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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.

Willow's Pediatrics gives back Toys for Tots Willow's Pediatrics gives back at the Food Bank

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


School Start Time, Sleep and Your Adolescent: Time for a Change

Sleep for Success LogoIf your high-school-aged teen has struggled getting up for school in the morning, you are not alone.  What has been commonly observed, that adolescents’ sleep cycle shifts as they hit puberty so that adolescents become night owls, have trouble waking up in the morning, and then experience excessive sleepiness during the day – has recently received national attention as a public health issue.

With the benefit of neuroscience we now know that teens aren’t just lazy; their natural sleep cycles make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11:00 p.m. and wake up before 8:00 a.m.  This is because adolescents’ biological sleep-wake cycle begins to shift two to three hours later at the start of puberty.  This sleep-phase shift affects teenagers around the world, regardless of parenting methods, technology use, or sleep hygiene.  Even adolescents in pre-industrial cultures without cell phones or computers develop the same sleep-cycle delay.

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Willows Pediatrics Gives Back at the Connecticut Food Bank

Willow's Pedicatrics team giving back at the Connecticut food bankA number of our physicians, PA’s, nurses, lab techs and receptionists recently teamed up with the Connecticut Food Bank to give back to our local community last month. The Willows team gathered at the food bank’s Fairfield location to sort and package food for those in need.

We filled 442 bags and nearly two full pallets of boxes. This is not the first time the physicians and staff at Willows have volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank. Read More

Willows Pediatrics Joins the Maker Faire

Maker Faire Drone

Willows Pediatrics was proud to join the 2017 Westport Maker Faire as a sponsor. Under the theme “Creative Kids,” Dr. Jonathan Sollinger hosted our booth. The Willows’ patients and families representing us at our booth enjoyed a full day of creating and sharing with the over 10,000 individual who attended the annual event. Our patients made over 30 batches of Slime with other kids who stopped by, explained how drones work, taught how to make colorful custom lip balm and displayed a sign created for a heat safety campaign to keep kids and pets safe in cars and took photos of the Faire. Thanks to drone technology and the entrepreneurial spirit of a Willow’s patient, we also helped capture a bird’s eye view of the Maker Faire opening from above, and shared the experience of learning how to fly a drone and take the steps needed to earn FAA certification as a remote drone pilot. Many thanks to all of our families for donating their time and sharing their talents, and we hope many others were able to attend and enjoy the activities and innovations, and came away inspired to develop their own crafts and ideas.

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Breastmilk Storage Guidelines*

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines

*for home-use for healthy full term infants (Storing times may differ for premature or sick babies. Please check with us.)

We know new parents have a lot of things to worry about! At Willows, we believe that remembering breastmilk storage times shouldn’t be one of them. Here’s a quick reference for you to bookmark, download or print for easy access. Please keep in mind, these are guidelines – not strict rules. For more detailed information, please see the links in the references below. When in doubt, call one of our lactation consultants, Cathy and Dana, with any questions or concerns.

Breastmilk Storage Guidelines


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper Storage and Handling of Human Milk.

Head Injury and Concussion Care

willows concussion blogConcussion Care for Active Children and Adolescents in Fairfield County

Despite taking precautions, active children and adolescents may experience head injuries, need to be evaluated, and appropriate return to school and play guidelines must be provided. Year round, Willows Pediatrics is committed to providing complete, consistent and comprehensive concussion management for our patients. However, with school starting and “Concussion Season” upon us, we want to review the services and expertise Willows Pediatrics can provide to children and adolescents who experience a head injury. Read More