Please be aware that as of Friday, May 26th we have moved to the second floor of our building, suite 215! Please call the office with any questions.
WELCOME DR. LAUFTER
We are very excited to announce that a new physician will be joining Fairview Pediatrics! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Anna Laufter to our Team! Dr. Laufter Comes to us with impressive credentials, with an undergraduate from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her M.D. from Rush University where she also completed her pediatric residency program. She is passionate about neonatal medicine and adolescent health, and she is accepting new patients!
When she’s not practicing medicine, Dr. Laufter enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and attending all kinds of concerts. She’s an avid traveler who enjoys yoga and a good bike ride. If you catch her outside of the office on a typical day, you’ll probably find her reading the latest book for her Book Club. She begins seeing patients on July 5th.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends toddlers be kept in rear-facing car seats at least until the age of 2, with smaller children remaining that way for even longer. Children should not be turned around to front-facing until they exceed the height and weight limit as recommended by the seat’s manufacturer. A rear-facing seat does a better job of protective your toddler’s head, neck, and spine in event of a crash, since it distributes the force of the impact through the entire body.
FUN IN THE SUN:
For babies under 6 months the two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long sleeve shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck. However, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF to small areas, to protect the infant’s face. For all other children the first, and best, line of defense is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or bill facing forward, sunglasses that provide 97%-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and clothing with a tight weave. On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater and make sure to apply enough sunscreen – about once per sitting for a young adult. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should always be worn for bike riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, skiing, and snowboarding. Remember, wearing a helmet at all times helps children develop the helmet habit. Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or close to home. Many injuries happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Parents, children learn best by observing you. Set the example: Whenever you ride, put on your helmet.