Posts for category: Children's Health
Choose Smarter Snacks
Kids always seem hungry, so they may be begging for snacks throughout the day. Snacks should be small, and they shouldn’t be enjoyed too close to mealtimes, as this could ruin their appetite. Instead of reaching for a bag of candy or potato chips try opting for smarter snack options such as nuts, apple slices or celery with peanut butter, whole-grain crackers and cheese sticks, or hummus and carrots.
Get Your Kids Cooking
One of the best ways to get your child dedicated to nutrition is by making them an active part of the process. Cooking can be fun, especially for kids, and by cooking together they will experience a source of pride in the foods they’ve helped to make (which typically leads to them being more likely to eat it). Enjoy this quality time together and show them how eating and cooking healthy foods can be fun.
Hide Healthier Foods
Particularly at the beginning of this new nutritional journey, you may find that your child has an “aversion” to eating healthy. They may turn their nose up at broccoli, carrots or certain veggies, but don’t despair. Instead of making them eat it plain, you can hide these important veggies into dishes they already love such as whole grain mac and cheese, soups, or sandwiches.
Show Your Kids How It’s Done
Kids watch and mimic what parents do, so if parents aren’t eating healthy chances are fairly good that they won’t see a reason to eat healthily either. Therefore, it’s a good idea for parents to also show how important eating healthy can be. Lead by example and this simple habit could actually improve not just your child’s health but yours as well.
A healthy child begins with a healthy diet. If you are having concerns about your child’s health and nutrition, it’s important that you talk with a qualified pediatrician to figure out the right dietary choices for your little one.
Is This Normal Behavior?
- Being defiant
- Issues around bedtime
- Issues around food (being a “picky eater” or refusing to eat)
- Temper tantrums
- Are still occurring regardless of discipline or punishment
- Are affecting their schoolwork and/or social interactions
- Aren’t appropriate for their age (e.g. throwing temper tantrums as an older child)
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Harm to self, others, or animals
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
- Breaking the rules or skipping school
- Sudden or extreme behavioral changes
- Showing no remorse
Pediatricians come equipped to handle and address any issues regarding your child’s health, and this includes behavioral concerns you may have as a parent. If your pediatrician believes that a developmental, neurological, or mental health disorder could be to blame, then they may recommend additional testing and evaluations. This is done either through their practice or with a specific specialist who can properly diagnose and treat certain conditions such as depression, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder.
Based on the results of your child’s screening, your pediatrician will then be able to create a custom treatment plan to help you and your child manage their condition and their symptoms. Your pediatrician can also refer your child to therapists and other specialists who can also provide additional support and treatment for the whole family.
If you’re having concerns about your child’s behavior, it’s best to talk with your pediatrician at your child’s next wellness checkup.
Could your little one be dealing with an ear infection?
Your child may not be old enough to tell you that their ear hurts, but you may suddenly notice that they are pulling or tugging at one of their ears, or that they cry whenever they lie down. These are all warning signs of an earache. Of course, does this mean that you should see our Edison, NJ, area’s top pediatricians or wait it out? Here’s how to handle an ear infection in your little one,
If In Doubt, Call Your Doctor
Our office understands that any symptoms your child is experiencing is a serious concern; however, you don’t want to rush right to the office to have a pediatrician tell you to “wait and see”. Therefore, if you are concerned about your child’s ear infection but not sure if it warrants seeing one of our top pediatricians here in Edison, NJ, we also offer telemedicine appointments so you can talk to us about your child’s symptoms over your computer or smartphone before deciding whether or not to come in.
In most instances where your child doesn’t have a fever and isn’t dealing with significant ear pain, our pediatrician will most likely say to wait it out to see if the problem gets better on its own; however, if symptoms get worse or don’t go away then you should definitely come into our office within 48 hours.
If your child is dealing with severe pain, has a fever that’s over 102 degrees F, or has fluid in the ear canal then your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics. Once your child starts taking antibiotics, they should start to experience some relief from their symptoms within the first day.
Along with the symptoms we mentioned earlier, here are some other signs to look for that might tip you off to the fact that your child has an ear infection,
- Fluid draining from the ear
- Trouble sleeping (this is because there is more pressure placed on the eardrum when lying down)
- Poor appetite (yes, even chewing can make ear pain worse)
- Redness or swelling of the outer ear
- Changes in your child’s hearing (they may have trouble hearing quieter sounds)
- Increased fussiness, clinginess and irritability
7 Days Pediatrics provide top pediatricians and the highest quality pediatric care to children and teens in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ. If your child is dealing with an ear infection call our office at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an in-office or telemedicine visit.
The Importance of Regular Wellness Checkups
Your child’s wellness checkups are important for several reasons, but the main purpose is to let your pediatrician examine your child to ensure that they are growing and developing as they should for their age. Caching any delays in development early on means that your child can get the treatment they need to grow into a healthy adult. The team of pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison can provide your child with regular wellness check-ups.
The Important Factors to Wellness Checkups
Edison parents like to book regular wellness checkups for their children so that they can protect their children in the following ways:
- Prevention: Preventive care means that your child always gets their immunizations at the appropriate time in their life. It also means that they can have regular hearing and vision checks and you can ask your pediatrician for nutritional advice.
- Growth and development: At each visit, you and your pediatrician will be able to see how your child has developed since your last appointment. This will allow you to learn if your child is meeting healthy developmental milestones.
- Help and advice: Your child’s wellness check gives you an opportunity to raise any concerns or ask any questions about your child’s health. If you prepare a list of questions or topics before your appointment, you can be sure that you will not forget to discuss them. Some topics you may like to discuss include your child’s diet, sleep patterns, school development, relationships with siblings, and how to break habits such as thumb sucking or bedwetting.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of regular wellness check-ups for your child, call 7 Day Pediatrics at our Edison office on (732) 548-3210, South Plainfield on (732) 548-3210, and Amboy on (732) 548-3210.
A pediatrician is an integral part of keeping your child healthy and safe while participating in sports. They can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, as well as recommend certain conditioning and training exercises that can help with injury prevention. Your child should also be wearing the appropriate protective gear including a helmet when playing sports.
Your child should visit a pediatrician right away if you suspect that they have a broken bone, dislocation, concussion, or if they are dealing with severe pain or swelling. If your child is unable to walk or put weight on the affected leg, this is also a sign to see a pediatrician as soon as possible. The sooner sports injuries are addressed and properly treated the better.