George A. Tripp, MD


Dr. George A. Tripp turned from a career in mechanical engineering to something more fast-paced, more people-involved and just plain nice: pediatrics.

The Grantsville, Utah, native entered medical school thinking that with an engineering background, he’d be a natural at radiology or orthopedics. But he instead fell in love with the role of a clinic pediatrician. Now this board-certified physician brings his expertise to Tanner Clinic Roy.

Dr. Tripp received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Utah State University. His M.D. was earned at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb.

Upon joining the Air Force, Dr. Tripp completed his residency in pediatrics at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, including Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. He served as Chief Resident at the San Antonio Military Pediatric Center, staying on as a staff physician.

Dr. Tripp comes to Tanner Clinic after working with the 15th Medical Group at Pearl Harbor and Hickam AFB in Hawaii.

He and his wife, Kimberli, have made their home in Mountain Green to raise their five children.

 

What patients are saying about Dr. Tripp

“Dr. Tripp is AMAZING! He was there for our little guy and us as worried parents even after he went to the NICU after birth and has been our amazing pediatrician for all three of our little ones ever since. I highly recommend him.” – Becky on Facebook, June 2015

“Dr. Tripp has an excellent bed-side manner. He truly cares about each of his patients and it shows in the quality of care he provides. Such a great pediatrician!” – Kailey on Facebook, June 2015

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Vitamin D and Iron Help Baby Grow into Iron Man (or Girl)

Vitamins are easy for kids to swallow when they’re red, blue and gummy.

That’s great, says pediatrician George Tripp. But Fred and Wilma Flintstone haven’t yet been shown to be much help.

“If people ask me about vitamins, I say it definitely doesn’t hurt, but we don’t know for sure that it helps,” says Dr. Tripp, pediatrician with Tanner Clinic.

There are times when an over-the-counter gummy multivitamin is recommended, especially if your kid’s a picky eater, he said. “But it’s never been shown that, ‘Oh yeah, kids who have gummy vitamins did better in school.’”

Toddlers and babies may need supplements

There are two supplements that he’s more likely to recommend, especially for babies and toddlers — vitamin D and iron. That’s because this vitamin and mineral aren’t found in the main entree on these children’s menu: milk.

We’re all aware that it’s from the sun that we absorb vitamin D, a nutrient vital for bone development. It’s also found in fish, eggs and, if you don’t mind that gagging sound, cod liver oil.

It’s difficult, however, to obtain vitamin D from formula or breast milk.

Ironically, the period that infants are on a bottle is when vitamin D is most important — the vitamin helps bones absorb more calcium to make them strong; it’s even beneficial for cancer protection. “We are still learning more things about vitamin D,” said Dr.Tripp.

Vitamin D is administered to infants in drops. Unfortunately, you can’t go to the source: a breastfeeding mom. Providing extra vitamin D for mom isn’t helpful, he said, “because it’s one thing that doesn’t translate well” through breast milk. He also notes that children with darker skins are even more at risk for not getting enough vitamin D.

Alert for milk-lovers

Iron supplements are sometimes necessary for babies and toddlers for the same reason they need supplemental vitamin D — a diet brimming with milk.

Dr. Tripp, as a member of the Air Force, worked with Honduran children with poor diets, distributing iron supplements and overall health care.

But plenty of American children, he said, especially those big milk drinkers, may be getting too little iron, which is vital to brain, blood and overall development. “It’s hard to get iron out of milk,” said Dr.Tripp.

He’s seen plenty of 1-year-olds who still love their milk. So, “they drink a bunch of milk everyday and they’re not hungry for other stuff.” That other stuff includes vegetables, red meat and legumes, all good sources of iron.

Most pediatricians recommend rice cereal as a first solid food — and as a good source of iron for babies — and then check around 12 months of age to see that enough red blood cells are being made as evidence of good iron intake.

There are still many healthy reasons to drink milk. And Dr. Tripp encourages children to drink whole milk until age 2.

 

 

Two Easy Household Habits That Can Help Kids

The regular meal not only allows parents to push the pause button on hectic schedules and check in with their kids, he said, there’s also “something about eating that to us is a sign of goodness and sociality,” he said.

Eating-together

As a parent, you’re subjected all the time to advice on child-rearing — from television to magazines to grandparents.

Dr. George Tripp, a Tanner Clinic pediatrician, recommends cutting through the crossfire to get to two habits that actually do “make a big difference in raising kids,” he said.

Scientific data has established the importance of:

  1. Sitting down daily to eat as a family,
  2. Keeping televisions out of children’s room

He tells his patients to “have a family meal each day where the whole family sits down and eats together.” Even microwaving frozen burritos works, if you’re doing it together.

“It’s been shown in the data,” he said, “that kids will have better outcomes regarding stress and obesity levels and fewer mental health problems.”

The regular meal not only allows parents to push the pause button on hectic schedules and check in with their kids, he said, there’s also “something about eating that to us is a sign of goodness and sociality,” he said.

Keeping TVs and their electronic cousins (IPads!) out of children’s room is another practice that’s been shown to be a definite benefits to kids, said Dr. Tripp.

The stimulus of electronic entertainment — yes, that does include texting — keeps kids, well, stimulated.

Add to that the biological tendency for teenagers to stay up late and sleep in, and you surely have a recipe for naps during algebra.

But first and foremost, he says, cherish your kids. “Certainly in parenting you can do a thousand things. But No. 1, love your kids, show them the values you’ve adopted in your life. The best thing is to set a good example doing the best you can, and the kids will follow.”

— Tanner Clinic staff

 

In the Media

Dr. Tripp is quoted in “Healthy Habits For Kids This Fall And Winter” published by the Standard Examiner on October 21, 2014.

Dr. George Tripp shares his expertise with Fox 13 Salt Lake City in its regular feature, HealthFix. He discusses the importance of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), Aug. 21, 2014. Click here to view.