The Importance of Breastfeeding

Fox Chase Pediatrics is updating its parenting information sheets. Below is the first in a series of updates.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6 months of life. Breast milk is rich in maternal antibodies and disease fighting cells that help protect the baby from infection. Continued breastfeeding acts as an extension of the mother’s immune system; viruses and bacteria in the baby’s environment get recognized by the mother’s immune system and it responds by making protective antibodies that transfer over to shield the baby. Additional benefits of breastfeeding include a lower risk of allergies and a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Breastfeeding is not an “all or nothing” decision and even if you need to supplement with formula, continuing breastfeeding, even partially, still has benefits.

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Depression Screening is Important

The adolescent period is full of excitement as well as emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. The majority of kids can navigate these transitions well. However, sometimes kids will begin to feel the pressure of daily life and start to show signs of mental health issues. As a mother of a teenager and a pediatrician, I witness the pressures that impact adolescents on a daily basis.

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Concussion Myths Explored

By Dr. Timothy J. Flynn

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury. It is caused by the brain being jostled inside the skull. It often happens after a blow to the head but anything that makes the head move suddenly and forcefully can cause a concussion. Let’s review some common myths and facts about concussions.

Myth: Concussions only happen after a direct blow to the head.

Fact: A child can get a concussion from any forceful, sudden movement of the head.

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A Farewell and Thank You from Dr. Jeff

To My Fox Chase Pediatrics Family,

It has been an honor and privilege to care for you these past 41 years. My goal was to provide the best pediatric care possible, while at the same time treating each of you as one of my own family.

Pediatrics for me has been a calling. I’ve often remarked that I haven’t worked a day in my life because of the joy I get from my interactions with all of you. The difference between physicians is not their knowledge, but the pride it takes to always do the right thing by their patients; that they truly care about them and what happens to them.

I hope my feeling of love and respect for all of you has come through in my interactions during our visits together. I hope you felt a sense of security knowing that I and my colleagues were always available 24/7 through a simple phone call. I hope that I have made a difference in your lives as you have made in mine.

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