Preventing Asthma Attacks During the Spring

It doesn't feel like spring yet, but we know it is coming. During the Months of April and May, as the season changes, asthma symptoms return. 

The best form of medicine is preventive medicine.

That is why here at Salud Pediatircs, we'd like to help you prevent your child from having asthma attacks. 

Uncontrolled asthma leads to all kind of different discomfort in your child. For example, sleep difficulties lead to fatigue, adverse effects in school performance, decreased sports participation and performance, and increased incidence of respiratory infections, just to name a few.  

Schedule an asthma check-up today if your child has asthma, uses Albuterol, or has wheezed in the past 6 months. You and your doctor can develop an asthma action plan for home and school to better control your child's asthma flares. 


Unable To Get An Appointment With Your Provider Of Choice?


We've heard from some of our long-time patients that they are having a hard time getting appointments with their provider of choice. 

We encourage parents to schedule appointments before they leave our office in order to have a better chance of securing the provider and time of your choosing. 

We don't charge for no-shows and we DO give parents a call the day prior of their appointment as a courtesy reminder. Thus, we recommend to make an appointment before you leave and change it later, than to call at a later time and have to deal with limited availability. 

It gets tricky for same day appointments, we know. Although we try to always accomodate time, date and provider request, it is difficult to grant them. Each provider only has a limited amount of daily slots. They also have days off which complicate matters. 

We do, however, work very hard at arranging the schedule so that at least one provider is available for same day appointments. So even though you may not be able to see your primary provider for same day appointments, you will be able to see someone that day. 

Thank you for entrusting the care of your children to us. We are delighted that you have chosen our office for your child's health care needs.


Hour Change For Dr. Betancourt

We wanted to inform you that Dr. Betancourt's hours have changed. She will only be seeing patients from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

She will have a limited amount of appointment slots at 8:15 am for those parents that wish to be seen before work or school. 
The 8:15am appointment slot is outside of the normal schedule. If you are interested in this time slot, you'll need to call several days prior to your appointment and schedule it in advance. 
Dr. Graba and our Nurse Practitioner Marciann will continue to work our standard office hours. Saturday appointments will also remain the way they've alway been ( 9-to 1pm). Providers alternate Saturday appointments. 
And as always, thank you all so much for entrusting the healthcare of your child. We consider it an honor to partner with you to help your child reach his/her full potential.

How to Measure Medicine For Your Child Correctly

From the website:

Medicines can be helpful for a child’s health. But if they’re given in the wrong dose or at the wrong time, they can actually be harmful. Here’s how to give medicine to your child with confidence!


14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child This Valentine's Day

I found this list today. At first I thought, do parents really need to be reminded to show their love towards their children. I mean, I love them every single moment of every single day. But then I thought, how often do I show them? And is it enough?

Some of these may be silly, others not practical to your situation. Others are obvious. But that is OK. The important thing here is to remember  to show love to our children every single moment we can whether these tips are useful or not to you.

Use plenty of positive words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm with your child. They often don’t understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction.


Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary.

  • Make an extra effort to set a good example at home and in public. Use words like "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you."
  • When your child is angry, argumentative or in a bad mood, give him a hug, cuddle, pat, secret sign or other gesture of affection he favors and then talk with him about it when he’s feeling better.

  • Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should institute both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help prevent trouble during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rule violations.
  • Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys. Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can be together. Put a different family member's name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.

    Owning a pet can make children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by stimulating physical activity, enhancing their overall attitude, and offering constant companionship. One of the best ways to familiarize your child with good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you. Let him get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. It is wonderful when families eat together as much as possible. Good food, good conversations. As your child grows up, she'll spend most of her time developing and refining a variety of skills and abilities in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the equipment and instruction she needs.

  • Your child's health depends significantly on the care and guidance you offer during his early years. By taking your child to the doctor regularly for consultations, keeping him safe from accidents, providing a nutritious diet, and encouraging exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his body.
  • Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community.
  • One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and encouragement to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and praising his accomplishments are all part of this process.
  • Don't forget to say, "I love you" to children of all ages!