West Side Pediatrics knows that there is an endless amount of information out there and that it can be difficult to sort through. We are pleased to offer you the following list of trusted resources.
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KidsDoc Symptom Checker
Is your child sick? Figure out what to do now and what to do next.
What Is Asthma?
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
HealthyChildren.org Asthma Articles
What Happens During an Asthma Flareup
Video from KidsHealth
Use of a Spacer with your child’s inhaler: Spacer without a mask | Spacer with a mask
A spacer is recommended for patients of all ages that use an inhaler, even adults! The spacer helps to deliver the medicine to the lungs much more effectively than the inhaler alone.
How to Use A Peak Flow Meter
Video from the Mayo Clinic
All of the doctors at West Side Pediatrics are trained to diagnose and care for children and teenagers with ADHD. If you are concerned that your child has ADHD, the parents and the teachers of the child will need to complete a set of scored questionnaires called Vanderbilt Rating Scales. A link to these forms is below. The Parent and Teacher Initial Vanderbilts should be completed and returned to the office for scoring. If the scores are consistent with the diagnosis of ADHD, the parent will be offered a consultation appointment with one of the doctors. At that visit, the doctor will interview the parent and child about their concerns and review the Vanderbilt scores with the family. Education about ADHD and a course of treatment will also be discussed, if appropriate. Please see our forms page to print the Vanderbilt Rating Scales.
Here are some useful links about ADHD that you may want to read while deciding if you want to discuss your child’s’ situation with one of our doctors:
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
National Institute of Mental Health
National Resource Center on ADHD
Parentsmedguide.org: Medication Guide
Understanding ADHD: Information for Parents
Here are some useful books to help your child with ADHD:
Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell Barkley
The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders by Sandra Rief
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel
Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School by Martin Kutscher and Marcella Moran
Seven Steps to Homework Success by Sydney Zentall and Sam Goldstein
Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child by Edward Hallowell and Peter Jensen
Behavioral and Mental Health
Family resource center for ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, etc. from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Mental Health Resources
Download our Mental Health Resources document for a list of area programs and practitioners.
It is important that all of us maintain a healthy weight, controlled by both frequent exercise and a good diet. At each well check up, our doctors examine not only the height and the weight, but also the body mass index. To learn more about maintaining a healthy weight, please visit these sites:
Healthy Active Living for Families
Assessing Your Weight
For a healthy Cincinnati!
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
At West Side Pediatrics, our goal is to provide a Medical Home for all of our patients. We are part of the Tristate PHO, a large group of hospital and community-based pediatricians committed to quality care initiatives designed to improve the health of all children in our community. A main focus of the TriState PHO is on improving the care coordination of children with Special Health Care Needs. This includes all patients with developmental delays and mental health concerns, along with patients with syndromes and other chronic illnesses.
Families with children with Special Health Care Needs can access a wealth of community resources through the following webpages:
Cincinnati Children’s Special Needs Resource Directory
This website has a comprehensive listing of links to information about education, support groups, camps, financial resources, transition planning, and much more.
Children’s Hospital’s Family Resource Center
In addition, Children’s Hospital’s Family Resource Center (513-636-7606) has an excellent staff that can also help families track down information and resources.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
If your child has a special need and you feel it is not being addressed, please let the doctor know at your next visit.
If you or your child needs to be seen in a handicapped-accessible exam room, we have one available on the bottom level of the building. Please tell the receptionist when you schedule your appointment that you would like to be seen in that room.
American Academy of Pediatrics
National Network for Immunization Information
Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
Immunization Action Coalition
The Immunization Action Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the nation’s premier source of child, teen, and adult immunization information for health professionals and their patients.