Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Leigh Lehan

Tuesday Notes

Written by Dr. Leigh Lehan


Today is Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • We sign off our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office until we finish our evening clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).


  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients. These times are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Leigh Lehan will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Todd Harris, Leigh Lehan, Ben Meares and Sarah Owrey
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Jamila Fletcher and Rick Gessner

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222


Dr. Todd Harris

The Fair Has Come to Town

Written by Dr. Todd Harris


October 4, 2016 – If you haven’t already heard, the North Carolina State Fair came to town yesterday and will run through Sunday, October 23rd.

It’s our annual feast for the senses – with its dense collection of sights, sounds, and scents.

When it comes to the sense of touch, your pediatrician would like to remind you that the @NCStateFair has in recent years stepped up its game when it comes to hand washing facilities.

That is important with so many people in one location and with attractions like ‘Petting Zoos’ so ‘handy’ – you may also wish to bring along your own personal supply of hand sanitizer – not to ruin anyone’s fun, but just to help insure the fun doesn’t come home with you.

Finally, there is the sense of taste – and the Fair offers plenty with its infamous ‘Fair Food’ – food so noteworthy it is a guaranteed annual news segment.

This morning I came across a good-effort infographic from our friends @RexHealthcare. It tells us things that we fair-goers may not want to know – but, if you would like to know what you need to know, check it out below:

Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Fall Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris


September 25, 2016 – As we acclimate to a new school year – as the flow of school forms slows from Code Red Status to a light trickle – Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine welcomes the fall season.

The new season also means it is time to switch up our banner. And that makes sense too – because isn’t the image of a goggled-swimming little girl very appropriate for the summer months but intolerable as we begin to feel that crisp, cool nip in the air.

Cue pictures of children playing in leaves.

Ahhh. Now doesn’t this feel better.

When If we hit 90 again, maybe we’ll put the pool pic back up.

A few things about flu vaccine for this year:

  • Get your child a flu vaccine. As we prepare for the upcoming flu season, we want to make flu vaccine available for as many as we can. We recommend it for just about all of our patients – some more than others (those more at risk for complications from catching the flu like our youngest patients and our patients with chronic conditions like asthma are most recommended to get the flu vaccine).
  • As announced earlier, we have plenty of privately-supplied flu vaccine and have begun scheduling flu vaccination clinics.
  • We anticipate having state-supplied flu vaccine in the next few weeks. We will make that known as soon as we have it.
  • Finally, the Flumist nasal spray vaccine is not available this year.

Have a healthy and productive fall.


Dr. Todd Harris


September 14, 2016The sparkler is a universal sign of celebration.

It really has no other use.

ANNOUNCEMENT: here ye, here ye – we are (figuratively) breaking out the sparklers today at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine because we have just received word that one of our very own – Nurse Shannon M. – has joined the ranks of parenthood.

Shannon and her husband Andrew this morning welcomed into the world their very own brand new baby girl.

UPDATE 09-14-2016 06:15 PM: Here she is!


We are so happy for new Mom and new Dad and we await their little girl’s first visit to RCAM.

That leaves us with only one expectant Nurse named Shannon left at RCAM. #YearOfTheShannons #ShannonsStrikeBack

As we count our blessings, here is another universal sign of celebration:

Dr. Todd Harris

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM for 2016-17

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Beach umbrellas WS

August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.

With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.

Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:

  1. We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
  2. There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.

Click here for more details about those two details.

You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.



Dr. Todd Harris


WakeMed presents a popular and practical program about puberty for pre-teens and their parents (try saying that 5 times fast).

There are separate programs for girls (“Girlology”) and boys (“Guyology”).

Here is a better description from WakeMed’s website about the “Girlology” program (NOTE: “Guyology” will also be offered):

 “When girls learn about puberty before it happens, they face it with greater confidence and even excitement.  This is the perfect time to start healthy, factual conversations.  Join us for this physician-led, mother-daughter program where we will discuss growth & development, bras & bra shopping, hygiene & hair management, nutrition, menstruation, feminine care products, moods and emotions and respect for self & others.”

The presentation is known for being both engaging and factually accurate. Spots fill pretty quickly, so be sure to pre-resgister soon.

As noted in the flyer above, here are details:

  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • 6-8pm
  • Andrews Center (located at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus on New Bern Avenue)
  • You must pre-register here on WakeMed’s website
  • Cost is $20 per pair (parent / parent-substitute and child)


Dr. Todd Harris

 July 29, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s Topic: With the completion of both political party conventions, let’s lighten the mood and look at resources intended to help us all…

Be Prepared for Threatening Weather

RCAM Approved Resource


Getting your family prepared for a disaster

From, some general guidelines for handling a disaster – both before and after


Helping your child cope

Again from, some general guidelines for helping children with general coping skills


Natural Disaster and Severe Weather

The CDC website has cataloged information about specific types of natural disasters and severe weather

Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters”


Ready Kids has a version of its website created with a younger reader in mind


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2016 Summer Web

June 21, 2016 – At Raleigh Childrens, we love the change of season.

In the spring and summer, it is always good to say “goodbye” to flu season and “hello” to a time that is generally healthier and when we are more physically active. It has become our tradition here to change the banner at the top of our webpage with each season, and – with that change yesterday – we officially welcomed summer.

At Raleigh Childrens, we also love children being active – particularly if they are enjoying themselves because that means they are likely to do it again and take some steps toward developing a good habit. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to highlight this delightful young lady with her multi-colored fingernails who is pictured here and clearly having fun at the pool.

A few things to keep in mind for the summer:

Have a healthy and fun summer.

Dr. Todd Harris

May 30, 2016From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.

He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:

Some ideas about lawn mower safety from

Lawn Mower Safety - HealthyChildren