A Blog from Your Kaiser Permanente Pediatricians in Northern California

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Managing Your Care From Home!

The other day, I heard a mom say she brings her kids to the doctor when they’re sick or need a checkup – but she never comes for herself.

I get this, since there never seems to be enough hours in the day to do all we need to. We take care of kids, the house, our jobs – but run out of time to take care of ourselves.

That can cause trouble, though. We’re only the best parents we can be when we get some rest and exercise. We need to stay healthy for our kids. So sometimes our own oxygen masks really do need to go on first.

To help with this, we have some tools to keep you healthy and make your life easier – without having to drop what you’re doing and drive to a Kaiser Permanente medical office. So, make a cup of tea, have a seat, and see what we’ve got!

My Doctor Online app
This super-cool app lets you do loads to manage your entire family’s health from home – starting with you! You can use the app to:

  • Have video visits with your doctors.
  • Email your doctors.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Check lab and test results.
  • See what preventive screenings or vaccines you need, and when.
  • Watch your pregnancy progress week by week.
  • Order your prescriptions to be sent to your house.
  • Try an E-visit. Get online advice and treatment for common concerns including cold and flu symptoms, pinkeye, bladder infections, and emergency contraception (“morning-after pill”).

My KP Meds app
This is another helpful tool for you and for your teens. Use it to view your list of prescribed medications and set reminders to help you remember when to take them.

This app can also help your teens learn to be responsible with their own medicines – rather than always needing you to remind them!

You can download our apps at the App Store or Google Play.

My Doctor Online
This website has endless tools for busy parents. The more you explore, the more you’ll find, including:

Wellness coaching
Ready to lose weight, eat healthier, lower stress, sleep better, move more, or quit smoking? Talk with a wellness coach to build your motivation and create a customized plan to make lifestyle changes.

Wellness coaching is available at no cost to Kaiser Permanente members, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 866-454-8855 to make a phone appointment.

Podcasts, interactive programs, videos
Watch, listen, or read at home after the kids are in bed.

While we always welcome you in our offices, we also want to help you stay healthy and manage your health challenges wherever you may be.

Remember your oxygen mask – first!

Disclaimer: If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder. This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.