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Kiwi Pediatrics News and Updates

Dr. Elizabeth Salsburg takes the GOLD!!

Jeff Tover

Dr. Salsburg was the GOLD award recipient in the poll taken by readers of the Berkeley Parents Press in their opinions of the area's BEST PEDIATRICIANS. The Kiwi Staff are proud of her accomplishments in patient care and, obviously, her patients think so too...


New PERC (After Hours) Clinic Location

Jeff Tover

The PERC After Hours Clinic in the East Bay will be moving to a NEW location effective Tuesday, July 18th. The new address is 3000 Colby Street suite #301, 3rd floor , Berkeley, CA. Their phone number is 510-486-8344. Patients are urged to call the clinic before coming in as appointments are highly recommended.


Independence Day Holiday Closure

Jeff Tover

Both Kiwi offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.  Our offices will be open Monday, July 3rd.

At any time over the holiday, or afterhours, you can call the advice nurse at the Pediatric Emergency Referral Clinic (PERC) at (510) 486-8344.  If needed, the advice nurse can schedule an after hours appointment at the PERC clinic.  For more information visit:


Our Condolences

Melissa De La Mora

The providers and staff at Kiwi Pediatrics would like to welcome any families transitioning from Dr. Wolffe Nadoolman's office to Kiwi Pediatrics.  We can tell from our interactions with you, that Dr. Wolffe was a very special pediatrician and an important part of your family's life.  Please let us know what we can do to help in this difficult time. 

For those who haven't yet read his obituary, you can find it here:


Memorial Day Holiday

Jeff Tover

Both Kiwi offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, and will be reopening the morning of Tuesday, May 30th. 

At any time over the holiday, you can call the advice nurse at the Pediatric Emergency Referral Clinic (PERC) at (510) 486-8344.  If needed, the advice nurse can schedule an after hours appointment at the PERC clinic.  For more information visit:


Technology is Coming!

Melissa De La Mora

You may have noticed more laptops and computers popping up at Kiwi Pediatrics as we transition to our new electronic charting system.   

As you know, anything new (especially with technology) takes some adjusting.  We have altered our regular scheduling to accommodate our learning curve, but please be patient with us as we make the transition.

We are excited about the benefits the system will provide for our office and our patients. In the coming months, we plan to launch an online Patient Portal which will allow families to easily interact and communicate with the office. 

Thank you for your help!



Immigrants: Know Your Rights!

Melissa De La Mora

Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley is holding a FREE workshop on Thursday March 23 from 6-7:30pm. Their website states, "This workshop will teach you what to say, what to do, and what your rights are in protecting you and your family should you interact with immigration authorities."

Please click here for flyers in English and Spanish

You can find more information on their website and can register for the event at Eventbrite


Healthy Cooking and Eating

Melissa De La Mora

Does your family have a New Years Resolution to adopt a healthier lifestyles?

Everyone at Kiwi loves cooking with their family, and we recommend all of our patients cook together with their families.  This is the goal of ChopChop as well; ChopChop is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

The following are ChopChop's recommendations for a healthier New Year:

1. Resolve to learn new cooking skills.  Try caramelizing onions. Or stock up on other kitchen know-how's, like freezing fruits and vegetables or stretching and storing ingredients. If you’re starting from scratch, use our guide to gather essential kitchen equipment. Find even more tips and tricks on our Pinterest page.

2. Get new recipes. This year, get four issues of delicious, diverse, healthy, and kid-tested recipes, delivered to your door. With a subscription to ChopChop, you won’t run out of recipes to cook together as a family, and you’ll also find fun food facts, word searches, mazes, and other puzzles, as well as games to keep kids moving.

3. Tackle picky-eating habits. ChopChop founder Sally Sampson has co-written a new book, The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes. Focusing on kids’ participation, interactive strategies, kitchen experiments, and delicious kid-friendly recipes, the book is based on a six-week plan that makes shopping and cooking fun.

4.  Re-try “yuck” foods.  If boiled broccoli and sautéed Brussels sprouts haven’t gone over well in your house, give them a new spin. Try new cooking methods like roasting broccoli or preparing Brussels sprouts with soy sauce.  Put a “popcorn” spin oncauliflower and you might get a few more smiles at the table. Include kids in the cooking process and it’s even more likely to be a success.

5. Join the club.  The ChopChop Cooking Club is a great way to stay committed to cooking together as a family. You’ll get one new recipe in your inbox each month. That means if you dedicate one meal a month to earning your Cooking Club badge, you’ll have a year’s worth of cooking skills when you’re done.


Together We Can Prevent Gun Violence

Melissa De La Mora

Kiwi Pediatrics, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, feels that children deserve a safe environment in which to grow and learn.  We know that the safest communities for children are those without guns. We want to encourage families to come together in our community to help prevent gun violence, and have found a unique organization that is promoting this: Vision Quilt.

We encourage you to visit Vision Quilt's website to see the many ways you can get involved. You can also download this informative flyer.


Drug Recall: CVS Homeopathic Infants' Teething Tablets and Ear Relief Liquid

Melissa De La Mora

Raritan Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer for Homeolab USA, is recalling homeopathic products containing belladonna extract because there is potential for variation in the content of belladonna extract. The FDA tested some of the products and found varying levels of belladonna from what is declared on the label.

Symptoms of belladonna toxicity include seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, and agitation.

See more info at: FDA website or Food Poisoning Bulletin


Holiday Food Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

Melissa De La Mora

A Time for Giving
The City of Oakland is hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner & Coat Give Away! Seniors, low-income families and the homeless are invited to join the community meal and coat give away. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11AM - 2PM at Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Donations of Coats are Needed! Coat donations can be made on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 1PM - 4PM at the Oakland Marriott in the East/West Hall

FREE Warm Meal at Cityteam Oakland
COMMUNITY DINNER: Wednesday, November, 23, 2016 from 11AM - 4PM.  No registration necessary. Cityteam Oakland at 722 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607

FREE Warm Meals on Thursday, November 24th
Everyone is welcome. No registration necessary. No residency restrictions.

Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Blvd., Oakland
Community Lunch
12PM - 3PM

Chinatown Salvation Army
379 12th St., Oakland
Community Lunch
11AM - 1PM

First Presbyterian Church of Hayward
2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley
Community Lunch
12PM - 2PM

Salvation Army
430 A St., Hayward
Community Lunch
11:30AM - 1PM

Our Lady of the Rosary Church(Parish Hall)703 C Street, starts promptly at 1pm

Holiday Food Resources
Alameda County Community Food Bank  The Holiday Food Helpline is now available. To find holiday food in your area, please call 1-800-870-3663 and follow the prompts for holiday food distribution locations and times. Must be an Alameda County Resident. Food Now and Comida Ahora make it easier for the Alameda County community to connect to emergency food and CalFresh.

City of Alameda Food Bank Call (510) 523-5880 for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution schedule. City of Alameda residents in need of food, but are not current clients should register immediately in order to participate in the Holiday Food Program. Must be a City of Alameda Resident.

Compassion Network: Thanksgiving Food Bag & Turkey Distribution on November 21, 2015.  Contact the office at (510)796-7378 for registration information. Registration Required! Serving Fremont, Union City, Newark, and homeless or transitioning families.


HPV Vaccine Update

Melissa De La Mora

The CDC recently recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.

Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.

Feel free to check in with us if you have any questions about how many HPV vaccines your teen needs.

For the complete press release go to:


FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

Melissa De La Mora

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

The FDA is currently testing samples of the products and analyzing reports linking them to seizures in infants and children since 2010. The organization warns that "consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels."

See full report here:


Flu Vaccine Available

Melissa De La Mora

Please call our office to schedule an appointment for your child to receive their annual flu vaccine.  All children ages 6 months and older should be vaccinated. 

We currently have the influenza vaccine in stock for both private and medical insurance.

Remember there is only the injectable flu vaccine available this year.