Posts for: April, 2020
To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.
What do immunizations do?
Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.
Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.
We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.
If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a neuro-developmental disorder which affects millions of American children. Extending into adulthood, this learning, social and communication difference concerns your professional team at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney, TX. Autism requires support for both children and their families. Read some FAQs about ASD here.
What does autism look like?
Autism impacts how a child (or adult) interacts socially, communicates and learns. Categorized as Level one, two, or three, indicating severity and need for support, autism presents with neuro-typical behaviors such as:
- Inability to initiate conversation and maintain a back and forth exchange of ideas and pleasantries
- Lack of eye contact and desire to live, work, and play alone
- Extreme interest in one hobby or object
- Ritualistic behaviors
- Hypersensitivity to sounds, light, smells, and textures
- Difficulty changing routines (school schedules, for instance)
Who has autism?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that boys are up to five times as likely to be on the autistic spectrum than girls are. Heredity seems to play a significant role in being autistic. As scientists, psychologists, educators and health care providers learn more about ASD, it becomes easier to recognize it and get children and their families the support they need.
Can autistic children learn?
Yes, they can. In fact, many are highly intelligent. Abilities vary widely though, and many skills, such as language and walking, may be delayed significantly. Conversely, a very difficult skill may be acquired before something simpler.
What can I do to help my child?
Communicate your concerns with your pediatrician at ABC Pediatrics in McKinney. As our practice is your child's medical home, the doctor can refer you to specialists in autism who can more definitely diagnose the disorder and recommend home and school interventions.
On a day to day basis, remember that autism is not a disease. It is a brain difference which needs kindness, understanding, patience and consistency on the part of parents, peers, and teachers. At home, be sure to:
- Establish regular routines for bedtime, meals, homework, and play
- Praise positive behaviors
- Be aware of your child's sensory sensitivities
- Talk openly and frankly with extended family, friends, and educators about your child's needs
- Accept your youngster for who he or she is
Autism is not easy, but as parents and caregivers, we can help children with ASD lead happy, successful lives. If you have questions or concerns about this neuro-developmental disorder, please contact ABC Pediatrics in McKinney for a consultation. We are open Monday through Saturday. Phone (972) 569-9904.
Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.
Types of Warts
There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:
- Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
- Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
- Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
- Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands
While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.
Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.
Common wart removal options include:
- Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
- Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
- Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.
If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.