Arlington Pediatrics Newsletter
MARCH 2014
Arlington Pediatrics was recently recognized as one of the best pediatrician's offices by Daily Herald readers!
Arlington Pediatrics is a featured partner at Link Together, an organization supporting drug and alcohol free youth.

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We Want to Know... How Are We Doing?

At Arlington Pediatrics Ltd., we value the opinions of our patients and want to give you the opportunity to let us know how we are doing. We have created a short online survey and we'd greatly appreciate your thoughts.

Note: We do not collect your name or e-mail so your answers are completely anonymous. You may also skip a question if it does not relate to your experience with our practice.

Click here to take our online survey. Thank you for your time.
Local Pediatricians Reward Community Service Efforts By Donating $4,000

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The physicians at Arlington Pediatrics Ltd (APL) in Arlington Heights have a novel solution to the problem of encouraging young people to participate in community service projects. They provided $6,000 in scholarships and grants this past year to help them finance their projects.

David Brottman MD, CEO of APL recognized that student community service projects are beneficial to his patients in many ways. Besides the importance of teaching children to help others, Dr. B recognized that colleges value these experiences in their matriculating students. As the father of two college-age children, Dr. B saw that one of the most significant differentiating factors on college applications is participation in community service. "When my eldest daughter was applying to schools, the number one question asked by college admissions offices was how 'you' as a student can help our college community." Dr. Brottman encourages his patients to start a resume when they enter High School. They are instructed to document their participation in every club, activity or community service activity and any award or recognition they receive. Then, when they apply to college, their resume is ready to go.

APL offers two, $1,000 scholarships for seniors in High School that are involved in community service activities. Winners of these scholarships are posted in the practice e-newsletter.

Eight (8) separate grants of $250 each are offered for any age patient in the practice. These grants are designed to help local community groups and individuals with community service projects. "We have kindergartners organizing toy drives to benefit cancer patients to Boy Scouts working on their eagle projects," said Brottman. This year's recipients included OMNI youth services, Pads, a coat drive for the homeless, the Arlington Heights Historical Society, two local food pantries, Juvenile Diabetes, The Lymphoma Research Foundation, Catholic charities and the Prospect High School band program.

"I am so proud of my patients who are involved. I wanted to create a formal way to help them," said Brottman. APL is already involved in a number of local youth programs and Dr. Brottman serves as the physician representative on the Linked Together Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition of Wheeling and Buffalo Grove townships.
Classes For The Whole Family

Check out what's going on at the IBMC, APL's new classroom. Click here to get a list of upcoming classes for the whole family.
National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22, 2014.

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. However, everyday people can and do prevent poisonings.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than 6 years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

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Featured Article
Self-Esteem and How to Get More of It

On January 30, 2014, APL sponsored a class entitled, "Self-Esteem and How to Get More of It." The class was taught by Anna Sponsel from the New Transitions Counseling Center. Ms. Sponsel led a fascinating discussion with teens and parents about self-esteem. To illustrate the concept that the most successful people in other people's eyes could still have low self-esteem, participants built spaghetti towers with marshmellows and spaghetti rods. The group evaluated the towers then used the same technique to evaluate themselves.

Participants also learned that low self-esteem can be caused by many different things. Setting unrealistic expectations, a traumatic event, and internalizing something negative all contribute to low self-esteem. To help our children have high self-esteem, we need to set realistic expectations for them and provide consistent emotional support. Being able to identify and embrace our strengths and weaknesses is so important. There is a lot of pressure in our society to be perfect. We must remind ourselves that no one is perfect. We learn from our failures, and being there for our children to work through frustration and pointing out not only praise for an end result, but praise for the process of working toward a goal is essential. We must stress that it is okay to fail. Surrounding yourself with positive people and getting involved in service projects are other ways to raise self-esteem.

New Transitions Counseling Center therapists work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, providing services that span from individual therapy for depression and anxiety to Autism Spectrum Disorders, parenting support, family counseling and beyond. For further information or help for your family, please contact Anna Sponsel, M.S., LPC, CADC, ATE at, 847-873-1463, or visit her website
Lactation Tips
Comfortably Breastfeeding in Public

Have you seen the recent diaper commercial that compares a first-time mom breastfeeding in public to a second-time mom breastfeeding in public? The first-time mom is hunched in a corner of the restaurant, trying to keep her baby latched on and a blanket covering herself and her child. She looks disheveled, frustrated, uncomfortable, anxious, slightly nervous and maybe even a little embarrassed. That is really how a lot of women feel their first time nursing in public. When you are a first-time mom, breastfeeding has a huge learning curve for both you and baby. You both are trying to get the hang of something that takes a little skill at first, and it is much easier and more comfortable to do in the safety of your own home.

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Joke Corner
Below are a few jokes we found funny. Let us know if you have any good ones for our next issue.

Q. Why are Saturday and Sunday the strongest days?
A. Because all the others are weak-days!

Q. What do you call a frog with no legs?
A. Unhoppy!

A bacteria walked into a bar and the bartender said, "We don't serve bacteria in this place!" The bacteria said, "But I work here, I'm Staph."
Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.