Doctor’s Notes

Doctors Notes:

Swallowing Pills

    “My Child cannot swallow pills!”   This is a concern we hear frequently from parents.  As children grow, it becomes more difficult to get the proper doses of medication in liquid form.  Swallowing pills becomes necessary as some medications also don’t come in liquid form.  Sometimes swallowing pills

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Protocol for introducing peanut to your infant

I wanted to build off of a couple very nice posts from Dr. Poel and Dr. Egelmeer that were done previously regarding Introducing Solid Foods and Introducing Allergenic Foods to your Baby.  I obtained this protocol specifically for peanut introduction from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo

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Winter fun during COVID

Sorry the blogs have not been as consistent as in the past.  As things hopefully get closer to normal over next few months we will resume our monthly blogs.  We hope you have all been staying healthy, both physically and mentally. The Pfizer COVID vaccine is close to approval and

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Coronavirus cases continue to increase

We are continuing to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases in West Michigan. Although we have been fortunate so far that most children that get COVID-19 have done well, that is not 100% of the time.  We do not have a vaccine yet.  Many older adults are getting very sick

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Influenza vaccine

We always recommend strongly that all children and adults older than 6 months get their influenza vaccine, and this year will be even more important.  We will be having a drive thru influenza clinic on Saturday, October 3, 2020.   2020 Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Flyer (1)

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Summer and Ticks

Ticks Michigan summers are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of the year.  We have loads of sunshine, gorgeous sunsets and beaches, great hiking and camping spots, and an endless amount of other outdoor activities to keep us all busy for 3 or 4 months out of the year. 

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UPDATES ON COVID 19 (SARS-CoV-2)

Recently, it has been hard to stay up to date with the latest recommendations regarding COVID 19 (SARS CoV 2). Today, I will summarize the most recent recommendations from the CDC as of July 2, 2020. Who should get tested for the virus (nasal swab)? This type of test is

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Summer Fun

Despite challenging times, your family can still have a great summer! From beautiful weather and limitless options of things to do, summer is what families in Michigan tend to love most! Here is a list of how to kill boredom this summer. Although many organizations are opening back up, please

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Like most of the United States, Holland Pediatric Associates has been making changes to try to limit the spread of infection in our community and follow the recommendations of public health officials. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to safely continue to provide advice and healthcare

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

2019 Novel Coronavirus  In recent weeks there has been much news coverage about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Parents and patients are curious about what this means for them specifically. Is this something that we need to be worrying about here in Holland, Michigan? The immediate health risk to the general

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Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters Many parents often worry about their child’s nutrition and food choices. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, picking eating can be a concern at any age. Meal time can be stressful with busy lives and trying to make sure your kids are eating healthy. Although some

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Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia)

“Frenotomy, frenulotomy, frenulectomy…what a tongue twister!” Anterior Tongue-Tie Frenotomy, frenulotomy, frenulectomy…what a tongue twister! Many names for one procedure…but can this tongue twisting tongue-tie fixing procedure help with breast feeding?  Interestingly, there is no general consensus amongst experts about its effectiveness, and according to current reviews- 10% of pediatricians, 30%

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Asthma

Do you ever worry that your child has a frequent cough, wakes up at night with a cough, has trouble breathing or has trouble exercising because they can’t breathe?  If your child has any of these symptoms more than twice a week during the day (or twice a month with

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Stuttering

  This month we’re taking a moment to discuss a common issue called stuttering. Stuttering is an issue labeled as a communication disorder. Communication disorders can be described as an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol information. Stuttering falls

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Flu vaccine

Our Flu Vaccine is Here! I have to admit some excitement when I see the big styrofoam containers full of flu (influenza) vaccine arrive at Holland Pediatrics.  You may think that is strange, but as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for almost 20 years, a former Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, and

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Tips for Screentime

  TIPS FOR SCREEN TIME Your baby always grabs your bright screen, your toddler constantly asks for a show, or your teen is constantly caught with their phone in hand.  Sound familiar? Technology is an important part of modern day life, but how do you know when it’s keeping your

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Colic

Today on the blog we will be discussing one of the most challenging parts of having a newborn – colic. It can be very confusing to diagnose colic and often during the diagnostic process parents make many unnecessary changes thinking that these changes will help with their child’s fussiness. What is colic? Colic comes in all

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Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Since we are finally getting warmer temperatures and less rain, it is time to discuss some basic things that can be done to make your outdoor experiences as fun and safe as possible.  I would like to discuss with you some basics regarding the use of sunscreens and some products

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Sports Physicals

Welcome to Spring!  It is this time of year that it is important to plan ahead for your child or adolescent’s “Preparticipation Exam” or  “Sports Physical”.   MHSAA  (Michigan High School Athletics Association) requires a sports physical for athletes competing in sports at school, usually starting in 6th or 7th grade. 

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Eczema

Today on the blog we will be discussing eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. This is a very common skin condition, especially in areas with colder temperatures (MICHIGAN!). In the United States, it is estimated that about 11 percent of the population is affected. Most commonly, if eczema will occur in an individual, it

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Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

This month we will be sharing some information about a common concern in children- pink eye. The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis literally means inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin tissue covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid). When we see

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Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)

Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Now that winter is in full swing, so are colds and sore throats. This article will focus on helping you care for your child with a sore throat and know when to call the office and seek treatment.  Most sore throats are part of a cold and

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Your Child and Headaches

Hello, and thank you for reading about headaches in children! This may come as a surprise to you, but just like adults, children can also suffer from headaches. In fact, 90% of children complain of headaches at some point in their life by the time they reach 18 years old. 

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Introducing Allergenic Foods to your Baby

Introduction of  Allergenic Foods to your Baby A big thanks to Dr. Poel for the excellent overview on introducing solid food to our babies! As Dr. Poel mentioned “waiting to introduce highly allergenic foods has shown no benefit in reducing the chance of your child developing a food allergy…”,  so

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Introducing Solid Foods  

When can I start giving my baby solid foods? What type of food should I start giving? How much solid food should I offer every day? These are common questions for new parents and something that we are happy to discuss with you at your child’s visits. All children develop

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Influenza

Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. Some people confuse illnesses with vomiting and diarrhea as influenza but these are gastrointestinal (stomach) illnesses.  It can be difficult to tell the difference between influenza and a common cold virus at the beginning.  This table from the

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Fever

September: Fever and Your Child Now that school is back in session, and some of our children are in small rooms with 25 or more other children, there’s no better time to talk about fevers. With the cold and flu season looming around the corner, fevers are likely to make

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Swimmer's Ear

Hello and welcome back! This month’s topic is Otitis Externa,  also known as Swimmer’s Ear. Swimmer’s ear is irritation to the ear canal. This irritation may be caused by infection, allergy or skin problems. This month we will focus on irritation caused by infection. Infection of the canal starts with

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Postpartum Depression

We will be starting up our blog series and will hope to post every month, so check back monthly for new topics.  If you have a topic you would like us to discuss on our blog feel free to let our front desk know. This month I wanted to touch

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

We hope that this site is helpful and easy to use for you.  We will be doing monthly blogs here, usually on health and development topics, but today I thought I would just do a quick overview of the site and the new patient portal.

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