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What’s Going Around

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a viral infection most often seen in infants and children younger than 10 years. It is most commonly caused by coxsackievirus A16. Coxsackieviruses are one type of enterovirus. Despite the similarity in names, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a completely different infection than foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs only in animals and is caused by another type of virus. Read more…

MUMPS OUTBREAK, BOOSTER DOSE MMR FOR HIGH RISK PEOPLE

Anchorage has over 100 confirmed cases of mumps and Public Health has recommended a booster dose of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine for persons in high risk groups (Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiian) or in group care where there have been cases of mumps.
MMR vaccine is usually given at ages 1 and 5. If it has been MORE THAN 5 YEARS since your child had an MMR dose, they should get and extra booster for protection in the outbreak. Please call our office to schedule a nurse visit for this vaccine.
Adult family members who need a booster can receive it at the Municipality of Anchorage Public Health Clinic (ph number 343-4799) on a sliding-fee scale.
MORE INFORMATION ON MUMPS:
Centers for Disease Control
www.cdc.gov/mumps/
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/Mumps.aspx
Protecting your family from Mumps
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/Mumps/MumpsPosterAK_Eng.pd

Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory illness among infants. One of its symptoms is trouble breathing, which can be scary for parents and children. Read more to learn about bronchiolitis, its causes, signs, and symptoms.
What is bronchiolitis?
Bronchiolitis is an infection that causes the small breathing tubes of the lungs (bronchioles) to swell. This blocks airflow through the lungs, making it hard to breathe. It occurs most often in infants because their airways are smaller and more easily blocked than in older children. Bronchiolitis is not the same as bronchitis, which is an infection of the larger, more central airways that typically causes problems in adults. Read more…

Croup

Croup is a condition that causes a swelling of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). The swelling causes the airway below the vocal cords to become narrow and makes breathing noisy and difficult. It is most commonly due to an infection. Children are most likely to get croup between 3 months and 5 years of age. As they get older, it is not as common because the windpipe is larger and swelling is less likely to get in the way of breathing. Croup can occur at any time of the year, but it is more common in the fall and winter months. Read more…

Other News

Memorial Day

We are closed Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, but will still be open Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th. We hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

Patient Centered Medical Home

LaTouche Pediatrics is proud to announce that we have been awarded the highest level of recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) This means that we went through a review process with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to ensure that we are providing the highest level of quality care to all of our Patients. For more information regarding this recognition, click hereImage may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup

Introducing Amanda Dunlap, FNP

Amanda grew up in Missoula, Montana, and attended Montana State University-Bozeman to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Shortly after, she moved to Alaska and began working at Providence Alaska Medical Center as a registered nurse, first on the adult Progressive Care Unit, and landed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 12 rewarding years of her nursing career. 
In the NICU, she worked as both a staff RN and as a Clinical Resource Nurse, attending high-risk deliveries as a member of the neonatal resuscitation team,  transporting infants in the Anchorage/Mat-Su area requiring a higher level of care to Providence and serving as a resource in the unit.  She enjoyed caring for these high-risk infants and their families. 
Amanda obtained her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage as a Family Nurse Practitioner, thereafter joining the Latouche Pediatrics team.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmachining, hiking, and four-wheeling with her husband Scott, and two children.   She also enjoys competing in the Alaska women’s races, particularly the Gold Nugget Triathlon. 

Sandie Frenier’s Retirement

With mixed emotions, we would like to announce the retirement of Sandra Frenier, PNP, IBCLC. Her last day will be December 28, 2017. Sandie is a wonderful pediatric provider who will be missed by many.
Sandie says “Looking back on 20 years at LaTouche Pediatrics I feel privileged to have worked with the many wonderful providers, nurses, and support staff who are part of LaTouche. I know they will continue the excellent care that has been a hallmark of the practice.
I am honored to have been invited into the lives of so many families over the past years and feel truly blessed to have been entrusted with partnering in the care of their children.
I am looking forward now to spending time with my family, embarking on new adventures, continuing to learn new things and embracing a new phase in my life”
The high-quality medical needs of your child are very important to us and we are still here for you and your child. We will be happy to help you select another one of our highly qualified providers as your child’s primary provider. Please visit our website at www.latouchepediatrics.com to review the bios of our other providers.
We value your commitment and loyalty to Sandie, and look forward to providing you with the same high-quality care you expect. If you have any questions or know who you would like to be your child’s pediatric provider give us a call at 562-2120.

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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCThursday, May 24th, 2018 at 11:10am
“Rock One Sock” is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s annual social media campaign to bring awareness to the thousands of children missing in America.

On May 25, National Missing Children’s Day, we plan to join National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and #RockOneSock for missing kids and their families. Visit RockOneSock.org and join us!
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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCThursday, May 24th, 2018 at 10:36am
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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCTuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 11:00am
We welcome Dr. Mark Friberg to the LaTouche Pediatrics team!

Originally from Boise Idaho, Mark Friberg graduated from undergraduate work with a degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington in 1993. He earned his medical degree in 1997 from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He then completed residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center as an active duty officer in the United States Army. He served 7 years of active duty including 2 deployments and served as the Chief of Pediatrics at Winn Army Community Hospital. He most recently joins us after serving as the pediatrician at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO) base in Belgium.

Dr. Friberg is an avid traveler and enjoys new adventures. Most notably Dr. Friberg is the most rabid University of Washington football fan ever born and hasn’t missed watching a game in over 20 years.
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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCMonday, May 21st, 2018 at 12:37pm
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all children between 9 and 11 years old be screened for high blood cholesterol levels due to the growing epidemic of obesity in children.

In addition, the AAP recommends cholesterol testing for the following groups of children:

Those whose parents or grandparents have had heart attacks or have been diagnosed with blocked arteries or disease affecting the blood vessels, such as stroke, at age 55 or earlier in men, or 65 or earlier in women

Those whose parents or grandparents have total blood cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dL or higher.

Those whose family health background is not known (eg, many adopted children), or those who have characteristics associated with heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or obesity.

More at http://alturl.com/whjsg
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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCThursday, May 17th, 2018 at 12:00pm
Old Wives' Tale:
If you pick up your baby all the time, you will spoil him.

I hear this a lot. The important thing for caregivers to recognize is there is a natural bonding process that occurs between a child and a parent or caregiver. Mothers very quickly understand what cries mean a child is hungry, what cries mean a child wants to be picked up. No, you can't spoil your child by picking them up. In fact, what you're doing is just nurturing them, comforting them, creating that bond that naturally exists between a mom or a caregiver and a child. So, no, it's not true that you're going to spoil your child. Very young children are not that deceptive. It's not like they're doing anything sinister so they're trying to manipulate you in order to pick them up. They're simply looking for their basic needs to be met. - Dr. Michael Bryant, Pediatrician, aplaceofourown.org
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LaTouche Pediatrics, LLCTuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 1:30pm
Rubella is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is especially dangerous for a pregnant woman and her developing baby. If an unvaccinated pregnant woman gets infected with rubella, she can have a miscarriage or her baby could die just after birth. Also, she can pass the disease to her developing baby who can develop serious birth defects. Make sure you and your child are protected from rubella by getting vaccinated on schedule.
Doctors recommend that your child get two doses of the MMR vaccine for best protection. Your child will need one dose at each of the following ages: 12 through 15 months and 4 through 6 years.
Learn more about Rubella http://alturl.com/rczj9