Pediatrician - East Syracuse/ Manlius Township
Eastside Pediatric Group
5900 N Burdick St.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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This article has everything you need to know about the heavy metals found in your baby's food:

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Meet John Sprey, FNP!

Bachelor of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University

Received his degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Upstate Medical University

John has extensive experience in ICU and ER nursing, and pediatric experience in primary care and school-based clinical settings. He speaks fluent French and beginner Spanish!

We are excited to welcome him to our team of healthcare professionals!





COVID-19 Testing Sites

Upstate Golisano after hours at Community
COVID-19 testing for children
Hours: M-F 4:00pm-10:00pm
Weekends: 12:00pm-6:00pm
No appointment needed. Must have covid related symptoms.

Syracuse Community Health Center
819 S. Salina Street
Hours: M-F 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
No appointment needed.

New York State Fairgrounds
Call to schedule appointment.
315-464-2582 option 0

Regional Farmers Market (F shed)
Saliva testing for school age children of Onondaga County who have symptoms of illness.
Call to schedule appointment.
315-464-2582 option 4
Hours: M-F 9:00am-1:00pm



We have received many phone calls recently about antibody testing.

While we don't offer antibody testing in the office, here are some fast facts on what it is and what the results might mean. 





During this time of medical uncertainity, parents should know they can always call their Pediatrician!

Keeping up to date on immunizations and scheduled Well Child Checks is essential in ensuring no other medical or developmental concerns go unnoticed.





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We are excited to announce that we have a new molecular testing device for Influenza, Strep and RSV!

This allows us to use DNA to give you the most  accurate diagnosis in 15  minutes or less on the day of your visit!  It is 99% accurate!








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*Flu Vaccines are now available for the 2019-2020 season!!

Please schedule your childs appointment ASAP.



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Back-to-School Tips


​​​The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Making the First Day Easier

  • Parents should remember that they need not wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to address any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. The best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens.

  • Many children become nervous about new situations, including changing to a new school, classroom or teacher. This may occur at any age. If your child seems nervous, it can be helpful to rehearse entry into the new situation. Take them to visit the new school or classroom before the first day of school. Remind them that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. If your child seems nervous, ask them what they are worried about and help them problem solve ways to master the new situation.

  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences they may have had in the past at school or with other groups of children.

  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school or ride on the bus.

  • If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day. Bring the child to school a few days prior to class to play on the playground and get comfortable in the new environment.

  • If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day, and get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.

  • Make sure to touch base with your child's new teacher at the beginning or end of the day so the teacher knows how much you want to be supportive of your child's school experience.

  • Consider starting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so ahead of time so that time change is not a factor on their first couple of days at school.

Backpack Safety

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your child's body weight. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.

  • Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child's waist.

  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers. And review backpack safety with your child.




How can I prevent Lyme disease?


If you live or work in a region where Lyme disease is a problem, or if you visit such an area, the following are ways to protect your family from the ticks that carry the disease:

  • Avoid places where ticks live. Whenever possible, avoid shaded, moist areas likely to be infested with ticks.
  • Cover arms and legs. Have your child wear a long-sleeved shirt and tuck his pants into his socks.
  • Wear a hat to help keep ticks away from the scalp. Keep long hair pulled back.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.
  • Wear enclosed shoes or boots. Avoid wearing sandals in an area where ticks may live.
  • Use insect repellent. Products with DEET are effective against ticks and can be used on the skin. However, large amounts of DEET can be harmful to your child if it is absorbed through the skin. Look for products that contain no more than 30% DEET. Wash the DEET off with soap and water when your child returns indoors. Products with permethrin can be used on clothing, but cannot be applied to the skin.
  • Stay on cleared trails whenever possible. Avoid wandering from a trail or brushing against overhanging branches or shrubs.
  • After coming indoors, check for ticks. This will only take a couple minutes. Ticks often hide behind the ears or along the hairline. It usually takes more than 48 hours for a person to become infected with the bacteria, so removing any ticks soon after they have attached themselves is very effective for reducing the chances of becoming infected.


Keep in mind, ticks can be found right in your own backyard, depending on where you live. Keeping your yard clear of leaves, brush, and tall grass may reduce the number of ticks. Ask a licensed professional pest control expert about other steps you can take to reduce ticks in your yard.

Ticks and how to remove them

Ticks do not fly, jump, or drop from trees. They hide in long grass and small trees, bushes, or shrubs waiting for an animal or person to brush by. Then they attach themselves to the animal or person's skin. When a tick is found on a person or pet, try to remove as much of it as possible using the following steps:

Tick Removal: Try Soapy Cotton Ball First

  • Apply liquid soap to a cotton ball until it's soaked.
  • Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball.
  • Let it stay on the tick for 30 seconds.
  • The tick will usually be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

If this method does not work,  try to remove the tick with tweezers.

  1. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with fine-tipped tweezers. Be careful not to squeeze the tick's body.
  2. Slowly pull the tick away from the skin.
  3. After the tick is out, clean the bitten area with rubbing alcohol or other first aid ointment



Laundry detergent pods particularly dangerous for children


(Reuters Health) - A new study adds to evidence that laundry detergent pods are dangerous for little kids.

The pods are all-in-one packets – often brightly colored - containing detergent that’s released in the wash, so users don't have to measure detergent in a cup. They were introduced in the U.S. in 2012. The next year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 17,000 calls - or about one per hour - about children who'd been exposed to chemicals in laundry detergent pods, Reuters Health reported in 2014.

Now a new study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, has compared the dangers of laundry pods and standard laundry detergent and found that exposures to the pods are more likely to land a child in the hospital.

Researchers analyzed data collected in the National Electronic Surveillance System from 2012 to 2014 on 26,062 non-pod related laundry detergent exposures and 9,814 pod-related exposures in children under age 18.

The most common result of the pod-related cases was poisoning, which occurred in 71 percent of the children. The most common result of exposure to non-pod detergent was contact dermatitis, a skin disorder.

Thirteen percent of children in the pod-related cases needed hospitalization, compared to 3 percent of kids in the non-pod cases.

Small children were at particular risk for pod-related injuries, with 94 percent of these injuries occurring in children under 6. By contrast, only 72 percent of non-pod detergent emergency room visits were by kids under 6.

The study may have underestimated the problem because it looked at emergency room visits, the authors say. “Individuals who did not require treatment, sought treatment at a different type of facility or who self-treated, are not included,” they write.

“For families with young children, this study highlights the dangers of laundry (pod) products, and really confirms advice from medical and consumer product experts who’ve been saying ‘don’t buy these,’” Dr. Marcel J Casavant, Chief of Toxicology at Nationwide Children's Hospital told Reuters Health by email.

Casavant, who’s been hired to testify in a child poisoning case, suggests that if parents buy these products, they should store them “where the child can’t see it, can’t reach it, and can’t get into it.” Parents should never give a child an opportunity to grab one of these pods.

Lead author Thomas Swain of the University of Alabama at Birmingham agrees.“A greater effort should be made to appropriately educate the public about the dangers of laundry detergents, specifically pods,” he told Reuters Health by email. “While new regulations such as childproof containers, opaque packaging, and less appealing and colorful pods could reduce the number of pod-related emergency department visits for children, caregivers should store detergents, along with other chemicals, in a secure location where children cannot easily access them.”

Swain added, “Parents and caregivers should consider warnings from consumer safety groups; the current recommendation is pod detergent products should not be used in homes with children under 6.”



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