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By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
May 13, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Anxiety  

Be able to spot the warning signs of anxiety in your child.

Anxiety is undoubtedly on the rise, not just for adults but for children. The pandemic has certainly left kids feeling uncertain and worried about the future. It’s important to pick up on the signs that your child might have anxiety so you can talk with their pediatrician about tips and strategies to help them better cope with the issues they’re facing.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

Children with anxiety may display these behaviors or motions,

  • Avoidance
  • Anger and aggression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Unexplained physical symptoms such as stomachaches
  • Nail-biting and other “nervous habits”
  • Bedwetting
  • Appetite changes
  • Insomnia
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Issues focusing or concentrating

How Can I Help My Child?

It’s important to figure out the type of anxiety your child is dealing with to help them cope with these emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. There are certain habits you can start adopting now that can help your child better deal with their anxiety symptoms,

  • Don’t try to reason with your child when they are panicked or anxiety
  • Help them take deep belly breathes to help stabilize their sympathetic nervous system
  • Validate your child’s fears and listen to them; never dismiss them or tell them to “buck up”
  • Don’t avoid the fear, which can often make it worse, but help your child face the fear with baby steps (talk to your child’s pediatrician about the best ways to do this)

These are some helpful tips to get parents started when they notice their child’s “worry brain” taking over. Of course, if you suspect that they could have a true anxiety disorder, it’s important to speak with your pediatrician right away.

How Are Childhood Anxiety Disorders Treated?

In most cases, your pediatrician will provide a referral to a psychotherapist that works with children. The first appointment, or intake session, will allow the therapist to get to know your child and determine if they have an anxiety disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy tends to be the ideal treatment option to help children talk through their fears and discover effective coping strategies to help them face and overcome their fears. Sometimes medications are prescribed in conjunction with therapy and lifestyle changes.

Worried that your child might have an anxiety disorder? If so, this is the ideal time to speak with their pediatrician to find out if they could benefit from additional diagnostic testing or talking to a mental health professional who works with children. A pediatrician can provide resources, support, and referrals.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
May 02, 2022

Make sure your child is following a healthy, balanced diet.

One in 5 school children is considered obese in the US. So, how do we stop these statistics from getting any higher? It starts with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Your child's pediatrician can always provide some helpful tips for ensuring your child is getting the vitamins and nutrients they need.

Daily Caloric Guidelines By Age

The number of calories your child consumes every day will depend on their age and their activity levels and gender. These are the caloric guidelines you should follow,

  • 2-3 years old (both girls and boys): 1,000-1,400 calories
  • 4-8 years old (boys): 1,200-2,000 calories
  • 4-8 years old (girls): 1,200-1,800 calories
  • 9-13 years old (boys): 1,600-2,600 calories
  • 9-13 years old (girls): 1,400-2,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (boys): 2,000-3,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (girls): 1,800-2,400 calories

Incorporating the Right Foods into Your Child’s Diet

It’s important that your child is getting a variety of healthy foods to ensure that they get all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. This includes,

Lean protein: This includes seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts

Vegetables: It’s important to incorporate many vegetables into your child’s diet every day. This can include everything from leafy greens to vibrant peppers to beans. If you do choose canned vegetables, make sure to check nutrition labels to ensure that there isn’t added sugar or sodium.

Fruits: Stay away from fruit juice, which can have a ton of added sugar, and opt for fresh or frozen fruit instead. Also, limit dried fruits, which can be high in calories.

Whole grains: Whole grains provide more benefits than refined grains (e.g., white bread and rice) and include whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.

Dairy: Include some low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, or milk into your child’s daily diet.

While sugar won’t cause harm in moderation, it is important to limit added sugars and trans and saturated fats (found in red meat, full-fat dairy, and poultry). Wonder if your child’s diet gives them all the nutrients they need? This is something that your pediatrician can discuss with you during their next well-child visit.

Are you having challenges helping your child maintain a healthy weight? Are you concerned about their health? If so, it’s time to turn to your child’s pediatrician. They can provide you with strategies to help your child eat healthier and maintain a healthy weight.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
April 26, 2022
Category: Child's Health
Tags: Pediatrician  

You obviously know that if your child is sick, they should go see their pediatrician for care. Did you know that it’s just as important that your child is seeing their pediatrician when they aren’t sick for regular checkups? Your pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ, can explain why it’s important to bring your child in for regular checkups and how it can help keep your child healthy.

The Benefits of Regular Checkups for Your Child

Everyone knows that taking your child to the doctor when they’re sick is the best way for them to get the care that they need. You may not know that it’s just as important to make sure you’re bringing your child to their pediatrician in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ, for regular checkups. With regular checkups, you can be sure that your child is protected from any issues that you may not realize they’re dealing with.

Regular checkups can help prevent your child from getting sick because at a regular checkup, your child’s pediatrician will do a full examination, making sure that your child isn’t dealing with any abnormalities in their body. They can also catch up on any immunizations that they may need, keeping them protected from any germs they may run into at school or while they’re out with friends.

Regular checkups also give you and your child a space to voice any questions and concerns that you may have regarding your child’s health and well-being. Having regular checkups can help your child build a relationship with their pediatrician, giving them a safe space to get the care that they need.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

Find out why regular checkups are so important! Contact your pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ, to learn more about how regular checkups can keep your child healthy and strong. Call for more information today at (732) 548-3210.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
April 18, 2022
Tags: Injury   Illness  

Here’s your first-aid guide on how to care for minor childhood injuries.

In a perfect world, your child would never get injured, sick, or hurt; unfortunately, this just isn’t 100 percent preventable. Children are deeply curious and far more fearless than adults, which often means that they leave themselves prone to injuries and incidents along the way. Fortunately, most minor illnesses and injuries can be treated from the comfort of home.

Quick and Dirty First Aid Tips for Injuries

Minor burns, cuts, scrapes, and wounds won’t necessarily bring your child into the pediatrician’s office but you do want to know that you are doing everything you can to treat the injury. For minor scrapes, cuts, and wounds, gently clean the area with water to wash away any debris. If there is blood, apply pressure first for about 10-15 minutes before washing the wound. Then apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage to the area to prevent an infection.

If your child is dealing with a strain or sprain, using the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method can certainly help. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about any over-the-counter pain medications they can use that might help them manage their pain as the injury heals.

When to Call Your Pediatrician

It’s important to recognize when injuries can be treated at home and when you need to make a trip to the pediatrician’s office. You should turn to a pediatrician if,

  • There are signs of an infection (e.g. fever; increased redness; pus or drainage)
  • There is a visible deformity after injury
  • There was a popping or snapping sound at the moment of injury
  • Pain is severe or getting worse
  • Your child can’t put weight on the injured leg, ankle or foot
  • Bleeding doesn’t stop after 10-15 minutes of applying pressure

Treating Minor Illnesses

So, what constitutes a minor illness? Minor illnesses include colds, ear infections, sore throats, and stomach flu. Viral infections like colds and certain ear infections don’t respond to antibiotics, so often the best course of action is to keep your child well hydrated and rested so the body can fight the infection. Of course, you also want to know when you should turn to a pediatrician for treatment. It’s time to call your pediatrician if,

  • Your child is dealing with a severe sore throat and is having trouble swallowing or breathing
  • Your child’s fever is high (102.5 F for children 3 months to 3 years and 103 F in children older than 3 years)
  • Their symptoms are getting worse or aren’t improving with home care
  • Your child is showing signs of dehydration
  • Your child is acting strangely (e.g. severely lethargic; confused)
  • New symptoms appear
  • Symptoms persist for more than 5 days

If you are ever concerned about an illness or injury your child is dealing with, it’s always best to play it safe and turn schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
April 14, 2022

When your child is sick or injured, waiting even one day to see a doctor can be much too long. Fortunately, the pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics offer same-day appointments for this very reason. They serve the entire Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, and Woodbridge, NJ, areas from their offices in Edison and South Plainfield.

5 advantages of same-day appointments

Whether you live in Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, and Woodbridge, NJ, finding a pediatrician who offers same-day appointments for your child is essential. The appointments offer these advantages:

  • Prompt Treatment for Illnesses and Injuries: Thanks to same-day appointments, your child can visit the pediatrician within a few hours if he or she wakes up with a high fever or injures an ankle jumping out of the treehouse. Have you noticed that your sick child's symptoms seem to worsen during the night? When same-day appointments are an option, you'll have plenty of time to start a prescription (if needed) that will help keep your child comfortable overnight and treat his or her illness.
  • Peace of Mind: Like most parents, seeing your child sick or in pain is bound to make you feel worried or anxious. Unfortunately, waiting to see the pediatrician only prolongs those feelings and can interfere with your sleep. Choosing a pediatric office that offers same-day appointments means you won't have to wait for a diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.
  • Convenience: Same-day appointments are a convenient option no matter what your child's health problem. If you've already taken the day off due to your son or daughter's illness or injury, you won't have to schedule more PTO for an appointment at a later date.
  • Management of Chronic Conditions: You never know when the symptoms of your child's chronic condition may change. Whether he or she has asthma, diabetes, sickle cell disease or another chronic health condition, same-day appointments help you protect your child's health.
  • Appointments with Pediatricians You Know and Trust: There's no need to visit an urgent care office with doctors who don't know your child when same-day appointments are available at the pediatric office.

Does your child need a same-day appointment? Call (732) 548-3210 to schedule a visit with the Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, and Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics.





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