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Eastern Equine Encephalitis – Q & A

Mosquito bites and eastern equine encephalitis

Many families are aware that the Connecticut State Department of Health recently reported a mosquito infected with the virus causing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in Fairfield County. While infections due to this virus are rare in people, two cases of EEE, one fatal, have also recently been reported in Connecticut shoreline towns. As many families are spending a great deal of time outside during the early fall, with possible exposure to mosquitoes, we would like to provide answers to questions about keeping your infants, children, and adolescents safe during this year’s EEE season. Read More

Sport Related Concussion: New Research and Findings

Row of sports icons for Willows Pediatrics

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) an estimated 1.1 million to 1.9 million children and teens are treated for recreational or sport-related concussion every year in the United States.  As most parents are aware, the management of concussion is important to ensure that their child can return safely to their sport or activity.

Given how common concussions are, a great deal of research has gone in to determine the best ways to evaluate sport concussions, and over the past few years guidance on the treatment of injured players has evolved.  In its first update in eight years, the AAP presents the results of the latest research on the treatment of concussions in the report, “Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents“. Read More

Flu Vaccine Update for 2018-2019: Key Facts for Parents

Child receiving vaccine at Willow's Pediatrics

Flu season is upon us, and now is the time to review how to best protect your child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 6 months and older, including adolescents, receive a flu shot this season with the goal of providing optimal protection against all strains of influenza.  Influenza can be a serious illness, and as many parents are aware, influenza resulted in a record number of pediatric deaths this past year. Read More

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play

Baby group and sleep safety at Willow's Pediatrics

Our weekly newborn group is a time for new mothers to come together to share their experiences and learn from our group facilitators, Willows physicians, and each other.  We also enjoy having guest speakers who present on subjects that moms have shown an interest in.  One of our regular guest speakers is Tina Botticelli, a pediatric physical therapist from Norwalk Hospital. At a recent meeting Tina joined our newborn group to discuss infant motor development, and demonstrated recommended ways to position and hold babies to support their emerging physical skills.  By encouraging proper head and neck development, parents can also reduce the likelihood that their baby will develop occipital plagiocephaly, or flattening on one side of the back of the head.

As part of teaching about infant development, the physicians, PA’s, and nurses at Willows want to remind parents and all caretakers about the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for sleep safety.  While tummy time is important for infants to develop strong muscles, tummy time is only for infants who are awake and being watched. And please remember, healthy babies are safest when sleeping on their backs at nighttime and during naps. Back to sleep, tummy to play!

Fifth Disease Interview with Dr. Lauren Allison on Star 99.9

Dr. Lauren Allison was recently featured on an interview with Star 99.9.

The Anna & Raven Show is a popular radio stream from the local station Star 99.9.  Anna, one of the broadcasters, is currently pregnant and was concerned when she heard there was a recent outbreak of Fifth Disease in the local area.

Both Anna and Raven from Star 99.9 decided to interview Dr. Allison to learn more about Fifth Disease and other viral illnesses.  Below is the interview with our own Dr. Lauren Allison!

You can listen by following this link or clicking below.

Adolescent Screening Tests for Depression and Anxiety

Caring for your teen banner

In response to new 2018 Universal Screening Recommendations for adolescent depression and anxiety by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Willows Pediatric Group is pleased to offer your adolescent age 12 years and over the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 self-reporting screening tests.

Adolescence is a period of time when teenagers may experience changes in mood and sense of well-being. While most teenagers may be able to express their feelings, not all are capable of doing so. Studies have shown that up to 50% of adolescents with depression go unrecognized and untreated. Read More

Unlocked Firearms in the Home: Asking Saves Kids

Most parents are aware of the staggering number of children and adolescents affected by firearm violence in the United States. What parents may not realize is that in the United States, one out of every three homes with children has a gun, and that many of these firearms are kept unlocked or loaded. Every year thousands of children and adolescents are killed and injured as a result.

In response, we want to bring to your attention The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign. This movement promotes a simple idea that has the potential to help keep all kids safe. The Ask Campaign, created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. Read More

Willows Giving Back

Willow's Pediatrics gives back at Breast Cancer Walk Willow's Pediatrics gives back to Pediatric Cancer

As we begin 2018, the physicians, PAs, nurses, and staff of Willows Pediatrics would like to say how grateful we are for the support from our families as we gave back to our local community and beyond the past year. September 2017 was Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and families who purchased items at our bake sale helped support the fight against childhood cancer.   Thirteen members of the Willows family participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island last October and contributed to breast cancer awareness and research. October 2017 was also when several of our physicians and staff sorted and packed food at the Connecticut Food Bank in Fairfield.  Many thanks to our families who donated non-perishable food items during our food drive.   2017 ended with our Toys for Tots drive, part of the annual campaign run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  Again, many thanks for the generosity of so many families who donated unopened toys to be given to children whose families were unable to purchase them on their own.

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Baby Group Celebrates Halloween

Willow's Pediatrics Baby Group Photo - Halloween Celebration

Our always popular baby group took a break from their normal newborn learning sessions to celebrate Halloween and the new friendships and bonds that develop during the weekly sessions.  While their parents enjoyed baked goods and snacks, babies celebrated their first Halloween dressed in festive costumes.   The Willows baby group is open to any of our parents with an infant from birth to 3 months of age, and meets in our office every Tuesday at 11 am.  No appointment is needed, just bring yourself, any family members who want to join you, and your baby!

Willows Receives Award from the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS)

Willows Pediatric Group has done it again!  Based on data from the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), we have achieved a 94% immunization rate at age 2 years, for our patients born in the year 2013. This has contributed to sustaining Connecticut’s high immunization rate.  We are proud to continue our tradition of receiving this annual recognition from CIRTS.

The physicians, PA’s, and nurses at Willows are dedicated to informing parents about the benefits of vaccines, and vaccinating your children at an appropriate age to keep them protected from diseases.

Willow's CIRTS Award 2017

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