Walk in Flu Shot Clinic

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children and adolescents ages 6 months and older receive their annual influenza vaccine. On SATURDAY OCTOBER 28TH from 9-11AM our doors will be open to all Bloomfield Pediatric Care patients to come in for a Flu shot. See you there!

We are Open on Saturdays!

As summer comes to a close we know your schedules are getting busier and busier, for your convenience, we are now open Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00.

Fall Family Recipes

Kid-Friendly Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

  • 3-6 apples, sliced in 1/2 and cored with and ice-cream scoop
  • lemon juice
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 (14oz) container of evaporated milk
  • 8 tbs. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare apples and brush them with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
  2. Place apples in a muffin tin
  3. Put the butter, sugar and evaporated milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Stir ingredients together and when the sauce starts to bubble, lower the heat to medium low.
  5. Keep stirring (never leave it unattended or it will burn) for 12-15 minutes
  6. Add vanilla and stir.
  7. Pour caramel into prepared apples and top with topping of choice.
  8. Place apples in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  9. Slice and share enjoy!!!

Kid-Friendly Caramel Apples

Fall Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate covered almonds
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter filled pretzels (or more!)

Directions:

  1. Add everything to a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Store in airtight container for up to a month.

 

Fall Trail Mix

Back to School Health Tips

After a long summer break, it’s time for the kids to head back to school and focus on classes, sports, and other after-school activities. But as you get adjusted to the first month of school, it’s a good idea to take a couple of precautionary measures to set them up for a safe, healthy year. Here are the top five back-to-school health tips to consider:

Tip # 1 Get Vaccinated:

 You, your partner and your children should all get vaccinated as early as possible in the school year. Many schools require certain vaccinations before children can enroll. Talk to your children’s health care provider and your doctor to find out which ones are recommended. and consider getting the flu vaccine, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flue vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Tip # 2 Set bedtimes:

 It’s essential for kids (and adults!) to get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused throughout the day. Although sleep requirements vary somewhat among individuals, most adults need about eight hours of sleep each night, and children and adolescents typically need more than eight hours. To get your kids ready to wake up earlier for school, consider making their bedtimes a little earlier each night for a week or two before school starts. Sticking to a routine is important too, so don’t let weekends become late-night free-for-alls.

Tip # 3 Teach good hygiene habits:

 With so many people around, germs are bound to be lurking in classrooms. To help your kids avoid getting sick (and prevent them from bringing germs home), it’s important to show them how to protect themselves. Teach them to wash their hands after using the restrooms and before going to lunch or eating a snack. It may be smart to provide your children with on-the-go hand sanitizer to use when washing their hands isn’t convenient. You should also instruct them not to share food or drinks with other kids.

Tip # 4 Stock up on healthy foods:

 It might be easy to pack your kids’ lunches with premade snacks, but a healthy diet is of the utmost importance, and junk foods don’t fit into the equation. make it easier for yourself by stocking up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread, and lean protein like turkey. Take a few minutes during the weekend to cut up fruits and vegetables and prepare things like tuna salad or hard boiled eggs for convenience in the mornings, and buy plenty of containers for nutritious dinner leftovers. Consider getting a small ice pack and an insulated lunch bag to allow more variety.

Tip # 5 Manage stress:

Back-to-school season is stressful for kids and parents alike, but too much stress can lead to a variety of health issues, like insomnia and sluggish immune systems. Help manage stress by talking to your children about anything that’s bothering them, and take care not to overload anyone’s schedule, including your own. Schoolwork and after-school activities are important, but it’s also essential to take time to relax, play and spend time as a family.

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Welcome Aimee Pollak MD

We are pleased to announce that Amy Pollak MD has joined our practice as of 8/14/2017.

Aimee Pollak, MD is a board certified pediatrician who completed her pediatric residency training at Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington, Vermont. She has been practicing pediatric medicine since 2008. Dr. Pollak is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Medical Association. Her special interests include preventative medicine and developmental screening. She encourages active involvement of her patients and families in their medical care to achieve the best outcomes possible. In her free time Dr. Pollak enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children. She loves playing outside, reading books, and crafting.

Please see our New Vaccine Policy 2/20/2017

The pediatricians at Bloomfield Pediatric Care want to provide the best protection for your children, our other patients, as well as our staff and providers from preventable illnesses.  We have made the decision to only accept new families into our practice who plan to FULLY immunize their children according to the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. If your child is behind on the recommended immunizations the office may contact you or we ask that you discuss this with your child’s provider at their next visit.

We believe in the safety and benefits of childhood immunizations. We  follow the American Academy of Pediatric guidelines for immunizations. We stay informed about newly published studies and have not seen any studies that lead us to support the delay of immunizations or the use of alternative immunization schedules. Alternative immunization schedules leave children unprotected at the most vulnerable ages.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Bloomfield Pediatric Care earns patient-centered medical home designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Nation’s largest PCMH program transforming primary care in Michigan.

Blue Cross blue Shield of Michigan has designated Bloomfield Pediatric Care as of 2015 patient-centered medical home practice.  The designation period runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

This means they are among a select group of physicians who are improving primary care in Michigan by adopting the PCMH model of care.

” The patient-centered medical home is health care centered on the patient,” said Maureen A. Kelly, MD.  “We take a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care helping you meet your health goals and keeping track of all your specialist visits, test results and prescriptions.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated roughly 1,550 primary care practices-with more than 4,340 primary care doctors-as PCMH practices.  The program is the largest of its kind in the country and has the potential to affect close to 2 million Michigan residents.

With the PCMH model, we create care teams that work with you to keep you healthy and monitor your care on an ongoing basis.

We coordinate your health care using registries to track your conditions and ensure you receive the care you need.  We offer you more access to the care team, coordinate complimentary care (such as nutrition counseling) and help you better manage conditions like asthma and diabetes.

A recent analysis of Blue Cross claims data shows that PCMH-designated doctors are succeeding in more effectively managing patients” care to keep them healthy and prevent complications.

For more information, contact us at 248 451-0600 with any questions or concerns.

No better time than the present to schedule a Well Child appointment

Children need an annual well-check exam to maintain their health and track their growth and development.

Please call our office now to schedule your child’s well-check appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

 

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