RE: Important PHA Policy Change and Summer Safety
PHA Policy Change regarding No ShowsEffective August 1, 2018 our no show policy will change.  Families will be allowed 4 NO SHOWS within 2 years before being dismissed from the practice.  A $35.00 no show fee will be charged for missing Check-Ups/Sports Physicals and $25.00 for all other appointments. This charge is per patient, not per family.  You can avoid this charge by cancelling your appointment minimally 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.**********************From the desk of Nishat Nasrullah, DONishat Nasrullah, DONow that summer is in full swing, one of my family ’s fa...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - July 19, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Changes at PHA Source Type: news

Are grandpa's medications stored safely?
Independence Day 2018Have asafe4th!An important reminder from Shelly Flais, MDMany grandparents take daily medications.  When the grandkids visit check to make sure those meds are out of their reach while visiting.  Read more at:https://www.facebook.com/healthychildren/videos/10155926696045432/Shelly Flais, MD (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - July 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Re: Today is ASK day. Also, are you a new mom struggling with breastfeeding?
Today isASK day.  ASK (Asking Saves Kids) is a campaign to promote a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe: We encourage parents to ask, " Is there an unlocked gun in your house? " before sending their child over to play at another home. Every day78 children (28,470 annually!) are killed by guns in our country.  About one-third of homes with kids have guns, many left unlocked or loaded.  In 2017 at least 285 of those children inadvertently shots themselves or someone else because they found a gun that was unlocked and loaded according to everytownresear...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - June 21, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Changes at PHA Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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We, the pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners of Pediatric Health Associates, take seriously our mission to care for children ’s health. We deeply value the relationships that we form over time with our patients and their families. We are honored to serve as primary care pediatricians for our communities by offering families guidance about normal growth and development of childhood and adolescence, emphasizing preventive care and health maintenance, and supporting and caring for children and their families through periods of acute or chronic illness, disability, or injury.We are dedicated to supporting, pro...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - June 14, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Coming August 2018!
Shreya Kanabar, MDComing in August you will see a fresh new face here at Pediatric Health. We would like to introduce you to Shreya Kanabar, MD. She will be working at our Naperville, Plainfield and West Chicago offices. A Naperville native, she graduated from Naperville North High School in 2008. We ’re sure some of our parents probably went to school with her back then! Dr. Kanabar attended the University of Illinois in Peoria where she earned her M.D. and is completing her residency this month at Rush University.  She is multi-lingual in Spanish and Gujarati and has a basic knowl...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - June 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Changes at PHA Welcome to Pediatric Health Associates Source Type: news

Answering your most frequently asked questions
From the desk of Sofia Shakir, MDSofia Shakir, MDHappy Belated Memorial Day! Happy End of School Year! Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim families! May this month be filled with blessings and gratefulness. For this week ’s installment of our practice blog I thought it would be fun to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions by parents.  Although one of the most important objectives of our training as pediatricians is to identify healthy children from sick, most of our time as community pediatricians is spent having conversations with parents and children about their growth and development. One of...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - June 1, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

Memorial Day 2018....We will always remember and be forever grateful.
TOEVERYSOLDIERWHOHASSERVEDTHISCOUNTRY WETHANKYOUFOROUR FREEDOM. (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - May 25, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

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Linda Hamilton, MDFrom the desk of Linda Hamilton:Want to help your family cut down on added sugars, then read on:AMERICANS consume more added sugars than any other society today, about 270 calories or 17 teaspoons of sugar daily, and do not do enough exercise to burn off those calories, resulting in weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers.Added sugars are not naturally occurring but are added in food products and beverages such as soda, energy drinks, Sport drinks, cookies, candies, cakes, pastries and ice cream.A 20 ounce soda contains 14 tsp of sugar, and a 20 ounce Sport drink contains ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - May 18, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

Ahhh....summer's almost here....and so are the insects!
From the desk of Josie Dawe, CPNP:Josie Dawe, CPNPIt's almost summer time, the time when children commonly experience insect bites. Insect bites can include mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers and flies to name a few. While most insect bites are harmless, some can be dangerous. In fact, Illinois has seen an increase in the number of mosquito-related illnesses in recent years according to The Center for Disease Control (CDC). Nationwide there has been an increase in the number of tick-related illnesses and this year is expected to be a heavy tick season as the mild winter has allowed ticks to thrive and emerge earl...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - May 11, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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May is a great month to get school/sports physicals for the Fall … appointments are available in all offices with all physicians and nurse practitioners. (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - May 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Teach kids how to deal with anger and confrontations
Advice from HealthyChildren.org on helping your child learn how to deal with anger and avoid confrontations:Everybody Gets Mad: Helping Your Child Cope with ConflictHelp Children Act CalmLet them know that it takes more courage to walk away from a fight than to stay and fight.Teach them that fights don ’t solve problems—they make new ones.Remind them that when they get mad but don ’t fight, they have really won.Sometimes, getting along with other kids is hard. Some kids:Get into fights when they are angry.Get teased a lot.Encourage others to fight.This can make your child feel bad or get in trouble. Te...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - May 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

You never know the life you save....become an organ donor!
The week of April 23-27 has been designated as National Pediatric Transplant Week.  This week is to bring attention to the great need for organ donations and to honor  donors and their families whose incredibly selfless gift has given someone the gift of life.While most of us will never experience the need for a transplant, there are many of us who know someone who has a debilitating condition such as kidney dialysis that are in need of a transplant.Right now there are almost 2,000 children on the national transplant list.  Those needing hearts, lungs, eyes, tissue, liver, kidney, or some other body part are...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Free Seminar on Childhood Depression and Suicide
If you are worried about whether your child is depressed or suicidal, we invite you to attend a free presentation entitled: " Our Epidemic of Depression and Suicide: Addressing Despair in Children and Adolescents.Hosted by child and adolescent  psychiatrist Dr. Thomas DiMatteo who will talk about how depression and suicide are affecting our children and its impact on families.   Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people.If you have any concerns about whether your child is suffering, we urge you to attend this important  discussion which will be held:Thursday, April 26th7:0...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

....while on another international front
Dr. Timothy Wall recently returned from Honduras where he and workers from his non-profit foundation, The CareLink Foundation, met with other groups working in the area to discuss how they could pull their resources together to more effectively improve living conditions for the residents of the area.   CareLink provides water filters to Honduran families to reduce the risk of parasitic diseases they encounter from drinking water from the local river. CareLink also provides micro-financing to families to start small businesses to provide th...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Frontline Voices: Delivering on the front lines of Ghouta.
Dr. Jihad Shoshara was in Ghouta, Syria last week with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) providing healthcare services to refugees who suffered another horrific chemical attack over the weekend.  Many were killed or injured including innocent children.  Ghouta is located just outside of the biblical town of Damascus.  While there, Dr. Shoshara had the opportunity to speak about the struggles and risks that front line medical providers face.  For us in the United States, the war seems a million miles away. We ’ve heard about the conflict for years now and maybe because ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Easter Wishes
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Source: Pediatric Health Associates - March 29, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

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The American Academy of Pediatrics asked Shelly Flais, MD to make a public service announcement regarding teen depression.  You may view it by clicking Here.Teen years are difficult and as parents we see their moods change often so we tend to think they'll grow out of it.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has published guidelines to help physicians to tackle mental health issues.  One in 5 teens will experience depression.  It often goes untreated and undiagnosed due to a lack of access to mental health providers.  It is difficult to talk to your pediatrician about emotional and be...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - March 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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Teens spend a great deal of time everyday on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other social media sites.  Some will experience cyberbullying which can affect their emotional well being. If your child is experiencing this, we invite you to attend a discussion called " Social Media Use and Cyberbullying in Teens: The Unrecognized Links and Disconnects. "  This will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm at Edward Hospital in Naperville.  The event is free but registration is required.  Click here to register: Registration (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - March 2, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

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Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Floridafrom Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics" Yesterday just before the dismissal bell rang, 17 children and adults were shot and killed and 15 were injured inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We find ourselves once again filled with grief and horror, and we mourn alongside all those impacted by the shooting. As our hearts are in Parkland, our eyes are on Congress.  " This is the eighteenth school shooting in 2018, the equivalent of one every two and a half days so far this year. Shootings have ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 15, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

PHA opening hours delayed Friday 2/9 due to snowstorm & Flu update
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the anticipated snowstorm tomorrow, Friday 2/9, the Naperville and Plainfield offices will open at 9:00 am. The West Chicago and Bolingbrook offices will open at 12:30 pm.We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Flu update
We are experiencing unusual call volumes due to the ongoing influenza illnesses in our area.  Thank you for your patience in contacting us by phone. Typically, the first hour in the morning is our busiest, ie. from 8:15 am to 9:15 am for calls.. If you can call after that time, it will be easier to reach us.We are not giving ‘preventative’ Tamiflu if your child has been exposed to another child in the class or your family. We are following CDC guidelines that the preventative medicine for flu is ineffective and carries side effects.If you child has had a fever for a day, with cough, aches, vomiting, possib...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Concussions, Head Trauma and CTE
From the desk of Jerome Gronli, MDJerome Gronli,  MDSports participation offers many tremendous benefits for children and adolescents. Regular participation in sports can help maintain and improve physical health, has important cognitive and emotional benefits, and provides wonderful opportunities for building friendships and camaraderie. At the same time, families sometimes have questions about issues related to sports participation. In recent years, there has been increasing awareness of the significance of concussions and repeated head trauma, including the risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 2, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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Shelly Flais, MDShelly Flais, MD was featured on today's National Public Radio ’s On Point broadcast, as one of the spokepersons featured  on the topic of this year ’s influenza season .  Dr. Flais is also a spokewoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University ’s Feinberg School of Medicine.   To listen to the broadcast please visit:http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/01/22/flu-season-could-get-worse (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - January 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Safety Source Type: news

Hypothermia
From the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP          Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!Some of the best winter memories created during childhood involve outdoor activities such as sledding, building snowmen and forts, and making snow angels. Before grabbing your sled and heading to the nearest sled hill, review these safety tips to help prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Bundle up! Wear a warm winter coat, insulated boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat. Help keep children dry and warm by dressing in several thin layers.  Take frequent indoor breaks from the c...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - January 12, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

Sharenting: When are sharing moments of our kids considered too much?
Julian Tang, MDFrom the desk of Julian Tang, MDWe all love our kids and want to show them off by taking their pictures at their best moments and sharing them with family& friends. In our digital age we constantly take hundreds of photos of our children growing up. It is a great way to document our life with them, to acknowledge how proud we are of them in what we have accomplished and what they are becoming. It also helps strengthen our identity to each other.The vast majority of the time, this is a wonderful thing. The big question is when it isn ’t. In one survey, 80% of kids said they were embarrassed of ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - January 2, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

We wish you a very Happy New Year!
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Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

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MayyourChristmasbemerryandbright!  From the entire staff at Pediatric Health Associates, we wish you a wonderful holiday filled with joy, laughter and warm memories. (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Tips for Flying with a Baby
Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

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Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Congratulations Dr. Timothy Wall on the 30th anniversary of the founding of Pediatric Health Associates!
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From the desk of Rebecca Smeraglinolo, MD    Rebecca Smeraglinolo, MD         WINTERISCOMINGThat statement may evoke any number of feelings or reactions in us – excitement for holidays or snow sports; dread of the cold, dark days; peacefulness or hope of renewal with the coming of a New Year.For a parent, it also means it ’s time to stock up on Kleenex and clean the humidifier; keep track of matching mittens and boots (I think they’re in on the drive-us-crazy conspiracy to go rogue like the infamous matc...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Safety Source Type: news

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Congratulations Dr. Timothy Wall on the 30th anniversary of the founding of Pediatric Health Associates!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~From the desk of Rebecca Smeraglinolo, MD    Rebecca Smeraglinolo, MD         WINTERISCOMINGThat statement may evoke any number of feelings or reactions in us – excitement for holidays or snow sports; dread of the cold, dark days; peacefulness or hope of renewal with the coming of a New Year.For a parent, it also means it ’s time to stock up on Kleenex and clean the humidifier; keep track of matc...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Safety Source Type: news

School Lunches: What can we do?
From the desk of Kim Gubbins, CPNPWe are three months into the new school year and do school lunches have you stressed, bored and lacking? Are your kids already complaining about the same old same old and wishing they could just eat hot lunch pizza everyday? So, let ’s get inspired and figure out fresh new lunch ideas.I know schools are working harder at feeding our children a healthier lunch, but let me honest, most school cafeterias are serving pizza, burgers and fried chicken patties on a daily basis. And with 17%-20% of children in the United States being obese, I feel that packing lunch is a significantly health...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Food Allergies Healthy Habits Source Type: news

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Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served.   You are our heroes and we thank you for your service. (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

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Flu shots are now available.  Call the office to schedule your appointment today!FHN (Family Health Network) is going out of business effective 12/31/2017.  If you want to stay with our practice you will need to switch to Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Family Health Plan or Meridian Health Plan.  Please scroll down to the October 20th blog article for more information. Thank you! (Source: Pediatric Health Associates)
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - October 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Insurance Benefits Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Are you prepared for an emergency?
Tara Doman, MDFrom the desk of Tara Doman, MDThis year, we have witnessed multiple disasters in the U.S, with floods, hurricanes and wildfires affecting large populations.  Children are particularly vulnerable in natural disasters and emergencies, soevery family, no matter where you live, should be prepared.  FEMA andReady.gov/kids have wonderful resources for parents and children to learn about disaster preparedness.  The best way to start is to get everyone together for a family meeting in order to make a plan and put a kit together.  It is a good idea to talk about a safe place to meet in case f...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - October 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news