Posts for category: Children's Health
Do your children see a pediatrician, a doctor who specializes in the care of infants, children, and teenagers? Children's doctors, like the pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics, offer services and treatments that help your kids stay healthy. They offer several offices in the South Plainfield and Edison, NJ, area for your convenience.
Pediatricians understand the unique healthcare needs of children
Children's doctors receive extensive training in the physical, behavioral, and mental health issues that can occur throughout childhood. They not only diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses, such as ear infections and viruses but also monitor your child's growth and development.
Although it's true that every child may have a slightly different developmental timeline, lifelong issues may occur if developmental or growth issues aren't treated promptly. Fortunately, your child's doctor can diagnose problems and recommend treatments or early interventions that will improve your child's physical or mental health.
During visits, your child's doctor offers age-appropriate explanations of illnesses and treatments. Your child's comfort during visits is particularly important. When you visit a pediatrics office in the South Plainfield, or Edison NJ area, you'll find a warm, welcoming environment and a staff that understands that a visit to the doctor can be a little overwhelming for kids.
Children's doctors offer vaccines that help your child avoid childhood illnesses
Vaccinations prevent your child from developing illnesses that can cause discomfort, pain, severe complications, or even death in some cases. When you vaccinate your child, you'll also help protect children who are too young to receive vaccines yet or can't be vaccinated due to health issues. Your child's pediatrician offers vaccinations for many common childhood illnesses, including whooping cough, measles, mumps, rotavirus, polio, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis, and tetanus.
Your child's pediatrician also offers help for behavioral or mental health issues
Children's doctors also see children who have special issues. If your child suffers from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or other problems, the doctor can offer suggestions and medications and make referrals to other professionals if needed. Your child's doctor can also help you set up testing to determine if your child has autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other disorders.
Schedule a visit with a children's doctor in the South Plainfield, and Edison, NJ, area at 7 Days Pediatrics by calling (732) 548-3210 today!
What causes pinkeye?
In most cases, an infection is to blame. An infectious pink eye is contagious and may result from a sinus infection or ear infection. Some viruses or bacteria can lead to contagious forms of pinkeye; however, in some cases, pinkeye may develop as a result of allergies (e.g. ragweed; grass; dust mites) or being exposed to certain irritants or chemicals.
What happens if my baby has pinkeye?
If your newborn develops pinkeye you must seek pediatric care right away, as this condition can lead to severe complications if left untreated. In most cases, your newborn will be prescribed antibiotics eye drops to help clear the infection.
How do I know that it’s pinkeye?
There are a variety of telltale signs that your little one may be dealing with a nasty bout of pinkeye. If they are old enough to talk then they may tell you that their eyes feel gritty, like there is something in them. You may also notice a thick, gooey discharge. Their eyes may also be sensitive to light. Most pinkeye also causes swelling, itching, and eye pain.
How is pink eye treated in kids?
Apart from newborns, who require immediate medical attention for pinkeye, most kids and teens whose pinkeye is caused by a virus will go away without treatment once the body has fought the virus. However, if a bacterial infection is to blame, then antibiotic eye drops will be needed to treat the bacterial infection.
If your child is dealing with recurring bouts of pinkeye they could be dealing with allergic conjunctivitis, which you should also talk to your pediatrician about. They can prescribe certain allergy medications to your child to help lessen pinkeye flare-ups.
It’s important to find trustworthy pediatric care for your child or teen. Whether you are concerned with pinkeye, ADHD, or celiac disease, a pediatrician will be able to diagnose, manage, and treat a wide range of infections and conditions.
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.