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Preparing for Summer: Sun Safety Tips for Kids

As summer approaches and outdoor activities become more enticing, it’s crucial to prioritize sun safety for kids. At Concierge Pediatrics, we understand the importance of protecting children from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. In this blog post, we’ll offer practical advice on sun safety to ensure your child stays safe and healthy during outdoor adventures.

Understanding Sun Exposure Risks: Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to sunburn, heat exhaustion, and long-term skin damage, including an increased risk of skin cancer later in life. Children are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and heat-related illnesses, making it essential to take proactive steps to protect their delicate skin and overall well-being.

Sun Safety Tips for Kids:

  1. Apply Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, ears, and hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  2. Seek Shade: Encourage children to seek shade whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Set up umbrellas, canopies, or seek natural shade from trees to provide relief from direct sunlight.
  3. Cover Up: Dress children in lightweight, breathable clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Opt for long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection to shield their eyes from harmful rays.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Remind children to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can occur rapidly in hot weather, leading to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Pack water bottles and encourage regular hydration breaks during outdoor activities.
  5. Limit Outdoor Time: While outdoor play is essential for children’s physical and mental health, it’s essential to balance outdoor activities with breaks indoors or in shaded areas to prevent overexposure to the sun.
  6. Educate About Sun Safety: Teach children about the importance of sun safety and how to protect themselves from UV rays. Encourage them to take an active role in applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade when needed.

As summer approaches, it’s crucial to prioritize sun safety for kids to prevent sunburn and heat-related illnesses. By following these practical tips on sunscreen application, hydration, appropriate clothing, and seeking shade, you can ensure your child enjoys outdoor activities safely.

At Concierge Pediatrics, we’re here to support you in keeping your child healthy and happy all summer long. If you have any questions or concerns about sun safety or your child’s well-being, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced pediatricians.

Stay sun-safe and enjoy a wonderful summer outdoors!

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the importance of mental health and well-being for people of all ages. At Concierge Pediatrics, we recognize the significance of addressing children’s mental health issues and providing support to promote their emotional well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of nurturing children’s mental health and offer practical tips for parents on supporting their emotional well-being.

Understanding Children’s Mental Health:
Children’s mental health encompasses their emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Just like physical health, mental health is essential for children to thrive and reach their full potential. However, mental health issues can affect children of all ages, from preschoolers to adolescents, and may manifest in various ways, including changes in behavior, mood swings, anxiety, or difficulty coping with stress.

The Importance of Early Intervention:
Early intervention is key to addressing children’s mental health concerns and preventing long-term consequences. As parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers, we play a crucial role in recognizing the signs of mental health issues and providing support and resources to help children navigate their emotions effectively.

Tips for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being:

  1. Open Communication: Create a safe and supportive environment where children feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. Encourage open communication and active listening without judgment.
  2. Normalize Emotions: Help children understand that it’s normal to experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative. Teach them healthy coping strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and frustration.
  3. Establish Routines: Consistent routines provide stability and predictability, which can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of security for children. Establish daily routines for meals, sleep, and activities to create a sense of structure.
  4. Encourage Healthy Habits: Promote healthy lifestyle habits, including regular physical activity, nutritious eating, adequate sleep, and limited screen time. Physical well-being is closely linked to emotional well-being.
  5. Seek Professional Support: If you notice persistent or concerning changes in your child’s behavior or mood, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Early intervention can make a significant difference in managing mental health issues.

During Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond, let’s prioritize children’s mental health and work together to provide the support and resources they need to thrive emotionally. By fostering open communication, normalizing emotions, establishing routines, encouraging healthy habits, and seeking professional support when needed, we can help children build resilience and develop the skills to navigate life’s challenges with confidence.

At Concierge Pediatrics, we’re here to support you and your child’s mental health journey every step of the way. Together, let’s promote a culture of empathy, understanding, and compassion for children’s emotional well-being.

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Managing Seasonal Allergies in Children: Expert Advice from Concierge Pediatrics

As spring blossoms and pollen fills the air, many children experience seasonal allergies that can impact their daily lives. We’re happy to share expert advice on identifying and managing seasonal allergies in children, along with valuable insights into allergy testing, medication options, and lifestyle adjustments.

Understanding Seasonal Allergies: Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are a common condition in children caused by allergens such as pollen, mold, and grass. Symptoms may include sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and coughing, which can significantly affect your child’s quality of life.

Identifying Allergy Triggers: Our team will work closely with parents to identify allergy triggers specific to each child. Through detailed medical history assessments and allergy testing, we can pinpoint the allergens causing your child’s symptoms, whether it’s tree pollen in the spring or ragweed in the fall.

Allergy Testing Options: We offer comprehensive allergy testing services to accurately diagnose your child’s allergies. Our team will determine the most appropriate testing method based on your child’s age, medical history, and symptoms. This information allows us to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs. We also have Dr. Jake Rosenblum, an allergist in Roslyn, visit our office twice a month.

Medication Options: Depending on the severity of your child’s allergies, we may recommend various treatment options to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. These may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, or allergy shots (immunotherapy). We will work closely with you to find the most effective and safest medication regimen for your child.

Lifestyle Adjustments: In addition to medication, lifestyle adjustments can play a significant role in managing seasonal allergies in children. Simple strategies such as keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons, using air purifiers, washing bedding frequently, and showering after outdoor activities will help to minimize allergen exposure.

At Concierge Pediatrics, we understand the challenges that seasonal allergies can pose for children and their families. With expert guidance from our pediatricians, you can take proactive steps to identify and manage your child’s allergies effectively. From allergy testing to personalized treatment plans and lifestyle adjustments, we’re here to support your child’s health and well-being every step of the way.

Schedule a consultation with our experienced pediatricians today and give your child the relief they deserve from seasonal allergies.

Stay healthy and allergy-free,
Concierge Pediatrics

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The Importance of Regular Well-Child Checkups

Concierge Pediatrics is dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care for your child’s health and well-being. This month we’ll delve into the significance of regular well-child checkups and why they are a cornerstone of pediatric care at our practice.

Monitoring Growth and Development:
Regular well-child checkups are essential for monitoring your child’s growth and development. At Concierge Pediatrics, our experienced pediatricians track key indicators such as height, weight, and head circumference to ensure your child is growing at a healthy rate. Bloodwork is done at every checkup and our team does EKGs from 6 years old and up. These screening tests allow us to be proactive versus reactive which again sets us apart from a typical practice. These checkups also provide an opportunity to assess developmental milestones, such as language and motor skills, and address any concerns early on.

Early Detection and Prevention:
One of the primary goals of well-child checkups is to detect and prevent potential health issues before they become serious. Through thorough physical examinations and screenings, our doctors can identify signs of conditions such as anemia, vision problems, or developmental delays. By catching these issues early, we can intervene promptly and provide appropriate treatment or referrals as needed.

Vaccinations and Immunizations:
At Concierge Pediatrics, we follow the recommended vaccination schedule to ensure your child is up-to-date on all necessary immunizations. Well-child checkups are an ideal time to administer vaccines and discuss the importance of immunizations in protecting your child from preventable diseases. We understand that parents may have questions or concerns about vaccines, and our team is here to provide education and guidance based on the latest scientific evidence.

Building a Trusted Relationship:
Regular visits for well-child checkups allow us to build a strong and trusting relationship with you and your child. Our compassionate and experienced doctors take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide personalized care tailored to your child’s unique needs. We believe in partnering with parents to promote the health and well-being of every child in our care.

We emphasize the importance of regular well-child checkups as a vital component of your child’s overall health and wellness. From monitoring growth and development to early detection and prevention of health issues, these visits play a crucial role in keeping your child healthy and thriving. Schedule your child’s next well-child checkup with us today and experience the difference personalized care can make.

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The Role of Vaccinations in Preventing Winter Illnesses

Welcome to Concierge Pediatrics, where we prioritize your child’s health and well-being year-round. As a parent, it’s crucial to understand the vital role that vaccinations play in safeguarding your child against seasonal illnesses. In this blog, we’ll explore how vaccinations help protect children during the colder months and address common concerns parents may have.

Winter can be a beautiful and magical time, but it also brings a higher risk of illnesses like influenza (the flu) and other contagious diseases. With kids spending more time indoors and in close proximity at school or daycare, the chances of exposure to these viruses increase significantly.

Vaccinations are one of the most effective tools in our medical arsenal for preventing infectious diseases. They work by stimulating the body’s immune system to build immunity to specific pathogens, helping your child’s body fight off potential infections.

How Vaccinations Protect Children During Winter:

  • Flu Vaccination: The influenza vaccine is a cornerstone of winter health protection. It not only reduces the risk of your child contracting the flu but also lessens the severity of symptoms if they do get sick. At Concierge Pediatrics, we recommend annual flu shots for all eligible children.
  • Preventing Complications: Vaccinations not only protect against the targeted disease but also help prevent complications that can arise from infections. In the case of the flu, this can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and hospitalization.
  • Herd Immunity: When a significant portion of the community is vaccinated, it creates herd immunity, reducing the overall spread of diseases. This helps protect those who are unable to receive vaccines due to medical reasons.

We understand that parents may have concerns about vaccines. At Concierge Pediatrics, we take the time to address these concerns and provide evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions. Common concerns include vaccine safety, side effects, and the vaccine schedule. Rest assured, vaccines go through rigorous testing and monitoring to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

Your child’s health is always our top priority at Concierge Pediatrics. Vaccinations are a crucial part of wellness, providing a shield against seasonal illnesses and helping maintain the health of our community.

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Together, we can ensure that your child stays healthy and thriving throughout the winter season and beyond.

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How to Handle a Diaper Blowout

Dealing with a messy diaper is no fun. Here’s why they happen and what to do about them.

By Alex Vance 

Published on December 15, 2023


Nothing ruins a sweet moment with your little one like the sudden explosion of baby poop. Whether it came with a warning rumble or erupted with a swift vengeance, diaper blowouts are never fun. The greenish-yellow streak running up your baby’s back might be alarming, but it is a common (and frankly, unpleasant) part of being a tiny human.

“Sometimes babies give a ‘Hershey schmear’ and other bowel movements can be more voluminous,” says Jonathan Jassey, DO, FAAP, a pediatrician at Concierge Pediatrics in Roslyn and Woodbury, New York.

Whether your baby is producing poopy diapers every day or once a week (both of which are normal), you are bound to experience the dreaded blowout at some point.1

So, as you say try and deal with that adorable outfit that is now matted in baby poop, we will help you understand why diaper blowouts happen, how to help prevent them, tips for the cleanup, and when to call your health care provider.

New Year, New Habits: Healthy Resolutions for Kids

As we step into a new year, it’s the perfect time to instill healthy habits in our children. At Concierge Pediatrics, we believe in the importance of proactive healthcare and fostering a healthy lifestyle from a young age. In this blog, we’ll share some achievable and meaningful resolutions that parents and children can set to ensure a healthier and happier year ahead.

1. Prioritize Regular Well-Child Checkups
One of the best resolutions you can make for your child’s health is to schedule regular well-child checkups. These visits are essential for monitoring your child’s growth, development, and overall health.

2. Encourage a Balanced Diet
Promoting a well-balanced diet is key to your child’s growth and development. Make it a resolution to provide nutritious meals that include a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. We can provide dietary guidance tailored to your child’s unique needs.

3. Limit Screen Time
In today’s digital age, excessive screen time can have negative effects on a child’s health. Encourage your child to spend less time in front of screens and more time engaged in physical activities, reading, or other creative pursuits.

4. Stay Active Together
Make physical activity a family affair! Set aside time for regular family walks, bike rides, or trips to the park. Physical activity not only promotes a healthy body but also strengthens family bonds.

5. Promote Good Sleep Hygiene
Adequate sleep is crucial for a child’s growth and well-being. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and create a sleep-conducive environment. Our team at Concierge Pediatrics can provide tips on maintaining healthy sleep patterns.

6. Teach Good Hand Hygiene
Proper handwashing is a simple yet effective way to prevent the spread of illness. Teach your child the importance of washing their hands regularly, especially during flu season. We can provide guidance on illness prevention strategies.

7. Foster Emotional Well-Being
Prioritize your child’s emotional health by creating an open and supportive environment for them to express their feelings. Encourage communication and seek guidance from our team if you have concerns about your child’s mental well-being.

We are committed to helping your child thrive in the new year and beyond. By setting and sticking to these healthy resolutions, you can provide the foundation for a lifetime of well-being. Remember that our team is here to support you every step of the way. Schedule your next well-child checkup with us and let’s work together to make 2024 a year of health and happiness for your child.

Nourishing Little Ones: Winter Nutrition Tips for Kids

As winter moves in, ensuring that your little ones receive the right nutrition becomes even more crucial. The colder months bring not only seasonal delights but also unique challenges for maintaining a balanced diet. Here are some tips to keep your child’s nutrition on track during the winter season:

Embrace Seasonal Produce:
Winter offers a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Encourage your children to enjoy winter favorites like citrus fruits, apples, pears, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These foods provide a powerhouse of nutrients to support their immune system and overall health.

Warm and Nourishing Soups:
Combat the winter chill with hearty and nutritious soups. Experiment with colorful vegetable soups, chicken noodle soup, or lentil soups to provide warmth and essential nutrients. Sneak in a variety of veggies to make it both delicious and nutritious for picky eaters.

Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for brain development and immune function. Incorporate sources like fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts into your child’s diet. Consider making a fun and tasty trail mix with nuts and seeds for a nutritious snack.

Stay Hydrated:
Although it might be tempting to reach for warm beverages during the winter, it’s essential to ensure that your child stays adequately hydrated. Offer water, herbal teas, and warm milk to keep them hydrated and support overall well-being.

Vitamin D for Bone Health:
With reduced exposure to sunlight during the winter, it’s crucial to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin D. Include fortified dairy products, eggs, and fatty fish in their diet to support bone health and immune function.

Limit Sugary Treats:
While indulging in seasonal treats is part of the winter charm, it’s important to moderate the intake of sugary snacks and beverages. Opt for healthier alternatives like fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, or homemade smoothies for a sweet yet nutritious treat.

Encourage Physical Activity:
Combat winter blues by promoting outdoor activities when weather permits. Whether it’s building a snowman, going for a winter hike, or simply playing in the backyard, physical activity is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Prioritize Sleep:
The winter season often brings shorter days and longer nights. Ensure your child gets sufficient sleep, as it plays a vital role in their overall health and immune function

Consult with our team:
Every child is unique, and individual nutritional needs may vary. Consult with our team at Concierge Pediatrics to tailor a nutrition plan that aligns with your child’s specific requirements and health conditions

By incorporating these winter nutrition tips into your child’s routine, you can help them stay healthy, happy, and energized throughout the colder months. Remember, a well-nourished child is better equipped to face the wonders and challenges that each season brings.

concierge-flu-seasonFlu Season Preparedness: Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy with Concierge Pediatrics

As the seasons change, so does the risk of flu outbreaks. It’s crucial for parents to take proactive measures to protect their children from the flu. At Concierge Pediatrics, we understand the importance of flu season preparedness, and we’re here to share valuable tips to keep your little ones healthy and thriving.

Prioritize Flu Vaccinations: The first line of defense against the flu is vaccination. Concierge Pediatrics encourages parents to schedule flu vaccinations for their children well before the flu season kicks in. Dr. Jassey, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Sharon are dedicated to providing personalized care, ensuring your child receives the right vaccine for their age and health status.

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices:  Teach your kids the importance of good hygiene to prevent the spread of flu and other infections. Regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of flu. At Concierge Pediatrics, we emphasize the significance of proper hand hygiene during every visit, empowering both parents and children with the knowledge they need.

Promote Healthy Habits: A strong immune system is key to fighting off infections. Ensure your children maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Encourage regular exercise to boost their overall health. Our team at Concierge Pediatrics can provide guidance on nutrition and lifestyle choices that support your child’s immune system.

Stay Informed about Flu Symptoms: Familiarize yourself with the common symptoms of the flu, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. If your child exhibits these symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance. Early detection and intervention can make a significant difference in the severity and duration of the illness.

Create a Flu Season Action Plan: Work with our team to develop a personalized flu season action plan for your family. Discuss any concerns or specific health considerations your child may have. Having a well-thought-out plan in place ensures you’re ready to respond promptly if anyone in your family shows signs of the flu.

Encourage Respiratory Etiquette: Teach your children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their elbow when coughing or sneezing. This simple practice can prevent the spread of flu viruses to others. Reinforce these habits at home, and Concierge Pediatrics will support your efforts by providing educational resources tailored to your child’s age and understanding.

At Concierge Pediatrics, we are committed to the health and well-being of your children. By taking proactive steps, such as flu vaccinations, instilling good hygiene practices, and promoting overall health, you can safeguard your family during the flu season.

Contact us to schedule a consultation and ensure your child is ready to face flu season with resilience and vitality. Together, let’s build a foundation for a healthy and thriving future.

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We are pleased to announce the addition of the BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® Respiratory (R) Panel on the BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® System

We’re thrilled to introduce the BIOFIRE® SPOTFIRE® Respiratory (R) Panel to our in-house diagnostics. This lab-grade test revolutionizes the way we diagnose respiratory illnesses, providing faster and more accurate results.

🧪 1 PCR Test
🎯 15 Targets
⏱️ Results in less than 15 Minutes

Now, we can swiftly detect multiple respiratory pathogens in patients with signs and symptoms of respiratory tract infections using an expanded syndromic approach. Say goodbye to uncertainty and hello to quicker, precise diagnoses!

Contact Dr. Jassey to learn more!