Posts for: October, 2017
Are you one of the many parents worried about giving your child his or her vaccines? If so, you aren't alone. Every year, doctors see patients who express concern or flat-out refuse to vaccinate their children. Thankfully, however, many of the concerns about vaccines are based on misinformation. Here are four very common vaccine myths, as well as the truth that refutes them!
1. Vaccines Cause Autism and Other Disorders
While autism has been on the rise lately, it isn't because of vaccinations. The study that expressed concern about the link between the two was based on poor quality research and was later retracted. Unfortunately, this was not until after vaccine critics heard the news and a false reputation for autism causation spread. The fact of the matter is that the link between autism and vaccines has been unequivocally refuted by good research, and no sound link between the two has ever been established.
2. The Diseases that Vaccines Prevent Aren't a Threat Anymore
While it's true that most of the diseases vaccines are intended to treat are no longer a major public health concern today, this is, in fact, thanks to continuous vaccinations! By no means does this mean that these diseases are gone for good. In fact, outbreaks still happen in areas when communities fail to vaccinate on schedule. Steady vaccination creates an effect called 'herd immunity,' where, because most individuals are vaccinated, those who cannot be (caused by a variety of factors, including ongoing cancer treatment or autoimmune disorders) are still protected from deadly diseases. Not only is vaccinating your child keeping them safe, it's the responsible choice to protect your friends and neighbors. Help those who cannot help themselves by getting your child vaccinated!
3. Having Too Many Vaccines at Once Will Harm My Child's Immune System
While the number of vaccines children receive can be overwhelming, that doesn't mean they are unsafe. Children are exposed to thousands of new germs throughout their childhoods, and their bodies are used to encountering them and dealing with them all at once. It's no different with vaccines.
4. It's Safer to Wait Until Children are Older to Vaccinate Them
If we knew exactly when children would be exposed to a terrible disease and which disease it would be in advance, it would be easy to vaccinate them right before they were exposed. The reality, however, is that we never know what children will be exposed to and when. The sooner they are vaccinated, the greater the chances that their bodies will be prepared whenever and if ever they are exposed.
Vaccines may seem frightening, but don't let the myths scare you away. When it comes to keeping your children healthy, vaccines are the way to go.
Learn more about important immunizations and when your child needs them.
While no one likes getting needles they are an important part of keeping your child or teenager healthy. There are so many life-threatening and serious conditions that could affect your child’s health if they don’t get the proper vaccinations. Fortunately, seeing your 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician regularly will ensure that your child is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Here is the vaccination schedule you should follow.
After your baby is born they will usually come in for their first visit within the first 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital. During this time they should receive the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
1-2 months old
At this point your child should receive the second round of their Hepatitis B vaccine.
2 and 4 months old
Two and four months are important ages for your little one because they will require several difference vaccines including:
- Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap)
- H. influenza type b (Hib)
- Polio (IPV)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
6 months old
This is about the time that your child will get the third dose of DTap, Hib, PCV and RV. You should also consider getting your child vaccinated every year for the flu.
During this time your child will get the last dose of the Hepatitis b vaccine, as well as the second half of the polio vaccine.
12-15 months old
Now is the time to get your child vaccinated for the chickenpox. They will also get the final round of the Hib vaccine, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the third round of the PCV vaccine.
During this period your little one will receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine comes in two parts, which will be given about 6 months apart or more from each other.
The only vaccine your child will need during this time is DTap.
This is another important stretch for your child as they will need to get the DTap, MMR, IPV and varicella vaccines during this period of time.
Beside the DTaP and meningococcal vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor about whether they should be vaccinated for HPV. This vaccine can protect teenage boys and girls from genital warts and certain forms of cancer.
Your teen will need to get the meningococcal B vaccine (which comes in either two or three doses). This immunization isn’t always necessary so your pediatrician will tell you whether your child should get it.
Do you have questions about your child’s vaccinations? Do you need to schedule your child or teen’s next doctor’s appointment? Turn to a 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician you can trust to get the best care possible time and time again. Vaccines are a surefire way to keep your children healthy as they continue to grow.
What Causes My Child’s Asthma Flare-Up?
- Dust mites
- Chalk dust
- Cigarette smoke
No parent wants a child hurt during gym class or a ball game. However, the fact is that 2.6 million children go to hospital emergency rooms every year in the United States because of sports injuries, says the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases. What can you do to prevent these problems, and how can your pediatrician at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ and serving Fords and Perth Amboy, and Woodbridge help? Read how here.
What are the most common injuries?
Children engage in all kinds of physical activities these days--both in and out of school. Baseball, soccer, martial arts, football, and cheer leading are just a few. They result in a wide range of acute and many times chronic injuries to the head, chest and upper and lower extremities, the most common of which is the ankle sprain.
Other injuries your team pediatricians in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ and serving Fords and Perth Amboy, and Woodbridge see are:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Buckle fractures, affecting the long bones of the arms and legs
- Fractures of the fingers and toes
- Heat exhaustion
- Sun burns
- Back injuries
- Growth plate injuries of the long bones
- Tooth avulsion and tooth fracture
Your children's doctor plays an important role in assessing, stabilizing and treating these injuries. The pediatrician teaches youngsters and parents the basics of staying safe while playing contact and non-contact sports alike.
First aid for sudden injuries
The team at 7 Day Pediatrics wants youngsters, parents, coaches and teachers to know the basics of first aid. Say, for example, a child goes down with a twisted ankle during a basketball game. Would you know what to do? Simply employ RICE:
- Rest--that is, stay off the ankle as much as possible
- Ice--20 minutes on and 20 minutes off
- Compression--with an elastic bandage
- Elevation--of the leg above the heart
RICE controls swelling and provides comfort for a sprained ankle. Then, contact the doctor's office.
Additionally, your pediatrician provides sports physicals for school and town teams and tells children and teens the importance of staying active, eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated.
Prevention is key to an active lifestyle at any age. Regarding sports, your children's doctor stresses:
- Good physical conditioning before starting a sport
- Adequate hydration
- Sunscreen application for summer sports
- Wearing protective gear such as batting helmets, mouthguards and properly fitting shoes
- Knowing how to use sporting equipment
- Warming up and stretching
When something happens...
If an injury is life-threatening, get to the nearest hospital ER immediately. For less severe problems, please contact 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ for compassionate and accurate advice and a same-day appointment if needed. We are open seven days a week and are proud to serve the families in and around Fords, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. For all our locations, call (732) 548-3210 and our fax number is (732) 906-3966.