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17 March 2017

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Please see the updated changes in the physical form process for the 2017 school year. 


 The OHSAA has approved the use of Privit Profile as an electronic alternative to the paper pre-participation evaluation forms required from student-athletes. Each high school athletic department has its own URL for accessing the digital forms required by OHSAA for medical clearance.

Parents will be responsible for going to the appropriate high school Privit Profile web site to complete the health questionnaire, and student-athletes will still be required to complete a physical exam with a medical professional. Athletic Departments are able to access their school’s web link and information to introduce the new process to your student-athletes and their parents by searching for your high school at, and leveraging the welcome packet found here within the PRIVIT Help Center.

By migrating to Privit Profile, your student-athlete’s medical information will be more secure than before and accessible only to authorized personnel. PRIVIT offers training sessions to familiarize Athletic Departments with the Privit Profile functionality and benefits. Click here for Administrator Training.
For assistance, please visit the PrivIT Help Center.

03 November 2016


MVP's First Annual Feed the Kids November!

We are super excited to announce our first ever food drive here at Mill Valley Pediatrics Inc.!

During the month of November, we will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the United Way. These donations will then be split between our local food pantries.

Our office will have boxes set up in our waiting room for your donations. Each kiddo that brings a donation, will get a small special prize!

We are hoping to make this food drive a HUGE hit and an annual event. Please help us fill every little belly in our county!

Thanks for all of your support MVP families!



02 September 2016


The office now has a new paging system. If you need to get a hold of the physician on call, please call the office number and follow the prompts to reach the on call physician. 

Office number is 937-578-4210

NOTE: The office is closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The office will repoen on Tuesday 9/6/2016 @ 8:30am.

Have a great long holdiay weekend!


22 July 2016

Vaccine Changes

Attention parents of incoming 7th grade students and incoming Seniors:

The Ohio Department of Health has changed vaccine requirements for students entering the 12th grade.

There are no changes to the vaccine requirements for students entering 7th grade, but we want you to be aware that there are 2 vaccines that your child will need to receive before starting school.

16 June 2016




As the triage nurse here at Mill Valley Pediatrics Inc., I am aware of all of the concerns that parents have for their little ones. As I listen to the phone messages and call parents back, I realize that the number one concern is…well…”Number 2”.

Newborn Stool:

When your baby is first born, the type of stool you will see in the diaper will depend on whether your baby is consuming breast milk and/or formula. The first few bowel movements (BM) are normally sticky and dark in color. During the first few days of life (normally between days 2-4), you will see the stool transition to a creamier, yellow-green color. This is a sign that your baby is starting to digest the milk/formula. (Yay!) As your baby grows, the stool will continue to change from time to time. It is important to remember that EVERYTHING affects your baby's stool! Illness, changes in what they are eating or drinking (formula changes) etc. all may cause your childs stool to appear different. While your baby’s body is adjusting to the outside world, you may see your baby grunt, get red in the face, and whimper while they are trying to pass stool. This is very common and it takes young babies some time to figure out how to use all of these muscles together and push the stool out. Should this become excessive or your baby becomes more fussy, please call us. Remember, you know your baby best!


Transitioning from breast feeding to formula feeding and later to cows milk: When an infant is breastfeeding, majority of the breastmilk is used up by thier little body which results in fewer stools in the diaper. As the child is transitioning from breast milk to formula, your baby’s stools will change almost immediately. Once the child is taking formula, the stool will become thicker and the color may change to more of a brown color. The consistency of the stool may be similar to peanut butter.  Your baby may have bigger bowel movements, but less often. It is important to note that if you change from one formula to another, you may see a change in bowel habits as well.

Adding solids into baby’s diet: As your little one begins to eat solid foods, the texture, color, and consistency of the food may change the stool as well. Example: if your little tyke takes in a lot of strawberries, you may see these in the diaper. It is common to see chunks of food in the diaper. Again, you may see your baby straining, grunting or getting red in the face while trying to pass stool. This is common, as the baby is learning to adjust to the new consistency.

Final advice on constipation concerns: Constipation is the presence of hard stool. This means that we don’t worry so much about the time between bowel movements. As your baby grows and changes his/her bowel habits may change as well. If your baby is having hard, pebble like stool, this is true constipation. If the stool is large and soft but comes less frequently, and your baby is passing gas and not vomiting, this is okay to monitor at home. Should you see a little blood on the wipe, on the stool, or in the diaper, this is okay! Large, hard stool can cause fissures which are a small tear in the rectum. Again, you know your baby best!  Should you have concerns always call our office, we are here to help!

Tips to help constipation:

*Provide juice if over 4 months of age or as directed by physician – ½ juice to ½ water – any baby juice is ok (apple, grape, prune, or pear).

*Bicycle leg movements

*Warm bath to soothe tummy

*Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to help protect bottom when stool passes


Reasons to go to Emergency Room:

~Your child IS NOT passing gas

~Your child is vomiting due to constipation

~Extreme fussiness

~More than a small amount of blood in/on stool

~Your child complaining of pain that doesn’t resolve


Diarrhea is a common condition in babies and young children. Diarrhea is defined by watery, frequent stools. This can be caused from the dreaded Gastrointestinal Virus (GI bug), teething, and sometimes even too much juice. As your child passes watery, more frequent stools, this pulls water from their body and can lead to dehydration. If your infant/child is also vomiting, you can offer small amounts of fluids to maintain hydration. Pedialyte is a good choice for infants over 6 months of age.

Tips for Diarrhea

* If your infant/child is also vomiting, you can offer small amounts of fluids to maintain hydration. Pedialyte is a good choice for infants over 6 months of age.

*Children younger than 12 months should be offered smaller more frequent feeds. Breastmilk/formula should be offered first as this is the best source of nutrients.

*Children 12 months and over can still eat smaller more frequent meals. Do not offer too many fruits, fruit juices, and sugary drinks. Popsicles are a good option to help replenish fluids as well. ***100% fruit will make diarrhea worse***

*Bananas help to slow down the intestines; starchy foods and rice are all good options in small amounts.

**Never give infants/young children anti-diarrheal medication unless directed by a physician**

*Diaper rash is common with diarrhea; sometimes this stool is more acidic than normal and can burn the skin. To help soothe this, you can use a sensitive, alcohol free wipe to clean bottom, and Aquaphor or Vaseline to protect skin. Should your kiddo have an open area, clean the area, apply a dime sized amount of Neosporin on the open area and cover with Aquaphor.

*For diaper rashes that are hard to clear up, we recommend an Aquaphor, Neosporin, Maalox, Lotramin combo. Mix equal parts and in a jar and apply with each diaper change.

Dehydration Signs and Symptoms/Reasons to go to Emergency Room:

*If your child has not urinated at least once within the past 6 hours. If there is a little amount urine, but not as much as normal, that is okay.

*No tears when he/she cries

*Mouth feels dry or sticky

*Your child is breathing faster than normal

*Soft spot on top of infants head seems sunken in

*Your child is lethargic (your child is abnormally drowsy and sluggish)

Thank you for allowing me to participate in the care of your child. I enjoy speaking to all of you on the phone and look forward to meeting you all in person.Never hesitate to call the office, I am always here to help!



Nurse Kathy, RN

Triage Nurse






06 May 2016


Splashing in a swimming pool is a sure way to have summer fun. But it's important to make safety a priority to protect children and others in and around the water.

Drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.1( For toddlers (children ages 1 to 4 years), swimming pools pose the greatest risk of submersion injury.2(

For every child less than 15 years old who dies from drowning in a pool, another 10 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.3( Nonfatal drowning can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functions. The good news is that drowning can be prevented.


Who's at Risk?

While rates of fatal drowning in a swimming pool vary with age, gender, and race, the highest rates are among children ages 1 to 4. Males are at higher risk than females at all ages.1(

Other at-risk groups include African Americans, American Indians, and Alaskan Natives.1( African Americans between the ages of 5 and 19 are six times as likely to fatally drown in pools as whites or Hispanics.1( Factors such as access to and use of swimming pools and lessons, and a combination of social and cultural issues, may contribute to the racial differences in fatal drowning rates.4( If rates could be determined by actual participation in water-related activities, disparity in minorities fatal drowning rates compared to whites would be much greater.


The risk for drowning in a swimming pool depends on the number of pools in the area under consideration. Regionally, the rate of swimming pool drowning deaths in the United States is higher in the South and the West than in the Northeast and Midwest. Among all states, rates of swimming pool drowning deaths are highest in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Mississippi. Additionally, people who live in large urban areas are at higher risk of fatal drowning than those who live elsewhere.1(

Reduce the Risk – Put Water Safety First

A swimming pool can be a great source of family fun and fitness. But it's important to make safety a priority to protect children and others in and around the water. Some of the most effective ways to prevent drowning include four-sided fencing, swimming lessons, life jackets, and supervision/lifeguarding. Knowing CPR can also save the life of someone who drowns. For best protection, combine several safety measures to most effectively reduce drowning risks.


Appropriate pool fencing significantly reduces the risk of drowning.2( More than half of all swimming pool drownings among young children could be prevented by four-sided fencing that completely separates the pool from the house and the yard. The fence should be at least 4 feet high, and have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward, with latches that are out of the reach of children.

Portable or inflatable above-ground pools have become increasingly popular, but these pools carry a significant risk of drowning, particularly in boys under the age of 5.5( Because of the flexibility of these pools, the side of the pool can collapse and cause someone to fall into the water and drown. The same safety precautions to prevent access to the water should be followed as for in-ground pools, including four-sided fencing.

Swimming Lessons

Formal swimming lessons and water-safety skills training can start at a young age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons as young as age one. The decision to begin swimming lessons should be based on the individual child's exposure to water, emotional maturity, physical limitations, and health concerns.6( Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among young children aged 1 to 4 years,7( who are at greatest risk of drowning.

Life Jackets

Even in a pool, inexperienced swimmers and young children may benefit from wearing properly fitted life jackets.6( Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings," "noodles," or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets for flotation support. These are toys and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.


Preventing unintended pool access

Children should never be in or around a pool alone. Barriers to pool access should be used to help prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers' awareness. Four-sided isolation fencing, door locks, gate locks, and alarms that are triggered when someone enters the water are examples of barriers. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.8(

Safety while in or around the pool

Never leave a small child alone or in the care of another child while in the pool or other water source, even if the child has had formal swimming lessons. When a young child or inexperienced swimmer is in or around water, always be within arm's length. Adults who are supervising children in the pool should not be distracted by activities such as reading, playing cards, texting or talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn. Drowning can happen very quickly and quietly.

Supervision is important even when there are lifeguards at the pool. While lifeguards enhance safety, their ability to safeguard swimmers has limitations. It's often another swimmer or bystander who first notices that someone has drowned.9(


CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to improve outcomes in drowning victims.10( For example, starting CPR immediately, rather than waiting for emergency personnel, can help reduce the chance of brain damage.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) [online]. (2010) Available from URL:
  2. Thompson DC, Rivara F. Pool fencing for preventing drowning of children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews1998, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD001047. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001047.
  3. Gipson K. Pool or Spa Submersion: Estimated Injuries and Reported Fatalities, 2010 Report. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, May 2010. Available online at
  4. Branche CM, Dellinger AM, Sleet DA, Gilchrist J, Olson SJ. Unintentional injuries: the burden, risks and preventive strategies to address diversity. In: Livingston IL, editor. Praeger handbook of Black American health (2nd edition): Policies and issues behind disparities in health. Westport (CT): Praeger Publishers; 2004. p. 317-27.
  5. Shields BJ, Pollack-Nelson C, Smith GA. Pediatric Submersion Events in Portable Above-Ground Pools in the United States, 2001 - 2009; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-3033 - Pediatrics; originally published online June 20, 2011.
  6. Weiss J. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics 2010;126:e253–62. Available online at .
  7. Brenner RA, Taneja GS, Haynie DL, Trumble AC, Qian C, Klinger RM, Klevanoff MA. Association between swimming lessons and drowning in childhood: A case-control study. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009;163(3):203-10.
  8. Present P. Child drowning study. A report on the epidemiology of drowning in residential pools to children under age five. Washington (DC): Consumer Product Safety Commission (US); 1987.
  9. Pelletier AR, Gilchrist J. Fatalities in swimming pools with lifeguards: USA, 2000-2008. Injury Prevention, 2011; 17:250-253.
  10. Kyriacou DN, Arcinue EL, Peek C, Kraus JF. Effect of Immediate Resuscitation on Children with Submersion Injury. Pediatrics, 1994; 94 (2): 137-142.

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