PANK Blog

Welcome to our blog.  We are hoping to connect with our families in a new way to address common questions and concerns. We hope you like it!

Stress Relief

Hello from PANK Behavioral Health Team!
This month we want to talk about stress relief.  We have all been feeling a bit more stressed lately with kids returning to school and relearning how to balance life.  Here are some suggestions for summer relaxation!
 
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Posted: 4/16/2021 6:36:39 AM by Brandon Ervin


Covid FAQs Spring 2021

When will kids be eligible for the vaccine?
Is the vaccine safe for kids?
Does the vaccine cause fertility problems?
If I got COVID, should I still get the vaccine?
Does it matter which vaccine I get?
Do the mRNA vaccines “change your DNA”?
These vaccine reactions sound worse than the illness.  Isn’t it better to just get the illness?
Is this going to be like the flu shot where we need to get one yearly?
What about this blood clot concerns with the J&J and Astra-Zeneca vaccines?
 
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Posted: 4/15/2021 6:07:30 AM by Brandon Ervin


Resources for Discussing Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers which is why we take it very seriously.  However, talking about suicide can be a very uncomfortable conversation.  Here are some resources to help guide the discussion.  Feel free to always reach out to us for additional information/ guidance.


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Posted: 3/17/2021 9:05:50 AM by Brandon Ervin


Ways to Connect With Your Teenager

We all know the teenage years can sometimes be a doozy.  Teens are constantly striving for independence away from their family unit and developing their own identity. Major life changes are happening as they prepare for adulthood and their self-esteem can often be affected.  As a parent it may feel like your relationship is disconnected, making it challenging to continue building healthy, positive interactions.  Our behavioral health team has put together a list of tips and tricks to help support quality connection and growth throughout these challenging teenage years.
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Posted: 2/16/2021 6:02:08 AM by Brandon Ervin


Healthy Weight Awareness Month

January is healthy weight awareness month.  For a lot of us, it can be challenging to find the motivation to get moving in the middle of winter (and especially during a COVID winter).  However, it is vital that we keep our bodies moving to promote optimum physical and mental health.  Physical activity stimulates the release of proteins that cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections - improving overall brain function.  The result? It can make you feel better, as well as decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and emotional dysregulation.
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Posted: 1/19/2021 6:03:56 AM by Brandon Ervin


Why We Recommend the COVID 19 Vaccine

shot-(1).pngA lot of folks are asking us if we recommend the COVID 19 vaccine. The resounding answer is YES! This is our best way to get past the pandemic.  We are confident that the vaccines approved by the FDA are safe and effective.
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Posted: 1/18/2021 6:52:37 AM by Brandon Ervin


Ten Essentials for a Healthy Brain

We all know COVID has thrown us through a few hoops. Here are some quick tips to stay emotionally and mentally healthy.
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Posted: 12/11/2020 10:49:23 AM by Brandon Ervin


The Dilemma of Testing for COVID 19

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Many of us are worried about contracting and/or spreading COVID-19.  It has certainly disrupted all our lives this year!  Parents are struggling with many decisions – in person vs remote learning, attending sporting events and playdates, going out to eat at a restaurant, working from home vs going in to work, to name a few.  One of the things we at Pediatric Associates PSC find challenging is who to test and how.
 
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Posted: 10/7/2020 6:33:27 AM by Brandon Ervin


KY AAP Adolescent Health Forum on Anxiety


Being stuck at home is especially difficult for teens, who thrive on social connections with their peers. Teen’s job is to distance themselves from their parents and family and become more independent. We need to support our teens in continuing to engage in this developmental task during this period of social distancing. 
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Posted: 4/8/2020 3:44:58 PM by Charlie Cavallo


The Importance of Keeping Your Child's Vaccine Schedule On Time

At Pediatric Associates NKY we are strong believers in the routine childhood immunization schedule as recommended by the CDC, AAP, and other organizations.  In this era of COVID-19 we cannot stress enough that we want our families to keep their well visit appointments for all children birth to age 2 years, age 4 years, and age 11 years.  These are required by Kentucky laws and will help prevent other outbreaks. 
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Posted: 4/1/2020 6:13:19 AM by Charlie Cavallo