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January 02, 2018
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From HealthyChildren.org
The start of the new year is a great time to help your children focus on forming good habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides the following list of ideas for you to talk to your children about trying, depending on their age. ​

Preschoolers

  • I will try hard to clean up​ my toys by putting them where they belong. 
  • I will let my parents help me  brush my teeth twice a day.
  • I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • I will learn how to help clear the table when I am done eating. 
  • I will be friendly to all animals. I will learn how to ask the owners if I can pet their animal first.
  • I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
  • I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help or am scared.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk​ and water most days. Soda and fruit drinks are only for special times.
  • I will take care of my skin by putting on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to remember to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I'll try to be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
  • I will tell an adult about bullying that I see or hear about to do what I can to help keep school safe for everyone. 
  • I will keep my personal info safe and not share my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay. 
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise that I'll do my best to follow our household rules for videogames andinternet use.

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will drink sodas only at special times.
  • I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • When I have some down time for media, I will try to choose educational, high-quality nonn-violent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities. I promise to respect out household rules for videogames and internet use.
  • I will do what I can to help out in my community. I will give some of my time to help others, working with community groups or others that help people in need. These activities will make me feel better about myself and my community. 
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will look for a  trusted adultso that we can attempt to find a way to help.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date. I will treat the other person with respect and not force them to do something they do not want to do. I will not use violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. I will also avoid the use of e-cigarettes
  • I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt
By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
December 04, 2017
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Dear Families of Stepping Stone Pediatrics,

I wanted to send you this letter about the recent changes happening at Stepping Stone Pediatrics. First, I would like to introduce you to the latest member of our pediatric team, Jennifer Johansen, our new nurse practitioner. Jen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from New Jersey City University and her Master's degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University where she graduated with honors. Jen is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to coming to Stepping Stone Pediatrics, Jen was an Assistant Nurse Manager of a Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Neurology and Pediatric EEG unit for several years. Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and the Oncology Nursing Society. Jen also holds a national certification as an Oncology Nurse through Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). Jen is married with two children and looking forward to meeting all our Stepping Stone families. Jen is a wonderful addition to our team.

Next, it is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my early retirement from Stepping Stone Pediatrics. When I decided to start Stepping Stone twelve years ago I wanted to build a small, dedicated and friendly practice that catered to family’s needs with an intimate group of doctors. I am very proud of how we at Stepping Stone have managed growth with keeping the needs of our families in mind. It has been my great pleasure to be a resource and advisor in your children’s health.

I have come to a point in my career that I want to be more involved with my family and be able to better enjoy my pre-teen and teenage children’s activities. As you well know, these times are precious and go by way too quickly.

I believe I am leaving you in the capable hands of Dr. Alex Liwag. Many of you have worked with Dr. Alex over the years and Dr. Alex will be staying on with Stepping Stone. With the addition of Jen and the remainder of the Stepping Stone team I believe you will be well taken care of going forward.

Again, it has been my great honor to be such an important part of your family. I am grateful that you have chosen Stepping Stone Pediatrics to be your advisor in your children’s health I wish you all the very best of health and hope that our paths cross again one day.

Thank you, 

Coming soon.

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November 01, 2017
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By contactus@steppingstonepediatrics.com
September 28, 2017
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From New Jersey Poison Control:

Health Alert - Don’t Get Sick after Visiting Petting Zoos

(Newark, NJ) – Fall weekends are perfect for visiting festivals, agricultural/state fairs and farms to pick pumpkins and apples. Petting zoos and animal exhibits are often attractions at these events.  Unfortunately, even healthy animals can sometimes carry germs, which can lead to people getting sick after their visit. Outbreaks of E. coli infections have been associated with touching animals at these types of events.

The simplest way to prevent illness is to wash hands frequently during your visit. Since germs spread easily, be sure to wash hands immediately after petting animals, touching the animal enclosures and/or exiting the animal areas. Wash hands even if you did not touch any of the animals. Avoid eating, drinking and touching your eyes and mouth until you have washed your hands thoroughly. If running water and soap are not available, use hand sanitizers until you can get to a sink to wash properly.

Keep food and drinks out of the animal enclosures. Germs can spread to food and cause sickness. Remember not to drink or eat products sold as raw (unpasteurized); this includes apple cider, milk, cheese and juice. When buying food from a vendor, be sure it is cooked thoroughly before eating. Food poisoning is a common health risk at public events.

If you suspect illness, do not wait until symptoms occur or waste time looking up information on the Internet. Call the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help anytime day or night. The poison control center is the go-to resource for poison-related exposures and poison prevention information; providing fast, expert, medical treatment advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.





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