September 1, 2023

Navigating Storms: How Parents Should Prepare for Hurricanes

Get Prepared September is National Preparedness Month! As hurricane season continues in full force, families, particularly parents, are faced with the crucial responsibility of safeguarding their […]
August 1, 2023

Preparing Kids for Back to School: Essential Health Checkups and Immunizations

August is back-to-school month. It’s time to gear up for the much-anticipated back-to-school rush. As the summer sun sets and the school bells begin to ring, […]
July 1, 2023

Fourth of July Safety for Children: Celebrate Responsibly!

As the Fourth of July approaches, families nationwide are gearing up for a day of fun, fireworks, and festivities. However, it’s essential to prioritize the safety […]
June 20, 2023

Celebrating Potty Training Awareness Month

Nurturing Independence: So, your little one is growing up right before your eyes! Is it time to start potty training? June is an exciting time for […]
May 2, 2023

Summer is Around the Corner – Keep Your Children Safe!

Summer is swiftly approaching, with only a few short weeks left in this school year. Soon enough, your children will be spending a lot of time […]
April 6, 2023

Autism Acceptance Month – Valuable Information Regarding ASD

What is ASD?  ASD, or autism spectrum disorder, is a developmental disability affecting an individual’s communication, social skills, and behavior. Children with autism will generally crawl […]
March 6, 2023

Water Beads & Children – The Dangers!

Children are generally curious by nature, but sometimes curiosity can put them in harm’s way. There is a rise in children becoming extremely ill and even […]
February 2, 2023

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Adolescents- Keeping Parents Aware

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart unexpectedly and abruptly fails to function, causing loss of consciousness or even a […]
January 9, 2023

Parenting Goals for 2023 – Make the Best of The New Year

As a parent, ensuring the safety and well-being of your family is of the utmost importance. Although it is never too late to set positive parenting […]
December 8, 2022

Bond With Your Child This Holiday Season

Oh, the joys! Christmas is the perfect time to surround yourself with family and loved ones. Enjoying delicious food, having fun, and overall togetherness come along […]
November 27, 2022

RSV: How You Can Protect Your Infant

Most children under the age of two contract RSV at least once. Many of these infants’ symptoms are consistent with symptoms of the common cold, although […]
October 7, 2022

Flu Season is Here – Keep your Little One’s Flu Free

Summer fun is out, and Fall Flu Season is in! As Autumn and Winter roll by, many people become sick with the flu. According to the CDC, […]
September 14, 2022

Helping Parents Navigate Childhood Sports Injuries

With Fall sports in full swing, parents need to be aware of sports injuries for their children. Did you know? One in three childhood injuries occurs […]
August 3, 2022

Back to School Eye Health Tips

Since summer is ending and kids will be returning to a new school year, assuring their eyes are healthy is an integral part of the transition. […]
July 7, 2022

Fevers and Children: Important Information

What temperature constitutes a “fever”?  A fever occurs when there is an above-normal increase in the body’s temperature. Although body temperatures fluctuate from person to person, […]
June 6, 2022

Potty Training – How to Get the Job Done! 

Is your child ready to ditch the diapers and use the toilet? Typically, children begin showing signs that they are ready between 18 and 24 months. […]
May 9, 2022

Baby Formula Shortages – Answering Parent’s Questions

We are still seeing the effects of COVID-19 causing shortages in many products, including baby formula. The scarcity of baby formula, coupled with several recalls, has […]
April 25, 2022

Parenting Hacks That Make Life Easier

Parenting is no small task! Among rushing to school in the mornings, providing meals throughout the day, to bath time, bedtime, and everything in between, it’s […]
March 25, 2022

5 Go-To Tips to Keep Your Child Active!

Keeping children active is crucial for their physical, mental, and developmental health. Although it may seem challenging to keep your child busy, it is possible, especially […]
February 17, 2022

Children’s Oral Health – An Overview for Parents

Were you aware that in the United States, cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases in children? Cavities, also known as tooth decay, can […]
January 17, 2022

The COVID-19 Booster Vaccine for Children 

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best chance we have at putting an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID vaccines are currently available to children ages five […]
December 17, 2021

Double Check your Child’s Toys this Safe Toys and Gifts Month!

Oh, what a joy. The Holiday Season is here, and with Christmas comes gift-giving. This safe toys and gifts month, it is vital to recognize how […]
November 19, 2021

Quarantining a Child Exposed to COVID-19 

Tips on Quarantining your Child Although we are doing everything as a community to combat and defeat COVID-19, it is still very much a reality. Returning […]
October 24, 2021

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Risks and Prevention

The month of October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Month. SIDS is defined as the sudden and unexplained death of an infant younger than one-year-old. […]
September 6, 2021

10 Baby Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

It’s September, and that means it’s Baby Safety Month. Although children should be free and explore new things as they grow older, it is crucial to […]
August 11, 2021

COVID-19 and the 2021 School Year

Forms of Learning and Teaching  As we are all aware, Covid-19 shifted educational learning in the 2020 school year, which has now propelled into the 2021 […]
July 30, 2021

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: What Parents Should Know

The month of July is dedicated to juvenile arthritis awareness. Although several types of arthritis can affect children and teens, the most common form is juvenile […]
June 21, 2021

The Covid-19 Vaccine for Children

With the Covid-19 vaccine now available for children 12 years of age and up, there are many questions parents have regarding how the vaccine works, the […]
May 11, 2021

Important Vaccines for your Child

Childhood immunizations help protect children and their vulnerable immune systems from serious diseases. Assuring children receive all of their necessary immunizations is one of the most […]
April 12, 2021

Keeping your Young Athlete Safe!

A guide to safety: There are many benefits when it comes to involving your children in sports at a young age. Sports can help improve coordination, […]
March 6, 2021

Colic and Babies

When bringing a newborn home, parents can expect the obvious; eat, sleep, pee, and cry! But what happens when their cries turn into blood-curdling wails, flailing […]
February 8, 2021

Dental Hygiene: Why Children Should Start Early

Starting a good dental hygiene regimen from a young age will promote a healthy, lifelong routine for your child’s teeth, tongue and gums. Due to the […]
January 21, 2021

Preventing Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. It is impossible to prevent all birth defects but there are steps mothers can take before and during pregnancy […]
November 10, 2020

Epilepsy in Children: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is a condition of the brain which can trigger an individual to have seizures. These seizures create a disturbance in the brain’s […]
October 9, 2020

COVID-19 Prevention and Your Child

When it comes to COVID-19 and children, many factors concern parents. Parents must remain vigilant for any signs or symptoms that may indicate their child is […]
September 25, 2020

10 Steps to Prevent Your Child from Being Injured

According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for those 19 and younger. With children being the majority in this statistic, parents […]
August 12, 2020

The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

The countless health benefits in breast milk, help support and maintain a strong immune system in growing babies. Breast milk is a natural gift given to […]
July 23, 2020

Children Returning to School During COVID-19

Many parents may be wondering how their children can return to school safely during and after COVID-19. While it is clear that many children learn best […]
June 21, 2020

Summer Water Safety: Protect Your Infant from Drowning 

Being in Florida during the summer-time makes it easy for anyone to have access to a pool. Parents must remain vigilant of their children, especially if […]
May 18, 2020

Should your child visit their pediatrician during COVID-19? 

More than ever before, it is crucial for parents to remain connected with their child’s pediatrician. While the COVID-19 pandemic is worrisome and many parents fear […]
April 20, 2020

Cloth Face Coverings and Children – The Importance

To protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC is now recommending to use cloth face coverings where social distancing measures are hard to obtain. But […]
March 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Similar to the common cold, Human Coronaviruses are a strand of viruses that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their lifetime. Typically, such illnesses […]
February 3, 2020

Is Circumcision Right for My Baby?

What is Circumcision? When boys are born, they have skin that either covers most or all of their penis. Therefore, the procedure of circumcision is to […]
January 20, 2020

Melatonin for Children

Why Melatonin? Between 15% to 20% of children and adolescents, have trouble either falling or staying asleep. Being deprived of sleep can lead to instances as […]
December 17, 2019

Staying Safe Near the Fireplace

Nothing says “Chilly weather and the Holiday spirit” like a warm and cozy fireplace. Family and friends, gathered by the fire, with a cup of hot […]
November 3, 2019

Tips to Relieve Your Babies Colic

Do you find that your baby is fussy throughout the day? Have you tried everything to comfort them but you can’t alleviate them? If this is […]
October 30, 2019

Keeping Your Children Safe on Halloween

Halloween is usually a fun time for many parents and children. Getting to put on a costume and collect a tooth numbing amount of candy always […]
September 18, 2019

Toy Buying Tips for Babies & Young Children

Kids will always be kids, but their toys have changed ― and it can be overwhelming! We are bombarded with all kinds of sensory-stimulating noise and […]
August 2, 2019

Back to School, Back to the Doctor

No matter what grade your child is entering, there’s always a to-do list for back to school necessities. of to-dos. It’s a good idea to add […]
July 25, 2019

Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For

It is helpful to know the signs of normal and abnormal physical development to be able to spot an early motor delay. The American Academy of […]
June 2, 2019

Depression and Anxiety During Pregnancy and After Birth: FAQs

Throughout pregnancy or anytime during the first year of your baby’s life, you may experience depression and anxiety. These feelings are medical conditions. They are not […]
May 5, 2019

Your Guide to an Essential Summer First Aid Kit

Every year the summer arrives with full force in my ER: cuts, ticks, poison ivy, infected bug bites, sunburns, eye injuries, broken bones, and all other […]
April 3, 2019

Protecting Your Baby from a Measles Outbreak FAQs

Measles is wildly contagious. How troubled ought to folks be if their baby is just too young for the vaccine? Nearly one out of each three […]
March 4, 2019

Why Formula Instead of Cow’s Milk?

You might question why you can not simply feed your baby regular cow’s milk. The answer is simple: Young infants cannot digest cow’s milk as fully […]
February 28, 2019

10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide

​As children grow into teenagers, it becomes more challenging for parents to know what they are thinking and feeling. When do the normal ups and downs […]
January 9, 2019

Healthy Habits to Master in Your Baby’s First Two Years

Many parents know that in the first two years of a child’s life are important for brain development and building healthy relationships. But this time is […]
December 11, 2018

The Basics of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Babies are susceptible to various illnesses, such as hand, foot and mouth disease, which is spread via contact from person-to-person. Symptoms To Look For As with […]
November 14, 2018

Should My Child Receive the HPV Vaccine?

Some strains of the human papillomavirus have potential to cause sexually transmitted diseases like genital warts, while others are associated with cancers in both males and […]
October 14, 2018

Making Halloween Safe

Halloween is that time of year our kids can dress up as whatever they want to be and beg for candy. Thankfully, there is technology and […]
September 7, 2018

What Is RSV?

One of my worst fears is my baby getting sick. It’s even worse when I don’t know what the illness is. The respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is an upper respiratory tract virus.
August 21, 2018

What Motor Skills Should My Child Demonstrate in the First Year?

Motor skills pertain to movement and are divided into two separate categories. Gross motor skills are broad movements like walking, running, and jumping that involve large muscles.
July 8, 2018

Can My Child Receive the Flu Vaccine as a Nasal Spray?

Flu season is upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that all eligible children over the age of […]
June 4, 2018

The Right Time To Introduce your Baby To Peanut Butter

When is the best time to give your baby peanut butter? As allergenic foods, peanuts may pose potential dangers to my baby. Signs of An Allergic […]
May 21, 2018

For a Healthy School Year, Focus on These

Summer is officially over for students and now we are back to school routines. The everyday challenge is on, getting your kids ready, preparing breakfast, lunch, homework and […]
April 7, 2018

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Water is a lot of fun for most kids.  Learning water-safety is essentials.   It’s important that families understand how to keep their children safe. Drowning is a threat to […]
January 5, 2018

Child Medication Error

Any kind of medicine or vitamin can cause harm to you or your child if it is taken in the wrong way. Using the milliliter unit […]
December 13, 2017

How To Treat Head Lice

If your child has head lice or nits, it should be treated.  Having head lice does not mean you have poor hygiene. Most people get head […]
November 13, 2017

What To Do If Your Child Has Been Poisoned

If your child is not breathing properly or having trouble breathing, if he/she is unconscious or not alert, has collapsed, is having seizures or poison has splashed on […]
October 30, 2017

Event: The bottle feeding basics

The do’s and don’ts of bottle feeding Participants will learn about the importance of not overfeeding their infant and how it can be harmful ex. Reflux […]
September 1, 2017


Parents have different opinions about newborn circumcision based on medical, religious, cultural, and ethnic traditions and personal reasons. Some parents choose circumcision. Some parents do not […]
August 19, 2017

How to Treat Constipation in Kids

As a parent, how do you know whether your child’s infrequent bowel movements are due to constipation or just their regular pattern? It might be difficult […]
July 10, 2017

What Are the Symptoms for Ear Infections in Children?

Children’s ear infections are common occurrences around the country. By the time they turn three, five out of six children experience at least one ear infection. […]
June 5, 2017

Creating a Hurricane Safety Plan for Your Family

During the hurricane season, you need to talk with your kids and other family members about a plan for safety. Here are some tips on helping […]
April 1, 2017

What to Expect in the Delivery Room

Giving birth is a beautiful moment to be excited about, but don’t forget it comes with certain pediatric procedures. If you’re a first-time mom, you probably […]
March 29, 2017

Pediatric, formula, baby feeding

If you’re like most parents, that stress out about everything your baby needs to stay healthy and safe. Choosing the right formula can be another daunting […]
February 1, 2017

Are you a new parent wondering when to introduce solid foods? Follow these guidelines for feeding babies solid foods.

How to Introduce Your Baby to Solid Foods During the first few months of being a new parent, you might be constantly worried if you are […]
January 22, 2017

Are you wondering if swaddling is right for your baby? Learn the correct method to help your baby sleep.

Swaddling: A Guide for New Parents As the months lead you in becoming a new parent, you will try to prepare yourself as much as you […]
December 14, 2016

Expectant Mothers

Having a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. Choosing a pediatrician before the baby arrives is a very important decision. We […]
November 5, 2016

Getting vaccinated is more than just protecting yourself

Flu season is in full swing, which means you and your children need a flu shot. The influenza vaccination is the best way to reduce your […]
October 10, 2016

Caring For Kids

Parents are usually concerned when their children catch a cold or have a fever. Another area that should be given equal importance is parenting. You can […]
September 30, 2016

Resources to answer your questions

At Dr. Alfonso J Henriquez pediatrician office we are available to answer your questions! Here you will find a list of organizations dedicated to the care […]
August 27, 2016

Support for Parents of Kids With Special Needs

When most parents think of the juggling act involved in raising a family, they think of coordinating soccer games with ballet practice and grocery shopping. But […]
August 26, 2016

Apoyo para padres de niños con necesidades especiales

Cuando la mayoría de los padres piensan en los malabares necesarios para criar una familia, piensan en coordinar los partidos de fútbol con la práctica de […]
June 23, 2016

June is Fireworks Safety Month!

Recommended Safety Tips 4 of July is coming. Here at the office of Dr. Alfonso J Henriquez we want to encourage you to promote safe and […]
DISCLAIMER: The information included on this blog is for educational purposes and does not constitute a physician-patient relationship. The office of SuraMed Health Center PA assumes no responsibility or liability for how readers of this blog choose to use the information contained within. Any advice provided is general medical advice and may not be applicable to your specific situation. If you have any questions or concerns always contact our office.
May 2, 2023

Summer is Around the Corner – Keep Your Children Safe!

Summer is swiftly approaching, with only a few short weeks left in this school year. Soon enough, your children will be spending a lot of time […]
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