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2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard Suite 235
New Port Richey, FL 34655
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Posts for: May, 2016

By Sheridan Hernandez MD
May 25, 2016
Category: infants
Tags: Untagged
In March of 2014 there was an outbreak of type B meningitis at Princeton University. Seven students were infected. One student, unaware of having being colonized by the deadly bacteria, visited a friend at Drexel University. Her name was Stephanie Ross and she was a sophomore. Shortly after the visit with her friend, Stephanie was found unresponsive by her sorority sisters. She later died as a result of type B meningitis.

In 2015 there was an outbreak of type B meningitis at the University of Oregon. This outbreak resulted in the death of an 18 year old girl by the name of Lauren Jones.

There were, in fact, outbreaks of type B meningitis at 5 colleges from March 2013 to February 2016. One infected student had to have both feet amputated, others had permanent neurological deficits that resulted from the infection.

There are five major serogroups of meningococcal disease: A C W Y and B. Type B accounts for one third of the infections in the US, but is now the leading cause of the disease in adolescents. The symptoms of Type B meningitis are the same as the other types, starting with fever,  flu like symptoms and quickly progressing to signs of serious illness such as lethargy, severe headache, stiff neck and sometimes a strange rash that looks like little blood clots in the skin.

At the time of these outbreaks of type B meningitis, we already standardly vaccinated children before college against types types A C W and Y, but there was not a US approved vaccine for type B.

Fortunately, in response to these college outbreaks, there are now two vaccines available to protect our children from this sometimes deadly and always terrifying illness. At our office we use a vaccine called Trumenba. It is recommended to be given to young people between the ages of 16 and 23, although it is approved for children from 10 to 25 years of age.

Initially, it was felt necessary to give 3 injections to acquire immunity. We now know that 2 vaccines, 6 months apart, is sufficient.

This is a life saving vaccine and is covered on all insurances. Both of my college aged children have been vaccinated and I am so grateful that they are protected against this disease. 

When your adolescent kids come for a visit, please ask us about the type B meningitis vaccine. It could save your precious child's life.

All the best to all our wonderful patients out there. Stay well and stay safe!

Dr. Sheridan Hernandez



By Thuy Pham MD
May 15, 2016
Category: Dr Pham
Tags: Breastfeeding  
To all the breastfeeding mothers,
Being the only pediatrician in Tampa Bay who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I have dedicated my practice to helping women with their breastfeeding needs. Putting your newborn baby to the breast is one of the most loving and nurturing gifts to welcome her into the world. When you are able to meet all of your child’s needs initially, you feel empowered and confident as a mother; however, you may encounter a few challenges along the way. 

Working together as a team with my patients over the years, I have seen many overcome difficult situations including pain, low milk supply, post partum blues, tongue tie issues, milk protein allergy etc… In turn, I have learned from their strength, their perseverance and resourcefulness.

Helping you succeed in nursing is my passion. I welcome all your questions and feedback.  Thank you for sharing your joy and challenges on this special journey.
With warm regards,
Dr. Thuy Pham, FAAP, IBCLC
P.S: I have experienced working with:
- nursing multiple
- latching refusal
- low milk supply
- prematurity
- nursing after breast augmentation or reduction
- milk protein allergy

By Douglass Hasell MD
May 06, 2016
Category: parenting
Tags: Parenting  

By Doug Hasell, MD

    One of the joys of being a pediatrician is the opportunity to observe parents with their kids in different situations. We see the good and the bad, and how this affects the kids. I think most of us consider it to be a great privilege to be involved in such an intimate and important role. The encouraging part about this is that we see that most children only need a few basic ingredients to thrive and be happy. They need to feel they are loved.  This is the most important ingredient and children have a sense of this through their parent’s actions and priorities.  This is a no-brainer for most parents but they may or may not know the other important ingredients.

    This is a sense of structure, stability and safety in their children’s lives.  This reduces stress and allows them to flourish and achieve their full potential.  Children of all ages need to have consistent limit setting on their behavior.  This is done in a very loving and patient way by the best parents.  Other parents may not be as calm or patient because of stress in their lives or because of their personality type.  Most children are very resilient to being scolded by their parents.  However when parents either don’t have the energy or confidence to set limits on their children they often develop behavioral problems and find it hard to set limits on their own behavior as they get older.

    To be an excellent parent, you don't have to be a perfect parent.  There are situations that you may not handle perfectly. It seems to be that most children will do well if they feel consistently loved and there is an adult who has a special interest in their well-being and success. And if they have structure and feel safe, they will have curiosity to learn and strive to do their best in everything they do.

    Whether you lean more towards being a helicopter parent who hovers over their child and may over protect them or the "free-range" parent who allows their child to explore their environment and take more risks, you can be assured that there is a wide range of successful parenting styles.  If your child feels loved and has been reared in a stable and safe environment with a sense of consistency and structure they will usually be well adjusted and happy.



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