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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center


Is Your Family Growing?... and Growing!

Let's face it, busy moms and dads don't have a lot of time on their hands, but when it comes to their child's health, finding superior care is a top priority. Whether you are welcoming your first born into the world or bringing your teen in for a yearly check-up, you can count on finding personal care, close-to-home, in two convenient locations.  Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center offers Pediatric care in both Windsor and Woodstock, VT. 

We are always looking for ways to make life easier for parents of our youngest patients.  This little gem of a video may be helpful in addressing some every day behavioral challenges you may experience with your child(ren) such as using consequences and giving directions.

 Pediatric Care at Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center's Pediatrics Department offers skilled, compassionate pediatric care from cradle through college.  Our team of pediatricians, family practice physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners places a strong emphasis on the whole child, focusing on all aspects of wellness from nutrition to behavior and development.  Recently, we implemented a new and unique model to our Pediatric care, the Vermont Family Based Approach (FVBA) created by Dr. James Hudziak of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families at the Univeristy of Vermont.  Committed to building lasting connections with you and your child, our staff offers a holistic, family-focused approach to wellness, to help your child be well and stay well from the start.

These links provide access to articles describing our approach to Pediatric care:

Health Watch Magazine 2017

OneCare VT 2016

For the convenience of expectant parents, Mt. Ascutney Hospital's Pediatrics Department also offers complementary prenatal visits to give parents an opportunity to choose a provider for their baby.

To schedule your complementary prenatal consultation or to arrange for any pediatric visit, call Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center's Pediatrics Department in Windsor at (802) 674-7300, Option 2, or you may dial direct to (802) 674-7337.  For our Woodstock Pediatrics, call  (802) 457-3030.

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Latest Prevention Tips

Playground Injuries:

  • Leg fractures from slides.  Believe it or not, but most children's leg fractures result from riding down slides in their parents' laps.  Generally, this is caused when a child's foot becomes stuck on the slide as they he or she descends, and the parent's weight and downward motion, as they continue on, causes the child's small leg to break.
  • Injuries from trampolines.  These injuries occur, typically, when two or more kids are jumping on a trampoline at the same time.  Additionally, one study has found that the youngest, and, therefore, smallest child is most likely to be the one injured.  The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages childrens' use of trampolines.
  • Hard falls from monkey bars.  A fall from the monkey bars can result in fractured elbows.  Without a soft, thick playground surface to cushion falls, children are much more likely to be injured.  Rubber mats and wood chips are the most protective playground surfaces to fall on.

(Deborah Kots, "Three mistakes parents make that lead to playground injuries." The Boston Globe. 7 May 2012.)

Unsafe Television Sets:

A potential resource for parents regarding violent television programming may be found here:

Front-heavy televisions and new flat-screen televisions with their small stands, pose the risk of falling on children who are playing near them or reaching for toys or remotes that sit near the TVs.  Parents can take simple steps to drastically reduce the risk of injury:

  • Place the TV on a low stand designed for this purpose that can properly support it, and make sure it's pushed as far back on the stand as possible.
  • Secure the TV and stand to the wall behind it using appropriate anchoring devices.
  • Make sure to not place toys or remotes, anything that might tempt a child, on or near the TV or stand, and keep all cords out of reach.

("Televisions need to be anchored to the wall to prevent tipping," American Academy of Pediatrics.  May 2012.)

The Allure of Shiny Things:

Executive desk toys, Bucky-balls, Nanospheres, Zen Magnets, and Magnet Balls all pose the risk of being swallowed or choked on by children.  These magnetic balls, specifically, may cause obstructions, perforations (holes), and even death by attaching to each other across intestinal walls if a child swallows more than one of them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents:

  • Keep all small magnets out of reach of anyone under 14 years.
  • Regularly check toy storage areas and play areas for missing magnets.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you think a child has swallowed a magnet.  Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

("High-powered hazard: Small magnets can cause death is swallowed," American Academy of Pediatrics.  June 2012.)

Sunscreen 101: What to look for in sun protection for kids

UVA, UVB, SPF. Reading a sunscreen label can be like looking at a can of alphabet soup.  Sunscreen labels now contain more information that can keep your family protected from sun damage.  Here is what you should know.

When buying sunscreen, make sure the label says "broad spectrum".  This means that the ingredients protect skin from Ultraviolet B (UVB) and Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.  UVA and UVB can both cause sun burn, skin cancer, and wrinkles.  People who spend a lot of time in the sun without protecting their skin will get wrinkled skin earlier than if they had stayed out of the sun.

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 to 50 (higher than 50 is not better).  Make sure it is water resistant.  No product is waterproof. After being in the water, sweating, or towel drying, apply more sunscreen.  The label on the bottle explains how often to reapply the sunscreen.

Also listed are the active ingredients that block sun damage.  The active ingredient can protect the skin in one of two ways.  A chemical ingredient absorbs UV radiation.  Examples are dioxybenzone, methyl anthranilate, oxybenzone, and sulisobenzone.  A physical active ingredient reflects and absorbs the skin before it can harm skin.  Examples include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  Zinc oxide is the only ingredient that gives "extensive" protection against both UVA and UVB, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Even if your sunscreen is broad spectrum, it does not protect skin from all harmful rays.  Children are at higher risk because they have more years ahead of them.  That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics advises to teach children to protect their skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and staying in the shade.  Children who learn about sun protection at an early age can stay healthy for a lifetime.    

An Important note: It is illegal to text while driving in Vermont. VT Legislature just passed a new ban on cell phone use while driving as of October 15, 2015. This new law bans drivers from holding their phone at all, including in their lap. They can use a Bluetooth headset or ear buds to help them go hands-free. The phone needs to be mounted on the dash or in the seat next to them. The driver can touch the phone to activate voice dialing, but cannot dial a phone number."

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