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Dr. Epstein's Handouts

Please enjoy this list of helpful tips from Dr. Epstein.

  • This extensive handout describes what my patients need to know about AHDH signs and treatment.

  • Rating scales are sometimes used to evaluate for ADHD.  Here are scales developed by the AAP and Vanderbilt University.

  • Rating scales are sometimes used to evaluate for ADHD.  Here are scales developed by the AAP and Vanderbilt University.

  • Information about "ObamaCare" (ACA), from the AMA.

  • Sometimes parents wonder when it is appropriate to make an urgent call after hours.  Here is some guidance.

  • Asthma "action plans" are sometimes required by school nurses, so that they have instructions when a child starts wheezing.  These forms must be signed by the doctor.

  • Asthmatic children can benefit by keeping track of Peak Flow Meter readings over time.  You may want to print this form, and show us the data you collect.

  • Read everything about the symptoms and treatment of asthma.

  • Does your child drink enough milk?  There are other ways to get enough calcium.

  • If you worry that your child doesn't eat enough, here's a sheet to count calories.

  • What you need to know about car safety, updated for 2011.

  • Read about the hospital services offered by Christiana Hospital's in-patient pediatricians.

  • Chronic constipation in pre-schoolers and school children is usually due to behaviors, rather than a medical problem or a poor diet.  Read here how to change those behaviors.

  • Small infants can become constipated.  Here's what to do.

  • How does a child learn self-control?  Teaching your child to predict and accept the consequences of his choices is remarkably easy!

  • If your child attends a licensed day care in Delaware, you must fill out the top portion of this form and give it to us to complete.

  • Delaware schools must collect a doctor's form for each high school student involved in school sports.  Please fill in as much information as possible (such as the child's name, address etc.) before bringing it to us for signing.  (This form is updated for 2016 and after.)

  • Diaper rash is not serious, but can be annoying - even painful!  Here is some help.

  • Read to your baby!  Here are books I enjoyed reading to my daughter.

  • Instructions to care for the ears, after we perform piercing.

  • To give permission for us to perform ear piercing, print and sign this form.

  • Mealtime habits, learned in childhood, can protect against nutrition problems later.

  • Advice for routine care of eczema can also be applied for dry skin and other skin problems.

  • It is useful for me to have a brief list of family illnesses.  You  can complete this form and bring it to your first visit.  Check with all your close relatives!

  • Fever can be alarming and uncomfortable.  Here are my suggestions for handling fever, when to call, and medication doses.

  • Does your tap water contain added fluoride?  If not, your child may need a prescription for fluoride supplements.  This helps prevent cavities.

  • If your child is vomiting because of a stomache bug, these instructions may help prevent dehydration until the bug resolves.  But call immediately if you suspect dehydration!

  • Head lice are annoying but not dangerous. Here's what to do.

  • If your child is vomiting because of a stomache bug, these instructions may help prevent dehydration until the bug resolves.  But call immediately if you suspect dehydration!

  • If you decide to delay or decline routine vaccinations, we will ask you to sign this waiver.

  • This handout will put your concerns about vaccines to rest; please have your children vaccinated, for their safety.

  • Newborn jaundice is common, but it's easily treated.  This handout tells all about it.

  • If your baby is jaundiced and we discussed drawing bloodwork, print this form.  Fill in the name and birth date, and bring it to your lab.

  • Are you transferring your child's care to my office from another doctor?  You may download this form, and send it to your previous doctor.  (They may charge a fee for copying records.)

  • I used to live in New York, and I still visit frequently.  Here are some fun things to do with kids -- it's worth the trip!

  • Routine instructions for BOTTLE fed newborns.

  • Routine instructions for BREAST fed newborns.

  • Eating habits begin early!  The feeding routines you start now can help prevent obesity later.

  • Please read our policy regarding our expectations of family financial obligations towards our office.

  • A skin test for Tuberculosis (PPD) is required for all new school entrants.  The skin test must be checked 48-72 hours after we plant it.  If the school RN is willing to check the reaction, please ask her to complete and fax this form to us.

  • Pediatric psychiatrists, for diagnosis and medical treatment

  • Pediatric psychologists in Newark, for counseling or educational testing

  • Dr. Epstein's radio interview 5/17/10 about a possible link between ADHD and pesticides

  • Sometimes children gain weight more rapidly than expected.  This is often due to life-style habits that might be fairly simple to fix.

  • Local ethnic restaurants are fun!  They welcome kids, the food is great, and spices won't bother their tummies at all.

  • Want to sleep well?  You can teach your infant good sleep hygeine.

  • No one enjoys a spoiled child.  But it's easy to avoid creating one!

  • I recommend starting solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age.

  • Teachers are often eager to tell the doctor what they see in the classroom.  This letter for the teacher describes some of the information I find useful.

  • Television is a surprisingly strong negative influence on children's behavior.  Read how to protect them.

  • Infants can learn what "no" means by 9 months.  Find out how.

  • Read about tick bites and Lyme Disease.

  • One way to limit a child's TV watching is with a "movie ticket" system.

  • How to care for your newborn's umbilical cord.

  • We wish head colds would go away!  But you can make them more tolerable.

  • This is the immunization schedule we recommend IF your child was born AFTER September, 2011.

  • This is the immunization schedule we recommend IF your child was born BEFORE September, 2011.

  • New to our practice?  Here's an introduction to the office, and some forms to fill out.  Please print and complete these pages, and bring them to your 1st visit.

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  • For office staff: Sonicwall 64-bit.