Polio Vaccination

One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease

Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. It is most often spread through person-to-person contact with the stool of an infected person and may also be spread through oral/nasal secretions. Polio used to be very common in the United States and caused severe illness in thousands of people each year before polio vaccine was introduced in 1955. Most people infected with the polio virus have no symptoms; however, for the less than 1% who develop paralysis it may result in permanent disability and even death.

There are two types of vaccine that protect against polio: inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). IPV is given as an injection in the leg or arm, depending on the patient’s age. Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Most people should get polio vaccine when they are children. Children get 4 doses of IPV at these ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and a booster dose at 4-6 years. OPV has not been used in the United States since 2000 but is still used in many parts of the world.

Our Care:

Care Philosophy

MENDAKOTA PEDIATRICS is an award winning practice that provides personalized pediatric care for infants, children, and adolescents in an intimate, family-focused practice setting. Our families want a “medical home” where they can see their doctor and the staff knows them well. At Mendakota Pediatrics parents can be assured that each child has their own personal pediatrician.

We know health care is expensive and our families deserve to see a pediatrician. We believe that sick children should be seen the same day. We believe that impersonal, monolithic health care systems do not deliver the care families pay for.


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Becca and Maggie!

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We believe that pediatrician and patient families, not health care systems should make decisions regarding your child. Because we are independent, we have control over the sub specialty physician referral process. We are extremely particular about which physicians we partner with to provide the highest quality subspecialty care for each individual child. For example, we may choose to use a specialist at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, or at Gillette Children’s Specialty Care. We also refer patients to private subspecialty groups that are not necessarily associated with only one hospital. We work with our families to choose the specialist who can best serve your child.



The Enfant®: Pediatrics Vision Test

fac7eb4a2511bef4607d9b5558ece727.jpgThe Enfant® Pediatric VEP Vision Testing System is an easy-to-operate, child-friendly, non-invasive medical device used to test for visual deficits in children six months of age and older. TheEnfant® is the only objective visual testing device for the pediatrician available today that is capable of evaluating the entire visual pathway to detect visual deficits such as optic nerve disorders, severe refractive errors, and other problems that could lead to amblyopia. How it works: After positioning three sensory pads on the child’s head, an operator initiates the test. Fun pictures appear and music plays while a series of six black and white stimuli alternate on a video display. Using Visual Evoked Potential technology (VEP), TheEnfant® recognizes the vision system’s neurological responses and processes the VEP data.

At the completion of each Enfant® vision test, simple “pass/fail” results are immediately presented on the menu-driven operator screen in both graphic and numeric formats. The results are then printed out for the patient’s medical record.glasses.jpg

The Enfant® System is available in both a portable cart point-of-use design, and a number of counter/table and wall mount configurations that can be customized to fit offices or exam rooms.

Office Location:
Mendakota Pediatrics
1880 Livingston Avenue Suite 102
West St. Paul, Minnesota 55118

Location Phone: 651-552-7999
Location Fax: 651-552-0777


What is Congenital Heart Disease?

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Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a problem with the heart’s structure and function that is present at birth.


Congenital heart disease can describe a number of different problems affecting the heart. It is the most common type of birth defect. CHD causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects.

Congenital heart disease is often divided into 2 types: cyanotic (blue skin color caused by a lack of oxygen) and non-cyanotic. The following lists cover the most common congenital heart diseases:



Learn More: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001114.htm

Infant choking: How to keep your baby safe

Infant choking is scary, but it’s largely preventable. Understand why babies are so vulnerable to choking — and what you can do to prevent infant choking.

Worried about infant choking? Find out the common causes of infant choking and what you can do to help protect your baby from choking hazards.


Why are babies vulnerable to choking?

Choking is a common cause of injury and death in young children, primarily because their small airways are easily obstructed. It takes time for babies to master the ability to chew and swallow food, and babies might not be able to cough forcefully enough to dislodge an airway obstruction. As babies explore their environments, they also commonly put objects into their mouths — which can lead to infant choking.

Sometimes health conditions increase the risk of choking as well. Children who have swallowing disorders, neuromuscular disorders, developmental delays and traumatic brain injury, for example, have a higher risk of choking than do other children.

What are the most common causes of infant choking?

Food is the most common cause of infant choking. However, small objects, parts from toys and certain types of behavior during eating — such as eating while distracted — also can cause infant choking.

Read More Here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-choking/art-20044661

School is Out for Summer!

Open windows, picnics, swimming, camping… summer brings the potential for plenty of fun and fresh air.


Whether you plan to spend lazy days by the lake or trek into the wilderness, there are a few steps you can take to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy:

  • Apply sunscreen to yourself and your children everyday and reapply often when spending time in direct sunlight. This is especially true if your child is swimming—frequent reapplication is a must!  If at all possible, if sunburn does occur, apply an ice pack or try a cool bath and keep skin moist. If severe blistering occurs, please call the clinic for advice.
    •  Avoid bug bites by having your child wear insect repellent. The current Centers for Disease Center (CDC) recommendation for children over 2 months old is to use insect repellant with 10% to 30% DEET.  (DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old.)  If your child has bug bites that are painfully red and swollen,  develops a fever, has a suspicious looking rash or other concerning symptoms, call us immediately at 651-552-7999.
    • Protect children’s eyes with sunglasses when outdoors and goggles when in the water.  Eye protection is also recommended for children playing most sports.
    • ​Keep children well hydrated by drinking a large glass of water each morning and carrying water with you.  Children should drink more when they are playing sports or active.
    • Take your child to swimming lessons and vigilantly watch children in the water. This is especially important in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes!
    • Stay cool. Be mindful of your child over-exercising in the heat and never leave your children or pets in a parked car.  If you or your kids show any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 immediately.
    • All children and adults should wear a helmet when biking, skating or riding a scooter.  Always have your child wear a life jacket while boating, canoeing or tubing (the State of Minnesota requires children to wear life jackets).
    • Prevent injuries by keeping children away from lawn mowers, ATV’s and fireworks.

    If your child becomes ill at night, on weekends or anytime, call us first at
       HealthyChildren.org explains why calling your pediatrician instead of going to a retail clinic or urgent care is the best practice. [learn more]