This newsletter will address 2 big problems: allergies and injuries. With school just around the corner, both could also be right around the corner.
If you've been reading these emails, you know we push this topic every year, twice a year. Why? Allergies are simply a part of life in New England, and a bit of prevention, along with consultation with us, can head off significant issues. Plus, allergies make asthma worse, so controlling allergies can often prevent asthma flare-ups.
If your child has allergies, starting your antihistamine NOW (meaning right now) may help to prevent a bad autumn. Antihistamines can work when your child is having symptoms, but as many of you know from the bad spring allergy season this year, being "behind the 8-ball" makes allergies tough to treat. Antihistamines really shine when started before the actual symptoms appear. As you've heard here before, asthma plans work the same way, so if your child has asthma, fire up those controller medications now!
If you're not sure about your child's asthma and allergy plan, please call to schedule a consultation. A bit of prevention will keep your child healthy and away from ER and urgent care centers, and, given the feedback we have on insurance plans, will help your health care budget. Many allergists also perform the same function that we do (i.e. recommending antihistamines, eye drops and steroid nasal sprays, along with environmental modifications), so we can also help keep all of your healthcare in one convenient place.
Possible Broken Bone?
Over time, we have observed that many families have made possibly preventable ER and urgent care visits for injuries. We understand that acute injuries are stressful, but we also know that 1) urgent care and ER visits usually result in splinting and X-rays only, with referral to orthopedics, where 2) kids with simple sprains and fractures that don't need surgery merely receive bracing and follow-up appointments.
Because of these observations, last year we joined a workgroup with Boston Children's Hospital to develop a plan for safe and appropriate treatment of children with many different significant sprains or even simple fractures. With this partnership, along with a fantastic brace and crutch supplier (Surgicare), we're proud to offer more advanced injury care for your child.
As always, significant, uncontrollable pain or obvious deformity should prompt an ER visit. For all other injuries, just call our on-call doctor if you're not sure and need urgent advice, or call the following morning for an appointment. We can order X-rays and fit your child with a brace or crutches and coordinate follow-up visits. Most injuries are straightforward; a few weeks in a splint will take care of most.
Because of our relationship with Children's, we are also able to coordinate follow-up with them, if necessary. Sometimes, even same-day appointments can be coordinated (mostly because they really like us and want to take care of our patients). We want to be here for you; please keep us in mind the next time your child has a possible fracture and you're not sure what to do.
Camp and college forms, summer checkups
Since it's the time of year for camp and college forms, please send your forms in ASAP. We require 1 week to complete your forms, given the high volume at this time of year. College forms often have a medical portion that needs completion, one that sometimes necessitates a more current checkup or even blood testing or additional vaccinations. Further, any student with aspirations to play a NCAA sport will need a more current, and more thorough, pre-participation physical, with yet further documentation for special medications (e.g. Ritalin or other ADHD medications). So...please send those forms as soon as you can.
Keep in mind that we're able to book a full year out, so don't hesitate to book for next summer, our busiest checkup time, right now!
Please send us a request to register at firstname.lastname@example.org (the best way) or call us for help getting started.
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Thanks again for choosing us as your medical home.
Post Road Pediatrics