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Due to the rise in whooping cough outbreaks it is important that the DPT vaccine covering diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus be current for those first entering school and older students. According to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research, one out of 20 children not vaccinated for whooping cough will contract the highly contagious disease. Older children should have a sports physical prior to participating in extracurricular sports activities. It is best to schedule all physical exams as early as possible to avoid a last-minute rush as school starts. However, if families find themselves down to the wire, it is probably best not to give in to a quick fix sports physical with a local retail clinic doctor. Dr. Ladinsky cautions, “The whole idea is to have a physical based on all available

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knowledge of the patient. Your regular pediatrician is in the best position to be sure nothing is being missed and we do a good job of getting our patients in at the last minute if necessary.” First-time students and younger children sometimes complain of stomach pain that can have an unanticipated source. Embarrassed to use the bathroom at school, young children often wait until they get home to relieve themselves. Once at home, they may forget to go or find that going to the bathroom is painful, which could lead to avoidance to use the restroom again. This cycle can lead to a severely backed-up bowel that causes pain and is painful to alleviate. “Parents should talk to their pediatrician sooner rather than later,” states Dr. Ladinsky. “We can treat this concern quickly and easily.”

Dr. Ladinsky also suggests that parents of young children just starting school take into account the worry that can be caused by separation from mom, dad or their usual routine. “It is okay to have a little piece of the favorite ‘blankie’ to carry in a pocket, or to carry a favorite toy to the bus stop to then be left behind with a loved one,” encourages Dr. Ladinsky. Dr. Ladinsky notes that adequate nutrition and sleep are important for students of every age. “It really is true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” she says. “If you have a picky breakfast eater, be sure he/she is getting a start that includes at least 5 grams of protein.” Dr. Ladinsky indicates that as long as protein and some carbohydrates are included with the breakfast meal, it can be anything from an instant breakfast

Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  
Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  

August 2009 edition of Our Town magazine, serving Mason and Deerfield Township in Greater Cincinnati