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    Staff Spotlight on Cindy Aldrige!

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Cindy Aldrige has been a part of Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group since February 2012 and is board certified from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s. Cindy has worked in the Emergency Department most of her career as an RN, most recently as a Charge Nurse. Cindy also has 10 years experience as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in Missouri working on an ambulance. Cindy graduated from Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Cindy then graduated from Research College of Nursing in 2011 with her Master’s of Science in Nursing becoming a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner. Cindy can take care of your healthcare needs including writing prescriptions, management of chronic diseases, and referrals when needed. She enjoys teaching patients about their healthcare needs.

    What Parents Need to Know about the Flu Shot for Kids

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Ask your child’s pediatrician to name the best things you can do for your child’s health, and there’s a good chance that getting the flu shot would make the list. By ensuring that your child gets the flu shot, you can help protect him or her from this dangerous illness and help to reduce the spread of flu in your community. Here are the facts that every parent needs to know about flu shots for their kids.

    The Flu Shot Is Safe
    The flu shot has been tested extensively by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Millions of people have received the vaccine without complications. On the other hand, children often experience serious medical complications when they get the flu virus. About 20,000 kids under age five are hospitalized because of the flu each year. Getting your child a flu shot could be a big step towards protecting his or her health.

    Some Children Need Two Doses
    Between the ages of six months and eight years, some children need two doses of the flu vaccine. All children in this age group who are being vaccinated for the first time require a double dose, and some previously vaccinated children do as well. Your child’s pediatrician will let you know what is best for your child. The first dose should be given as early as possible, and the second dose should be administered at least 28 days later.

    The Nasal Spray Vaccine Isn’t for Everyone
    The nasal spray vaccine can be a great alternative for kids who are worried about needles, but it isn’t the right choice for every child. It’s ideal for kids ages two through eight who don’t have an underlying medical condition, like diabetes or asthma, that makes them prone to flu complications. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about the best vaccination method for your child.

    Make an appointment with a Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Pediatric Section doctor or a pediatrician in one of our partner practices to learn more about the flu vaccine. You can call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics in Independence at (816) 525-4700 for a pediatrician appointment

    Staff Spotlight on Dr. Manka!

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Dr. Manka graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1993 and completed her internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2006. Dr. Manka is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Manka joined Lee’s Summit Physicians Group in 2008. Dr. Manka enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband.

    Solutions for Setting a Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

    Last updated 13 days ago

    When school is back in session, one of the most important things your child can do is get a good night’s rest every night. However, transitioning from late summer nights to early bedtimes isn’t always easy. If your child has an ongoing problem with getting adequate sleep, be sure to discuss the issue with his or her pediatrician. If you’re simply trying to make the big adjustment from summer to school, these tips may help.

    Set Strict Times
    The easiest way to get on track with a sleep schedule is to set specific times and stick to them. Most pediatricians recommend that kids get at least eight hours of sleep per night, so work backwards from the time your child has to get up to determine his or her ideal bedtime. Take a look at the rest of the evening activities, including homework, dinner, and afterschool clubs, and plan accordingly so that your child can meet that bedtime each night. Once going to sleep at this bedtime becomes a habit, the schedule will become second nature.

    Restrict Electronics
    If your child is struggling to fall asleep at an earlier bedtime, electronics could play a major role in the problem. Help your child get into the right frame of mind for sleep by turning off all electronics, from smartphones to televisions, one hour before bed. You should also ensure that your child doesn’t have access to electronics in his or her room.

    Create a Peaceful Sleep Space
    For optimum sleeping conditions, your child’s room should be cool and quiet. Using a nightlight is OK, but discourage sleeping with the lights on, which can interfere with deep sleep. Try to make the bed a space for sleeping only. If your child likes to read before bed, set up a separate seating area, like a beanbag chair, for that.

    The pediatricians of Raintree Pediatrics, Blue Springs Pediatrics, and Lee’s Summit Physicians Group are always available to answer your questions about sleep schedules and much more. Call (816) 525-4700 to make an appointment at Raintree Pediatrics, (816) 554-6520 for an appointment at Blue Spring Pediatrics, or (816) 524-5600 to see a doctor with Lee’s Summit Physicians Group.

    Meet Dr. Barnard!

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Dr. Barnard is a long-time resident of Lee’s Summit and has been with LSPG since 1981. He graduated medical school from the University of Kansas in 1978 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1981. Dr. Barnard is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He enjoys caring for adults of all ages. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and three children.

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