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15
Feb
2017
Settling the Vaccination Debate

Settling the Vaccination Debate

By admin on February 15, 2017 in Blog with No Comments

Vaccines are a hot button topic that raises issues and concerns with parents. Controversy about vaccines is nothing new and every vaccine that has been introduced has received its fair share of negative claims. However, research, data, and years of medical review have found that vaccines are an indispensable component of every child’s healthcare routine.

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16
Jan
2017
How Antibiotic Overuse Affects Your Children

How Antibiotic Overuse Affects Your Children

By admin on January 16, 2017 in Blog with No Comments

As a parent, there is nothing worse than watching your child suffer through a bad case of the flu or a particularly nasty case of strep throat. Your first inclination is to get your kid to the doctor immediately but on weekends or over holidays, you turn to an urgent care center, a telemedicine service […]

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15
Jan
2017
Safe Sleep – Latest Guidelines

Safe Sleep – Latest Guidelines

By swpedi on January 15, 2017 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Sleep is a common concern for all parents – from birth even through our college kids.  We want to make sure our kids are getting enough sleep at the right time, and hopefully getting a little for ourselves as well.  But making sure kids get enough isn’t enough – it’s important that it is safe […]

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9
Jan
2017
Walk-In Hours at Lakeway

Walk-In Hours at Lakeway

By swpedi on January 9, 2017 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Our Lakeway office now offers walk-in appointments every weekday morning from 8 am  to 10 am for all patients of Southwest Pedatrics.  We recognize that some illnesses pop up overnight and it would be helpful to just pop in and be seen.  These appointments are best used for acute concerns rather than chronic or behavioral […]

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5
Dec
2016
Don’t Let the Flu Stop You!

Don’t Let the Flu Stop You!

By swpedi on December 5, 2016 in Blog Uncategorized What's New with No Comments

We are happy to announce that there is no more wait list to receive the flu vaccine.  Don’t wait, please call our office at (512) 288-9669 to schedule your flu shot appointment today!

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1
Nov
2016
Meet our Nurse Practitioner!

Meet our Nurse Practitioner!

By swpedi on November 1, 2016 in Blog Doctors What's New with No Comments

We have always been a physician-only practice, and we knew it would have to be a special person to be our first nurse practitioner.  Luckily, we have just the person in mind.  We are thrilled to add Laurie Blanch, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, who joins our team on November 1st.  We are very excited to have her. […]

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6
Sep
2016
Mixing Powdered Formulas

Mixing Powdered Formulas

By swpedi on September 6, 2016 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Breast milk is best for just about every baby, but when formula is needed or preferred we have to choose a brand and form.  The most economical form of infant formula is a dry powder.  Unfortunately, we are learning that it sometimes can pass on harmful bacteria, because it is not a sterile product.  These […]

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30
Aug
2016
Electronic Prescribing of  Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

By swpedi on August 30, 2016 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Southwest Pediatric Associates is happy to announce we are now able to provide prescriptions for controlled substances through electronic prescription to your pharmacy.  These are sent similarly to any other electronic prescription, but with additional security measures as required by the Federal Drug Administration. Until recently, families have had to physically pick up a hard-copy […]

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30
Aug
2015
Flu Season

Flu Season

By swpedi on August 30, 2015 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Some things are inevitable.  Death & taxes.  You brag that your kids haven’t been sick in a while…..and then they are instantly sick.  And, of course, flu season.  Another discouraging tidbit this year is that we will not be using the nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) because it has lost its recommendation due to 2 years […]

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15
Mar
2015
Vaccine Policy Update

Vaccine Policy Update

By admin on March 15, 2015 in Blog What's New with No Comments

We ask our families to please read the following, as it represents a significant change in our vaccination policy. When our practice began in 2001, we began with a core belief that we were partners with parents when making good choices for their children’s health.  We join our training and experience with parents’ understanding of […]

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15
Mar
2015
Welcome Lakeway to Southwest Pediatrics

Welcome Lakeway to Southwest Pediatrics

By admin on March 15, 2015 in Blog What's New with No Comments

We are thrilled to welcome Lakeway Pediatrics into the Southwest Pediatrics family! Patients who live in these areas are welcome to be seen at our Lakeway office or continue to be seen at our original office. Our electronic health records are available at both locations, so you can choose what works best for your family. We […]

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2
Feb
2015
It Gets Better

It Gets Better

By kjolet on February 2, 2015 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Sometimes we have just a great story that’s worth sharing.  One of our moms, Erin, a patient of Dr. Wagner, was kind enough to provide this blog entry to encourage moms of babies that have a rough start – the ones that don’t live up to the Baby Story/People Magazine dreams of a calm, blissful […]

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16
Sep
2014
Antibiotics – Great Stuff, Use With Caution

Antibiotics – Great Stuff, Use With Caution

By swpedi on September 16, 2014 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Here’s a really great article, a quick read, about how antibiotics are being used more than twice as often as they should be.  We may be biassed, but we believe pediatricians in general are generally very cautious with antibiotics, doing our best to educate families about the cause of infections and treating only when we […]

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17
Jul
2014
ADHD Treatment Reduces Substance Abuse

ADHD Treatment Reduces Substance Abuse

By kjolet on July 17, 2014 in Blog What's New with No Comments

I think that parents and pediatricians always want to avoid intervention if possible – such as avoiding antibiotics for that very mild ear infection.  But we also want to avoid skipping treatment for kids who could really benefit.  ADHD is one of those disorders that we have real potential for harm if identified but NOT […]

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9
Mar
2014
Patient Portal & Appointment Reminders

Patient Portal & Appointment Reminders

By swpedi on March 9, 2014 in Blog Uncategorized What's New with No Comments

Appointment reminders are only be available through the Patient Portal. You can set up your preferences for how you would like reminders to come to you.  Through the portal you have the choice to receive appointment reminders by text, email, or both. Instructions for setting up your Notification Preferences. If you haven’t signed up for the portal yet, please fill […]

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3
Jan
2014
ADHD Tools

ADHD Tools

By kjolet on January 3, 2014 in Blog What's New with No Comments

I have stumbled on a tool kit that I find pretty helpful – I think it’s worth sharing.   I am always very cautious about suggesting materials put out by pharmaceutical companies.  We all ought to be a cautious about hidden agendas, but this one seems to be pretty good.  I especially like the section […]

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26
Aug
2013
Tantrums: Why & What to Do

Tantrums: Why & What to Do

By Dr. Christine Fyda on August 26, 2013 in Blog What's New with No Comments

Your child is kicking and screaming and causing a scene in the middle of the grocery store, all because they can’t have a special type of cereal. This is the type of situation that most parents fear.  Why is my child doing this?  What can I do about it? How do I do something without […]

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22
Jul
2013
TV & Your Kids

TV & Your Kids

By Dr. Vaishalee Patil on July 22, 2013 in Blog Uncategorized What's New with No Comments

There is a lot about television that concerns me, especially the passive nature of TV viewing. The next time your child watches TV, look at him instead of the screen and ask yourself, “What is he doing?” or perhaps more appropriately, “What is he not doing?” Sitting in front of the television set, children are […]

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12
Jul
2013
When can a kid mow the lawn?

When can a kid mow the lawn?

By kjolet on July 12, 2013 in Blog What's New with No Comments

I know that most parents are interested in teaching their kids responsibility and life skills, and certainly would like their kids to contribute to their families.  I also know many parents would like to never mow the lawn themselves again!  Mowing the lawn can be a great way to learn responsibility and even pay for […]

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8
Jul
2013
Childhood Obesity – What can we do to help prevent it?

Childhood Obesity – What can we do to help prevent it?

By Dr. Haydee Rimer on July 8, 2013 in Blog What's New with No Comments

In Pediatrics, we believe that prevention is the hallmark of any good medical practice.  For example, we promote immunizations to prevent disease and safe behavior such as wearing bicycle helmets.  It’s also our professional duty to make parents aware of the importance of nutrition and physical activity as a party of healthy life habits.  Childhood […]

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