- Be a good example. Put your phone down and pay attention to your child. Don't check your phone at the table.
- Set clear limits. Establish rules regarding when screens can be used, how long, and what sites or apps are off-limits.
- Monitor use. Check in verbally, know the passwords and know who is on the other side of a post or text.
- Learn about internet safety. Check out sites such as commonsense.org. Remind your kids how to stay safe online
Smartphone addiction is a growing problem among youth, but there are ways parents can help prevent it:
Did you and your children get the flu shot yet? Flu is already widespread in the area and has caused hundreds of hospitalizations. The flu vaccine is the best defense against the virus and the CDC data so far this year shows that the vaccine is a good match (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#ILIMap). It is strongly recommended that everyone who is able to receive the flu shot do so as soon as possible to protect themselves and those who can't get the vaccine (like newborn babies!). See our flu page for more information and times to drop in for the shot (generally Monday - Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm).
See the Healthychildren.org website for some tips on New Years Resolutions for kids of all ages.
We just discovered that our telephone programming has an error for today 1/2/18. Families are not able to reach the doctor on call as expected. We apologize for any inconvenience. It should go back to normal at 5pm today.
Happy New Year! East Bay Pediatrics hours this week:
December 29th (Friday) - Closing at 3pm
December 30th (Saturday) - Berkeley location is open for regular drop in hours from 9:30am - 12:00pm
January 1st (Monday) - Both locations are closed
January 2nd (Tuesday) - Orinda location is open from 8:00am - 12:00pm sick drop in only
When our office is closed, there is always a physician on call. Pediatric Evening Referral Clinic is also open until 9:00pm each day. Appointments can be made by calling our main number at (925) 438-1100 after hours.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. Below are special holiday hours for East Bay Pediatrics.
December 22nd (Friday) - Both offices closing at 3pm
December 23rd (Saturday) - Berkeley office open for regular drop in hours 9:30am - 12:00pm
December 25th (Monday) - Both offices are closed
December 26th (Tuesday) - Orinda office opens at 8:00am - 12:00pm for drop ins
Dr. Richard Oken was honored with a Special Recognition Teaching Award at a UCSF Medical Center event on October 28, 2017. This is a well-deserved award for our colleague who has been teaching patients as well as medical students throughout his years in practice.
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