Cary Pediatric Center is proud to announce that in June 2017 it was recognized by the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2014 Program. What does this mean, and what does it mean for you as our patient?
The patient centered medical home (PCMH) is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care. It means that you will be surrounded by a dedicated team of health professionals, working together with you, to optimize your health goals using the best evidence-based medicine and resources available for you today. Helping and empowering you to take responsibility for your health and giving you the self-management support that you need to succeed.
If dropping off a form, please complete the parent portion of the form prior to bringing to the office. After 5 business days, your form will be available in the office and on the portal.
At each well visit we will provide you with a handout of important information that is specific to your child’s age and development. You will receive a hard copy with their growth documented in the office but you can also download them here in PDF format.
Moms Supporting Moms is a community-based resource, and is a “…peer-led, judgment-free support group for women struggling with issues related to pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood.” As it says very appropriately on their website:
“The adjustment to new parenthood sometimes can be difficult. Irritability, anxiety and even sadness over changes in lifestyle can be expected as parents settle into a new routine of caring for an infant.”
If you or someone you care about is having difficulty adjusting to the changes surrounding motherhood, please reach out during your visit to our office to a provider or nurse, or call for guidance.
They can be reached at 919.454.6946 and can found on the web at Moms Supporting Moms.
With the flu season just around the corner, we have a few things to keep in mind.
First, and most importantly, we recommend that all children 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. This is the best and most effective way to prevent your children from getting the flu. If you haven’t already, please call one of our offices to schedule a nurse visit to receive the flu vaccine. Bear with us as our supplies of the flu vaccine are changing daily.
At this time of year, we receive lots of letters from urgent care clinics in the area stating that a child has been diagnosed with the flu and been given Tamiflu, usually appropriately, but sometimes inappropriately. Tamiflu is ONLY indicated in children 2 weeks and older who have been symptomatic for LESS THAN 48 hours. When given in the first 48 hours of the illness, Tamiflu has been shown to reduce symptoms by only 1-2 days. Therefore, do not expect your child to improve immediately after being given Tamiflu.
After 48 hours, there is no evidence that Tamiflu has been shown to be effective and should’t be given unless your child is critically ill from the flu (meaning your child is in the ICU in the hospital). There are only a few, rare, reasons to give Tamiflu to children who have been exposed to influenza. We can explain those situations to you if this case should arise.
Just like antibiotics, inappropriate use of Tamiflu can lead to increase in resistance, decreasing the effectiveness of Tamiflu. If you have more questions refer to the CDC web site or call our office.