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Safety

Life is valuable and for this reason, we should do everything in our power to protect it. It is much easier to prevent accidents, than to deal with their aftermath (especially if the mishap could have been easily avoided). Taking appropriate safety precautions ensures that you and your family will be protected from unnecessary danger, risk, or injury.

Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon

Panorama of the King Fire in Pollock Pines CA that burned over 70,000 acres

For the past week, Oregonians have watched and grieved as the Eagle Creek fire claimed more than 30,000 acres of treasured landscapes. In addition to emotional devastation, many of us are physically suffering from the smoky, ash-filled air. Just yesterday … Continue reading

Air Quality Advisory in Portland

Sunrise View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion.

Notice the haze outside this morning? We have wildfire smoke from British Columbia and parts of Oregon to thank for that. With Portland’s current Air Quality Index (AQI) rating at 177, it’s now considered unhealthy for everyone to breathe. Check … Continue reading

Oregon’s Total Eclipse

Oregon’s Total Eclipse

Photo Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken skies across the U.S. (from Oregon to South Carolina) along a 70-mile-wide path. Within this “path of totality,” the sun will completely … Continue reading

Sports Physical or Well Check: Is one better than the other?

Young american football player running back breaking away from an attempted tackle.

If your child or teen plans to participate in fall sports, now’s the time to schedule a well check. When we say well check, we don’t mean a sports physical – the two are actually quite different. Let’s go over … Continue reading

Recommended Insect Repellents

A man is trying to protect himself from insects.

žWhen used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are safe and effective for children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Learn more about using insect repellents safely and effectively here. Our pediatricians and advice staff are also … Continue reading

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Key Facts Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or headache. These symptoms normally … Continue reading

Vaccine Exclusion Day

Vaccine Exclusion Day

 Vaccine Exclusion Day is just around the corner! Oregon requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start programs, and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption. ♥  Required vaccines for the … Continue reading

Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety

As fellow parents, we know that keeping our children safe is a huge responsibility and priority! That’s why we recommend that they ride rear-facing until at least age 2, or until the maximum height and weight requirements for their respective … Continue reading

Polio Advisory for International Travel

Polio Advisory for International Travel

In response to the recent spread of polio in several countries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health advisory, urging international travelers to seek vaccination. According to the CDC, “anyone planning travel to a polio-affected … Continue reading

Perhaps the scariest part of Halloween…

Perhaps the scariest part of Halloween…

Halloween Candy Safety Step 1: Examine all candy prior to letting your child have at it, and throw out anything that isn’t commercially wrapped! Step 2: Look for any signs of tampering: unusual appearance or discoloration tiny pinholes tears in wrapper Discard anything … Continue reading