Keeping Kids Healthy Once Back In School

Brentwood Pediatric Care Professionals Can Set Wellness Foundation

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Provided by Brentwood Pediatric Care

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

It's time for sports physicals for children and teens, and for developing plans regarding how to keep youths as healthy as possible as they transition into new school year routines. 

Complete pediatric health services 'with intentional compassion and extra love' are available with Dr. Jill Kelly and her Brentwood Pediatric Care medical team at 343 Franklin Road, Suite 106.

Dr. Jill is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 20 years of experience delivering pediatric medicine and services in both private practice and urgent care venues. She says her team operates like a "fun family," surrounding patients and their families with the best-possible service and latest technologies. 

"We consider it an honor to care for and treat children of all ages and backgrounds," she adds, indicating that her faith helps guide her optimism and hope for each patient. 

They offer sports physicals for children and teens to evaluate an athlete's general health, risk of injury and physical well-being. Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. They also diagnose, and manage or treat, other common infections and conditions, including pneumonia, ear infections, injuries, concussions, broken bones, eczema, skin conditions, allergies, ADHD and warts.

"We believe a pediatrician should be the center of a child’s medical home to achieve optimal medical care, and we strive to give the best evidence-based care we can to promote a healthy and flourishing childhood," Dr. Jill says. 

She completed her medical school training in The Honors Program in Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She then completed her Residency at Baylor College of Medicine’s Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. 

"We're happy to offer free meet and greets to help new patients learn more about what we do," Dr. Jill says. 

This medical team, located in the Brentwood Medical Center building, follows the American Academy of Pediatrics and Bright Futures recommended health guidelines for well child care as they conduct developmental screenings and plot the progress of each patient.

Additionally, the staff specializes in the treatment of asthma through an asthma-focused program, of which Dr. Jill has personal experience. She says because asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness, many patients deal with cough and labored breathing on a regular basis. To treat pediatric diabetes, she is happy to collaborate with pediatric endocrinologists and dietitians or nutritionists for case-by-case, comprehensive approaches.

By following these health industry tips during the school year, families hopefully can reduce the amount of sickness that occurs or at least the length of illnesses.

  1. Practice healthy hygiene habits, such as washing hands and avoiding touching faces as much as possible.
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
  3. Stay hydrated to avoid headaches, sleepiness or fuzziness with learning. 
  4. Get plenty of sleep to restore mind and body.
  5. Stay home when truly sick, even if there isn't a fever.
  6. Reduce or limit screen time not associated with homework, even if an unpopular step. 
  7. Help students deal with stress and anxiety through active-listening discussions and healthy coping techniques. 


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