Welcome to SVP Online 2016
Spring allergy symptoms often begin mid-March. Being prepared for the season can help lessen the severity of symptoms. Those with known seasonal allergies should begin their allergy medication in mid-March to prevent severe symptoms later in the season.
Seasonal allergy symptoms most commonly include itchy, watery, puffy eyes; runny, itchy nose; and sneezing. Some patients may experience hives or other rashes or worsening eczema. Most patients with spring allergies have symptoms through mid-June due to tree pollens; however, those with allergies to grasses may have lasting symptoms through the summer. Fall allergies to ragweed and goldenrod will begin late August and continue until mid-November.
For patients with asthma, seasonal allergy flares can also trigger asthma flares.
If you are having problems, please call the office.
now accepting new patients
We are currently accepting new patients with some constraints on insurance availability. Please call today to inquire!
Medication refills and medical forms
Please allow 72 hour notice for medication and form requests. This gives our office adequate time to accurately process the paperwork for you.
At this time, we are scheduling about three months out for annual physicals. Please call in advance and allow plenty of time to get in for those summer physicals and sports exams.
Please remember that all PIAA sports physicals for the upcoming school year need to be completed after June 1st, 2015 to count for the 2015-2016 school year.
Driver's physicals can be completed 6 months prior to the 16th birthday, but are only valid for one year after the physical is completed.
Care for colds
Even during the spring months, cold viruses can still prevail. Handwashing and covering sneezes and coughs are the best preventive measures, but inevitably most children will become sick with a cold at some point.
Most of the time, these can be treated at home with supportive care such as rest, fluids, nasal saline, and a humidifier. If your child develops high, persistent fevers, worsening cough, wheezing or shortness of breath, symptoms last longer than one and a half to two weeks, or you have concerns for dehydration, he or she should be seen.
Please remember that we do not recommend over the counter cough and cold medicines for children under six years old due to side effects in this age group. Our office also does not recommend alternating acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Make sure you have good dosing for your child's weight and stick with whichever product works better for your child's illness.
Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns regarding caring for your child's cold or flu at home or if you feel he or she needs to be seen.
Child safety seat use
- Children under 2 years of age are 75% safer in a rear-facing seat.
- Infants under a year of age should be secured in an infant carrier which is rear-facing. Please check specific manufacturer recommendations for weight and height limits.
- Infants/toddlers from 1 to 2 years of age are safest in a rear-facing seat as well. Some resources even suggest rear-facing until 4 years of age. This can prevent many unneccessary neck injuries in the event of an accident. This usually requires a larger rear-facing carseat or "convertible" carseat accommadating children up to 40 pounds or so.
- Children ages 2-4 years should be in a 5-point harness until they are at leat 40 pounds. You may keep your child here longer if they meet the manufacturer height and weight specifications. The goal is to keep your child protected in the event of an accident.
- After your child reaches 4 years and 40 pounds, he or she may move to a booster seat, using a seat belt to secure them. A high-backed booster is preferred for younger children.
- Once your child is 8 years old and preferrably 80 pounds, he or she may come out of the booster seat. Again, the longer he or she stays in the booster the better, as long as you are meeting the manufacturer specifications. Your child should also be able to sit in the seat with their feet touching the ground, their back fully up against the back of the seat and the shoulder strap of the seat belt should not come across their neck at all to be safe.
- Lastly, all children under 13 years of age should be riding in the backseat.
It is important for your child to have balance between the real world and the digital one. They need to develop social, cognitive, and communication skills by interacting with people as well as technology. Try to limit 'screen' time to no more than 1-2 hours a day. Limiting screen time will also encourage creative, active play and exercise!
The purpose of this site is to provide accurate medical information. It is not meant to take the place of routine health supervision office visits and it does not mean that we don't want you to ask questions when your child is seen. We'll try to keep the information as current as possible.
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Susquehanna Valley Pediatrics
6 East Mountain Avenue - S. Williamsport, PA 17702