Posts for: December, 2018
Maintaining an optimum weight is important for the health of your little one.
It’s never too early to make sure that your child is adopting the best habits for maintaining a healthy weight. After all, with obesity on the rise among our children and teens, it’s so important that we are doing everything we can to keep kids healthy and to prevent serious health problems that can arise as a result of obesity. These habits, along with visiting a pediatrician for regular care and advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can keep your child feeling their best.
If your child is overweight there are certain things you can do to help them lose the weight and to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index),
Lead by Example
Children pick up a lot of their habits from their parents, and it’s certainly much easier to eat in an unhealthy fashion if everyone in the family is. This is the time to truly evaluate the family’s eating habits as a whole. Are your meals healthy, balanced, and nutritious or do you find yourself going out for fast food or heating up prepared meals? If parents make healthier eating choices children are more likely to, as well.
While we all seem to be glued to electronics these days, it’s important to power down and to get some regular physical activity. This can include joining a school sports team, community sports, or even going out in the backyard and kicking a ball around. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Choose Healthy Snacks
When your child comes home from school are they rushing to grab cookies, potato chips, or other unhealthy snack items? While these foods can certainly be fun and enjoyable in moderation, they shouldn’t be the norm. Instead of stocking the house with junk food, opt for things like peanut butter or hummus on apples or veggies. If you aren’t sure which kinds of healthy snacks to get, talk to your child’s pediatrician for recommendations and advice.
Get Some Shut Eye
It’s important that your child is getting enough sleep each and every night. In fact, children that don’t get enough sleep may actually be more likely to become overweight or obese. Making sure that your child regularly receives eight hours a night is a great way to set them towards a healthy lifestyle.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If your child is having challenges with their weight it’s important to turn to a pediatrician who can provide you with the most effective and safest methods to help shed the excess weight and to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care
As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?
Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:
Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
Rash, especially with a fever
A cough or cold that lasts several days
Large cuts or gashes
Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg
Ear pain with fever
A severe sore throat or swallowing problems
Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain
Blood in urine
Blood in stool
Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours
Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old
Fever and vomiting
Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours
While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.
How our doctors in McKinney TX, can help your child
An ADHD diagnosis can be a startling experience, especially when your child is the one being diagnosed. However, this common condition is manageable. In fact, learning how to manage its symptoms early can help you and your child lead a normal, happy life. Learn more about childhood ADHD, its diagnoses, and how your doctor can help treat it by reading below, and contact Dr. Suzanne Davis, Dr. Steven Rodrigues, Dr. Marisa Rosales, and Dr. Rachel Johnston at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX, if you are interested in a consultation.
Does my child have ADHD?
Children with ADHD may exhibit various symptoms, all of which include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Depending on the type of ADHD your child has, they may show different symptoms. Some of the more common signs of ADHD include:
- Leaving tasks unfinished
- Lack of focus
- Inability to follow instructions
- Inability to stay organized
- Ignoring or putting off tasks
- Trouble keeping their emotions in check
- Lack of empathy
An ADHD diagnosis is not based on one definitive test. Instead, your doctor takes many aspects of your child’s life into account and looks at the big picture of their behavior and development. They will gather information from caregivers, schools, parents, and teachers and combine it to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child’s symptoms. In addition to assessing your child’s symptoms, the doctor will perform a full physical examination including vision and hearing tests.
Treating ADHD depends on the type and severity of the condition. Often, treatment is a combination of both medication to decrease hyperactivity/increase focus and behavioral therapy to help them learn to manage triggers and symptoms. Working with your child’s doctor is the best way to ensure that your child has the best treatment plan possible.
For more information on childhood ADHD or managing its symptoms, please contact Dr. Suzanne Davis, Dr. Steven Rodrigues, Dr. Marisa Rosales, and Dr. Rachel Johnston at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. Call (972) 569-9904 to schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician today!