Posts for: April, 2018
One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illnesses is through proper hand washing. Young children in particular need to be reminded to wash their hands, which is very important after sneezing, nose-blowing, using the bathroom and before eating. With help from your child’s pediatrician, you can help keep your child healthy.
School age children are in close contact throughout the school day are more likely to share school materials, and frequently touch their faces. Since germs from sneezing and coughing droplets can survive on surfaces for up to eight hours, teaching your child about proper hand washing is very important to maintaining their health. Your pediatrician provides this step-by-step guide for proper hand washing:
- Turn on the water until it is warm, but not too hot.
- Rub your hands together to get a nice, soapy lather.
- Wash your palms, the back of your hands, fingers and under the nails.
- Sing “Happy Birthday” or count up to 15 to 20 “Mississippi’s” to effectively wash their hands for an appropriate amount of time.
- Dry hangs on a paper towel.
- If at a public or school restroom, have your child turn off the faucet with the paper towel when they are done.
- When exiting a public or school restroom, encourage your child to use the same paper towel on the handle of the bathroom door to open it and to throw it away after exiting.
Maintaining proper hand washing methods will help your child to remain healthy throughout the year. Your child’s pediatrician is available to provide you with further tips on how to maintain a healthy child. However, if your child does get sick, your pediatrician encourages you to visit their office for proper diagnosis and treatment.
April 5, 2018
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has alerted us to an outbreak of Measles in several counties of the Bay Area, occurring only in unimmunized individuals, so far. However, as we saw during the Disneyland outbreak, this disease is highly contagious and can sometimes infect even in fully immunized individuals.
Typical symptoms of Measles include: Fever over 101 F; rash consisting of slightly raised, irregular spots, often beginning on the face, conjunctivitis, cough and sore throat.
At this time the Public Health Department is not recommending that any special steps be taken, other than reporting and isolating people with the disease.
Please call us if you suspect that your child has Measles, or may have been exposed to someone who has Measles in the last month.
Measles Immunization (MMR) is given in two doses, with the first one at 12 months and the second one between one month and four years later. Please confirm that your child has received immunization in accord with this standard. If you do not have the records, view the immunization history on the PORTAL. If you still are not sure, contact us, so that we can check for you.
If you find that your child is not up to date on the Measles immunization, please call to schedule the needed dose(s) as soon as possible.