Vaccines have been said to be one of the greatest medical discoveries of our time. Untold lives have been saved because of them. In fact, diseases that were once common were close to being eradicated. Some of us wondered if vaccines were still necessary. But now many of the diseases we thought were gone are beginning to make a comeback because vaccination levels have dropped. And Montana lags behind the rest of the nation in regard to immunizations. Vaccines prevent serious diseases and have helped to lower the rates of these diseases in the U.S. We present this information here to help you make informed decisions about vaccinations.
Happy Doctor's Day to all of our AMAZING docs at Acorn Pediatrics!!! We are all very thankful for everything you do for the wonderful families of Acorn and the community of Bozeman!!! XOXO2-28-13
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics support holding off on antibiotics to treat ear infections. Good research shows that many bacterial ear infections will resolve without treatment. The guidelines support "watchful waiting" if the pain is not too severe or associated with high fever. They suggest considering treatment if the pain persists more than two days. Check it out!
Talk to your teens about the risks of energy drinks.
Tomorrow, 18-year-old Alexis Wineman from Cut Bank, MT, will compete in the Miss America pageant. She'll be the youngest contestant this year, and the first ever with autism. She has a mild form of autism and hopes to bring increased attention to the disorder.11-16-12
A new study provides reassurance for parents regarding Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The research shows that getting the vaccine does not increase rates of sexual activity, which was initially a concern for some. HPV vaccine markedly
While Montana State law requires children less than 60 pounds and under 6 years old to be in a federally approved car seat or booster seat, this interesting study in the journal Pediatrics, recommends boosters up to age 7 and preferably until the child reaches a height of 4' 9"! Currently Montana has among the highest rate of traffic fatalities for children under 7 years old, let's all help turn this around!
Groundbreaking new research demonstrates earlier onset of puberty in boys, similar to what had been shown previously in girls. The research was conducted through a research network of general pediatricians across the country, called PROS,
We are looking forward to the 3rd Annual D.R.E.A.M. Buddy Walk tomorrow, Saturday September 8th, at Dinosaur Park at 10:30am. D.R.E.A.M is a local support group for families of children with Down Syndrome. A lot of us from Acorn and our families will be there tomorrow to support these wonderful children in our community! We would love to have you join us there. Registration starts at 1030am and the walk will start at 11am! Be sure to say Hi if you see us walking by!
Ahh! Back to School week in Gallatin County! What an awesome time of year! (If you can see through the smoke!). And an extra bit of good news? The USDA improved just improved nutritional standards for school lunch programs. A step in the right direction! Check out the link!
Interesting study (from New Zealand and published in the British Medical Journal) showed a computer-based intervention helped teens battle depression. The program is of a game with 7 modules. Most kids in the study completed 4 or more of t
Interesting new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that a portion of kids with egg allergy (28%) were able to be desensitized with a course of oral egg-white powder. Following that, they were able to resume consumption of eggs! Interesting! Check it out!
CT scans have the potential to help us save lives, but need to be used very judiciously as they are not completely risk-free.
Be kind and try to allay fears!
Our flu vaccine has finally arrived! Give us a call to get on the schedule for your family's seasonal flu vaccine. We will be having our first flu vaccine clinic this Saturday starting at 930am until 1pm. We will also have flu vaccine clinics Saturday October 5th and Saturday October 12th. Give us a call at 522-KIDS (5437) to get on the schedule!4-17-13
Wow! You guys rock! We started with 120 appointment spots for our up-coming blood drive. THANKS TO YOU and FRIENDS OF SIGNE, we have only 17 spots left to fill! If you're available on Sunday, April 28th, and you're loving the idea of helping your fellow man in honor of a very brave little girl, CLICK THE LINK and SIGN UP! (if you're only available on Saturday, April 27th, CLICK FAST to get the last spot or call Nurse Brandi at 522-KIDS to get more info).
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Lots going on at Acorn Pediatrics this week! Registering donors for the up-coming blood drive (sign up today by clicking the previous link!!) and preparing for the BIG SURPRISE at the Babes In Bozeman-Baby Expo. On top of that, Dr Idzerda and Dr Daniels spent last weekend at a conference in Big Sky. They are getting ready for medical students from the University of Washington who will arrive (one at a time) starting in July of this year. The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SELECTED ACORN PEDIATRICS as a partner in training the next generation of physicians! We will provide the CORE PEDIATRIC ROTATION for a portion of students in their 3rd or 4th year of medical training (in addition to continuing to host 1st year students in a less intensive course). It means that you will occasionally meet a student with us (if you agree) and YOU will be a partner too. This is a mighty BIG HONOR and we're all super psyched!!4-8-13
JOIN US in donating blood on Saturday, April 27th, or Sunday, April 28th! You'll see lots of familiar faces from Acorn Pediatrics both days and you'll be helping SAVES LIVES. Each donation is divided into various blood products and has the potential to save three people who could be kids with cancer, women with complications of childbirth, victims of traumatic injuries or others. GIVING makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE and only takes about an hour of your time. Click the link to sign up for your time! We'd love to have your help! PLEASE GIVE!
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Had a great time last night celebrating the 6-month Anniversay of Dr Corey Fish at Acorn Pediatrics! We're so lucky to have him in the group! Not only does he take excellent care of patients, he's also one of the nicest people you'd ever meet!
Check out the photos on our Facebook page!3-25-13
Had a great time yesterday with a bunch of Acorn Pediatric docs recertifying our Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) skills. Big thanks to our AWESOME medical assistant and certified trainer, Kathy!3-4-13
Help us welcome back Christine Hodgson PNP! She spent all of last week in Missoula at a training course to become the second CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT at Acorn Pediatrics (provided she passed the big test! :) ). We look forward to further developing our ability to assist mothers and babies with breastfeeding difficulty. Thanks to Christine for her interest and commitment to supporting families in this important way!2-26-13
In anticipation of our first OFFICIAL CPR CLASS, we held a practice run with 9 eager teens and one pre-teen (all with Acorn family ties)! We taught adult hands-only CPR, as well and child and infant CPR in a class that ran about 90 minutes. Thanks to our amazing staff, Anicee LPN and Lynne Foss PNP, we are realizing an important goal: to contribute to the Gallatin Heart Rescue effort to train as many residents of the valley as possible in bystander CPR. A high proportion of the population trained translates to higher rates of neurologically intact survival for arrest victims. We are VERY EXCITED to teach our first OFFICIAL on THIS FRIDAY, March 1st at 6PM! We still have a couple of spots open so if you'd like to join us, call the office to sign up. 406-522-KIDS (5437). In the future classes will be offered on the first Friday of the month (unless that lands on a holiday). If you'd like to be at a future class, let us know! Classes are FREE and include SNACKS and KNEE CUSHIONS! :)1-28-13
Big thanks to our wonderful staff for all they do! Had an absolutely great day of skiing together today at Bridger Bowl today!1-16-13
HOLY COW! The MONTANA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has been nominated for the 2013 BEST SMALL CHAPTER AWARD! This is a BIG HONOR, due in great part to the AMAZING LEADERSHIP provided by our very own DR SHEILA IDZERDA. She has spearheaded many important state-wide projects aimed at improving the health and safety of all kids and teens across the state, including the first state-wide Immunization Meeting to educate physicians, nurse practitioners and the public health community about the need for improved immunization rates as well as strategies to accomplish this important goal.
DR IDZERDA, YOU'RE THE BEST!! Keep up the great work!
NEW AND IMPROVED INFLUENZA TEST at ACORN PEDIATRICS! Based on recent feedback from parents (and on-going feedback from patients!), Acorn has switched to a new test for influenza. The new test is accurate with a nasal swab (in the front of the nose ONLY) and doesn't require a naso-pharyngeal sample (with the swab going to the very back of the nasal cavity). This test is not only MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE for the patient, but also 33% FASTER!
Thanks for the feedback! We'll continue to do all we can to make every kid's experience at Acorn Pediatrics as comfy as it can be.
The CDC reported higher than normal early influenza activity across the country. This suggests that it will be a longer season and will affect more people. The good new is that this year's vaccine looks like an excellent match for the str
Lots of kids are sick with fever this week. Remember all of these ways to help reduce a fever.
FOR ALL AGES:
Dress your child in light-weight jammies or a t-shirt, and cover them with only a light-weight blanket helps prevent a fever from climbing.
A lukewarm bath for 10-15 minutes will bring a fever down 1-2 degrees. This works faster than medications and can get a child well on their way
DR IDZERDA and DR DANIELS recently returned from WASHINGTON DC where they attended the annual conference for our electronic medical record, eCLINICAL WORKS. The purpose of the trip was to learn the latest and greatest ways to use the effic
Mighty BIG THANKS to Lynne Foss, one of our wonderful Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Lynne came in to the office today to see patients on her day off, while Dr Daniels took care of a sick patient in the hospital. Thanks for helping us take such good care of the kids who call Acorn Pediatrics their medical home! YOU ROCK!!!