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Lee's Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics Section offers Personalized, Preventive, and Primary Care for infants, children and adolescents.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Healthy During the School Year

Taking your child to the pediatrician for immunizations—such as flu shots—is an effective way to keep him or her safe from serious diseases. However, your child may still contract colds, stomach bugs, and other common illnesses at school. To help keep your little one healthy and happy, teach him or her how to wash hands properly, sneeze safely, and follow a healthy lifestyle.

Teaching Good HygieneTeach Good Hygiene Practices
Adults may not think twice about coughing into a tissue or scrubbing their hands with soap, but children need to be taught these healthy practices. Demonstrate proper hand washing by rinsing the hands in warm water, lathering up with soap, and scrubbing well before rinsing off. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while scrubbing to ensure your child washes for the right amount of time. Your child also needs to know when he or she must wash hands, such as after using the toilet, playing outdoors, handling pets, and sneezing, as well as before eating. Additionally, show your child how to cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow and explain why it isn’t a good idea to share eating utensils or cups.

Stock the Classroom
Teachers often struggle to keep their classrooms stocked with basic necessities. You can help out by donating hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. You may also wish to keep hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack. Remember to teach him or her how to use it and discuss when it’s appropriate to use hand sanitizer.

Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle
An overall healthy lifestyle helps keep your child’s immune system strong. Your family doctor can provide guidance on the proper nutrition for your child, along with physical activity guidelines. Making sure your youngster gets enough sleep is also a good way to boost his or her immune system.

When your child needs pediatric care near Lee’s Summit, the pediatricians of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group are here to help. Our pediatric care team also provides well child care, including immunizations, exams, and sports physicals. You can reach our Lee’s Summit location at (816) 524-5600; Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520; or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.

Healthy School Lunch Ideas [INFOGRAPHIC]

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Every parent wants his or her kids to eat a healthy lunch during the school day, but accomplishing that can be harder than it sounds. However, you can fight back against the temptations of the cafeteria and get your kids through the day with plenty of energy using a few simple strategies. Start by catering to your child’s food preferences. If your child is picky, look for innovative ways to serve the foods he or she does like, such as packing a smoothie instead of a piece of fruit. If your child’s pediatrician has recommended a gluten-free diet, buying gluten-free breads will make lunchtime easier. Get more strategies for healthy lunches in this infographic from Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. See a pediatrician serving Lee’s Summit at our practice when you need preventative pediatric care, including flu shots, or when your little one is sick. Please feel free to share this information with other parents, and speak to your child’s doctor if you need more mealtime tips.

Understanding Your Child's Immunization Schedule

An essential component of pediatrics is immunizations. Your children’s doctor can let you know when your child should receive certain vaccines. For example, he or she should receive the hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth and the whooping cough vaccine at two months. Your child should receive the measles vaccine at 12 months. If you have concerns about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, consult your pediatrician and watch this video.

This video features a physician, who is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She offers an in-depth explanation of how immunizations can save your child’s life. She also discusses how the safety of vaccines is thoroughly tested for safety for an average of 15 years before they are available for use.

If you have any questions about immunizations near Lee’s Summit, you can schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. Call our Lee’s Summit location at (816) 524-5600; Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520; or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.

Meet Kim Mcnerney, C-P.N.P.!

Kim earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in 2009 and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2013. Kim joined the staff of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group as a registered nurse in 2011, and made the switch to provider upon completion of her Master’s degree in 2013. Kim enjoys being able to develop a personal relationship with families from the day their child is born. Kim enjoys flying with her husband in their two-seater experimental plane.

Selecting the Right Backpack for Your Child

Choosing the Right BackpackNeck pain, lower back strain, and knee discomfort are all injuries you might expect to be common at a geriatric practitioner’s or a sports medicine doctor’s office. But in fact, chronic back pain and other injuries are alarmingly prevalent in young children, typically because of overloaded backpacks. Consider talking to your child’s pediatrician about selecting a safe backpack for your youngster. Your pediatrician is likely to recommend choosing a pack with wide, well-padded shoulder straps to distribute the weight evenly. Waist or chest straps are also a good idea. Avoid shoulder bags, which alter biomechanics and easily lead to muscle tightness. If your child must carry many books home each day, consider investing in a rolling backpack instead.

Your family doctor is likely to recommend selecting a backpack that is well padded in the back panel. Squeeze the back to ensure that it rebounds back to its original shape. If your child has after school activities and may be out during the evening hours, select a backpack with a reflective strip to increase visibility.

For child-friendly internal medicine in Lee’s Summit, you can trust the pediatric team at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. We provide comprehensive healthcare services for infants and children, including sports physicals and child safety guidance. Call (816) 525-4700 for Raintree Pediatrics; (816) 554-6520 for Blue Springs Pediatrics; or (816) 524-5600 for our location at Lee’s Summit.

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