Arlington Pediatrics Newsletter
A little fun from the Thanksgiving Holiday Dr. B spent in Italy.

Dr. B, Supporting Breastfeeding Since Circa 1430 AD
APL Community Service Grants
Each year APL offers eight (8) $250 community service grants to APL patients of all ages, and two (2) $1,000 scholarships to High School Seniors for their participation in community service activities. This offer is open to any APL family. Each fall, APL announces the application deadline for these grants and selects 8 applications that are worthy of the award on a first come first serve basis. The physicians at APL want to promote participation in community service activities by its patients and are excited to help fund the start of their life time of giving to others.

Click here to download or print an application.
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.

We would like to highlight January's special guest Speakers in the APL Classroom:

Doctors Christina Vocos and Graciela Franzwa will be presenting "Reaching Full Potential: Managing Learning Difficulties and Other Related Behavioral Disorders in Children."

Tuesday, January 20th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Please call the office to register 847-398-0400.
Featured Article
Probiotics... What's All The Fuss
By Tiffany Scott MD

You may have noticed the increasing number of probiotics marketed for children. Many foods in the dairy section now come with probiotics, as well as in some infant formulas. Are these good for our children? Why the sudden increase to put bacteria in our bodies. Isn't bacteria bad for us?

Well, there are both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. Bad bacteria cause illness and infections like strep throat and ear infections. Probiotics are the good bacteria in our digestive system that help our bodies destroy harmful bacteria and reduce infection. Prebiotics are supplements that promote the growth of probiotics in our intestines. These components are normally found in human breast milk and are added to some infant formulas.

When should I give my child a probiotic?

Research has shown that probiotics help reduce diarrhea associated with antibiotic use. Antibiotics kill off the bad bacteria and good bacteria in our intestines. If your child develops diarrhea while taking an antibiotic, we may recommend taking a probiotic to prevent or reduce the duration of diarrhea.

Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the length of diarrhea with a viral stomach bug by 30hrs. This could allow your child to feel better more quickly and may allow them to return to school sooner.

There is not enough evidence to show any effect of probiotics on colic, Inflammatory Bowel Disease like Crohn's or Ulcerative colitis, allergies, or eczema. A great deal of research still needs to be done on the potential benefits of probiotics. The most studied probiotic in children is Culturelle and has been shown to be both safe and effective for treatment of antibiotic associated diarrhea and viral stomach flu.

If you have more questions, please call our office at 847-398-0400 and speak to one of our physicians about how probiotics may benefit your child.
Lactation Tips
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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. How is a baseball team similar to a pancake?
A. They both need a good batter!

Q. Why did the man keep doing the backstroke?
A. Because he just ate and didn't want to swim on a full stomach!

Q. What did one tonsil say to the other tonsil?
A. I hear the doctor is taking us out tonight!
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.