As many of you know, Dr. Marcia Charles-Mo lives in Sonoma. She was evacuated on Sunday night; she and her family and her dogs are safe. We found out today that her property is intact. We are so thankful that this tragedy spared our dear Dr. Marcia. We continue to hope that these fires are controlled and no further damage is done.
Soot from the fires in the North Bay is affecting air quality in the East Bay. Anyone with asthma or other chronic lung condition should avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, especially strenuous exertion. You can follow the air quality at this website. Just type your zip code into the box at the top of the screen and look at the "forecast" below.
Your pediatricians are helping to encourage our senators to extend the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). It needs to be extended soon otherwise before the end of this year, several states will run out of funding for coverage of health insurance for children who don't qualify for Medicaid. American Academy of Pediatrics supports the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017 which would extend CHIP funding for 5 more years.
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. See this CDC site for tips to lower the risk for your baby.
We are all horrified by the recent massacre in Las Vegas. The American Academy of Pediatrics released the following statement, including a link on how to talk to your children about violence.
All of East Bay Pediatrics doctors and staff have gotten their flu vaccine. Has Your child? Check our Flu Page for how to get flu vaccines.
The American Academy of Pediatricians urges the Senate to oppose the Graham-Cassidy Proposal. It fails to keep kids covered. Our full statement can be read here.
Buyer beware: Nerf-style toy guns have been shown to cause severe, potentially permanent eye damage. An article published in the British Medical Journal reports three such cases in one emergency room over the course of 3 months.
When school starts so do fall sports! Here is a concise 90 second video from the AAP on ways to reduce the risk of sports injuries.
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