Mental Health During COVID-19

May 6, 2021 by Fall Hill Pediatrics

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

"The stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic can wear any one down, but teens may have an especially hard time. In this Public Service Announcement, Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez offers advice for parents on when their teen may need more help."

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Safety & Travel This Spring

March 18, 2021 by Fall Hill Pediatrics


For families that just want to get away, it may be a better option to wait until later in the Summer or even into the Fall.


Although the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more available to the general public, it will likely be summer before a major decline is community spread is seen. Pushing your plans off by even a month or two can assist in the prevention of spread.

If you must travel, going by car and staying in a vacation house is much safer than flying and then staying at a busy hotel to spend the week on a crowded beach.

The key factor to consider is the number of close contacts you, and those around you, will have during the course of your travels. The more contacts you have, the more likely you are to becoming exposed.

Tips to help reduce the risk:

1. Check the COVID-19 spread rates of the location in which you are planning to go
2. Travel by car, if possible
3. If you must fly, try to take direct flights
4. Pack extra masks and hand sanitizer
5. Have your family get their Flu shots

Staying Active & Eating Healthy During COVID-19

February 15, 2021 by Fall Hill Pediatrics

The COVID-19 pandemic has made life anything but ordinary, especially for our children.

With the transition to virtual learning, less activities outside of the home, and the interruption of routine, it's no wonder kids are moving less and snacking more. This pandemic has put more children at risk for childhood obesity and children with obesity are more likely to have problems if infected with COVID-19.


It is important to know you are not alone. Several parents are struggling to make sure their children eat healthy foods and stay active. Some things you can do:


  • Regular exercise to help cope with any stressors and stay healthy

  • Offering your children lots of fruits and veggies

  • Creating a schedule for meals and snack time

  • Keeping healthy options in your home

  • Motivate your children to move and spend less time in front of the screen

  • Model healthy habits


If your situation is too overwhelming or you would like additional resources, you can always ask your child's pediatrician for help. 


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