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The medical team at 7 Days Pediatrics provides the best pediatricians to care for your children in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ.
What Is a Pediatrician?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defines a pediatrician as a doctor who specializes in the health and illnesses of children. They work with children from birth to adolescence, possibly into their young adult years. Most pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after the examination. It's best to find a pediatrician that is board certified as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, (FAAP) showing these letters at the end of their name. The AAP states that pediatricians have met the highest level of membership as FAAP. To find the best pediatrician in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, 7 Days Pediatrics has some of the best pediatricians, due to their board certifications.
How To Choose A Pediatrician?
In addition to inquiring about the pediatrician's education and certifications, there are other factors to think about when choosing the best doctor for your child.
- The doctor's hospital affiliation and appointments - Find out what hospital the doctor is connected with if your child needs to be hospitalized. Also, if your child is hospitalized, when is the doctor available to see your child?
- The logistics of the office - It's important to find a pediatrician that has a convenient location, office hours, and access to public transportation. Find out if they offer weekend and evening hours as well. 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, is open 7 days a week with evening hours on some days to meet your scheduling needs.
- The doctor shows care for your child - Make sure the doctor shows a genuine interest in your child's needs and concerns. In addition to the doctor's care, are the office staff also courteous and friendly? Also, do you feel rushed to complete the appointment, or is the staff patient with your needs?
- Understand how the doctor treats acute and complex illnesses - Make sure the doctor also explains medical issues and procedures clearly for your understanding and relief. Is there availability to treat acute illnesses immediately and does the doctor work with other specialists to treat complex illnesses?
- The process for billing and other documents is clear - It's important to find out what insurance companies the doctor is affiliated with, as well as forms and fees associated with care.
To find the best pediatrician, call 7 Days Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210 for our Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, offices that also serve the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ
Reasons Why Some Children Struggle With Potty Training
Most children after the age of 18 months or so should have little trouble acclimating to potty training. But if your child is struggling, and you aren't sure why there are many potential reasons. Let's take a look at a few of the most common causes of potty training difficulties with children:
- Their Bodies are Just Not Ready — Before 18 months, your child may not have the ability to control when they "go." So putting pressure on them too early may just frustrate them.
- They May Not Have the Developmental Abilities — Some children just progress slower than others and may need more time in a diaper before they're ready to potty train.
- The Idea of Potty Training is Boring or Scary — Many children find potty training boring or even scary and may struggle to get used to the idea of "going" outside their diaper.
- Fear of Accidents May Develop Early — Your child wants to make you happy, and if they have accidents or fear them, they might struggle with potty training.
- Assess while your child is struggling
- Talk with the child to understand their concerns
- Find a solution that makes sense for them
- Work with you and your child to get great results
- Adjust their care methods, as they need
If you think you need help getting your child to use the potty, it might be time to reach out to a professional you can trust to help. A great pediatrician and medical team can provide you and your child with a better understanding of why they don't want to use the potty. And it can also take some of the load off your back as a parent. Frankly, you deserve some rest and relaxation.
Conjunctivitis is an eye inflammation that affects children more than adults, putting your child at high risk of having the inflammation at any time.
If your child is having symptoms of conjunctivitis, visit our practice, 7 Days Pediatrics. Our qualified pediatricians serve patients in Edison, Amboy, Oak Tree, and South Plainfield, NJ.
What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation in the conjunctiva, the thin clear layer that is covering your eye. It is a contagious disease that spreads rapidly but rarely causes long-term eye problems.
What are the causes of conjunctivitis?
Many eye irritants can cause conjunctivitis in different degrees. Shampoos, smoke, sand, and chlorine from swimming pools are examples of eye irritants. Another commonly seen cause of conjunctivitis is the microbial infections of the conjunctiva. Between the highly infecting microorganisms are viruses, bacteria, and some types of fungi. Also, allergic reactions to any substance can lead to inflammation.
The spreadability of the disease depends on its cause. If it’s a microbial infection, it may spread from one child to another in a rapid manner.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
The symptoms of the disease may differ from case to case, depending on the cause of conjunctivitis. The following are symptoms that are seen in most cases, regardless of the underlying cause:
- Eye redness
- Increased lacrimation
- Irritation in the eyes
- Accumulation of yellow discharge on the eyelashes
- Burning sensation in the eye
- Impaired vision
If your child suffers from any of these symptoms in Edison, Amboy, Oak Tree, or South Plainfield, NJ, consult your pediatrician immediately.
What are the treatment options?
The treatment plan depends highly on the case severity and the underlying cause. After evaluating your child and doing the needed examinations and imaging, your pediatrician will customize the suitable treatment plan. It may include using topical antibiotics or antihistamines or simply rinsing the infected eye with water. Besides the treatment that the pediatrician will recommend, the following tips can be helpful:
- Keep your child’s hands clean
- Keep their eyes away from dirt and irritants
- Avoid touching the infected eye
- Avoid using a patch on the eye
- Use warm compresses
Get relief from conjunctivitis in Edison, Amboy, Oak Tree, or South Plainfield, NJ, by visiting your pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics. Call (732) 548-3210 and book your appointment today!
First, is it actually cradle cap?
It’s important to be able to pinpoint the signs and symptoms of cradle crap. This condition most often occurs within the first 2-4 weeks of a baby’s life. This condition is characterized by oily, scaly, white or yellow patches that may crust over. While it might look unpleasant it isn’t painful and shouldn’t itch, but may be slightly red. You may also find these scaly patches on other parts of the body including the nose, ears and groin.
If the patches are itchy or painful, this could be a sign of another skin condition that will warrant seeing your pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis.
Should I seek treatment from a pediatrician?
Your baby’s cradle cap should go away on its own with a few weeks or months. You can care for cradle cap by simply using a mild shampoo and by shampooing your baby’s scalp every few days, which can help to remove scales. It’s important that you don’t scrub or become too aggressive with the scalp; however, if your child’s symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to home care, then it’s time to turn to a pediatrician who can prescribe a special, medicated cream or shampoo.
If you ever have concerns about your child’s health or any symptoms they may have, even minor ones, it’s important to bring it up with a qualified pediatrician that can address these concerns and also provide a fast diagnosis. No concern is too small when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your child.
You Catch Them Squinting When Reading
When your eyes have trouble focusing on an image, squinting may actually help your child see or focus better. Your child may squint when reading anything far away such as a menu behind a restaurant counter or when reading the chalkboard at school. Your child’s teacher may even let you know that your child needed to move closer to the front to see what was written on the chalkboard. This is a telltale sign that your child needs to have their vision evaluated by their pediatrician.
Sitting Close to the TV
Another sign that your child may have trouble with their vision is if they put phones and other electronic devices close to their face to see it. Your child may also sit really close to the TV. These could be signs of nearsightedness.
If your child’s eyes have been overworked and straining all day your child might complain of frequent headaches, particularly in the evening.
Difficulties in School
When parents and teachers notice that their child is having trouble focusing on work they may immediately think that they have ADHD, but sometimes bad vision is actually the culprit. If your child can’t properly see the board, it’s no surprise that their attention focuses on other things. This is when you should talk to your child and find out if they are having trouble seeing the board. It might not be behavioral issues, it might just mean that they need to get an eye exam.
If you are noticing changes in your child’s vision, or if your child mentions having blurry vision or trouble seeing, you must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. While your pediatrician does have the tools necessary for hearing and vision screenings, they can also refer your child to a pediatric optometrist who can provide further and specialized vision testing and fit them with glasses, if necessary.