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RECALL NOTICE

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas, including Similac®, Alimentum® and EleCare® manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., one of the company’s manufacturing facilities. Check a multidigit number on the bottom of the container to know if your product is included:
The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
The code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later. Click here for more info – https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/home.html

Essential Worker Day

Iona College is honoring essential workers on February 20 at the men’s basketball home game vs Fairfield University! 🏀 Dubbing it “Essential Worker Day,” Iona is giving a special thank you to those who have bravely served both prior and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing complimentary tickets to the game and one free t-shirt for all essential workers in attendance. Essential workers can redeem their complimentary tickets online with the code HERO22 Get your tickets now! iona.edu/tix

COVID Vaccination for children 5-11 years of age

Exciting news!  The FDA and CDC approved Pfizer COVID vaccination for 5-11 year olds as of November 2nd, under Emergency Use Authorization.  This vaccine is 1/3 the dose given to adolescents and adults.    The vaccine will be given as 2 doses separated by 21 days.  There are few contradictions to the vaccine including history of allergies to any of the components of the vaccine.  The vaccine is currently available at several Yale New Haven Health Services locations including Greenwich Hospital.  Please schedule your child’s vaccination via the link below:

https://covidvaccine.ynhh.org

Children’s Medical Group has applied for in-office distribution of the vaccine.  Unfortunately, we do not yet know when we will be receiving the vaccine in our office.  We will send out another email blast and update the website as soon as we are able to schedule your child’s vaccination.

Children’s Medical Group recommends COVID vaccination to prevent COVID infections, long-term COVID complications, hospitalizations, and potential fatalities.  Vaccinations also decrease school disruptions and is an important step toward addressing the mental health crisis we are now seeing in our pediatric patients.  Vaccination is critical to ending the COVID pandemic.

The following articles will answer most of your COVID vaccine questions.  If you have additional questions regarding the vaccine, you may contact our office via phone or the patient portal.

https://publications.aap.org/aapnews/news/17751

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/11/03/1051299050/covid-vaccine-kids-5-11

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/11/01/covid-vaccine-children-kids-approval/8564341002/

A letter from Dr. Cody

To all my families at CMG,

Let me start by saying it was a true honor and privilege to take care of you and your children for the last 34 years. I have watched many of you grow and have even had the pleasure of taking care of your children!

That is why this decision did not come easily.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will not be returning to Children’s Medical Group. The pandemic has affected us all and continues to affect us. Having an underlying heart issue has kept me away from all of you over the last 18 months on a medical leave with my doctor’s guidance. During my time at home I have been able to work on a parenting book and also write some poetry!

One poem has even been published! Stay posted!

I look forward to the next chapter in my life but I will truly miss all of you!

Please keep in touch!
lorettar22@aol.com

Wishing you all the best!

Loretta Cody

Best of Both Worlds

Children’s Medical Group Embraces technology While Adhering to Tried and True Traditional Care.

 

With the world entrenched in a seemingly all encompassing technological revolution, it will come as reassuring news to parents in Fairfield and Westchester counties that a traditional brand of pediatric medicine is still being practiced close to home.

 

This is not to say that Steven L. Schiz, MD, and fellow managing partner David A. Hendrick, MD, of Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich, have eschewed the latest technological advancements. As treatment and management tools. However, Dr Schiz is quick to point out that while technology is crucial; there is no substitute for the kind of hands on medicine that he and his colleagues have practiced for over 30 years at Children’s Medical Group.  He and Dr. Hedrick are joined at Children’s Medical Group by Loretta Cody MD; Katherine Mini, MD; and Jeffrey Bobrowitz, MD.

Children’s Medical Group has been part of the CWPW family of practices since November 2012. Patients from birth to age 21 present unique challenges at every age. “Seeing a two-week-old one moment and a 21 year-old the next is really gratifying,”Dr. Schiz exclaims. “The Medical part really is a lot of fun.” Continuity of care with an individual creates a special relationship throughout childhood. The hands-on medicine that Dr. Schiz and his colleagues provide runs that gamut. From caring for everyday bumps and bruises and childhood infections to influenza, asthma and myriad of illnesses. “The Heart and soul of what we do is pretty much the same as it has been for the past 30 years, “Dr. Schiz explains. “We pride ourselves on our good medical skills, good clinical skills, and good people skills-making families feel better, “Dr. Schiz says.  “We’re dedicated to diagnosing and treating our patients and solving their health problems and,  hopefully, ensuring that our patients state of art medicine, with a generous dose of TLC. By all accounts Dr. Schiz and his colleagues have succeeded on all fronts.

 

At Children’s Medical Group, part of keeping patients healthy is making sure that doctors and parents have all the information that they need.  This is where the integration of Electronic Medical Records, or EMR, has proven so helpful.  Adopted at CWPW nearly three years ago, EMR links all practices and provides essential information to physicians and office staff.  EMR has proven to be a significant step in streamlining the flow of data while saving time to allow physicians to focus on treating patients.

 

Dr. Schiz adds that the practice has also integrated additional software programs that have greatly enhanced office management, patient screening and scheduling.  The Child Health and Development Interactive System, or CHADIS, is totally confidential and allows parents to complete essential information about their child’s health and send it to the practice prior to an office visit.  It includes developmental assessment and diagnostic screening, permitting Dr. Schiz and his colleagues to get a heads up on the child’s health, or parental concerns, before an exam.  CHADIS is also helpful in diagnosing developmental problems and delays which benefit from early detection and treatment Dr. Schiz points out that the CHADIS system serves as an important tool in providing valuable developmental information that he and his team can rely on in spotting autism early.

 

Electronic e-prescribing is also part of the practice, Dr. Schiz explains. “Prescriptions can now be sent directly to the pharmacy automatically,” he says.  “It really reduces the possibility of errors.  I can see a child with an ear infection at 8:00am,  and the medicine gets filled right away. (It’s a very good thing, indeed.”)

 

Diagnosing eyesight issues in young children has always been a challenge for physicians, Dr. Sciz notes.  That’s why the Group has recently incorporated the Spot Vision Screener into its diagnostic array.  The portable, handheld device helps physicians detect vision problems in babies as young as six months of age.   “Previously, unless there was a real obvious imbalance in the eye, some vision issues would go undetected, “ Dr. Schiz explains.  “The Spot Vision allows is to screen for vision problems in very young babies.”

 

Pediatric health issues such as food allergies and asthma are constantly on the radar for Dr. Schiz and his colleagues.  EMR and computerization have proven invaluable in providing up to the minute information for physicians, and for parents. “We’re a general practice, not subspecialists, but our ability to keep kids out of the hospital is alot better today than it was years ago, “ Dr. Schiz says.

 

Dispensing the kind of medicine that Children’s Medical Group provides involves dedication from all levels.  Dr. Schiz credits his colleagues and his office staff with keeping the practice running smoothly-and keeping patients and their families healthy and happy.  “We have a really nice group; it makes my day a lot easier, “he says.  “We’re a well-established practice; we’re all certified and recertified.  Keeping children healthy is always our top priority.”

 

HC Children’s Medical Group Of Greenwich-Steven Schiz, MD

 

The Doctor Is In Top Ten list for Practical Parenting by Loretta Cody, MD.

 

 

The Doctor Is In Top Ten list for Practical Parenting by Loretta Cody, MDArticle Source-The Magazine for Greenwich Hospital

 

Parents come to me for advice about their children all the time.  And I’m happy to share whatever I know.  When it comes to straight medical guidance about a condition or medication, I rely on my professional training and 26 years of experience.  But, for the most everything else, my recommendation come from a combination of my professional knowledge, insights from family and friends, and my own personal observations from raising my two sons who are now 22 and 16 years old.

Raising kids can be challenging.  Just as no two children are the same, advice for one child may not necessarily work with the other.  But there are a few tried and true words of wisdom that I’ve learned over the years I can pass on to you. So, as David Letterman has done so brilliantly all these years, here’s my “Top Ten” list of things every parents should know.

 

  1.  Don’t Overschedule

 

Most children these days are committed to too many extracurricular activities – sometimes more than one in a single day.  It is wonderful to be involved in one or two after school activities a week but spending every afternoon racing to different classes and sports can be too stressful-for you, the parent AND for your child.  In my experience, over scheduled children get overwhelmed and unhappy, but they don’t always know how to express it, particularly if all the other kids seem to be doing the same thing.  

It’s Important to remember that doing nothing is not a waster of time.  Children of all ages need time to just “chill” It’s the time they get to recharge their batteries and process all that has gone on in their day.  Children can explore the world at their own pace, discover what makes them happy, hobbies that might interest them, and learn how to sensibly manage their own time.

 

  1. Sleep and Proper Diet Do Matter

 

Never underestimate the importance of a well-balanced diet and a good night’s sleep.  Healthy habits like proper nutrition and plenty of rest give your child the physical and mental strength he or she needs to grow and develop to their full potential.

We’ve all had to deal with a picky eater from time to time, but try your best to keep snacks healthy and introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables at every meal.  Avoiding sugary fruit juices, processed foods and high fat treats will go a long way to helping children develop a healthy approach to eating for the rest of their lives.  But be careful not to go overboard with it.  Many nutritionists recommend the 80-20 rule; eat healthfully 80 percent of time and eat other foods you enjoy the remaining 20 percent of the time.

When it comes to sleep, every parent knows how difficult it is to function without enough.  The same holds true for your child.  Sleep needs vary according to a child’s age.  As a rule of thumb, infants need between 14-15 hours of sleep, while toddlers and preschoolers need 12-14 hours and kids between the ages of 5-10 years generally need to sleep at least 10-11 hours.  Teens, despite sports and homework demands, need to be sure to get at least 8 ½- 9 ½ hours of sleep to perform at their peak.

 

  1. Listen to Your Gut

 

Parents are the best at knowing if something is wrong with their own child.  Your instinct is usually spot on.  If you know your child is not quite acting like him or herself, try to get to the bottom of it.  Children-even teens-cannot always articulate what is wrong, so it’s important for you to pay attention to the cues that something may be amiss.  As a doctor, I always respect when a parent says “something just does not seem right” and it helps me to evaluate their child.   

 

  1. Wash Your Hands!

 

The Key to preventing the spread of many illnesses may be as simple as washing your hands with soap and water.  Let your child see how often you wash your hands and even do it with them when they come home from school, a play date or sports practice, for instance.  It’s important to get your hands good and sudsy with soap and warm water, and lather the soap all around with attention to fingernails for 20 seconds-about the time it takes you to sing one round of Happy Birthday-before you rinse.  Hand sanitizers may help in a pinch- be sure to use it liberally and let it air dry- but best bet is good hand washing, especially before meals and after using the bathroom.

 

  1. Remember, Generations of People have been Parents

 

When parents come home from the hospital with their first child, they are usually a bit frightened by this little human being they have created.  I remember feeling that way, but one day it occurred to me that generations of people have been bringing home babies and probably without all the extra conveniences we have today.  They seemed to manage just fine and so did their children.  There are many books, experts and theories about perfect parenting, but sometimes all they do is make you feel stressed about being a perfect parent.  I’ve found that most important key to enjoying parenthood is to relax about doing it right.  You are doing just fine.

 

  1.  Follow Through

 

When parents tell their child there will be consequences to a certain action, then they need to follow through.  This is especially true during the teenage years.  If your teen breaks curfew and your rule is an earlier curfew, then stick to it.  Don’t be persuaded to change your mind.  Children need rules from their parents.  It is a sign to them that they are cared for.  Even if the child doesn’t acknowledge it, he surely feels it and will appreciate it in time.

 

  1. Let your Child Be Who He or She Wants To Be

 

Embrace your child’s individuality.  Don’t try to mold your child into something you have always wanted them to be or what you think the should be to fit in and get ahead.  Give them the room to find their own passions.  If you are lucky enough to have a child who has a true passion and pursues it in some form, you are giving them the gift of fulfillment for their lifetime.

 

  1. Be Nice To Everyone-Your Child is Watching

 

In the world of bullying that we live in, the best thing we can teach our children is just to be nice to one another.  Teach your child to be respectful of his or her classmates and teachers.  If we as parents are respectful, polite adults our children will follow.  It’s important to let your child know that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

 

  1.  Enjoy The Journey

 

Sometimes it seems that parents are in a race for their children  to get to the finish line-if they just get on the varsity team, if they just get into the “best” preschool, grade school, college-then they will win.  If you do that, their childhood will be over in a flad and you’ll have been too busy to savor each and every new stage of their development.  We all need to slow down and enjoy the journey.  It’s not a competition.

 

1.Make “Special” Moments Happen

 

As I watched my oldest son graduate college this year, I was reminded of how quickly time goes by. I know that the moments with my children I cherish the most are the simple ones we shared- making the lopsided snowman with the pathetically small head-running through the fallen leaves together on a crisp autumn day-picking the first tomato on a homegrown tomato plant (okay, we only had one tomato but i never said I had a green thumb!)-playing hundreds of games of hide and seek (maybe we could have played a few less-only kidding guys)-those are the simple moments that bring the most the joy and ones you’ll never forget.  So be sure to make those moments together.  You’ll have them forever, long after your child is all grown.

 

Loretta cody, MD, has been a practicing pediatrician at The Children’s Medical group of greenwich for 26 years.