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I'd like to share a rather unusual, free, parenting education resource...bumper stickers! Advancing Parenting, a Camarillo CA nonprofit, produces parenting tips bumper stickers and makes them available at no cost to businesses, organizations, clinics, schools, and individuals. There are fifty-one in a set and each bumper sticker communicates a parenting behavior or practice generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Just one will be read thousands of times!

Bumper stickers are a unique and powerful way to educate everyone about parenting. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, smile, and nod. Conversations begin and often a phone is used to take a photo of the sticker right at the stoplight. Presumably, they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to see!

Sets of the stickers can be put in holders and placed on counters and tables so folks can select one or more for their cars. Visit www.advancingparenting.org to order this free resource. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Please share.

Dr. Stef On Call provides personalized pediatric care. From newborns to teens. Home visits and phone consultations for all your pediatric needs.

Dr. Stef On Call is a Direct Patient Care practice delivering personalized pediatric care to your home in the Dallas area.

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What We Know About COVID-19 and Kids 07/24/2020

What We Know About COVID-19 and Kids

What We Know About COVID-19 and Kids According to the CDC, only 6.6% of all confirmed cases in the U.S. have been in children under 18 years old. Regionally, though, the numbers look different.

"I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen." 07/23/2020

"I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen."

I’m getting asked this question every day..... Should we send our children back to school? There’s no quick answer, no easy answer, no “ right” answer.... but this is the best answer I’ve seen.....

"I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen." Six questions about the safety of kids, teachers, and families, answered.

Photos from Dr. Stef On Call, PLLC's post 03/27/2020

Any rambunctious kiddos stuck at home that end up bopping their heads and wind up with a cut like this - where a bandaid won’t suffice, but stitches are probably overkill - give me a call and I’ll come and fix it up for the cost of a home visit - I will waive the extra $50 fee for the wound repair (skin adhesive) so long as we are all still “sheltering in place”. 214-557-0877

03/26/2020
Things you need to know about COVID-19 testing in Dallas County 03/24/2020

Things you need to know about COVID-19 testing in Dallas County

Two drive-thru testing sites now available in Dallas to test for COVID19 in anyone who presents with cough (or shortness or breath or chest pain.... but don’t wait til symptoms progress that far....) & fever > 99.6. The criteria of who ‘qualifies’ for testing lessens as the capacity to run more tests increases, so more & more people will be able to get tested. Keep in mind, test results don’t change the treatment. Most people (particularly if they are in good health and have no underlying health conditions) will just experience a cold or flu-like illness. The treatment is to STAY AT HOME, strictly limit your contact with others, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take OTC pain/fever relievers as needed to keep comfortable. Testing is still important so we have a more accurate picture of the extent of disease and to help us understand the various clinical courses it may have in different populations of people. Reasons for contacting your doctor or going to the ER would be chest pain, heavy sensation in chest, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, etc. On the other hand, if you are > 65yo or have other underlying medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease (or on immunosuppressive therapy) history of smoking, COPD, etc) then I would advise you to contact your doctor immediately at the onset of any symptoms.
Several private labs are now able to test for COVID19 as well, but doctor’s offices may be limited in their ability to perform these tests due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment, and out of concern for the health & safety of their staff and other patients in the office, they may direct you to one of these drive-through testing sites.
Disclaimer: this is not intended to be medical advice. Call your doctor if you have any questions / concerns; see the CDC website for more comprehensive information about COVID19 or the Dallas Health & Human Services website for more local updates.

Things you need to know about COVID-19 testing in Dallas County The drive-thru testing sites in Dallas are now open to more people. Here's what you need to know before visiting one.

Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country 03/22/2020

Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country

Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country Dr. Emily Landon is the chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine, who moments after Pritzker issued the ordinance to take effect Saturday evening, took to the stand with a 7-minute-long speech that went viral after striking a chord for many individuals.

03/19/2020

Update on COVID-19 testing: Right now, testing capabilities for COVID-19 are still limited and most facilities are only able to run tests on patients who have a doctor’s order and meet the following criteria: fever + cough with a history of travel from high-risk area; OR fever + cough in an individual who is at greater risk for severe disease due to underlying illness (ex: elderly, immunocompromised, etc.); OR fever + cough and a history of exposure to a confirmed or suspected case; OR someone who is ill enough to require hospitalization for respiratory symptoms.
It would be helpful (for epidemiologic purposes - meaning to help get a true idea of how wide-spread the virus is, and how varied the spectrum of disease may be, etc.) to be able to test anyone and everyone with fever + cough (or perhaps just everyone, period...), but that is not feasible, at least not at this time.
That being said, there is a private lab in Dallas that is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone that wants it, without a doctors order. They will deliver the collection kit to your house - you collect the sample yourself - package it up - and they will retrieve it and deliver it to the lab. They claim that results will be available in 48 hours. The fee for this test is $299, up front. Anyone can go to the website to complete a request and submit payment: magnoliadiagnostics.com
I don’t recommend everyone try to get tested by this route, but if you have serious concerns (suffering with a flu-like illness, but have tested negative for the flu...) and really really want to know, as of today, this seems like your best option. And you don’t have to go to the doctor’s office or urgent care, and you don’t need me to come to your house....
I suspect testing capabilities will increase over the coming weeks, making COVID19 testing more widely available and less expensive. In addition to needing more supplies, the private labs also need more time to work out an agreement with insurance carriers on pricing and coverage.
All that being said, if you DON”T think your child has COVID-19, but you have other health concerns and would like to have them evaluated, whether it be for Strep, an ear ache, asthma/allergies, pink eye, a rash, etc., I am available for house calls. Text me with your request: 214-557-0877, and be sure to let me know where you live (my geographic area is generally south and west of 635, east of the Tollway,
North of downtown).
Stay well.

12 tips for managing your kids' handheld screen time - Active For Life 08/01/2019

12 tips for managing your kids' handheld screen time - Active For Life

Easier said than done..... especially the part about managing your own screen habits.... but oh so important to limit time, access & content on media devices, constantly supervise, be a good role model, and promote more active, creative & social past-times. Don't approach limiting screen time as a punishment - approach it as an opportunity to learn by experiencing real life. If we want kids to know how to act in social interactions, how to converse with adults, how to behave in a restaurant, to develop a sense of direction, and to understand & appreciate some of the simple but mundane tasks of everyday life - so that one day they will be able to do such tasks for themselves - we need to get them off their screens and get them to pay attention to what's going on around them.

12 tips for managing your kids' handheld screen time - Active For Life From planning a media strategy to limiting screen time for both you and your kids

Traveling Without Vomit: How to treat motion sickness in kids - ChildrensMD 05/14/2019

Traveling Without Vomit: How to treat motion sickness in kids - ChildrensMD

Planning your summer get-away?
Thought this was a timely article to post regarding treatment and prevention of motion sickness. Note that, due to increased risk of side effects in children and the inability to adjust the dosage, the scopolamine patch - commonly used to prevent motion sickness in adults - is not recommended in children. Benadryl and Dramamine are OTC antihistamines that are most commonly used to prevent motion sickness in children, as mentioned in the article below. However, if your child has reacted adversely to these drugs in the past (most common side effect = sedation, though some folks may experience restlessness, anxiety & agitation), another OTC option for prevention of motion sickness, not mentioned in the article below, is Bonine for Kids (active ingredient = cyclizine), which tends to be much less sedating.
Lots of other good tips in the article to help you prepare for your trip and enjoy the ride. Bon Voyage!

Traveling Without Vomit: How to treat motion sickness in kids - ChildrensMD Nothing makes travel miserable like a vomiting child, but the good news is that even the worst motion sickness is treatable. If your child is car sick, air sick, or sea sick, the right drugs combined with tried-and-true home remedies can stop the nauseated misery and help your whole family enjoy tra...

Energy Drinks Increase Stroke Risk by 500% According to New Studies 03/03/2019

Energy Drinks Increase Stroke Risk by 500% According to New Studies

No joke.... warn your kids to stay away from these drinks....

Energy Drinks Increase Stroke Risk by 500% According to New Studies Some of the foods sold in North America aren't really food. They are imitations, imposters. Here are the top ten posers to strictly avoid.

Certain Dental Flosses Raise Body Levels of Toxic Chemicals 01/17/2019

Certain Dental Flosses Raise Body Levels of Toxic Chemicals

This is terrible news! This is the dental floss I use - No more! I know it seems these chemicals are everywhere (our drinking water.... our carpets, our furniture...) and just impossible to avoid - but if I can decrease my serum levels by 25% by simply using another dental floss I most definitely will! So many chemicals we have created that are destroying our bodies and our world.... so sad, so disturbing.... but, on a positive note, at least people are starting to become more aware of this problem and more research is being done to identify and address the problem.....

Certain Dental Flosses Raise Body Levels of Toxic Chemicals Flossing teeth with Oral-B Glide and similar brands could inadvertently increase exposure to PFAS chemicals, a number of which have been linked to cancer and thyroid disease, a US study indicates.

Dr. Stef On Call, PLLC updated their business hours. 01/15/2019

Dr. Stef On Call, PLLC updated their business hours.

Dr. Stef On Call, PLLC updated their business hours.

01/09/2019

A few weeks ago there wasn’t much flu activity to talk about, at least not in Texas. But with people traveling all over the country the past couple weeks, it didn’t take long to spread. As you can see from the chart, flu activity has spiked in the past couple weeks, and likely will continue to do so for the next several weeks. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, get it asap. The more people who are vaccinated for the flu and are able to defend themselves against this virus rather than play a host to it, the less efficiently it will spread.
Symptoms of the flu typically come on abruptly. Early symptoms may include headache, fatigue, malaise, body aches, fever & chills. Respiratory symptoms often develop over the following days, including sore throat, cough, congestion & runny nose. Some folks also experience GI symptoms, such as nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
If you experience any flu-like symptoms - especially fever, headache, fatigue - by all means STAY HOME. Don’t just take ibuprofen and “push through it”. Don’t go to work or send your child to school. Don’t go to the grocery store or run errands. Limit your exposure to everyone and anyone. Cover your mouth & nose when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands frequently - rub them together vigorously under running water to flush away all those little flu germs.
The latter advice applies to everyone - cover your cough/sneeze and wash your hands frequently. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth while out & about, as you never know what kind of germs you may have come into contact with.
To you the flu might just mean a couple days of feeling lousy, being unproductive and missing work, to others it can truly be life-threatening.
Let’s all do our part to limit the spread of the flu.
”Stay healthy my friends.” :)

Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others 12/11/2018

Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others

Avoid an overdose - check your medicine cabinet for these bottles of liquid ibuprofen.

Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others Tris Pharma Inc. has voluntarily recalled three lots of infants liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar, because they may contain too much ibuprofen.

Avoid Getting Sick Over the Holidays With These 5 Tips 11/15/2018

Avoid Getting Sick Over the Holidays With These 5 Tips

Ditto that.......

Avoid Getting Sick Over the Holidays With These 5 Tips Although flu activity has been relatively low in Texas so far, we all know that diseases spread when we spend more time in airports and group gatherings. If you...

What I Learned When I Tried a Direct Primary Care Practice 11/05/2018

What I Learned When I Tried a Direct Primary Care Practice

"Were all of my previous physicians excellent? Yes. Did they have the extra time to have a personalized health conversation? No."
If you desire more personalized attention from your doctor & more individualized treatment plans - not just a protocol-driven checklist of Qs & As - you need to go with a DPC provider. Only DPC providers have the time and the motivation to listen to all your concerns, evaluate the "whole picture", talk through various treatment options - both the conventional and the non-conventional, and collaborate with you in a meaningful & effective doctor-patient relationship. DPC providers are not as quick to refer you to a specialist if a puzzling condition presents itself - instead they will take the time to research it themselves, consult with colleagues and specialists, and perhaps save you from unnecessary testing, procedures or specialty evaluations. DPC providers are available to take your phone calls & return your emails and they encourage you to reach out to them if you have questions or concerns. They want to know what's going on and they want to help and be involved. At least that's been my experience, and that's why I became a DPC provider.

What I Learned When I Tried a Direct Primary Care Practice A collection of posts by and for Doximity members. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the views of Doximity. The information here does not substitute for clinical advice.

Dr. Stef makes House Calls

Dr. Stef On Call is a Direct Patient Care practice delivering personalized pediatric care to your home in the Dallas area. Dr. Stef treats children from newborns to teens. Home visits starting at $100. Mon - Thur 7am - 7pm, Friday 7am - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm. Call or text for same-day appointment: 214-557-0877. More info at www.drstefoncall.com

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