ATTENTION EXPECTANT PARENTS!

Are you expecting or know someone who is? If so, join Fairview Pediatrics for one of our prenatal Meet and Greet events. Come learn more about our practice, meet our doctors, and find out what to expect from hospital to home.

To register, please call us at 847.548.8777 or email Patty Chavarria at pchavarria@pediatrust.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Upcoming Classes:

  •  August 16th, 6pm
  • Sept. 17th, 6pm
  • Oct. 17th, 6pm

CARSEAT SAFETY:

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.

HELMET PROTECTION:

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.