Screens. They’re everywhere. In our cars, on refrigerators, even on water bottles. Advancements in technology have contributed greatly to our lives. But screens are not always so great for our kids. By many estimates, the average teen spends 8-9 hours daily on some sort of screen (phone, gaming, computer). Eight to nine hours! What’s not happening during that time? Physical activity, homework, off-screen reading, talking to family and friends in person. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends zero screen time for infants and toddlers up to eighteen months old. For older toddlers, no more than one hour a day of high quality programming is recommended along with parent co-viewing. For older children and teens, the AAP strongly encourages setting limits on total daily screen time that allow for at least one hour per day of physical activity, eight to nine hours of sleep and adequate off-media relaxation. At Eldorado Family Health we’re available to discuss any screen use concerns you may have for yourself or your family. Call us today at 505-216-7772. Same day and next day appointments available.
From infancy, babies begin to “play” and interact in simple yet obvious ways: smiling, laughing, cooing, imitating sounds. The value of these seemingly basic interactions has been shown to be essential for healthy development. As your baby grows to toddlerhood and preschool age, simple games such as duck, duck, goose, hide and seek, and tag help to develop social skills and co-operative interaction. Additionally, the value of play has been shown to be highly beneficial for adults, decreasing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving overall happiness. So the next time your child complains she has nothing to do, tap her shoulder and say, “Tag, you’re it!”
At Eldorado Family Health we’re here to help with all of your play time and work time healthcare needs. Call us at 505-216-7772. Same day and next day appointments are currently available.
It sounds so simple: wash your hands! But again and again, health care studies show that the number one best way to fight infection and protect yourself and your family from infection is as simple as hand-washing. Research shows we can potentially prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory illnesses just by keeping our hands clean. It’s never to soon to teach your children good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands as soon as they return from school. Remind them to wash their hands during the day at school before every meal or snack as well. Your providers at Eldorado Family Health is available for appointments for all your back-to- school and seasonal healthcare needs. Call us at 505-216-7772.
As part of back to school time, it’s important to review sports safety. Most important is good hydration. It is generally accepted that all of us here in the high desert are walking around somewhat dehydrated all the time. Please encourage your student athletes to pre-hydrate before all sports practices and games and remind them to take regular hydration breaks. Water is the key. With the exception of excessively high temperature days, sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade are rarely needed as these include lots of sugar and salt. Plain water or water with just an ounce or two of sports drink mixed in is best. Adequate pre-sports nutrition is also essential. Many of our student athletes have long and busy school days before their after school practices/games. Please encourage your student to pack a high energy snack (protein bars, granola bars, yogurt, nuts) as opposed to a high sugar (i.e. fast burning) snack such as a candy bar. A reminder on good head protection. Many of us are familiar with the newer understanding of what a concussion really is and the extreme importance of resting the head and brain after any type of head injury. Please ask your student’s coach what they are doing this year to review head protection guidelines with their players. Lastly, a review of minor muscle injury care: Ice, Ice, Ice. And some form of mid pain relief such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. As your student athlete grows in their sports skills it is also essential to teach them sports safety and minor injury care. We are available at Eldorado Family Health for all of your sports participation needs. Same day or next day appointments are available now.
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For the parents and children in our community the summer vacation is quickly coming to an end, and preparations for Back to School have begun. To assist with your child’s medical and school preparation needs, Eldorado Family Health offers assistance with immunization updates, asthma action plans, medication administration authorization, school and sports physicals and behavioral or school performance concerns. Come meet our pediatric nurse practitioner, Katherine DiBella Seluja, who offers 28 years of experience taking care of children and their families. Please call with questions or to make an appointment at 505-216-7772.