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Potpourri

This week, I thought I’d post a recap article. I’ve touched on a lot different topics in the last couple months and there’s always new content and resources being generated. Nuts and Bolts Safety: Your kid is 2 years old, should you turn that car seat around? AAP recommends keeping kids rear facing until the…

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Dental Wars

In honor of Dental Hygiene month, I thought I’d end February with another post about dental hygiene. Your pediatrician, your pediatric dentist and, of course, you all know dental hygiene is important. But your kid doesn’t feel the same way. If you’ve ever had to kneel on the bathroom floor wielding a toothbrush over your…

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Social Media and Your Child

Content warning: This post discusses risk of sexual abuse. A 2016 update to a study tracking digital trends found that the average age for children receiving a cell phone is now 10.3 years old. 24% of kids are allowed to privately use their internet-connected devices (as opposed to using them in a public room where…

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One week until Vaccine Exclusion Day!!

If you live in Multnomah County in Oregon, February 20th is an important day. Next Wednesday, any child that does not have up-to-date records of their immunizations or an exemption on file will be sent home from school. If your child’s school does not have record that your child has met minimum vaccine requirements, you…

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Inclement Weather Announcement

It looks like snow and ice are in Portland’s near future.  Since weather forecasts change frequently, we want to clearly communicate possible changes to our schedule. We will strive to make the best decisions to honor your appointments while prioritizing the safety of both your family and our EPPC family.   On weekdays, if Portland…

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Dental Health for Heart Health

Welcome to American Heart Month! Much of the focus around being heart healthy is centered around adults, but healthy habits and lifestyles start right away! One important habit to establish early is good oral hygiene. Gum disease has been linked with increased risk of heart disease and is a great example of how establishing health…

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Resilience

This month, we looked at mental health concerns. So I thought, to end the month, let’s talk about how to support positive mental health processes in children. How do we as parents teach our kids to take life in balance and maintain a positive outlook? Kids want to feel successful in their efforts just like…

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Measles

We’re fielding a lot of questions about measles right now as the outbreak in our area continues to develop. So we thought we’d write a post with useful links to learn about measles, the vaccine, and the current outbreak. We’ll be updating this post as information changes regarding the current outbreak status. Check the locations…

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Parenting and Anxiety

Last week, I wrote a post highlighting mental health resources in our community for support of children struggling with behavioral concerns. But what about parents? How many times in a week (or a day if you’re like me) do you find yourself swirling in a cloud of self doubt and worry. “Am I doing this…

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