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March 2015 Newsletter
Picky Eating Among Preschoolers Usually Temporary
Preschool children can be picky eaters, but the behavior usually is temporary and part of normal development, researchers reported. 
 
Source of Measles Outbreak Unlikely to be Identified
The source of the measles outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely to be identified despite finding the same strain of measles in the U.S. and the Philippines. While determining the source would be of interest, the primary goal is to halt the outbreak, sources indicated.
 
Parents See Pros, Cons to Later School Starts
Parents have mixed opinions on whether schools should adopt later start times, according to a recent poll. Findings show that while some say a later start would give students more time to sleep and help them perform better in school, others worry the change will limit after-school activities and affect students' ability to get to school.

From the Doctors:
 
Dr. Gomez:

 
There are many factors that can increase the risk of heart disease, some of them we can’t control, like family history. So, if you already have that as a factor (or you have unknown family history) it is even more important to have your cholesterol levels checked- especially if over 10 years of age and have a high body mass index (a value that tells you if you are at increased risk by comparing height, weight and age). There are factors that increase heart disease risk that we CAN control: what we eat, exercise every day or at least most of the days of the week, avoiding cigarette smoking, avoiding a high body mass index.
 
So being a pediatrician, why am I talking about this? Isn’t  heart disease an “adult disease?   Well, plenty of studies have shown that if we start a healthy diet at a very young age we are more likely to carry it during adolescence and in doing so reduce our cholesterol levels once we are adults. So once again I encourage everyone: stay healthy by eating healthy!!   Write down what  you eat daily--get the nutritional information, avoid foods with high sugar content and saturated fats.
 
Dr. Higuera:
 
Parents, remember to take your 16 yr. for the recommended Menactra booster.  This vaccine is initially administered at age 11but a booster is needed at age 16.  Menactra is a vaccine against Neisseria meningitides, a bacteria that causes infection and swelling of the meninges, the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.  This is referred to as MENINGITIS.  Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck.  Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) and confusion.  Symptoms typically develop within 3 to 7 days after exposure.
 
This infection can be very serious and can be fatal. The best way to prevent infection is by getting the vaccine.

 

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