repeated) provided by Mrs. Jill Schwartz, RN, CRNP, IBCLC, Certified Lactation Consultant.

    Learn in an informal setting. Practical information is reviewed. Your questions are not only welcome but also helpful.

    Don't miss out on how to feed your baby the very best!

    TuesdayJanuary 9, 20186:00-7:00 PM
    TuesdayFebruary 6, 20186:00-7:00 PM
    TuesdayMarch 13, 20186:00-7:00 PM

    If interested, please call (610) 363-1330 to register.

    All classes are held here at All Star Pediatrics.

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