Posts for: May, 2021
The CDC is your go-to for all accurate and updated information regarding childhood vaccines. They offer a variety of charts for kids 18 years old and younger that can easily help you determine what vaccines your child needs to get and at what age. Of course, your pediatrician also knows exactly what vaccines your kids need when they visit the office, so these charts are just for you to stay in the know. Of course, if you have any questions about upcoming vaccines for your child, don’t hesitate to talk with their pediatrician.
- Hepatitis A & B
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough)
- Hib (meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia)
- Meningococcal (for bacterial meningitis)
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia, ear infections, and meningitis)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
We understand that some parents may be on the fence about vaccines. In fact, this is a common concern that pediatricians hear, and it’s best to talk with your child’s doctor who is well-informed about childhood immunizations. There is a lot of misinformation out there and it can lead parents to avoid certain vaccines that could put their child at risk for more serious health problems. While some immunizations can cause minor side effects these are so minor compared to the repercussions of not having your child vaccinated.
Scheduling regular well-visits with your children’s doctor is an excellent way to help your child enjoy better health. Well-visits allow pediatricians to monitor growth and development, as well as ensure children are up to date with immunizations. The frequency with which well-visits are needed varies by age. The experienced and caring children’s doctors at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, and South Plainfield, NJ, can determine how often your child needs to have a well-visit.
Well-visits are important for several reasons. They help promote better overall health for your children and allow the doctor to monitor children’s growth and development. They also make it easy to stay up to date with important immunizations. Finally, well-visits serve a preventive purpose. By regularly monitoring children’s health, potential concerns can be identified early so proactive measures can be taken to prevent more serious health issues from developing.
Many things are covered during a well-visit, such as a physical exam and a review of the child’s personal and family medical history. As part of the physical exam, basic measurements will be taken, such as height and weight. For babies, the head circumference will also be measured. Blood pressure and heart rate will be taken, as well. Other components of the physical exam include checking the ears, nose, and throat, as well as vision, breathing, balance, and reflexes.
The frequency with which a well-visit is needed varies based on the age of the child. Newborns and infants should have a well-visit with a pediatrician every few weeks or months, as directed by the doctor. Kids two years of age and older only need to schedule a well-visit once every year. Based on the ages of your children, the skilled children’s doctors at our offices in Edison, NJ, and South Plainfield, NJ, can tell you when each one is due for their next well visit.
Vaccinations & Immunizations
A recommended component of children’s well-visits is vaccinations and immunizations. Vaccines protect kids against a wide range of serious illnesses and diseases by helping their bodies develop immunity to these conditions. At 7 Days Pediatrics, we follow the immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our children’s doctors can ensure your kids remain on schedule or discuss possible alternative schedules if needed.
Well-visits with your children’s doctor serve a preventive purpose and can help kids enjoy better health. To schedule a well-visit for your child with one of our exceptional children’s doctors, call 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, and South Plainfield, NJ, at (732) 548-3210.
Many people seem to think that juice is healthy, and while it does contain vitamin C, there are certainly better sources for ensuring your child gets enough of this important nutrient. Today, most fruit juices found at the grocery store are chock full of sugar and can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk for cavities. A better alternative is whole fruits since they provide more nutritional value than juice will.
How many calories your child consumes will depend on their gender, age, and activity level. A recommended calorie range for kids between 6-12 years old is between 1600-2200 per day. Verywell Family provides a more detailed breakdown by age and gender.
First, it’s important to keep in mind that kids don’t need to eat as much as we do, so their portions will be considerably smaller than ours. If your child is growing then chances are good that they are getting the nutrients they need; however, if you find that your child is refusing meals or isn’t eating it’s important to bring this up with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
To help your child maintain a healthy weight they must be eating a healthy, balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. Make sure that they are also getting at least one hour of physical activity every day. Limit sugar and processed foods.
Young children may seem voraciously hungry and may beg for snacks. How many are actually okay? It’s normal for little ones to want food every 3-4 hours. While snacking can be a great way to prevent kids from overeating during mealtimes you don’t want to ply them with treats (and you want to be sure you’re providing them with nutrient-rich snacks rather than sugary ones).
A snack mid-day between lunch and dinner is typically the best time. If it’s only going to be a couple of hours before a meal, then something small like a piece of fruit or a slice of cheese with crackers is good. If your child isn’t going to eat for more than four hours then you’ll want a snack that incorporates protein, fat, and carbs to satiate their appetite.