Pacific Family Practice Blog Feedhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog Kirby Tue, 21 May 2019 21:33:55 -0700 How to Prevent Food Poisoninghttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-prevent-food-poisoning family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-prevent-food-poisoning Mon, 20 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 How to Prevent Food Poisoning

Food poisoning, which includes any illness brought on by eating contaminated food, is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. One in six Americans are affected annually, with typical cases involving 24-72 unpleasant hours of digestive upset, which may include diarrhea, vomiting, and/or nausea.

If you develop symptoms of severe food poisoning, which can include fevers of over 102 ºF, bloody diarrhea, and dehydration, you should contact your doctor immediately.

Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk; their bodies aren’t as equipped to fight the bacteria that cause the illness. These people should take extra care to ensure their food is uncontaminated. However, we can all take a few precautions to protect against foodborne illness:

1. Keep It Clean.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly: Spend at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water with every washing.
  • Clean cooking utensils and surfaces after each use.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables, even if you peel them later. Don’t wash meat and poultry! This can actually help spread the bacteria, which can only be killed by thorough cooking.

2. Cook Smart.

  • From the grocery cart to the fridge to the kitchen counter, keep poultry, raw meat, eggs, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Use a food thermometer to ensure your meal has reached a high enough temperature to kill bacteria.
  • Keep your refrigerator below 40 ºF. Otherwise, bacteria can start to grow within two hours.

3. Play It Safe.

  • If you think you might have waited too long to eat perishable food, toss it.
  • Don’t take chances with raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, or dairy, and those especially at risk should avoid soft cheeses, raw sprouts, and unpasteurized juices and milk.

Learn More About Avoiding Food Poisoning
You can improve your immune system and overall digestive health to help your body fight bad bacteria, but taking these simple precautions when handling and preparing food will go a long way toward reducing your risk of food poisoning.

To speak with a medical professional about your digestive health, make an appointment with Pacific Family Practice.

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April Is STD Awareness Monthhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/april-is-std-awareness-month family-practice-sf/health-blog/april-is-std-awareness-month Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 April Is STD Awareness Month

Observed every April across the United States, STD Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) while removing the stigma surrounding them.

While progress has been made, much work remains to be done. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have been on the rise since 2013.

However, it’s important to note there are many ways to prevent contracting and transmitting STDs and STIs. It’s also important to note that most are curable and all are treatable and manageable.

To keep yourself and your partner(s) safe and healthy, check out the five tips below.

How to Support STD Awareness Month

1. Stay Informed
Arming yourself with information on STDs and STIs is the first step to protecting yourself and others.

Simply researching online (using trustworthy, reputable sources) to become familiar with the basics — warning signs, common symptoms, precautions to take, whether you may be predisposed to contracting anything — is a smart way to stay informed and proactive about your reproductive and sexual health.

2. Get Tested
If you’ve never been tested for STDs and STIs, it’s a good idea to do so, even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms. The CDC recommends that all adults between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once; other testing recommendations can be found here.

Many people with STDs or STIs are unaware that they have them and, therefore, run the risk of transmitting them to others.

3. Communicate
It’s important to communicate openly and honestly with your sexual partner(s). If you have any STDs or STIs, your partner should be made of aware of this so you both can take any necessary precautions and receive necessary testing or treatment.

Fostering openness in this way isn’t just good for physical health — it’s crucial to building a caring, honest relationship.

4. Find a Trusted Health Care Provider
Whether you’re being tested as a precautionary measure, seeking an HPV vaccination, or need treatment for an existing STI or STD, it’s important to work with a health care provider you trust. Research online, ask friends for recommendations, and don’t be afraid to ask questions during your appointment.

Obtaining all the information you can will provide peace of mind and ensure that you’re getting the best treatment or testing for your specific needs. Keep this in mind: If something feels “off” during your appointment, trust your gut and seek help elsewhere.

5. Get Involved
If you’re looking to become involved in raising awareness of STDs and STIs and to support those in need of treatment and other resources, start small by putting out the word on social media, sharing hashtags such as #STDMONTH and #TreatMeRight to start the conversation and break down the stigmas still surrounding STDs and STIs.

You may also wish to take part in a fundraiser event, such as the annual AIDS Walk.

Learn More About STDs and STIs
To learn more about STIs and STDs, discuss your specific needs with a health care professional to find out how you can best protect yourself and your partner(s), and get in touch with the team at Pacific Family Practice today.

We offer primary care, women’s health, and pediatric/newborn health care services for patients of all ages and backgrounds, as well as urgent care services.

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How to Describe Symptoms to Your Doctorhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-describe-symptoms-to-your-doctor family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-describe-symptoms-to-your-doctor Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 How to Describe Symptoms to Your Doctor

For many, doctors’ appointments can be nerve-wracking, even if you’re not suffering from any serious health issues. The formality involved, the sense that your doctor may be pressed for time, and, of course, the discomfort that many feel discussing health concerns can make for a stressful visit.

However, this doesn’t need to be the case — whether going to a routine checkup or going in with a specific concern.

If you’ve ever struggled to express your health concerns or describe symptoms to your doctor, here are four key points to keep in mind that will help ensure you get the most out of your next appointment.

1. Describe symptoms and health concerns in your own words.
Being in any kind of medical facility can be intimidating, but doctors don’t expect you to speak in industry jargon or be familiar with complex medical terminologies.

When describing your symptoms or expressing your concerns, speak in your own words and describe any symptoms using the adjectives that make the most sense to you. If you have a dull, throbbing, persistent headache, you can describe it that way — no need to try to use complex medical terms.

2. Explain how your symptoms affect your daily life.
To provide your doctor with a full picture of any health problems you’re experiencing, try to describe how symptoms affect your day-to-day life. Do you often miss work or personal engagements due to pain? Are you losing sleep or experiencing heightened anxiety? Is it painful when you move in certain ways?

Try to be as specific as possible so that the doctor can get a clear idea of what you’re experiencing and how serious it may be based on how it affects your daily life.

3. Don’t try to “play tough.”
Some patients, men and women alike, may be uncomfortable expressing distress or describing pain, even to a medical professional. They may think that this makes them weak or they may believe that it’s just “in their head.”

This can be detrimental, however; minimizing symptoms makes it harder for the doctor to fully assess what you’re dealing with, and finding relief may be a much longer, harder process. This can even affect how test results are interpreted.

Whether you’re describing period pain at your annual well woman exam or at an urgent care practice trying to explain out-of-the-ordinary pain you’re experiencing, be truthful with your doctor and don’t worry about being tough; your health is your main priority here.

4. Prepare for the doctor’s appointment ahead of time.
It happens all the time: You have health questions that you take mental note of when they come up, but by the time you’re in the doctor’s office, you can’t remember any of them. It’s crucial to write down any questions and concerns ahead of time. Keep an ongoing list in your smartphone or on a notepad, and be sure to have it handy when you go to your next appointment.

You may also wish to write down ahead of time some of the adjectives that you will use to describe any symptoms or issues you’re experiencing. This will allow for a smoother, more efficient visit, especially for people who tend to “blank” when actually at an appointment. Additionally, we kindly ask that you keep in mind that multiple health concerns may require multiple visits.

Finally, be sure to consider any questions that may come up based on what you anticipate will happen during the doctor’s appointment.

Make the Most of Your Next Doctor’s Appointment
Doctors’ appointments don’t need to stressful, scary, or uncomfortable. Do a little preparation ahead of time, describe symptoms in your own words, and keep in mind that both you and the doctor have the same goal: to make sure you’re feeling your best.

Whether you’ve been experiencing pain or unusual symptoms that you’ve been meaning to get checked out or it’s just been a while since your last annual physical, get your health back on track today with the team at Pacific Family Practice. We offer a range of specialized services to fit your exact needs — primary care, women’s health, urgent care, and pediatric care.

Contact us or set up an appointment today.

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Annual Well-Woman Examhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-reasons-you-shouldnt-skip-your-annual-well-woman-exam family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-reasons-you-shouldnt-skip-your-annual-well-woman-exam Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Annual well-woman exams are an essential part of maintaining your overall reproductive health, yet many women end up skipping or delaying these checkups, believing them to be unnecessary. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s no wonder these appointments often fall by the wayside.

However, contrary to many women’s beliefs, these exams aren’t just for people experiencing unusual symptoms, trying to get pregnant, or in need of contraception. They offer additional benefits you may not have previously considered or thought of.

Key Benefits of Annual Well-Woman Exams
Wondering why you should take the time to clear space in your busy calendar for these checkups? We’ve outlined five key reasons below.

1. Cervical cancer prevention — Without a Pap smear, also referred to as a Pap test, cervical cancer is notoriously hard to detect in its early stages. Pap tests can detect precancer before it develops into invasive cancer, and can also detect the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and precancerous lesions. Regular Pap smears allow women to stay on top of any potential issues before they become serious problems.

2. Opportunity to ask questions — Even if you’re not experiencing any issues or don’t have any pressing concerns, your annual well-woman exam offers a great chance to discuss any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small. Using this time to get as much information as you can about anything you’ve been wondering about will allow you to make better lifestyle choices and feel more confident day to day.

3. Clinical breast exam — Even though you probably, like many women, conduct self-exams regularly (or should, if you don’t already), it can be tricky to know exactly what to look for and what could be a cause for concern. Having a professional breast exam during an annual checkup allows women to rest assured that they’re staying on top of their health, and provides the opportunity for a refresher on how to best conduct self-examinations.

4. Reproductive health and family planning guidance — Whether you’re planning to have children in the future or already trying to conceive, having access to a specialist can be hugely helpful. At an annual well-woman exam, you’ll have the chance to ask specific questions and address any concerns you may have. On the other hand, if you’re not yet ready or don’t ever want children, your doctor can help you choose the best form of contraception for your specific needs.

5. Age-specific advising and screenings — As women age, their health needs shift. From the first period to reproductive planning to management of menopause symptoms, annual well-woman visits help ensure that you get the care you need, when you need it. Having access to specialized, age-specific, personalized knowledge and care goes a long way toward feeling happy, healthy, and able to tackle whatever comes your way throughout every stage of life.

Schedule Your Annual Well-Woman Visit
Annual well-woman visits are an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no matter what stage of life you’re in or what your unique needs may be.

To schedule a well-woman visit and start taking control of your health, set up an appointment with the providers at Pacific Family Practice today.

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Five Situations That Are Better for an Urgent Care Clinic Vs. the ERhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-situations-that-are-better-for-an-urgent-care-clinic-vs-the-er family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-situations-that-are-better-for-an-urgent-care-clinic-vs-the-er Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Five Situations That Are Better for an Urgent Care Clinic Vs. the ER

In situations where an unexpected injury or illness takes place, particularly when a teenager or child is involved, it can be very tempting to head to the emergency room without a second thought. Of course, there are clear cases when the ER is exactly the place you need to be, including a seizure; chest pain; severe pain/swelling; changes in vision, mental status or ability to breathe; severe burns; deep lacerations; and head/eye injuries.

In the event that none of the previous ailments are present, there’s a good chance that the injury or illness you’re facing is a better fit for an urgent care center like Pacific Family Practice.

Here are five situations that are better for an urgent care clinic:

  1. Non-severe lacerations and burns
  2. Bone fractures (non-compound)
  3. Muscle sprains/strains
  4. High fever – including infections, the flu and colds
  5. Pink eye

The benefit of visiting urgent care clinics like Pacific Family Practice is that they often offer patients care after normal business hours. For example, our clinic is open until 8:00pm during the week and from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. Another benefit is that trips to the ER can be very expensive, even when the treatment is ultimately fairly minor or straightforward. Total cost at an urgent care clinic can vary but is rarely matched by pricing at a hospital ER. Lastly, although waiting time in an urgent care center will depend on staff availability and total number of patients, the overall time is rarely comparable to the average time spent waiting to be seen in an ER, which starts around an hour.

How to prep for an urgent care situation
Urgent healthcare needs do not announce themselves ahead of time. They come when it’s most inconvenient, like when you’re already busy, stressed or lacking spare time. This is why it’s essential to be aware of your closest urgent care clinic and know its hours and whether it accepts your insurance. You don’t want to have to research urgent care clinics when a laceration has already occurred or you’re on day two of what might be the flu. Having this information on hand and ready to go will save you time and stress during what could be a difficult day.

If you have questions about our urgent care clinic and the services we provide, please contact Pacific Family Practice today. Scheduling an appointment is easy, but we welcome walk-ins as well.

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Five Family Health Goals for the New Yearhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/family-health-goals-for-the-new-year family-practice-sf/health-blog/family-health-goals-for-the-new-year Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 How to Keep Kids and Teenagers Healthy During Flu Season

Keeping everyone in your family healthy in 2019 and beyond is a top priority for most parents. Here are five goals you should reach for when it comes to staying in tip-top shape.

1. Get an annual check-up
Getting a physical from your primary care physician is one of the easiest doctor visits to schedule and complete, and yet it’s something many people forget about. Seeing your doctor should be number one on your list because he or she will likely help you reach your other family health goals.

2. Stick to a reasonable diet
If you don’t like New Year’s resolutions, try not to think of eating well as a burden. Instead, make eating a balanced, nutritious diet fun by trying to expand your menu with new and delicious foods. Start by keeping a log of what you and your family eat. Next, try to hit some target dietary recommendations: Make a game of eating less than 10% of your daily calories from refined sugars, for instance. If you’ve got kids, get them involved with the counting, measuring and targeting aspects of planning your daily food intake.

3. Stay active / exercise
If you like to work out, this task probably comes easily for you. If you don’t, never fear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week for healthy adults. You can get this by simply taking a brisk walk outside for 30 minutes every day at lunch. Young children should double that amount, and that’s usually achieved through various play and sports activities. As you age, make sure you add weight-bearing exercise to prevent muscle deterioration.

4. Keep up with vaccines
Nobody likes getting a shot, but when it’s recommended by your primary care physician, it’s a good idea to have that vaccine. Certain vaccines are required by states, and school districts often remind parents to get their kids vaccinated — and to complete the full vaccination schedule without fail. However, vaccines can be good for the whole family. Get your annual flu shot, and check with your doctor to make sure you’re up to date on vaccines for tetanus, measles and other preventable diseases.

5. Take preventative measures
Finally, make sure to ask your doctor for recommendations when it comes to preventative practices. Women and adolescent girls, for instance, should be practicing self-breast exams once per month to detect signs of breast cancer. Adults over age 50 should be getting a colonoscopy every five or 10 years to detect colon cancer. Your doctor might instruct you to take dietary supplements, such as calcium or vitamin D, to ward off osteoporosis. There are a lot of steps you and your family can take to mitigate your risk of poor health and disease.

The first step is gaining awareness, and that brings us back to goal number one: Make an appointment to see your primary care physician today.

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How to Keep Kids and Teenagers Healthy During Flu Seasonhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-keep-kids-and-teenagers-healthy-during-flu-season family-practice-sf/health-blog/how-to-keep-kids-and-teenagers-healthy-during-flu-season Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 How to Keep Kids and Teenagers Healthy During Flu Season

Keeping kids and teenagers healthy during flu season isn’t easy, especially because you’re probably relying on your fellow parents to do the same. To help your family power through the winter months, Pacific Family Practice has put together a list of tried-and-true methods for helping prevent the spread of influenza.

Important note: Pacific Family Practice offers patients after hours care. We are open until 9pm Monday – Friday and have Saturday hours as well, from 10am – 4pm. If you are sick, injured, or seeking general practice care, you don’t have to wait until the next business day or for the weekend to pass. Patients are encouraged to take advantage of our after hours care whenever needed.

1. Don’t forget the flu vaccine.

It should go without saying, but many people do forget to get a yearly flu shot. When you schedule your child for an annual back-to-school or sports physical in September or October, ask your doctor to administer the flu vaccine at that time if it is available. Please note, the flu season extends from October to May, so getting the flu shot is an option throughout that time but is especially important in the fall and early winter months.

2. Remind them to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

Another seemingly obvious flu prevention tip is handwashing. It’s important that your kids use antibacterial soap after going to the bathroom and before eating. They should wet their hands, work up a good lather with the soap, massage the lather onto the skin for about 30 seconds and then rinse thoroughly. If your children’s school allows this, pop a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in their backpacks for use on the go. It’s also a good idea to show your kids how they can use a paper towel or their sleeve to open and close bathroom doors.

3. Serve them a healthy diet and daily multivitamin.

Boosting one’s intake of nourishing vitamins and minerals can help fortify the immune system during cold and flu season. Make sure your kids and teens are drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water. Ask your doctor to recommend a multivitamin and even a probiotic if your child is not already taking them every day.

4. Make sure they get plenty of sleep.

Some kids struggle to get adequate rest, especially if they are under stress from school or sports concerns. The minimum amount of sleep your child gets shouldn’t dip below eight hours, and some kids will sleep 10 or more hours per night, depending on their age and needs. If your child is having trouble falling or staying asleep, try these tips:

  • Prohibit bright light and screens for at least one to two hours before bedtime
  • Create a relaxing bedtime ritual with soft music, aromatherapy or meditation
  • Discourage eating and drinking right before bed to avoid indigestion or urinary urgency
  • Take some time to listen to and talk about your kid’s worries and thoughts

5. Avoid people who have the flu.

If people at school are getting sick, it’s important to remind your child to keep a safe distance from sick friends and teachers during cold and flu season. This means abstaining from hand-holding, hugging, and other touching.

If your child gets the flu, make sure to take whatever influenza treatment medication is prescribed by your pediatrician. Keep your kid home from school when ill and encourage behaviors like blowing their nose and disposing of tissues properly and covering the mouth when coughing to help prevent the virus from spreading to family members.

As a parent, it’s normal for you to want to keep your kids and teenagers healthy during flu season. If they do get sick, take this opportunity to slow down, rest more and take care of your whole family...including yourself.

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Three Ways to Cut Down Spending Time in Waiting Roomshttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/three-ways-to-cut-down-spending-time-in-waiting-rooms family-practice-sf/health-blog/three-ways-to-cut-down-spending-time-in-waiting-rooms Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Three Ways to Cut Down Spending Time in Waiting Rooms

Nobody likes to wait, especially if the waiting is keeping you from feeling better. When you’re visiting your primary care, urgent care, women’s health or pediatric physician, it helps to be prepared for your appointment before you arrive in the doctor’s office. Here’s how you can cut time spent in the waiting room.

1. Fill out your paperwork at home

Many physicians provide a patient portal on their website, where you can find registration forms and other essential paperwork to print and fill out. If you do this at home, you minimize the chance that you’ll be missing any data for the forms (like your spouse’s Social Security number or your child’s insurance card information, etc.). The longer it takes you to complete these forms in the waiting room, the longer you’ll have to wait to be invited to the examination room.

2. Verify your insurance in advance

With all the nuances of medical insurance plans these days, it’s easy to miss an important task or detail. Make sure you have any necessary referrals or forms in place (if applicable) before your appointment. Often a missed step with your health insurance provider can result in more than just waiting around; you might find yourself with a cancelled appointment.

3. Arrive early or on time for your appointment

Doctor offices are very active, busy places. If you arrive late for your scheduled appointment, they might be required to give your time slot to somebody else, and that can mean even more waiting for you.

If you do end up with time to kill in the waiting room, there are a few ways you can make the best of it. Bring a notebook and list any questions or concerns you have about your health so you’re prepared to get the most information you can during your appointment. You can also check out the reading material available in the waiting room, especially if the office has medical publications on hand or a bulletin board with informative notices about flu shots, common cold remedies, home breast exams, diaper rash prevention, etc.

Finally, waiting rooms provide an opportunity to relax, practice deep breathing, or collect your thoughts and emotions. Sometimes pressing pause on your hectic life for a little waiting around can be good for your mind and body. Try deep breathing before you reach for your cell phone. It’s usually considered improper waiting room etiquette to talk on the phone in the presence of other patients.

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September Is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Monthhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/september-is-national-ovarian-cancer-awareness-month family-practice-sf/health-blog/september-is-national-ovarian-cancer-awareness-month Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 September Is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is a complex disease, perhaps even more so than other cancers impacting women such as breast or cervical. On the one hand, it is considered a “rare” cancer, affecting less than 200,000 women in the United States each year. On the other, ovarian cancer is among those that are difficult to detect. This is especially true for those women are not aware of whether they are at risk or not.

With breast cancer, which is far more common, women are encouraged to perform self-breast examinations to detect early warning signs. However, unlike breast cancer, ovarian cancer is insidious. The following are some basic facts we recommend that female patients (and those close to them) keep in mind.

Symptoms
Ovarian cancer rarely manifests in obvious symptoms early on. Advanced-stage cases might exhibit abdominal bloating, weight loss, pelvic discomfort, constipation, or a frequent need to urinate. However, it’s important that women—especially those considered at risk for this disease—do not wait for these symptoms to appear before addressing their health concerns.

Risk factors
Because symptoms are difficult to spot and often nonexistent, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your physician to discuss your level of risk. You possess a heightened risk for ovarian cancer if:

  • You’re over the age of 50
  • You inherited the gene mutations breast cancer gene 1 (BRCA1) and breast cancer gene 2 (BRCA2), or other gene mutations such as Lynch syndrome
  • You have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer
  • You had estrogen hormone replacement therapy
  • You started menstruation at an early age or menopause at a late age

None of these risk factors is a definitive cancer sentence. However, if you have anything in common with this list, it’s a good idea to start a discussion with your doctor today.

Prognosis
Just because ovarian cancer is rarer than other cancers among women doesn’t make it less dangerous to those who have it. Ovarian cancer is treatable, but the American Cancer Society reports that more than 14,000 women in the U.S. will die from this disease in 2018. The risk of developing ovarian cancer is about 1 in 78, and dying from it is about 1 in 108. It’s crucial to address both symptoms and risk factors as soon as possible by opening the lines of communication with your physician.

Find out more about women’s pelvic exams and other women’s health services at Pacific Family Practice.

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Five Ways Pacific Family Practice Can Help Parents with the Back-to-School Rushhttps://www.pacificfamilycare.com/family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-ways-pacific-family-practice-can-help-parents-with-the-back-to-school-rush family-practice-sf/health-blog/five-ways-pacific-family-practice-can-help-parents-with-the-back-to-school-rush Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Five Ways Pacific Family Practice Can Help Parents with the Back-to-School Rush

Even though some parents may see the start of a new school year with relief, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to preparing for the first day of school. Along with shopping for the right backpack, finding clothes to fit growth spurts, and planning lunches, there are items on your back-to-school to-do list that Pacific Family Practice can help handle.

Please note: Although we’re always happy to schedule an appointment, the back-to-school rush is a particularly popular time of year at our office, so we recommend scheduling your child’s visit as soon as you can.

How we can help parents prepare for the first day of school
1. The physical – A completed well-child physical is a requirement for many schools prior to the first day of school. We offer annual physicals for both adults and children.
2. Vaccines/immunizations – Is your child up to date on his or her vaccine schedule? It’s important to ensure that vaccines/immunizations are up to date. If you are unsure, please confirm whether an appointment is needed with your child’s Pacific Family Practice provider.
3. ADHD care – Screening and management for ADHD are provided at Pacific Family Practice. Parents with concerns or questions about a possible ADHD diagnosis or similar chronic conditions are encouraged to contact Pacific Family Practice.
4. Nutrition – Do you have concerns about your child’s nutrition? Even with the best intentions of implementing a healthy diet, nutritional issues can be present and are often treated through a change in diet. Your child’s provider can advise on whether an issue is present and how an adjustment in diet can assist.
5. Urgent care hours – We offer urgent care hours Monday – Friday, 5pm – 9pm and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm. Having a plan in place for urgent care needs that do not require an ER visit is often essential for parents of children and teens. Urgent care needs often occur outside normal medical office hours, and knowing the location and availability of your local urgent care clinic prior to facing the need to visit provides both peace of mind and effective parental planning.

Getting ready for the first day of school doesn’t have to feature a long to-do list, especially since the team at Pacific Family Practice can help address your child’s medical needs typically in as little as one or two visits to our office.

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