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

    All good things must come to an end, and summer is no exception (we’ll miss you, sun!). In a matter of weeks, the kids will be back in school and back on the court, field, or track. If your child … Continue reading

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    Recommended Insect Repellents

    The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites! 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 … Continue reading

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    Parent Advisory Spotlight

    In 2010 when my family and I moved from California to Oregon, I was lost in so many ways. I had moved to a new state for my husband’s job to a place where I knew no one. My two … Continue reading

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    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

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    Back to School Presentation

    Is your child’s school year off to a rocky start? The back-to-school transition period can be challenging for parents and children alike. In this informative presentation, we’ll discuss how to manage school anxiety and help your child build friendships, what … Continue reading

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    First Pediatric Practice in Oregon to Earn STAR Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Designation

    Metropolitan Pediatrics Northwest recently received the state’s first STAR rating for a pediatric practice from the Oregon Health Authority. Metropolitan Pediatrics is pleased to announce that its Northwest Office has received STAR Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) recognition from the … Continue reading

  • Epic is coming…

    While we make this change… Some printouts might look different. We may ask you to fill out forms that you have completed before. We may ask you to re-sign electronic documents that you have signed on paper in the past. We may temporarily have extra staff in the … Continue reading

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    What’s up with the color PURPLE, doc?

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and here at MP, this is near and dear to our hearts. As parents, pediatricians, and humans, we want all kids to be safe and happy in environments free from abuse. So what exactly … Continue reading

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    What’s up with my teen being so tired all the time, doc?

    We all know life can be rough when we don’t get enough sleep. This holds true from infancy into adulthood. Newer studies are examining what lack of sleep does to the teenager specifically, and surprise, surprise… teens need more sleep! … Continue reading

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    What’s up with meningitis, doc?

    Meningitis, an infection in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, is scary stuff! You have likely heard about the current outbreak of bacterial meningitis at the University of Oregon (since January, one student has died and five others have become … Continue reading

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    What’s up with the measles, doc?

    Not-so-happiest-place-on-earth? The current explosion in media coverage regarding the measles, vaccination, and complications of the disease is directly related to an outbreak traced back to the theme park where most of us have fond childhood memories, Disneyland. As of the … Continue reading

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    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

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    KATU Everyday Heroes: Project Erase

    For many of our pediatricians, patient care doesn’t stop when they leave the office. Our doctors can often be found volunteering

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    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

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    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

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    Reassuring Children After Tragedy

    Nothing hurts more profoundly than the tragic loss of young life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hoffman family and all of the students, staff, and parents of Reynolds High School. May the love and support of those around … Continue reading

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    How does Parent-Child Interaction Therapy work?

    Sitting behind a one-way mirror, I coach the parent via an “ear bug” audio device, guiding them through strategies that

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    How can Parent-Child Interaction Therapy help prevent child abuse?

    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) reduces risk of child abuse by encouraging positive interaction between parent and child and training parents

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    What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a family-centered treatment approach proven effective for children, ages 2 to 7, and their caregivers.

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    2014 Child Abuse Prevention PSA

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that

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    Treating the Whole Person

    Better care made possible by Metropolitan Pediatrics and FamilyCare: An interview featuring our Care Manager, Amy Smith, FamilyCare member, Kenny

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    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

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    Meningococcal Meningitis

    Most cases of meningococcal meningitis could have been prevented! Don’t let your child or teen become another victim of this devastating disease—get your loved ones immunized! What is meningococcal meningitis? Meningococcal meningitis is a rare and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection, … Continue reading

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    Nobody Knew

    School nurses have joined together as Voices of Meningitis to reach parents with an important message: although rare, meningococcal disease

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    Get in the Game featuring Dara Torres

    School nurses have joined together as Voices of Meningitis to reach parents with an important message: although rare, meningococcal disease

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    The ABCs of Sleeping

    Source: Melissa Gendron, MSc, Project Coordinator, Corkum LABS, Dalhousie University.

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    2013 Child Abuse Prevention PSA

    Of all the stories covered on the news, child abuse stories often have the most tragic endings. That’s

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    Child Abuse Prevention & Early Detection

    Early prevention and detection is an essential component of ensuring a child’s well-being, both in physical and mental health.

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    Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Abusive Head Trauma is another term for Shaken Baby Syndrome. This is a kind of child abuse that occurs when

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    Hepatitis A: FAQ

    What is hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild sickness lasting a few weeks to a severe sickness persisting for several months. Most people who contract hepatitis A recover completely. In rare … Continue reading

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    Supporting Children After Natural Disasters

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families impacted by the recent storms in Oklahoma. At Metropolitan Pediatrics, we understand that severe weather is distressing not only for those who experience it firsthand, but also for those … Continue reading

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    Healthy Kids Day & Health Fair

    Join us Saturday, May 18th! Metropolitan Pediatrics is a proud sponsor of Movin’ It with Mrs. Oregon, a non-profit organization that supports family health education and pediatric obesity prevention. The non-profit, founded by Mrs. Oregon 2013 – a nurse at … Continue reading

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    Summer Sports Physicals

    Children and teens attending summer camp or playing sports are usually required to have a physical exam, as well as a physician-signed release for participation. If you have had a comprehensive physical in the last year, you do not need … Continue reading

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    Screen Time: Why do we care?

    A 2010 Kaiser report* showed that our children, on average, spend more than 7 hours per day in front of screens – watching TV, playing video games, using computers, and accessing other media. When multitasking is included, this time exceeds 12 hours … Continue reading

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    Boston Tragedy – Children & Traumatic Events

    The events that have unfolded over the course of this past week have been both tragic and confusing. When trauma strikes on such a large scale, it is difficult to shelter our children from the images and stories portrayed in … Continue reading

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    Increasing Cooperation in Young Children

    Set Expectations Parents should determine acceptable versus unacceptable behaviors, and communicate these expectations to their child. A reward system can be developed based on these expectations, in which your child earns points for demonstrating positive behaviors. It should be relatively easy … Continue reading

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    Spring Break is here!

    Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break? We have a few ideas… No matter what you decide to do, be safe and enjoy time with your little ones!

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    Attn: Oregonians – Skin Cancer is Largely Preventable

    Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for our high mortality rate from melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer: It’s responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths [source: CDC]. Frequent cool and overcast days may give Oregonians a false sense of … Continue reading

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    Supporting Children After a Tragedy

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to those involved in the Clackamas Town Center shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of our community as we work together to heal from this tragedy. During times of … Continue reading

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    Getting Active Indoors

    There are many ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, even when it is cold or rainy outside. Indoor swimming pools and gyms (basketball and tennis courts) can be great options, but also consider these ideas that can … Continue reading

  • Confirmed Case of Measles in Woodland, WA

    Measles is a highly contagious illness. Infected children tend to be contagious for a couple days prior to developing symptoms until several days following the appearance of measles’ characteristic rash. If you suspect your child has contracted measles, keep him … Continue reading

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    Asthma – Start the school year off right!

    The start of school is always a busy time, but it’s a particularly important time of year for those with asthma. Asthma flares are common in the first month or two of school for many children. For some, fall allergens … Continue reading

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    Breastfeeding Concerns

    Although experts agree that breastfeeding is the best option for babies, it does come with its own set of challenges. While some mothers and babies adapt to it easily, others struggle with the technique. However, with patience and persistence, you’ll … Continue reading

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    To Breastfeed or Not To Breastfeed?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively during the first 6 months of life. After that, breastfeeding is still encouraged, as much as possible, until babies are at least one year old. Although it … Continue reading

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    Healthy Sleep Habits: The Don’ts

    Avoid the following and you should be well on your way to a good night’s sleep! Don’t: Exercise just before going to bed. Engage in stimulating activity just before going to bed, such as playing a competitive game, watching an … Continue reading

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    Occasional bad dreams are normal.  On average, you dream 4 or 5 times each night – some dreams are pleasant, some are not. Dreams help the mind process complicated events or information. Nightmares usually relate to developmental challenges: toddlers have … Continue reading

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    Healthy Sleep Habits: The Dos

    The most common cause of insomnia is a change in your child’s daily routine. Traveling, a change in school hours, disruption of other behaviors (e.g., eating, exercise, leisure), and relationship conflicts can all cause sleep problems. Paying attention to good … Continue reading

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    Exercise: Where to Start

    As with making any changes, it is important to start with small, attainable goals and gradually increase activity based on those goals. Here are some possible ways to start making positive changes in your family’s physical activity plans. Walk or … Continue reading

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    Let’s All Get Moving!

    A major component of creating or maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your family and children is to include physical activity as a part of your daily routine, as well as to limit the amount of time children spend engaged in … Continue reading

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    Put on Your Pajamas and Head to Bed!

    Having trouble getting your little one to bed? Use the following tips to overcome bedtime resistance: Establish a relaxation routine. Allow your child some time to settle down before bed: read a story, listen to calming music, or enjoy a … Continue reading

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    Patient Portal Has Arrived!

    Metropolitan Pediatrics is pleased to announce the arrival of our Patient Portal, an easy-to-use website that allows secure online communication between you, your pediatrician, and your clinic. The Patient Portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing … Continue reading

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    Water Safety

    Protect your family this summer by taking water safety precautions. Remember: Never leave children unattended, even for an instant! A lifeguard or an adult with water rescue training should supervise children whenever they are in or around water. Enroll your children in … Continue reading

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    Welcome to Metropolitan Pediatrics

    Our team, Metropolitan Pediatrics, is committed to providing the highest level of pediatric care available in this, our community. Our care will be delivered in a compassionate atmosphere, and in a supportive manner, with the greatest of respect for the … Continue reading

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    Preventing Sunburn in Babies & Fair-skinned Children

    Infant skin is thinner and more sensitive to the sun than that of older children.  In general, babies younger than 6 months of age should be kept out of the sun; babies 6-months-old and older can wear sunblock.  Regardless of … Continue reading

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    Preventing Sunburn

    Sunburn is caused by overexposure of the skin to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun or a sunlamp. Minor sunburn is a first-degree burn that turns the skin pink or red. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to blistering and … Continue reading