Reach Out and Read

mott blog - jess fealy and daughter RoRA trip to the doctor’s office can be scary for small children, but we’ve helped fix that while also encouraging children to read through our involvement in the national “Reach Out and Read” program.

At many of our pediatric primary care clinics, every child from the age of six months to five years who comes in for an annual check up receives a brand new, age-appropriate book for free.

We’ve been participating in this program for 13 years and it’s tremendously valuable to both the doctors and the patients and families.

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Insect repellants and kids: Is DEET safe?

Insect repellants and kidsSummer means sun, backyard barbecues and lots of outside time.  And all of those things generally also come along with a generous dose of bugs.  Unfortunately for us in Michigan, it’s shaping up to be a buggy summer – especially when it comes to ticks.

The best way to avoid the not-so-fun bugs of summer is to wear long sleeves and long pants, and to avoid dusk, which is often the buggiest time of day.

Bugs tend to like perfumes.  Your 8 month old is probably not wearing perfume, of course, but it is worth thinking about the scent of shampoos and lotions you use on your children, as well.

Even if you avoid dusk and wear long sleeves, there are certainly times when you can’t avoid bugs. That’s when many of us reach for bug repellants.  Continue reading

Tick Season

What parents should know about ticks and children

mott blog - ticks and kidsThe number of ticks in the Great Lakes region has been on the rise for the past few years, but many experts are reporting that this year is going to be even worse than the last.

Ticks can carry and transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. It’s important to be on alert whenever you, your children and even your pets spend time outside — especially in or near wooded areas.

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Five things parents should know about the flu

This year’s flu season has arrived earlier than normal. Do you know the important prevention and treatment information necessary to keep your child healthy? University of Michigan pediatrician Heather Burrows, MD, PhD, is here to answer a few questions about how to keep the flu bug at bay.

What signs and symptoms of the flu should parents be aware of?

Symptoms of influenza include a high fever, cough, often times a runny nose as well as body aches and fatigue. The difference between influenza and the common cold is usually the severity of the symptoms. Kids with influenza have higher fevers and are more fussy and tired.

When a child does have the flu, is there anything that can be done to stop it from escalating?

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