• Easier for an infant to digest than formula
• Improves infant ability to fight off viruses and bacteria
• Decreases risk of developing allergies and asthma
• Lower rate of doctor visits and hospitalizations
• Some studies have attributed higher IQ, lower rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), lower risk of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers
• Bonus for mothers: Lowers risk of breast and ovarian cancer; may lower risk for osteoporosis; saves time and money; helps lose pregnancy weight faster.
• Social norms: Bottle feeding in the US is viewed as “normal.” Furthermore, our culture has discouraged breastfeeding in public and made women feel uncomfortable doing what is natural.
• Poor family and social support.
• Lactation problems: Both physical and concerns about whether infant is “getting enough.”
• Maternal employment and lack of access to a combination of leave time and access to appropriate place to express breast milk.
• To provide support for families that are attempting to breastfeed
• To provide all families access to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
• To identify and assist mothers who are suffering with post-partum depression
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Preventative Health Care encompasses a wide variety of services to both promote good health and prevent diseases. We provide preventative health care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision.
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Peds First Pediatrics is available 7 days a week to provide care for when your child is ill. We limit booking for acute illnesses such as fever, ear pain, sore throat to the day you call for the appointment. We kindly request that you call as early in the day as you recognize that you wish to have your child evaluated.
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We aim to educate families and encourage breastfeeding. We provide access to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to support all families that are attempting to breastfeed. Peds First also seeks to identify and assist mothers who are suffering with post-partum depression.
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Peds First provides evaluations for concussions in the event an injury is sustained. If concussion is of concern, we provide monitoring of symptom progression and establish appropriate limits on return to activity. When available we utilize individualized baseline performance measurements of physical and cognitive skills to assist with post concussion management.
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Our Care Coordination Team is constantly evolving in an attempt to minimize "Gaps in Care." We seek to identify the barriers that families face in receiving proper care and assist them in clearing those barriers.
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The old adage states “You are what you eat.” To a large extent, this is accurate – optimal nutrition is one factor to help you live a longer and healthier life. However, what is optimal depends on the individual, and this is the focus of our nutrition department.
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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the smaller airways in the lungs of nearly 1 in 10 children. We actively seek to identify children that are at risk for having asthma so that we may provide the proper education, monitoring, and therapy as needed to minimize both short and long term consequences of poorly controlled asthma.
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A 2018 study in The Journal of Pediatrics demonstrated that among children ages 3 to 17 years, about 3% suffer from depression and 7% from anxiety. Of great concern is that more than 1 in 5 of these children went untreated for their condition. We seek to identify those children at risk for mental health conditions so that we can provide assistance where appropriate.
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ADHD is a common condition that affects children more than just academically. It can cause difficulty in all avenues of life, and when severe can contribute to the development of other mental health concerns such as depression and low self esteem. We seek to identify and manage this condition to maximize the success of those affected.
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