We are pleased to announce a new service for our patients!!
Beginning May 1, 2017, we will be holding a walk in hour Monday through Thursday from 430pm-530pm
This time is for emergent SICK VISITS or simple VACCINE VISITS.
We will be unable to provide med checks or yearly exams during a walk in visit. Due to the time involved, those appointments will continue to require an appointment.
Please note that these appointments are available for our CURRENT patients, who have had a physical during the last 24 months.
After more than 40 years on Tower Hill, we have now moved to a new home in Narragansett.
Nothing else has changed. You will still see the same caring providers and staff! We have kept the same phone and fax numbers. We have even brought the school bus table and the phone booth. Some things are new though, and we hope you will be pleasantly surprised when you come in to visit!
Our new address is 360 Kingstown Rd., Suite 101 in Narragansett. When you enter the main entrance, take the hallway to the left.
The picture is from our last sunset on Tower Hill Rd.
Fifth disease, also known as slapped cheek disease, is an infection caused by a virus. It is so named because Fifth disease was the fifth pink-red rash in childhood to be described by doctors. It usually occurs in the winter and spring, but a child can become ill with the disease any time of the year.
What are the possible symptoms?
Your child may not feel ill, but may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Low grade fever
- Tiredness, runny nose, sore throat
- Flushed cheeks (looks like the face has been slapped)
- Rash on the arms, legs, and body that may last up to 3-6 weeks. Sometimes the rash can come and go for weeks. It can happen more if your child is in the sun, or becomes warm.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) are independently licensed health care providers who are dedicated to improving children’s health. PNPs are registered nurses with advanced graduate level education in pediatric nursing and health care and they serve children and families in an extensive range of practice settings. Working with pediatricians and other health care providers, PNPs have been enhancing the health care of children for over forty years. Continue reading
What is hand, foot, and mouth disease?
Your child may have hand, foot, and mouth disease, if your child has:
- Low grade fever between 100° F and 102° F
- Small, painful sores in his mouth
- Small water blisters or red spots on the palms of his hands and soles of the feet. You may also see these blisters on the webs between the fingers and toes.
- Five or fewer blisters on each hand or foot
- The blisters will appear as the fever is resolving, and may also be preceded by drooling and decreased appetite.
What are head lice?
Head lice only live on human beings. They can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or brush of an infected person. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice within one week. Your child probably has lice if:
- The nits (white eggs) are firmly attached to hairs. Unlike dandruff, nits can’t be shaken off.
- There are gray bugs (lice) in the hair approximately 1/16 inch long. They move quickly, and are difficult to see.
- Your child’s scalp itches and has a rash.
How can I take care of my child? Continue reading
Quick facts about ticks and Lyme disease
- Lyme is the most common disease spread by a tick bite. The bacteria are transmitted by deer ticks. Lyme disease is not carried by the more common wood tick, which is bigger.
- In the New England states, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, up to 50% of deer ticks are infected with Lyme disease. But, even in these high-risk areas, only 1% of children bitten by a deer tick get Lyme disease.
- The longer a tick is attached to a person, the greater chance of being infected by the tick. For Lyme disease to be transmitted, the tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours. You are more likely to get the infection if the tick remains attached for more than 48 hours.