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Health and Education Links

American Academy of Pediatrics – For news on pediatric health topics and parent/patient information.

Safety Seat Guidelines – Important information on what type of safety seat your child should be using. – From the American Academy of Pediatrics, this link provides a comprehensive online library with information organized by ages & stages, healthy living, safety & prevention, family life, health issues and tips & tools. Be sure to also check out the symptom checker that compliments patient education our physicians provide. For parents on the go, be sure to download this free app.

Babies 411 – Babies 411 is an on-line information and resource center for parents. This site has been developed by a neonatal intensive care nurse and is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of all babies. – Health and safety topics for both pediatric and adult medicine. – Consult the Medical Resource Doctors Trust. Learn more about your medical condition and explore your treatment options using UpToDate®, the same resource trusted by more than 600,000 clinicians around the world. After you read the information in UpToDate, you will have the tools to ask the right questions and have important conversations with your health care provider.

Breastfeeding/Lactation Resources

The Lactation Center at Methodist Women’s Center 210-575-0261
Texas Breastfeeding Hotline 1-800-514-6667 (MOMS)
Mother’s Milk First Lactation Center at North Central Baptist Hospital 210-297-4086
Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin (Donate Milk to infants in need) 1-877-813-6455

CDC vaccine schedule – Vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC

Heritage Pediatrics Individual Physician Vaccine Schedules

To read Dr. Fitch’s Schedule, click here
To read Dr. Gibson’s Schedule, click here
To read Dr. Hall’s Schedule, click here
To read Dr. Tardy’s Schedule, click here

Heritage Pediatrics Vaccine Policy

We believe immunizations are critical to your child’s protection and require up to date vaccines as provided by our vaccination schedules. We are happy to discuss the concerns you may have regarding vaccines or our recommended schedule. Though we can alter the schedule some, please know that it is in the best interest of your child and other children in our practice to vaccinate as close to the recommended schedule as possible. All school required vaccines, no matter the schedule selected, must be caught up by milestones at 2 years, 6 years and 14 years.

Common Vaccine Reactions / Vaccine Information Sheets Forms

Hepatitis B
DTaP = diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough)
Hib = haemophilius influenzae type b
IPV = inactivated polio virus
Prevnar = pneumococcal virus (13 strains)
Rotateq = rotavirus (stomach virus)
MMR = measles, mumps, rubella
Varicella = chicken pox virus
Hepatitis A
Td = adult tetanus and diphtheria
Menactra = meningococcal (to prevent meningitis)
TdaP = adult tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis
Gardasil = human papilloma virus (HPV)
Gardasil 9 = human papilloma virus (HPV)

Dosing Guidelines – for commonly administered medications such as, Motrin & Tylenol, you may use the following links as a resource:

ADVIL – Children’s Dosing Guide and link to the Children’s Relief Center that includes educational information about Your Child’s Fever, Cold & Flu, Preventative Care & Tips and Pain Relief.
BENADRYL – Children’s (6-11 years of age) Dosing Guide. Please consult your physician for use in less than 6 years of age.
TYLENOL – Children’s Dosage Guide
FEVER DIARY – you may download and print this useful tool to keep track with your child’s temperature in the event of an illness. Sharing accurate information with your pediatrician is helpful when making treatments decisions.

Cerebral Palsy Guide – Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

Easter Seals – Helping people with disabilities gain greater independence. Easter Seals provides ECI services such as speech, physical, and occupational therapy for Alamo Heights and surrounding areas.

ECI (Early Childhood Intervention Services) – ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Depending on where you live in San Antonio, ECI may be facilitated by Easter Seals, the Brighton School, or PHACES

Classes for Parents – Through the Methodist Women’s Center, Methodist Healthcare offers a variety of classes on topics to help you prepare for your role as a parent and know what to expect along the way. Please contact the Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at 210-575-0355 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7333 for more information or to register for an upcoming class.