Immunizations are an essential part of well-child care. Proper immunizations protect the health of the individual child and protect all children in the community as a whole. Many parents have concerns about immunizations, and may choose to not immunize their children, but it is important to fully understand each immunization. As a parent, you are encouraged to talk to your pediatrician for more information on proper immunization scheduling for your child.
Immunizations for Teenagers and Young Adults
Many parents only think of vaccines as something needed for infants and young children, and that they are less important later in life. However, teenagers and young adults often get a number of vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, German measles and chickenpox. Teens and young adults need protection against infectious illnesses as well.
Teenagers are encouraged to see their pediatrician or other physician on a regular basis and should keep an updated record of their immunizations. Many will need more vaccinations as teenagers, particularly if they have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis B or chickenpox. Important vaccines for your teenager include:
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
- Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster
- Hepatitis A
As a responsible parent, it is important for you to be fully informed on the vaccines offered for your child. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with your pediatrician.
It maybe now or later, but at some point in time, you would like your child to get his or her ears pierced. We have included all the do's and don’ts so that you can take all the necessary precaution for your little loved one.
All that you need to know about piercing
When is the right time to get it done?
The right age for a child to get ears pierced depends completely on child development. Ideally it should be done after the first dose of Tetanus vaccine is given. It’s best for you to wait until he or she is responsible enough to take care of his or her own and understand that piercing wounds are prone to infections. In some cultures, it is traditional or mandatory to get the piercing done. As a parent, it is your responsibility to understand if the child is ready.
Ear piercing is a medical procedure and we take utmost care to ensure that it is done the right way. Such piercings if not done correctly, can result into very serious blood diseases. Thus, we at 7 Days Pediatrics, give utmost priority to safety and hygiene. For us, it is extremely important, that equipment being used is latest and the person involved in piercing has all the necessary training. Not only is our staff well trained and child friendly to adapt to situations for all child ages, they are smart to handle situation when the little ones don’t co-operate. We use the most sophisticated Coren Pediatric Ear Piercing System that takes no longer than a few seconds to get the job done.
Certain Suggestions To Protect Your Little One From Pain & Infection –
a.Ask your pediatrician if child should have a dose of infants’ ibuprofen beforehand to be comfortable as there is no anesthesia involved
b.Since ear piercing doesn’t come under medical wellness visit, the cost of ear piercing might not be covered under insurance
c.It is recommended to clean the area for at least 4 to 6 weeks, thrice a day, using cotton swabs and hydrogen peroxide. Also as a parent, you are expected to turn baby’s earrings at least once a day so that they do not begin to heal over the earring. Also rotating the earrings help
d.Confirm with your physician if ear-piercing gun is to be used in the procedure. Ear-piercing guns cannot be sterilized so you would like to ensure you are visiting a reputable doctor
e.Some children are allergic to metal used in the earring especially those which have nickel element used. Contact your doctor immediately in case any allergic symptoms like redness or rashness surface. Hence, ensure that you don’t get nickel-based backings on the earrings for your child. Also if you have a family history of keloids, you are recommended to keep your child away from piercing to avoid hereditary factors coming into play.
Other Safety Measures
- Avoid piercing on the cartilage as this has a higher risk of cartilage infection and keloid
- Avoid swimming in a lake or ocean, which might contain unknown bacteria
- Avoid any sports which may require helmet or any other activity which may cause irritation to the ears
To know more & book your appointment with our qualified doctors for your child’s ear piercing; call today
7 Days Pediatrics – 732-548-3210
7 Days Pediatrics
1802 Oak Tree Rd, Ste 101
Edison, NJ 08820
- Carefully inspect your playground equipment. It is recommended that you have a proper shock-absorbing surface underneath your playground. Also, be sure that the play set is properly anchored to the ground, that surfaces are smooth, that there are no protruding bolts and that all “S” shaped hooks are closed all of the way.
- If you have a sandbox for your child, you will want to line it with landscape fabric to prevent weeds from growing up and to simplify water drainage. Covering the sandbox is also a good idea in order to keep pets and rodents, as well as their droppings, out of the sandbox.
- Be sure all landscape supplies and equipment are stored and secured in a locked shed.
- Pools are vital when it comes to backyard safety. Be sure your pool is properly barricaded. Install a fence that is at least four feet tall and make sure there are no weak areas that your child can squeeze through. The gate to the pool should also have a self-locking mechanism so that your child cannot open it. Pool alarms can be purchased to alert you if your child has opened the gate or if someone has fallen into the pool. Remove steps and ladders if the pool is not in use.
- Check the fences in your yard. Be sure there is no loose hardware, splinters and missing slats.
- Outdoor furniture should be checked to make sure it is sturdy and safe. Garden swings should properly be secured to the ground.
- Outdoor electric outlets should have childproof outlets so that your child cannot open it.
- An outdoor grill or barbecue should be stored and secured when not in use. Propane tanks, matches and lighter fluid, as well as sharp utensils, should not be accessible to your child at any time. Also, never leave the cooking area unsupervised when using the grill.
- A simple outdoor safety precaution is to ensure your child wears proper footwear and snug fit clothing. Clothing that is loose fit or has drawstrings and accessories can easily become caught on play equipment.
- Talk to your child about rules and boundaries when playing outside. This can help your child play safe by establishing areas that are off limits, rules for slides, play equipment and other toys.
- Check out the plants in your backyard to be sure none of them are poisonous.
A long wait to see the pediatrician can be one of the worst parts of getting sick for children, especially during cold and flu season, when all they want is to rest comfortably in bed until they are feeling better. For more serious injuries or illnesses, getting in to see a doctor on the same day is a matter of necessity. The pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison, NJ Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran offer same day appointments to get your children the care they need, when they need it.
Same Day Pediatrician Appointment in Edison, NJ
The most common pediatric injuries and illnesses, like cuts and fractures from a sports injury, fever, or an asthma attack usually develop suddenly. For non-life threatening issues that require timely medical attention, the ability to see a pediatrician on the same day is an essential service for busy parents. Your child may have been feeling fine before they went to bed the night before, but wake up feeling sick the next with vomiting or diarrhea. Or they may feel perfectly normal when they leave for school in the morning, but suddenly fall ill during the school day, or get hurt during soccer practice or gym class. 7 Day Pediatrics offers emergency and same day appointments for a range of injuries and pediatric conditions including:
- Cold and flu
- Allergies and asthma
- Fever and infections
- Ear infections
- Whooping cough
- Strep throat
- Sprains and fractures
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Find a Pediatrician in Edison, NJ
From immunizations to strep throat or ear infection treatments, getting timely medical care is essential for your child's health and well-being. For more information on same day appointments and pediatric care, contact our office by calling (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today.
Insect Repellents and Your Kids
- Chemical repellents with DEET: Considered the best defense against biting insects. It works for about 2 to 5 hours. Caution should be used when applying DEET repellent to children.
- Picaridin and essential oil repellents: Works for about 3 to 8 hours. Still needs more studies to show how well it repels ticks. Since it is made from essential oils, allergic reactions can occur.
- Chemical repellents with permethrin: A repellent that kills ticks on contact. Survives several washings and should only be applied on clothing.
- Non-effective repellents: Wristbands with chemical repellents, garlic or vitamin B1 taken by mouth, ultrasonic devices that give off sound, bird or bat houses, and backyard bug zappers.
How to Use Repellents Safely
- Read the label and follow the directions
- Only apply the repellent outside of clothing and on exposed skin
- Spray in an open area
- Use only enough to cover your child’s clothing and exposed skin
- An adult should always apply insect repellent on your child
- Wash your child with soap and water to remove the repellent when your child returns indoors
- Dressing your child in thin, loose-fitting, long-sleeve clothing that doesn't include bright colors
- Encouraging your child to wear socks and shoes instead of sandals
- Avoiding spending time outdoors during the evening to early morning hours (dusk to dawn). This is when mosquitoes tend to bite the most
- Avoiding scented soaps and other things that might attract mosquitoes and other bugs
- Using a bug screen over your child's stroller
- Controlling mosquitoes and other insects where your child plays
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