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May 30, 2017
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SEPTEMBER 2017 Newsletter

Falling into Fall

As we head into the fall and winter months, it is important to remember that washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick. Normal soap and water are the best to use at home. Antibacterial soaps do not provide any additional benefit and have some downsides.

With that said, it's hard to keep your kiddo's hands clean at all times, and it's even harder telling your 6 month old to cover his or her mouth when coughing.  

Probiotics are always a great thing to use on a daily basis, regardless of the season.  If you ever have any questions about probiotics, feel free to call our triage line for more information.

For kids 12 months to 2 years of age, they can receive 1 tablet of 500mg of vitamin C for 5 days starting at the first sign of an illness.  For kids 2 years and up, you can do 1000mg of vitamin C for 5 days.  

Another supplement to help boost immune systems if Vitamin D.  Breastfeeding mothers can take around 6400 units per day to help pass along appropriate supplementation to their children.  Otherwise, you can give 800 units of vitamin D daily, for kids over a year,  to help boost up immunity heading into the winter. 

Elderberry is another immune booster that is appropriate for kids 1 year and up.   This is different from the Eldertussin/Elderberry cough remedy that we recommend, as it is just Elderberry extract for kids to use as daily immune support. Nature's Way makes a Kids Sambucus syrup or for kids 2 and up you can give one tablet per day of the Natures Way Elderberry extract.

Flu is another complication heading into the winter. Flu shots are available for kids 6 month and up.  If this is your child's first eligible flu season, he or she may need a booster flu shot one month after the first dose was given.  

Our flu vaccine clinics have begun, and we will run those clinics through Thanksgiving.  Flu clinics are Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as every other Saturday.  Please call our office to schedule a time to have your child get a flu shot!

Flu shots for parents are not available this early on in the season.  We will keep you posted on when and if we will have flu shots available for parents.  

Click here for more information on this year's Flu Shot recommendations,

Welcome Dr. Natalie Penn


Please join us in welcoming our new provider, Dr. Natalie Penn! We are very excited to have her join the HIP family. She has a strong interest in integrative medicine and will be taking newborn patients starting next week. Check back to see her bio on our website soon. 

We will be making some changes to our hours heading into the Fall and Winter months.  We will have some extended hours until 6pm with at least one doctor on each day of the week.  Furthermore, triage will be able to take calls until 5:30pm each day of the week.  

We are excited about these changes.  As with anything that is new, we hope this transition goes as smoothly as possible.  

Parking Help
As our practice begins to grow, we realize that at times we can run out of parking spaces.  To ensure that kids can be unloaded safely, we ask that only one car per family is parked in our lot.  Thank you for your understanding and patience!
MONTHLY DONATIONS 
In July, we donated to There With Care.  Whose mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.


August's donation went to the MS Society.  They work to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.
 
Coming Soon...Scheduling with MyChart
If you are not already signed up with MyChart, we will be adding another useful feature that may make it worthwhile. In the coming months we will be adding some scheduling options for Well Care visits through MyChart along with scheduling reminders when our schedules open up 3 months in advance.  

MyChart is the secure online patient portal that we use. By signing up you will have access to lab results and visit summaries. It also gives you the ability to upload forms for us to fill out and send email questions and pictures. 

For more information on activating MyChart, call our office and press option 1 to speak with our front desk team!

 

 

 

WEBSITE UPDATES

Our website now features a "Page your Doctor" button.  This button will allow you to page our on call doctor after hours when you and your family are in need of urgent advice.  The button appears at all times, but is only functional after hours.  

We hope that this medium will be a helpful tool for getting urgent advice from a nurse or provider after hours.  

As always, we are here to help with whatever we can whenever we can.  Please use this button for urgent questions regarding your child or children. 
 

SUNSCREEN RECOMMENDATIONS


As we enter into the summer months, sun protection is always recommended for you and your children.  When it comes to sunscreen, we recommend using mineral based sunscreens whose only active ingredients are zinc and titanium.  Brands we recommend include, but are not limited to:  Babyganics, Badger Balm, Alba California, and The Honest Company.  

One thing to keep in mind with mineral based sunscreen is that they are not as waterproof, and tend to wear off when in water or when a kid is active during the day.  Reapplication is recommended. For a great review on sunscreen ingredients check out this article from The Environmental Working Group

If you tend to prefer sunscreens that have better protection from sweat and water, make sure those sunscreens do not contain OxyBenzone as one of their listed ingredients.  

Furthermore, keeping kids protected from the sun goes beyond sunscreen.  Covered heads and light breathable clothing that provides good coverage to arms and legs is always recommended, especially for our young children.  

As always, please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about sun protection.  

 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR KIDS with Brittany Lark, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac
Fridays                                  

Acupuncture is great for allergies, anxiety, asthma, ADHD, cough, tummy aches, constipation, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, headaches, and body aches.
Treatments are tailored for each child’s needs. Many children start with non-needle techniques that involve gentle massage or tapping on the surface of the skin. Shonishin, a non-needle Japanese technique, is frequently used for children under 7 years old.
Call (303) 883-0878 or email Brittany to schedule an appointment.


 

FORMS 


As a reminder we do ask you give us at least 48 hours to complete any forms for school, daycare, camp or any other institution that may require you to submit General Health Appraisal Forms or Immunization Records.

We try and complete these forms in a timely manner, and appreciate your help.

We can submit these forms via fax, via MyChart, or having you pick them up at our front desk upon completion.

 

January 29, 2017
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Happy New Year and Thank You!


As we begin 2017, we want to express our gratitude to you, the families and community, for your continued support of HIP during the many changes we came across in 2016.  

As we grow and change, your patience and understanding has helped make the many transitions smoother for us at HIP.  We know that as we continue to expand, we have to make adjustments in order to provide the care you and your families are used to receiving from HIP.  It is a learning process for all of us, and we cannot express enough how thankful we are for your patience in dealing with these changes. 

Stacey, our wonderful PA-C, is so thankful to our families for their patience and consideration while she was out with injuries sustained from a bicycle accident.  She is back in our office, full time, and is more ready than ever to provide the care our families are used to receiving from her at HIP. 

We hope 2017 is a happy and healthy year for all of you, and we are eager to still be a valuable resource for you and your family.   

Happy 2017!

With gratitude, 
The HIP Team

FLU SEASON IS HERE


As we find ourselves in the middle of flu season, we wanted to provide you with a couple of reminders
  • If your child is in the midst of their first flu season, it is recommended that your child receives two flu shots to provide full coverage. The second dose is due 1 month after the first. It is OK if the interval is longer than one month but they will not have optimal protection until they receive both doses. 
Please feel free to review the CDC's recommendations for children and flu shots

Call the office to check availability and schedule an appointment

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

The best way to prevent the flu is for you and your family to receive the flu shot.  
Other ways to help prevent the spread of flu:
  • Washing your hands frequently throughout the day
  • Avoiding other people when feeling under the weather, or avoiding others when you are feeling under the weather. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose

IMMUNE SUPPORT
 
Prevention is the key to keeping your children healthy this cold and flu season. These are our recommendations: 
  • Well balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies + water + good sleep
  • Vitamin D - 400 IU per day if under 12 months old; 800 IU per day over 12 months old
  • Probiotics 
    • Newborn to 2 months: Gerber Soothe, 5 drops per day
    • 2 - 6 months: Infant Jarrodophilus drops, 6 drops per day 
    • 6 months +: Baby Jarrodophilus (powder) or Garden of Life RAW probiotics for kids
  • Herbs for Kids Eldertussin (12 months +) - for immune support and cough. You can order it on Amazon or Scales Pharmacy on 1999 Pennsylvania in Denver has agreed to keep it in stock for our patients. Dose: 2-3 times per day during illness (up to 5 days)

 
Staying small

In order to maintain the quality of care that we deliver and our availability to our current patients, we will be limiting the number of new families that join HIP. More info on accepted insurance plans on our website.

We are so grateful for your referrals of friends and family to HIP and hope to fully open to more new families again soon. 

If you, or a friend, are expecting in the coming months and are already on our "expecting parents" list, we look forward to being your pediatric office when they arrive.

If you already have a child in our practice and are expecting another, we will, of course, happily welcome your your newborn to HIP. More info

AFTER HOURS

We pride ourselves on being available to you and your families as much as we can, even when our office is closed.  We appreciate you respecting the providers' time after hours. We will be adding an additional resource beginning February 1st with an answering service and optional nurse triage advice from Children's Hospital Colorado

After Hours phone calls should be made for urgent issues.  Our website has many useful tools to help determine the need for making these calls.  There is a symptom checker link, as well as a dosing chart readily available on our website.  

We cannot schedule appointments after hours, and prefer to only refill medications that are urgently needed (i.e. inhalers).  

Thank you again for your consideration of our providers' time when our office is closed!
Rx Life

Check out this great blog by integrative pediatrician, Dr. Larry Rosen

 

 

October 17, 2016
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Flu Shots

  • We have flu shots available for our patients, and are currently running Flu Clinics on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6pm.  We also have Flu Clinics every other Saturday from 8-10 am.  If you'd like to schedule a time for your child to come in, please call our front desk for assistance.
  • We also have limited flu shot available for parents!  Flu shots for parents are $35.00 each.  If you'd like to schedule a flu shot for yourself, you can do so by calling our front desk for assistance.

 

Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets

  • Recently, the FDA released a statement that they are taking Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets off the market.  At this time, HIP does not recommend parents using these tablets for their children.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at any time.  

It is with mixed emotions that we have a few departures to announce. In each case we are sad to lose a valued H.I.P team member but excited for what the next chapter is bringing for them.
 
Lyndsey Buderus (Front Office Manager): Lyndsey is a beloved founding member of H.I.P and the smiling and warm soul that many of you have encountered as you enter our office. She is fulfilling a dream of hers and will be starting physical therapy school in September in California. We could not be more proud of her! Her last day will be Wednesday August 24th....stop by to wish her well if you can.  We take comfort in knowing that Denver will be getting an incredible physical therapist in a few years!!  We are thrilled to have Lyndsey's sidekick Anna Gadzina taking over as our front office manager.

Dr. Sarah Pilarowski: Dr. Sarah has been an integral part of HIP for the past 2 1/2 years. She has an opportunity to relocate closer to home at Sapphire Pediatrics. We are grateful for all her contributions to HIP and for the great care that she has provided for her patients. We wish her and her wonderful family well!! Her last day at HIP will be Thursday October 20th. For patients who have seen Dr. Sarah and would like to transfer to one of our other HIP providers, we will have added availability starting in November to accommodate you. We are in the process of finding an integrative pediatrician to take her place soon. 

Jessica Muniz, RN: Jessica finished up her time at HIP 2 weeks ago to take advantage of an opportunity to work from home and spend more time with her 2 year old son. She was a great asset to our practice, filling a variety of roles in the office. We wish her great success in her new venture!

We have some wonderful new additions to the practice to help fill the significant void left by these three. Thank you for your patience as we work through this transition.Coming soon.

February 23, 2016
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As our H.I.P community has grown, we would like to honor the connection we feel to the greater Denver community and beyond. December 2015 marked the first of a monthly commitment from H.I.P. to a highlighted non-profit. The groups will range from local to international organizations that are working to improve the care of children dealing with illness or inadequate access to quality health care.

We believe strongly in the power of preventive medicine. To honor the commitment our families have to promoting wellness in their own children, we pledge to donate $1 for every Well Care visit at H.I.P. to our chosen non-profit of the month

In December 2015, we donated to Brent's Place, a local non-profit that provides housing for immune compromised children and their families, who are receiving treatment at Children's Hopstial Colorado and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. This is a vital service for families traveling to Denver to receive the specialized, expert care that our children's hopsitals offer.  

In January 2016, we gave to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS honors member of our community who have been affected by blood and lymph cancers.

The month of Feburary 2016 will be dedicated to the Matthew Emrick Memorial Scholarship Fund. Every year, two scholarships are awarded to one boy and one girl at North Middle School in Aurora, CO, who are chosen based on an essay they write. The scholarship provides clothes and supplies for the school year. 

If you haven't yet scheduled your child's next well care visit, give our office a call, as it will not only benefit your child but also children in need. Thank you so much for all your love and support over the past 3 years! 

 





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