HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT WAR
Your children might hear about war from many different sources or from the TV on in the background. You do not have to address the topic. You also do not need to have all the answers. If you choose to address the topic, go over their feelings and above all make them feel safe. Please click here for some tips for talking with your children about this topic.
For more guidance, please visit: https://www.pbssocal.org/education/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-ukraine-invasion, as well as https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/How-to-Support-Your-Childs-Resilience-in-a-Time-of-Crisis.aspx.
We know how frustrating the current baby formula shortage has been for our families. In order to help navigate these difficult circumstances, we are providing the following resources to help ensure your child gets the nutrition he or she needs.
First, please refer to this quick guide to store brand infant formula equivalents to the formula you are currently using. None of the listed store brand formulas are involved in the current recall.
Next, please read this article about commonly asked questions regarding the current formula shortage, including what you can do if you cannot find formula,
Lastly, please check this link for manufacturer hotlines, community resources, and general guidance for families facing the effects of the shortage.
You should not water down formula, try to make formula at home, or use toddler formula to feed infants.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered by the above resources, please do not hesitate to contact our office!
If you have unopened, unexpired infant formula that you no longer need, please consider donating. You may drop off any formula at our offices so we may distribute it to our families in need.
Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, MI, one of the company's manufacturing facilities. The recall does not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.
What Parents and Caregivers Should Do The products under recall have a multi-digit number on the bottom of the container starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH, or Z2 and with an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or after.
To find out if the product you have is included in this recall, visit similacrecall.com and type in the code on the bottom of the package, or call +1-800-986-8540 (U.S.) and follow the instructions provided. No action is needed for previously consumed product. If you have questions about feeding your child, contact your healthcare professional.
Some product was distributed to countries outside the U.S. To check if your product is impacted, go to similacrecall.com.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT MCP FOR ALL VISITORS 2 YEARS AND OLDER.
We will continue to follow CDC and Michigan guidelines regarding wearing masks in healthcare facilities regardless of immunization status. We need to protect our patients who are vulnerable and unable to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. We appreciate your help in providing a safe environment for our patients, their families and our staff. For more information, please refer to the current Michigan/CDC guidance linked here.
COVID VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR OUR PATIENTS AGES 5-21 YEARS!
Please call our office to schedule an appointment! Bingham Farms: 248-642-5437 and West Bloomfield: 248-539-7726
Telephone Calls: We will be charging your insurance for doctor calls exceeding 5 minutes per day or nurse-only calls exceeding 15 minutes. Brief calls taking less than these thresholds will remain complimentary. Whether you have a cost share is determined by your insurance plan and policy. If you have questions about our policy, please contact our office at [email protected].
COVID-19 OUTBREAK NOTICE
MCP is committed to protecting our patients and staff from COVID-19.
We have implemented several procedures to slow the spread of the virus:
- Sick visits will be seen in designated exam rooms, and ill patients will enter the office through a separate entrance.
- We are requiring all patients (over the age of 2 years) and parents to wear masks when they come into our office.
- We are insistent that the person bringing in your child is well and has no known recent exposure to COVID-19.
- Please bring ONLY the child being seen to the office.
- All of our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment.
- Once you arrive in our parking lot, please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived.
- Our exam rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after every visit. We are following CDC recommendations; the link to the CDC is on our Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Please be patient with us as we're trying to help every patient of Medical Center Pediatrics stay safe.
If your child has had a known Covid-19 exposure and has any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, please call our office for instructions.
If you test positive for or are exposed to someone with Covid-19, please refer to this guide for when and how long to stay home.
RAPID COVID-19 PCR TESTING IS NOW AVAILABLE AT BOTH OFFICES
For information regarding the coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
For the State of Michigan Department of Health guidance regarding the coronavirus, please visit: https://www.michigan.cov/coronavirus
Medical Center Pediatrics joins the American Academy of Pediatrics in condemning racism in all forms. We are deeply concerned about the effects of racism on children.
As pediatricians dedicated to the health and wellbeing of ALL children, we are worried and invite you to work with us to change the conversation and the culture of systemic racism. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published a press release that Condemns Racism and Offers Advice for Families on How to talk to their Children.
The experts at Child Mind Institute remind us "Research shows that even very young children are aware of racial differences and children can learn harmful lessons about race when it's not discussed openly." By ages 2-4, children can internalize racial bias. Be part of the solution and teach tolerance, acceptance and love for ALL people, it's never too early. If you are white, acknowledge your own privilege and help your children understand that those who are not, do not have the same chances and are not treated equally in our society simply because of their race.
If you are looking for some good books to begin or continue the conversation with your children, we encourage you to check out these resources to explore age-appropriate written works that support conversations on race, racism and resistance.
We applaud and endorse the efforts of organizations such as Embrace Race whose mission is powerful: "Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race."
SCHEDULE YOUR WELL CHILD CHECK UPS AND SPORTS PHYSICALS NOW
If you haven't done so already, please call to schedule your child's yearly physical exam. Most school athletic programs require that these exams be done on or after April 15th for your child to participate in Spring and Fall sports
It is still very important to get your family immunized against the flu! Please call the office to make an appointment.
MICHIGAN CARE IMPROVEMENT REGISTRY (MCIR)
As of August 19, 2021, anyone 18 years or older who has immunization records in MCIR will be able to obtain their immunization record at www.michigan.gov/immunize. If an immunization record cannot be found, it can be requested from your local health department or your physician's office.