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“AFTER SCHOOL HYGIENE HABITS”

Girl eating breakfast cereal

AFTER SCHOOL HYGIENE HABITS”
WITH DR. JENNIFER GALLUB

In our most recent COVID-19 video update, Dr. Jennifer Gallub has decided to talk about after school hygiene and ways to prevent the contamination of COVID-19 in your home.

Click the video link below to see what she has to say!

Our office is open for appointments and virtual appointments using ANYTIMEpediatrics are available as well, so whichever way we can help you, we will! Please do not let regular checkups lapse and health issues go untreated, they can worsen and lead to other issues later AND STAY UP TO DATE WITH VACCINES!

When children come home from school, parents are often wondering what germs they could be bringing into their home and what they can do to prevent germs or “COVID hitchhikers” from contaminating their home.

To prevent potential COVID-19 germs from entering your home, it is important to have a well developed routine for children to do when walking in the door.

Here are a few things that Dr. Jennifer Gallub does with her family to prevent any hitchhiking germs from contaminating her home.

LEAVE SHOES, BACKPACKS & COATS AT THE DOOR
WASH HANDS IMMEDIATELY!
CHANGE OUT OF EXTERIOR CLOTHING & PLACE THEM IN THE LAUNDRY
THINGS THAT YOU CAN CLEAN/DISINFECT:
ALL LAPTOPS, CHROMEBOOKS, PHONES AND/OR TABLETS NEED TO BE CLEANED WITH A 70% ALCOHOL WIPE ON A DAILY BASIS!
(SEE PROPER CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE FOR EACH DEVICE TO PREVENT DAMAGE)
WASH COATS, BACKPACKS & LUNCHBOXES ONCE/WEEK IN THE WASHING MACHINE OR WITH A SPRAY CLEANER IF THEY ARE NOT MACHINE WASHABLE.

Sincerely,

RBK Pediatrics

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The SMARTER Solution to Screen Time

ADHD child

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic.  We understand that many families have been directly affected by the drastic changes to everyday life, work and school. 

We hope the information in these newsletters have brought you some peace of mind and helped you get through this pandemic together.

Since many children have switched to a hybrid school schedule (online and in-class learning) or maybe only online learning… children have been using computers, tablets, and/or other devices much more often. 

It is important to pay attention to how long your child is using these devices, or in other words… it is important to monitor their Screen Time!

Our highly qualified physician, Dr. Linda Lukose, has created the acronym

“S.M.A.R.T.E.R.” for parents to use & follow when monitoring their child’s screen time.  

The SMARTER Solution to Screen

Time with Dr. Linda Lukose

See the below for information from the video!

S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

SCHEDULE
Be sure to schedule “play time” and “screen time” in your child’s routine.

Be conscious of how much time they’re spending on their homework/classwork & the amount of time that they’ve spent on the computer. Try to schedule breaks in between screen usage!

MOVE
Movement is important!  So make sure your child moves away from their screens regularly!

Children may get up to go take a drink of water every 30 minutes to 1 hour to be sure they keep their body moving throughout the day!  “Look away and do some stretches!”

ALERTS (ON PHONE)
You can use reminders on your phone to help you schedule breaks, and you can set an alert for when your child has had too much screen time! BUT…

Alerts can also be distracting, so be sure to put phones out of reach and not to immediately look at it when it’s time for breaks.

READ
To minimize screen usage, you can print out worksheets & homework as often as possible so that they are able to read hard copies instead of using their screens.

Read is also used to mean read a book instead of playing on devices and video games, etc.

TURN OFF DEVICES
Turn off those televisions and gaming systems.  It is not healthy to go from one screen to another all day long.

Encourage kids to gravitate towards screen-free interests like music, playing instruments, doing outdoor activities like taking walks and playing with pets!

EAT REGULAR MEALS
Eat 3 healthy meals regularly per day!

Consider making kitchens and/or dining rooms “Screen-Free Zones!”  Parents can model this behavior by putting their phones away as well.  Kids will follow the good examples made by their parent(s).

Cooking with your child is also great screen-free time and fun family activity as well!

Just like how our phones and devices need recharging… human bodies need time to recharge as well! 
RECHARGE ⚡

By placing your child’s device away from where they are sleeping, it will help reduce distractions in their sleep schedules.  This may also include turning off alerts and notifications for the night.

Thank you for choosing RBK Pediatrics and Urgent Care Center for all of your child’s medical needs!  If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our office with any of the contact methods provided below!

Sincerely,

RBK Pediatrics



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Warts in Children

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If your child gets a wart, make sure he or she does not pick, rub, or scratch it. The best practice is to cover the wart, if possible. Here’s a quick parent’s guide to warts and wart care.

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Baby Learning to Walk

As a parent, you’ve probably been asked “Are they walking yet?” dozens of times. Learning to walk is a major milestone in your baby’s life and many parents feel frustration and worry over when their baby will take her very first step.

First off, it’s important to remember that there’s little a parent can do to speed up the timetable of walking. Secondly, there’s a large variation between babies on what age they learn to walk. Another baby the same age may learn to walk 3-4 months earlier than your child, and both babies could still be in the normal age range for learning to walk. The timing of the first steps depends on a variety of factors and delayed walking isn’t necessarily an indicator of a problem.

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