Each year our physicians see scores of children with concussions. Parents and coaches recognize these more often than in the past and seek medical attention sooner. This results in more appropriate treatment and better outcomes.
However, many lay people and quite a few medical providers still have a lot of questions about this injury. What is a concussion? How do I know if my child has had one? What should a parent or coach do as first aid? Should the child always see a doctor? How long does it take to recover? Are there long-term consequences?
Read this short article from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you provide the best care if this happens in your family.
We want to improve--and you can help us!
We have joined an association of physicians who work together to provide better care for their patients in important areas like vaccinations, overweight, asthma and smoking. This group is called “Advocate Physician Partners” (“APP”).
One of the services provided by APP is surveying of our families to get feedback about their experiences in our office. The surveys are printed under the APP letterhead. This can be confusing as it makes it look like we are owned by Advocate Health Care. We are still independent and we will remain so. We continue to work at both hospitals in our community so that you can receive treatment wherever you want to go.
The surveys will give you opportunities to tell us what we did well and where we could improve. We value your input so please take the time to complete these. You can contact us also by telephone or by email via our website, www.bloomingtonpediatrics.com.
Your doctors and staff at Bloomington Pediatrics & Allergy
Electronic medical records provide a number of advantages over paper systems. An important one is the "patient portal". We are happy to offer this to our families now. This will allow a dramatic increase in your any-time access to your medical records and two-way communication with us. Check it out and sign up today!
Electronic media offer many benefits and some potential risks to our children (and their parents!). Have you worked out a plan for your family around this issues? Need some ideas to get started? Here is some practical advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If you have been checking our "What's New" feature on the home page you know that we have influenza vaccines available. It always seems like it's too early to give these in August, but your child's immunity will last for the whole season even if the vaccine is given now.
When influenza hit our community hard in early December last year, many folks regretted that they had not gotten their immunizations done yet. Call the office today to schedule a vaccine appointment for your child!
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