ZIKA VIRUS-HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
Zika is a virus that is transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes (the Aedes species) found in many warm/tropical locations around the world. Currently, there is neither a medication for treatment nor a vaccine for the prevention of Zika virus infection.
To date, the major concern is Zika’s association with a defect of the brain called microcephaly (an abnormally small brain), as well as other birth defects, when women are infected while pregnant. As of now, there are no documented chronic illnesses when infants and children are infected after birth.
Zika can be sexually transmitted and can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika can be sexually transmitted for at least 6 months after infection. It is important to know that a high percentage of people with Zika infections are asymptomatic. Zika can be spread even if a person does not show any symptoms.
Prevention of Mosquito Bites = Prevention of Zika Infection
By taking the following measures to decrease exposure to mosquitoes, you can help prevent Zika infection.
When travelling in areas where Zika infected mosquitoes are present, stay in places with air conditioning and keep windows and doors closed or screened.
If a closed air-conditioned space is not available, use insecticide treated bed nets to surround sleeping areas and cribs, especially during daytime sleep. Also consider using insecticide treated netting to cover carriers and strollers when outside. Be certain to read all directions about proper use of bed nets and insecticides.
Dress yourself and your children in clothing that covers as much of the body as possible.
Avoid going outside during dawn and dusk, the lack of wind at these times increases the risk of mosquito bites
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents*. Below are links of recommended insect repellents**. Repellents including DEET are safe for children over 2 months of age and pregnant women.
*Do not apply insect repellent to infants under 2 months old. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months to protect them from mosquito bites.
*Do not use Oil of Lemon eucalyptus and para-methane-diol on children under 3 years.
When applying any product to the face, spray on your hands and then to your face and the face of your child.
If you are using sunscreen and insect repellant, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second. Sunscreen is indicated for children older than 6 months of age. Reapply both often, when used together they make each other less effective and decrease the duration of protection. Avoid using combined insect repellent/sunscreen products.
Consider pre-treating clothing and gear with Permethrin
Permethrin is an odorless insecticide and insect repellent that you can apply to cloth items. It is safe to use and helps to protect you and your children from mosquito bites. It lasts through several washes, and is safe even for the youngest infants.
You can either buy pre-treated clothing and insecticide treated bed nets, or you can buy the product directly and apply to clothes, pajamas, gear and bednets yourself.
Various formulations of permethrin and permethrin-treated products are available at outdoor/camping stores such as REI, or online from www.amazon.com. Make sure to read and use according to product instructions
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika
Pediatric Associates is proud to be a member of Shot at Life. Our offices will donate money for every vaccination we administer to help decrease vaccine-preventable illnesses in the developing world. Together we will save childrens' lives, decrease vaccine-preventable illness, and give children a shot at a healthy life. To learn more, visit ShotatLife.org
Our Offices Are Open 365 Days A Year
Welcome to Pediatric Associates of NYC. We are a practice of experienced board certified pediatricians caring for infants, children and adolescents with two offices conveniently located in midtown Manhattan and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families we care for by providing exceptional health care and compassionate service.
At Pediatric Associates of NYC, we offer a full range of pediatric care services including prenatal visits for expecting parents, well baby and child check–ups, immunizations and same day sick visit appointments. Our offices offer extensive office hours from 8AM to 8PM Monday through Thursday and 8am to 6pm on Fridays. We are available to our established patients on Saturdays, Sundays and all holidays for sick visits only. On weekends and holidays call in the morning (after 9am) to scheule a same day appointment. We are committed to providing quality care in a comfortable office setting, where children and parents can feel at ease.
Please browse our website and familiarize yourself with our practice. We hope that it will serve as a valuable resource for you. You will find a lot of helpful information about our practice including doctor bios, common medication dosing sheets, well and sick visit information sheets, directions to our New York and Brooklyn offices, and new patient forms.
Pediatric Associates of NYC looks forward to working together with you to guide your child along a path toward optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. We can assure you that you will feel confident in our ability to not only meet, but exceed all of your expectations.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact our offices today!
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Pediatric Associates offers weekly lactation support and monthly evening infant CPR courses at both our Manhattan and Brooklyn offices.
If you are interested in participating in these classes, please contact the providers directly for dates, times and pricing.
Patricia McGuire- 917.553.8381
Susan Burger (Thur) - 917.912.8066
Freda Rosenfeld (Wed) - 718.469.5990
Infant CPR course by Save-A-Tot: Classes for parents, expecting parents, grandparents and caregivers
Dr Sol Zimmerman retired from Pediatric Associates in December 2016. Our doctors and staff will miss him. We wish him the best as he begins this new and very well deserved retirement.
Many parents have called to ask about the new recommendations for Gardasil (HPV) vaccine dosing. Pediatric Associates will be changing its dosing schedule in accordance with the CDC and ACIP recommendations. Read more at:
AVOIDING PEANUT ALLERGY: Based on new research (2016), the introduction of peanuts around the age of 6 months, after a few other foods have been introduced (fruits, vegetables, infant cereal), is associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing a peanut allergy. Peanuts should be introduced in an age appropriate form such as peanut butter or Bamba, a peanut flavored puffed snack food. For infants with severe eczema and/or an egg allergy, discuss specifics of how to introduce peanuts to your baby with your pediatrician.
PANYC will begin sending confirmation of your upcoming appointment via text message.
Please review the information for accuracy then click on the link provided in the text to confirm. If you have any questions or need to cancel the appointment, call the office directly.
NYS Prescription Laws
As of March 27, 2016 it will be mandatory for health practitioners to issue electronic prescriptions for all medications. Please plan accordingly, if you need a refill on a medication, this MUST be requested during regular business hours.
PANYC is an INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL HEALTH FACILITY
Pediatric Associates is now offering the Yellow Fever Vaccine. Please visit the CDC website to learn if your travel destination requires or recommends this vaccine.
We are also here to help coordinate your medical needs for all International Travel. Please schedule an appointment to review required/recommended immunizations and prophylactic medications.