Helping families raise healthy children is important to us at Botsford Hospital.
From our inpatient pediatric unit to an Emergency Department equipped to treat pediatric patients - and after school fitness classes for young teens to routine office visits, we take a special interest in the health care needs of infants, children and adolescents.
Botsford pediatric services include:
- Inpatient Pediatric Unit - If hospitalization is required, our inpatient unit provides care for children (birth to young adult). Our unit is staffed with specially trained pediatric nurses and board-certified pediatricians.
- Emergency Department - We have a state-of-the-art facility fully equipped for the care of children, infants and newborns. Pediatricians are on-call 24 hours a day.
- Botsford Pediatric Associates - This office offers physicians and pediatric nurse practitioners committed to providing the best possible medical care and services.
- Physician Directory
- HealthMatch - Call Botsford's free physician referral service at 1-877-442-7900.
- Classes - Botsford offers a variety of health promotion and wellness programs for the community and workplace.
For more information on Children's Health:
Start counting for healthy kids
We started our count in the fall issue of Botsford HealthSource. But we have a few more tips to help ensure healthier kids now and in the future.
Heard any of these? “Don’t wanna.” “Ain’t gonna.” “You can’t make me!”
Kids sometimes dig in their heels when it comes to healthy habits. Here are the top strategies to increase their odds of a lifetime of healthy habits.
- Limit screen time
Brains and bodies need time away from video games, TV, and computers, so limit screen time to no more than two hours a day. That’s easier said than done — especially when no fun alternative is apparent. Have a brainstorming session with your kids for things to do when the television is off.
Sam S. Gabbara, M.D. of Botsford Pediatric Associates suggests these strategies:
- Think creative, with books, puzzles, and board games.
- Think active, with a family walk, a game of tag, or a bike ride to the park.
Kids should be getting at least an hour of exercise each day—turn off the TV and get the whole family moving.
- Brush to fight tooth decay
A healthy, happy smile starts with brushing twice a day—not always an easy task for kids to stick with. Remind your child that skipping out on brushing can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can be painful.
Next, find a way to make brushing a little more fun and rewarding, suggests Dr. Gabbara. Your child might like a musical or light-up toothbrush or a fun flavored toothpaste.
- Don’t forget—don’t delay
“Remember, you are the biggest role model in your child’s life,” says Dr. Gabbara. “Keep yourself on track with healthy habits and set that positive example.”
More Tips from the Fall Botsford Health Source