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CATCH-UP IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULER
THE WELL HOME CHECK PROGRAM
TIPS TO TROUBLE - FREE TOILET TRAINING
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIMEROSAL AND VACCINES
INFORMATION ABOUT ALTERNATE MEDICINE
MORE EVIDENCE AGAINST ALLEGED AUTISM/MERCURY LINK
OTHER EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
CAR SEATS
SELECTING AND USING MOST APPROPRIATE CAR SAFETY SEATS FOR GROWING CHILDREN
INFORMATION FOR YOUR TEENS
OFFICE/WORKPLACE HEALTH


CATCH-UP IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULER
This tool once downloaded can be used to determine the vaccines your child needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule. As of March 2, 2010, once this tool is downloaded onto your personal computer, you will be able to save and retrieve entries. Clickhere to download.
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THE WELL HOME CHECK PROGRAM
Because household injuries are one of the top reasons children under the age of three are taken to the emergency room, we see first-hand how unsafe home environments result in preventable pediatric injuries from falls, poisonings, drownings, choking, and burns. The Well Home Check™ program (www.WellHomeCheck.org) as a free source of child safety educational materials.

The Well Home Check program includes:

  • Printed versions of childproofing handouts available free to you by mail or download.
  • Detailed, online childproofing and child safety information for parents to access anytime. Includes information on preventing/treating burns, choking, drowning, poisoning, and falls.
  • An online module enabling parents to "Ask the Expert" for advice about how to childproof any area of their home (includes the ability for parents to upload photos of problematic stairs, doors, etc.)
  • Links to an easily navigatable and up-to-date product recall database.
  • An online childproofing buying guide where parents can see childproofing safety products that we've researched including pros, cons, special tips, and best uses. The guide includes access to an online store to buy approved products all in one place.

What the Well Home Check program can do for you:

  • Provide free Well Home Check anticipatory guidance handouts for your office.
  • Provide an authoritative resource for your patients' childproofing concerns. These resources will provide thorough childproofing guidance, freeing precious time during well child checks for other important topics.
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TIPS TO TROUBLE - FREE TOILET TRAINING

When you think it's time, try these tips for getting kids trained:

  • Look for signs of readiness. These include showing interest in the potty or toilet; staying dry during naps or for several hours during the day; being able to follow simple directions; being able to pull down their own pants; using words, posture or facial expressions that indicate they have to go.
  • Make a small potty available in the bathroom. Try doing practice runs when you think your toddler might need to go by having him sit or stand in front of the potty for a few minutes several times a day. Most likely, your toddler won't actually go, but it can help them recognize the urge to go and associate the potty with it.
  • If your child resists, don't sweat it. Setting up a battle of wills will only make the process unnecessarily difficult on mom and dad. Back off for a few weeks, then try again.
  • While potty training, avoid asking: "Do you have to go to the potty?" You're almost guaranteed your child will tell you “no.”
  • If a child is 4 or 5 and still not staying dry during the day, or if you suspect the reason may have a physical cause, discuss it one of the clinicians at VPG..

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THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIMEROSAL AND VACCINES
The latest information on thimerosal and vaccines-the risk is not there: Click here. To seethe article reporting the findings click here.
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INFORMATION ABOUT ALTERNATE MEDICINE
Informatin about Alternate Medicine: Click Here
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MORE EVIDENCE AGAINST ALLEGED AUTISM/MERCURY LINK
Although autism has no plausible association with mercury toxicity or other heavy metal exposure, oral and topical chelation therapy are being used to treat autism after evaluation of hair, blood, or urine samples for heavy metal toxicity. In this study, hair samples were obtained from 15 children ages 2 to 6 with autism and 16 of their nonautistic siblings in the same age range. No significant differences in mercury levels were found between the two groups. Williams PG and others. A controlled study of mercury levels in hair samples of children with autism as compared to their typically developing siblings. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (in press), 2007].Click here

This finding is strong evidence against the notion that mercury toxicity causes autism.
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OTHER EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
4Parents.gov is part of a new national public education campagin to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make the healtheist choices. Clickhere
Parentingteens.com offers tips and information on how to deal with adolescents and the problems they may face.Clickhere
KidsHealth has seperate areas of kids, teens and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content and none. There are literally thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games and resources - all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens. Clickhere
Screening eating disorders. Clickhere
Strategies for bed wetting using an enuresis alarm. Clickhere
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CAR SEATS
Car seats with Best Fit for Preemies and Small newborns
Car Safety Seats: Information for Families
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SELECTING AND USING MOST APPROPRIATE CAR SAFETY SEATS FOR GROWING CHILDREN: GUIDELINES COUNSELING PARENTS
Children should face the rear of the vehicle until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 lb to decrease the risk of cervical spine injury in the event of a crash. Infants who weigh 20 lb before 1 year of age should ride rear facing in a convertible seat or infant seat approved for higher weights until at least 1 year of age.  If a car safety seat accommodates children rear facing to higher weights, for optimal protection, the child should remain rear facing until reaching the maximum weight for the car safety seat, as long as the top of the head is below the top of the seat back. 

For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until a minimum of age 1 and at least 20 pounds. Click here for more information.
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INFORMATION FOR YOUR TEENS
Acne.org offers tips and information on how to deal with Acne and other skin problems they may face.Clickhere
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OFFICE/WORKPLACE HEALTH
A very helpful and informative article on office health practices, by a friend of VPG.Clickhere

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