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.
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
Please feel free to review the CDC's recommendations for children and flu shots
- 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.
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
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
- 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)
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
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!
Check out this great blog by integrative pediatrician, Dr. Larry Rosen