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April 16, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

April 10, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Pediatrician  

Choosing a pediatrician is one of the biggest decisions parents have to make.

Your pediatrician is someone who is going to provide medical care, treatment, guidance, and support until your child becomes an adult. Therefore, it’s important for parents in the Edison, NJ, community to find a pediatrician that they trust and know will provide their children with the care they deserve. Here’s what you should know about choosing the best pediatrician for your little one:

Start Looking for a Pediatrician While Pregnant

You’ll have enough to worry about once the baby comes. The last thing you want to think about is who your pediatrician is going to be. Moms-to-be who are living in Edison, NJ, should start looking for a pediatrician between 28 and 34 weeks pregnant. Having a pediatrician that you already trust before your baby is born can provide peace of mind. Plus, parents who already have a designated pediatrician are more likely to bring their child in for important, timely checkups when they need to.

Talk with Your Insurance

It’s important to know which pediatricians will take your health insurance, as this can be a major factor for many parents. If you have questions, call your insurance company or ask our office for more information. We work with both insured and non-insured patients to make sure their children get the care they need.

Consider the Services and Benefits Different Pediatricians Offer

Does your pediatrician offer urgent appointments? Are they available seven days a week? Does your pediatrician offer telemedicine visits, so you don’t even have to leave the house? These are all questions to ask yourself and factors to consider when deciding which pediatrician is right for you. You want a doctor who is there to answer your questions, address urgent medical matters and provide you with appointments that work best with your schedule.

We Can Help

The pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics are dedicated to providing high-quality medical care to children and teens living in and around South Plainfield and Edison, NJ. We also offer telemedicine visits, which make it easy to address minor illnesses and injuries without having to come into the office. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call us at (732) 548-3210.

April 08, 2020
Category: Children's Health

Are you worried about your child's nutrition? Here at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, your six pediatricians counsel families on the "whys" and "hows" of good childhood nutrition—read on to learn more.

Your child's needs change

A child's body and mind constantly grow and develop. As such, nutritional needs change, as well. What your child takes in determines growth, development, learning, energy level, immune system strength, and more. Additionally, one in three American children can be labeled as obese, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). How do families avoid that statistic? Education, of course.

Here are some frequently asked questions on the topc:

FAQs about childhood nutrition

1. What does my baby need most? Breastfeeding is best up to one year of age as it is provides everything your child needs--including important antibodies against disease. At about six months of age, introduce solids to your baby's diet. Don't restrict fat through toddlerhood, and prioritize calcium-rich foods, such as yogurt.

2. Why is fiber important? Fiber (found in fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, and cereals) improves oral health, reduces fat intake, and avoids constipation. Long-term, a high-fiber diet helps prevent heart disease.

3. My school-age child is picky. What should I put in his lunch box? Emphasize protein such as eggs, low-fat meats, peanut butter, and beans. Additionally, avoid sodium: no processed lunch meats or salty chips.

4. Does a teenage girl need special nutrients? With the onset of menstruation, girls need iron to avoid anemia. So consider supplementation (with your pediatrician's advice) and spinach, legumes, and some red meat. Don't talk a lot about body image, but model healthy eating. Boys need more protein at this age as they build muscle and bone mass, states the AAP.

5. Why is water important? The human body naturally has a high water content, making it critical to adequate physiological function, including learning. As such, promote water throughout the day. Keep kids well-hydrated when they are exercising and during hot weather, as well.

You have more questions about nutrition

Feel free to contact the pediatricians here at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ. We are happy to answer them! We have three locations to serve your family whenever you need us. We're located on Oak Tree Road and Amboy Avenue in Edison. In South Plainfield, we're on Park Avenue. For all three offices, reach the office team at (732) 548-3210.

April 01, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Warts  

Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.

Types of Warts

There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:

  • Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
  • Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
  • Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
  • Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands

Treating Warts

While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.

Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.

Common wart removal options include:

  • Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
  • Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
  • Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart

Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.

If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.