Parent Resources

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Just a quick post to let people know that I have updated our parent resources page.  We now have a dosing chart for ibuprofen and tylenol so, as long as you know your child’s weight, you can find the amount of medicine to give for fever or pain!  Check it out.  Additionally, I have added a note about formula feeding and another about the evaluation of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 

Rough Winter

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Rough Winter

Its been a rough winter season for our patients (and staff!) here in Boise and at Ada Pediatrics.  Every day our schedule has been filled with children presenting with fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, ear pain and body aches and decreased appetite and fluid intake.

The number one offender these past few months has been influenza.  Influenza is a virus infection that usually causes the symptoms listed above and can be thought of as a “HORRIBLE COLD.”  What’s worse, the influenza patient’s immune system is weakened and it is not unusual for bacterial ear infections or pneumonias to arise in these patients just when we hope that their condition should be improving.

Why has this flu season been so rough?  Normally the flu vaccine protects those that are wise enough to be immunized before the flu season starts.  The flu is not a single germ.  There are multiple different forms of the germ in the environment.  Each spring, super smart immunologists make an educated guess as to what flu germs will be infecting people in the USA by observing the flu germs that are prevalent on the other side of our world.  The flu vaccine is currently made up of 4 different strains of the flu germ.  Usually they do a very good job and the flu vaccine helps very much to reduce the likelihood of contracting the disease and passing it on to others.  Most years, the biggest barrier to the effectiveness of the vaccine is low percentage of people who utilize its protection by actually getting the shot!

This year though, there is a flu germ circulating that is not covered well by the vaccine so it is much more likely than most years for an immunized person to still get the flu disease.  I can personally attest to this as it has happened to me this year!  Getting the vaccine is still a good idea because there are other flu strains out there, but it is true that the flu shot has limited usefulness to the germ that is getting so many kids sick right now.

So what to do with your child if they come down with the symptoms I listed at the beginning?  First, if the symptoms started less than 48 hours ago, it may be a good idea to get an appointment to be seen.  There is an anti-flu medicine call Tamiflu that may be able to shorten the duration of the symptoms and reduce the transmission of the disease to others.  If the symptoms have been present longer, and even if a patient is taking Tamiflu, the therapies of SUPPORTIVE CARE can help your child feel a little better and fight off the illness.  Supportive care consists of rest, extra fluids, ibuprofen (motrin, advil), Tylenol, Vics rub, honey (for children over 1 year of age), nasal saline drops or spray, and extra hugs and cuddling as appropriate.

Symptoms are at their worst for about 3-6 days, but the increased mucus and a lingering cough can persist for a few weeks!  Be on the look out for increased work of breathing  that persists despite maximizing the supportive care measures as that could indicate the development of a secondary bacterial pneumonia, which is the most common serious complication of the flu.

Hand washing and covering a cough are good ways to try to limit the spread of any communicable disease so keep the alcohol gel nearby.  We are here to help so call if you need us.

Dr. Ryan Lindsay DO

Welcome to Ada Pediatrics

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Hi! My name is Dr. Ryan Lindsay, DO.  I am a pediatrician here at Ada Pediatrics in Boise, Idaho.  This blog is intended for our patients or anyone looking for a new pediatrician.  Since this is my first try at a blog post, I thought I should keep it simple and introduce myself and how we work at Ada Pediatrics.

1.) Communication is key!  My call partners and I can be reached 24/7/365 for any urgent matter, simply by dialing 208-323-1222.  Often we can help with advice and an ER or urgent care appointment can be avoided.  Along those lines, any sick child can usually be seen the same day at our clinic if you call our office in the morning after we open at 8:30 a.m. (don’t wait until late afternoon!  Sometimes we close if all of the patients have been seen for the day!).  I also respond, usually very promptly, to emails; my email address is drlindsay.adapediatrics@gmail.com.  This method is great for medical questions that aren’t very urgent.  Its not good for records request, billing inquires etc so please call the office with those concerns.  I also have facebook so friend us on their by searching for Ada Pediatrics

2.) Newborn care: for our patients born at St. Luke’s (either downtown or Meridian) we come to the hospital and see the baby every day that you are there.  We manage routine care and address any problems or concerns that arise and set up follow up care when its time to go home.

3.) Well child care: Infants are generally seen a few days after discharge and often about a week after that to make sure they gain weight well.  Routine check ups are scheduled for 1 month, 2 months, 4 months and 6 months of age.  Vaccines are given at the 2, 4, 6 month check ups.  Growth, development, safety and learning are addressed as well as many other topics that come up.  After 6 months, there are check ups at 9, 12, 15 and 18 months, and then at 2, 2.5 and 3 years and then once a year after that!  That is a lot of visits, even if a child never gets sick, so its important to find a pediatrician you trust.

4.) Sick visits:  We always want to see urgently ill children right away, which is why we leave room in our schedule for same day sick visits.  Urgent care and ER have their place in our healthcare system, but being seen at our office is usually the best way to ensure the best possible care for your child.  If parents are unsure whether they need to be seen or not, we encourage them to call us in the morning to speak with a nurse.

We love kids here at Ada Pediatrics and helping parents raise healthy children is what we are all about!  I hope this information is helpful!  If you are looking for a pediatrician in Boise, Idaho, we encourage you to call and schedule a prenatal interview to see our office and meet our staff and doctors.

Ada Pediatrics, P.A. Boise, Idaho

Phone: 208-323-1222
650 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID 83704