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January 15, 2018
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: Ear Piercing  

While piercing girls' ears as early as the day they are born is quite common in other places of the world, here in the United States, the practice is still somewhat controversial. You'll want to make sure that you know the facts and make an informed decision before you proceed. Here's what you need to know!

What is the Best Age to Get My Child's Ears Pierced?

The best age to pierce a child's ears really depends on the preferences of the individual family. Some pediatricians recommend waiting until the child is old enough to take care of the piercings independently ­ around age ten. Others have no problem piercing at any age since the procedure is so low risk.

It may be wise to wait until your child is old enough not to put things in his or her mouth, however, since an earring that has fallen out can present a choking risk. Talk to your pediatrician to be sure.

Where Should I Get My Child's Ear's Pierced?

The best place to have your child's ears pierced is at the pediatrician's office, if your pediatrician does the procedure. Otherwise, you can ask your child's pediatrician or even your friends and family for a good recommendation. Make sure that the facility you choose uses proper sterilization techniques, and is properly accredited.

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare?

If your child is old enough to understand what is happening, you may want to warn him or her of the pain and make sure that he or she is certain about the decision. An over-­the-­counter pain reliever taken beforehand can help ease the pain.

How Do I Care for My Child's Ears After They are Pierced?

Taking care of a piercing should be relatively easy. Rotate and clean the earring and the ears as recommended by the professional who does the piercing. Only use earrings made of an approved material while the ears are healing. Do not remove the earrings for any length of time until the holes have healed.

Getting pierced ears is an exciting milestone for a child. Use the advice above, and it is sure to be a positive one as well.

January 02, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Concussions  

A concussion is a temporary injury to the brain often caused by a fall or a forceful blow. If your child has a concussion, it is important to seek medical help right away. While most people recover from concussions on their own within a day to a week's time, concussions can lead to other major health problems that need to be addressed, so seeking medical assistance is important.

How Do Children Get Concussions?

One common way that children get concussions is while playing contact sports. During sports, children often fall down, get knocked down, get hit or run into others - all of which can cause a concussion. This certainly is not the only way, however. Children can also get concussions as the result of falling down on the playground, fighting, or getting into a car or bicycle accident. Anything that causes a forceful blow to the head can cause a concussion.

Symptoms of a Concussion

The symptoms of a concussion can vary widely among children. While a concussion can be accompanied by an unconscious period, it doesn't have to be. Concussions that occur without an unconscious period can be just as serious.

Common physical symptoms of a concussion include: headache, dizziness, lack of coordination, blurred vision and nausea. Common mental symptoms of a concussion include: feeling confused, forgetful or unable to focus. Concussions can also cause children to be more or less sleepy or to feel anxious, sad or irritable. If your child seems "out of it" or "not himself or herself," a concussion may be to blame.

At-Home Treatment for a Concussion

If your child has unequal pupils, weakness on one side of the body or neck pain, or if your child is vomiting repeatedly, very drowsy or unconscious, call 911 immediately.

If your child seems okay, however, the doctor will probably advise you to simply monitor him or her at home. You will want to have your child rest. Your child also may want an ice pack to help with any swelling as well as an over-­the-­counter pain medicine to help with any pain.

Observe your child closely for 24 hours. If your child's symptoms disappear on their own, this is a good sign.

If they worsen, however, call the doctor right away. The doctor will be able to do the necessary tests and scans to look for more serious brain damage.