Every year in the United States, 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. Most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.
HPV vaccination prevents more than just cervical cancer. Vaccination can prevent uncomfortable testing and treatment even for cervical precancers. Each year in the U.S. more than 300,000 women endure invasive testing and treatment for lesions (changes in the cells) on the cervix that can develop into cancers. Testing and treatment for these “precancers” can have lasting effects.
However cervical cancer only accounts for 1 in 3 cancers caused by HPV infection. While there is screening for cervical cancer, there is no routine screening for the other 20,000 cancers caused by HPV infections each year in the United States. Often these cancers—such as cancers of the back of the throat (oropharynx) and cancers of the anus/rectum—aren’t detected until later stages when they are difficult to treat.
School will be out soon, and many families will be getting ready for summer vacations, camps, and other fun activities. Before you start your summer, make an appointment for your preteen’s vaccinations. Vaccines help your kids stay healthy, and many states require certain vaccinations before school starts in the fall. While your kids should get a flu vaccine every year, there are three other vaccines for preteens that should be given when kids are 11- 12 years old. Talk to your child’s doctor about Meningococcal, HPV, and Tdap vaccines or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teen today.
See the attached article for an introduction to a few smartphone apps that could be useful for expecting and/or current parents.
Best Apps For Parents
Spring has Sprung! Before you know it your child will be participating in school sports. The deadlines for submitting these sports forms varies with each school and sport. It is important for your child’s health and well being to have the sports physical performed by your child’s pediatrician.
If you’re the parent of a young athlete, you’re likely familiar with sports physicals. You’ve seen the ads for them: short wait times, no appointment needed, open seven days a week. But are these quick medical check-ups the best way to monitor your child’s health? Not at all.
Sports physicals should be part of routine preventive care done by your child’s primary care provider. Here’s why:
- Better care. Physicals performed during part of a yearly well care visit are more comprehensive than rushed clinic visits.
- Better cost. Usually well care visits are fully covered by insurance at your pediatrician’s office. Why pay for a separate visit to a clinic?
- Better access. Physicals are good for one year — or one year plus 30 days — from the date of a well care visit. If your child has already had a checkup within the past year, it’s likely a separate sports clinic visit isn’t needed at all. You’ll just need to fill out the paperwork, have it signed by the doctor, and turn it in to your child’s coach.
Sports physicals, also called pre-participation physicals, were developed by physicians and put in place to detect serious conditions and injuries before young athletes start playing a sport. They are typically needed for student athletes in grades 7-12, and they are required by all schools in Ohio and Kentucky.
Here are the top things you need to know regarding sports physicals and annual well care visits for your child:
- Continuity of care is important. Your child has a continuous relationship with his or her primary care provider. When a physician knows your child’s health history, habits, and personality, he or she can more easily recognize signs that might signal a change in your child’s health.
- A well care visit covers so much more. When your child’s pediatrician performs a routine preventive well care visit, it encompasses screening for behavioral and mental health problems; learning difficulties; tobacco, alcohol, and substance use; social problems; and sexual activity. Pediatricians also monitor growth and development, conduct a comprehensive physical examination, address previous and current medical problems, update immunizations, perform recommended screening tests, and give anticipatory guidance. These are all critical pieces of a child’s full health history.
- Clinic visits are often cursory. Some schools and coaches recommend sports physicals at a clinic in a school gym or at a retail-based health center. This type of exam is often performed without the child’s complete medical history and often without a parent. The preventive care issues mentioned above are rarely addressed. There is little to no communication back to the primary care doctor. In short, this exam doesn’t address the whole scope of your child’s health.
As a pediatrician, I encourage physical activity for all children. I believe that playing sports fosters physical fitness, improves self-esteem, and promotes teamwork. Pediatricians also believe that children deserve quality health care. Do not allow anyone else — schools and coaches included — to pressure you into the notion that speed is more important than quality when it comes to your child’s health.
Sports physicals don’t have to be difficult. Use these tips to make them easier for your family:
- Prep ahead. Check with your child’s primary care provider to see if they have extended hours on certain evenings or weekends. Many of them offer this, especially during the summer months before fall sports start.
- Know the rules. Both Ohio and Kentucky require a sports physical form to be on file with the school before the first practice. But physical exams are valid for one year or one year plus 30 days — so a well care visit in March will cover a child’s fall sports physical exam requirement. Bylaws with complete rules can be found here:
- Ask for help. Most pediatricians are willing to work with you on scheduling an appointment if you’re in a rush to get the pre-participation form filled out prior to your child’s first practice.
When you ensure your child continues to have annual well care check-ups throughout their teen years, you’re doing more than just fulfilling their sports physical requirement. You’re also helping to develop a healthy habit that will hopefully last a lifetime
Cincinnati Children’s is proud to announce a variety of resources for New Parents available by visiting www.cincinnatichildrens.org/newparent.
Having a new baby can be an overwhelming adventure. Cincinnati Children’s has created a one stop resource to find answers to many of the questions facing new parents.
The resource includes:
- General information such as Maps to Cincinnati Children’s and an overview of the services provided at Urgent Care vs. Emergency Department
- Infant Wellness including topics on nutrition – breastfeeding and bottle feeding; Medication administration; Commonly diagnosed conditions – constipation, fever, jaundice, etc. and common concerns-crying, diaper rash, umbilical cord, etc.
- Immunizations and Vaccines including information on Flu Vaccines, Vaccine Schedules, Vaccine and Immunization fact sheets and a link to the CDC website
- Injury Prevention topics including Car Seat Safety; Household safety and Outdoor and Recreation safety
ESD Pediatric Group is very excited to introduce online check in. All you need is your patient portal account. Reduce the time you spend in the waiting room by updating demographics, insurance information and form completion from your mobile device or comfort of your own home.
We realize your time is valuable. With online check in, many of the forms required for your child’s appointment can be completed on the patient portal in the comfort of your home prior to arriving at the office.
If you prefer to complete the forms in the office, it is still recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete the necessary digital forms.
ESD Pediatric Group….embracing technology to improve patient health care and outcomes!
Updated vaccine recommendations for children and adolescents will be published in the February 2015 issue of Pediatrics and published online Jan. 26. The policy statement, “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – United States, 2015” will include links to the 2015 recommended childhood and adolescence immunization schedules approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the importance of timely vaccinations for children, and encourages parents to adhere to the schedule as the best way to protect children from infectious diseases, including measles and influenza, which are currently experiencing outbreaks. Minor changes in the schedule have been made this year, including new columns to emphasize the availability of inactivated influenza vaccine and live-attenuated vaccine starting at 2 years of age as well as the need for 2 doses of flu vaccine for some children 2 through 8 years of age. A second column has been added at 9 through 10 years to indicate when 2 doses are no longer needed. A purple bar has been added for young children 6 months to less than 12 months traveling outside the United States who need the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. In addition, minor, clarifying word changes were made to the catch-up schedules and the footnotes. The meningococcal footnote underwent extensive revision to clarify appropriate dosing schedules for high-risk infants and children for the use of three different vaccines – See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Issues-Updated-Immunization-Schedules-for-Children-and-Adolescents.aspx#sthash.DoGNx1WV.dpuf
ESD Pediatric Group has been recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. Level 3 certification is the highest level of recognition. The providers and staff take great pride in this accomplishment.
You may have heard talk about Patient-Centered Medical Homes, but what exactly is a patient-centered medical home? A patient-centered medical home is a system of care in which a team of health professionals work together to provide all of your child’s health care needs. Here at ESD, we use technology such as electronic medical records and the secure patient portal to communicate and coordinate your child’s care and provide the best possible outcomes.
Your child is the most important part of a patient-centered medical home. When you take an active role in your child’s health and work closely with us, you can be sure that your child is getting the appropriate care.
As your child’s medical home, ESD leads the health care team which may include specialized doctors, nurses, health educators, and other health care professionals such as pharmacists or physical therapists. Our team acts as “coaches” who help your child get healthy, stay healthy, and get the care and services which are right for your child. Your child, of course, is at the center of his/her care team.
In a patient-centered medical home, the ESD health team:
- Is available when you need us. You can communicate with us easily and efficiently and get appointments quickly. The secure patient portal allows you to communicate with us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Knows your child and his/her health history. We know about your personal or family situation and can suggest treatment options that make appropriate medical sense.
- Helps you understand your child’s conditions and how to take care of your child. We explain your options and help you make decisions about your child’s care.
- Helps you coordinate your child’s health care – even if we are not the ones giving you the care. ESD’s care coordinator will help you find specialists, get appointments, and make sure specialists have the information they need to care for your child.
- Uses technology such as electronic medical records and share records to help prevent medical errors and make sure that we are always on the same page.
The ESD medical home team looks forward to providing your child with superior patient-centered care!
Congratulations to one of our own.
Dr. Jeff Drasnin has been voted one of Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors. Chosen for the first time in 2013, Dr. Jeff was again selected for this honor in 2014 and 2015. This is a remarkable accomplishment and puts Dr. Jeff among an elite group in the city. Top Doctors are chosen by fellow physicians in the city as practitioners that they would entrust the care of a family member to.
Following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Ronald Drasnin who was also listed, Dr. Jeff has been recognized by the magazine as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati. This is a reflection not only of Dr. Jeff ‘s accomplishments but also of all the hard work and dedicated service everyone at ESD Pediatric Group puts forth on behalf of its patients.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Drasnin for being chosen by his peers as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top Doctor!
Does your child see well? We can tell you! ESD Pediatrics is proud to offer state-of-the-art vision screening at our offices using the PediaVision® Early Vision Screening system.
The PediaVision system allows our staff to quickly and effortlessly assess your child’s vision. Since the system is automated and passive, we can test children as young as 6 months old. PediaVision uses an infrared camera that takes a digital photograph from just over a yard away. The information acquired is used to automatically assess a child’s vision in as little as five seconds. This data can be used to assist in the detection of any number of problems or issues.
For full details about the PediaVision system, you can visit PediaVision’s web site or ask the doctor or nurse the next time you visit our office.