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By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
March 16, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Pacifier   Pediatrician   Thumb-Sucking  
Thumb SuckingReflexively, your baby is born with the ability to suck. It makes sense. After all, your little one must be able to suck to get nutrients, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Thumb sucking also has the ability to soothe and calm your little one. However, there are moments as your child gets older where thumb-sucking may become a problem. Your pediatrician can provide you with the tips and tricks to help your little one grow out of this habit.
 
Thumb-Sucking Tendencies

This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
 
When to Consider a Pacifier

Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
 
It is safe for children to use a pacifier while sleeping, whether at bedtime or when they go down for their naps. Just prepare for babies to wake up fussy in the middle of the night when the pacifier falls out of their mouths, as they aren’t able to place the pacifier back in their mouths themselves. Make sure that you do not try to place the pacifier on a string around your baby’s neck or tie it to the crib, as this can lead to a serious and potentially deadly injury.
 
How to Phase Out the Pacifier
There will come a point when your child will need to give up their pacifier. While the medical community has different age ranges, The American Dental Association recommends that children stop using a pacifier by age 2, as going beyond two years old could alter the alignment of your child’s teeth or impact the shape of their face.
 
Here are some tips to phase out the pacifier,
  • Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
  • Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
  • If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
Even if you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking, it’s important to know that most children do grow out of it not long after starting school. While you can provide them with helpful ways to ditch the habit it’s important not to put pressure on them. With the help of your pediatrician, your child can and will outgrow this habit.
By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
February 08, 2021
Category: Children's Health

Choosing a pediatrician is vital to the health of your child. It's important to have a pediatrician you trust to provide your child with proper care and provide support to parents. The doctors at 7 Days Pediatrics are here for you in Edison, NJ, and South Plainfield, NJ, when you need a pediatrician.

How to choose a pediatrician

If you're looking for a new pediatrician in your area, ask neighbors and friends about their experiences. If you're looking for a pediatrician for a new baby, your OBGYN may have recommendations. Consider the location of the practice to your home or daycare. 7 Days Pediatrics is conveniently located in Edison, NJ.

When looking at potential pediatricians, here's a few things to keep in mind:

  • Credentials and experience - what is the doctor's background and training?
  • References - was the doctor recommended by friends or family?
  • Insurance - does the practice accept your insurance?

Once you've done some research, a first appointment is the best way to see if the pediatrician is a good fit. For a new baby, some pediatricians will visit the newborn in the hospital if they are affiliated with the same hospital.

Your first visit with a pediatrician

An initial office visit helps determine if the pediatrician will be a good fit for you and your child. During a first appointment, take time to ask the doctor questions. Take note of the office hours and how the practice handles emergency visits. Ask what hospital your child would be hospitalized at in an emergency. For some parents, the doctor must have parenting experience or similar parenting philosophies. The best pediatrician for you will consider how you care for your child with their care plan.

It's best for your child's health that they have a positive relationship with their doctor and visit regularly. At a first appointment, make sure your child is comfortable with the doctor, or see how the doctor interacts with your newborn.

Don't wait to choose a pediatrician and have a first visit! Come see the doctors at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, or South Plainfield, NJ. Give us a call at (732) 548-3210.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
February 03, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Diabetes  
Diabetes in ChildrenIn the past, the most common type of diabetes to affect children and teens was type 1 diabetes. This is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. In children with type 1 diabetes, their bodies do not produce insulin, a hormone responsible for helping deliver glucose into the cells. While type 1 diabetes is quite common in children, pediatricians are also seeing a rise in type 2 diabetes in children and teens. This coincides with an increase in childhood obesity rates.
 
Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
 
While type 1 diabetes can appear in children of any age, it’s most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of 5 and 6, and 11 to 13. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of type 1 diabetes early, as high blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes typically appear suddenly, and the most common symptoms include,
  • Frequent urination, particularly at night
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Weight loss, despite increased appetite
  • Cuts, bruises, and wounds that don’t heal or are slow to heal
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually appear gradually. While type 2 diabetes has always been considered “adult-onset” diabetes, this has changed over the years, thanks to the obesity epidemic in children. If your child is obese or overweight, they may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1 diabetes, the only marked differences in symptoms are,
  • Blurry vision
  • Severe fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Treating Diabetes in Children

Even though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways that your child’s pediatrician can help manage their symptoms. The goal of treatment is to control blood sugar levels to prevent complications and lessen symptoms.
 
The standard treatment includes managing diabetes through insulin therapy, which involves either daily insulin injections or an insulin pump. You will also need to monitor your child’s blood sugar levels throughout the day. Along with insulin therapy, you will also want to make sure that your child is eating a healthy diet and is getting regular exercise (at least one hour a day).
 
If your child is overweight or showing signs of diabetes, you must talk with your child’s pediatrician right away. A simple blood test can check their blood sugar levels and determine whether or not they have diabetes. Since uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health problems, it’s a good idea to see a pediatrician as soon as possible.
By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
December 03, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Signs of a Pediatric UTIA urinary tract infection isn’t just something that happens to adults. Children can also develop UTIs. Since children are more likely to suffer from kidney damage as a result of a UTI you must see your pediatric doctor right away if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Signs and symptoms include,
  • Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • A decreased output of urine
  • Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
  • Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
  • Younger children may cry when urinating
  • Wetting the bed
We know that infants and young children can’t tell us what hurts and where, so we have to look for other signs that they could be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Young children may have a fever, loose stools, refuse to eat, and be more irritable than usual. When they wet their diaper, you may notice that the urine smells strong or bad.
 
Diagnosing UTIs in Children

If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
 
Treating Childhood UTIs

It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.
 
It’s also important that your child continues to take their medication even if they start to feel better (do not stop the medication). If symptoms do not improve within three days, or if they get worse, you must call your pediatrician immediately.
 
Our pediatrics team is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need, whenever they are dealing with everything from a fever or stomach upset to a UTI. If your child develops a UTI, talk to your pediatrician right away.
By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
November 24, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Pediatricians  

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!