Posts for: July, 2022
Is your child acting up? Here’s how a pediatrician can help.
Poor grades, fighting with others, lashing out at parents—If you find yourself dealing with these issues, no doubt you’re concerned about your child’s behaviors. Whether the teachers have complained or you’ve seen these issues in your household, it’s essential to address these concerns with your pediatrician.
Pediatricians and Behavioral Health
While a pediatrician is there to provide your child with medical care, which means that they are focused on physical health, that doesn’t mean they can’t recognize behavioral, mental or emotional issues. Since pediatricians often spend the most time with your children and have seen them grow up through the years, they are often the first to spot problems. That’s why you must have a long-standing pediatrician you know and trust.
When to Be Concerned
It’s natural for a child to be sad when they get sick or lose something important to them or a date with a friend gets postponed; however, if your child is dealing with recurring emotional and behavioral issues that are impacting their daily life, well-being and routine, then it may be time to speak with your pediatrician. Behavioral health concerns that may require a further evaluation with a pediatrician include,
- Anger and irritability
- Outbursts and temper tantrums
- Defying adults and acting out
- Harmful behavior, whether harming themselves or others
- Avoiding social interactions
- Trouble focusing and a drop in academic performance
- Changes in mood
- Sadness or hopelessness that lasts more than two weeks
- Thoughts of suicide
- Stealing, lying and other risky behaviors
How a Pediatrician Can Help
There are many factors a pediatrician will take into account when a child comes in for a behavioral health assessment. Certain factors include,
Any changes to your child’s environment could impact their behavioral health, leading to these problematic behaviors and habits. It’s essential to take all aspects and factors into account so that we can provide the proper diagnosis and treatment plan to help manage behavioral issues. From learning disabilities and separation anxiety to autism and ADHD, a pediatrician can help your child cope with many behavioral health problems.
Yes, kids will be kids, but that doesn’t mean you should let recurring or problematic behaviors slide. If you are concerned about your child’s behavioral health, it’s time you turned to a pediatrician to discuss behavioral health options.
Unfortunately, children are prone to ear infections and many other types of illnesses as well. Ear infections are practically ubiquitous in children, especially infants and toddlers. While ear aches often decline with age, they remain very common until around 8 years of age.
Teenagers and adults too can still get ear aches, of course. Thankfully, however, they are less common. So why are small children most likely to suffer ear infections? As we'll see, there are two principal reasons: their immune systems lack experience fighting the bugs that cause ear infections and the structure of their ears makes them prone to aches.
If your child is struggling with an ear infection, contact 7 Days Pediatrics, with locations in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ.
Children’s Immune Systems Aren’t as Strong and Experienced as an Adults
Kids, particularly small children, are often more prone to various colds and infections. This is due, in part, to the fact that a child’s immune system typically isn’t as experienced as an adult’s. As an immune system gains experience fighting off pathogens, it can use lessons learned to fight harmful microbes. The colds that children often get can strengthen their immune system over time.
An adult immune system will typically have encountered more pathogens and will have more experience fighting a wide variety of bad microbes. The microbes that cause ear aches typically aren’t all that novel and most people have or will be exposed to them at some point. If an immune system has encountered these microbes before, it can often use previous experience, including already developed antibodies, to fight them.
Ear infections are often caused by bacteria, including Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. Viruses, including those viruses that cause the common cold, can also cause ear infections.
If your child is struggling with any colds, including an ear infection, schedule an appointment with 7 Days Pediatrics, with locations in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ.
Differences in Ear Structures Make Infections More Likely
Children also have smaller eustachian tubes and these tubes are often more horizontal in structure. Thus inflammation and infections can quickly spin out of control and cause an ear ache. In adults, improved fluid drainage makes it less likely that the ears will become inflamed enough to cause an ear ache.
Often, ear aches will clear up on their own. However, in worst-case scenarios, they can cause permanent damage. Further, the aches will cause a lot of discomfort.
If your child is suffering from an ear infection, contact 7 Days Pediatrics, with locations in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ. Call (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment.
Get the facts on your child’s ideal diet and more.
We know how challenging it can be for kids to get all the nutrients they need from diet alone, especially if your child has food allergies, dietary restrictions or is simply a picky eater. We’ve compiled the top questions about childhood nutrition. If you have questions, your pediatrician can provide additional info and support.
When Can I Start To Introduce Solid Foods Into My Baby’s Diet?
You should begin to incorporate solid foods into your baby’s diet at around 6 months old. By 7-8 months, your child should be eating a lot more solid foods, from veggies and fruits to yogurt, protein and whole grains. Let your child sample one food at a time, which is also the best way to spot any food allergies. Talk with your pediatrician if your child develops a rash or other problems after consuming an allergenic food.
How Much Water Should My Child Consume?
It’s important for everyone to stay hydrated, and that includes children, too. A good rule of thumb is for your child to consume as many eight-ounce glasses of water as their age. For example, if your child is six years old they should consume six eight-ounce glasses of water. Of course, if your child is out in the sun or playing sports it’s important that they consume more water. Fruit juices and sodas are not considered a good alternative for ensuring your child gets enough fluids every day. Water is always the best and healthiest choice.
Is It Okay for My Child To Eat the Same Thing Every Day?
When it comes to your child’s diet it’s best to spice things up and add variety and rotation to daily meals. Sure, there may be some foods that your child just loves more than others, but it’s important that they are getting a good balance and mix of healthy fats, protein, fiber and complex carbs.
I’m Concerned About My Child’s Weight. Now What?
If you are worried about your child’s recent weight gain or that they aren’t eating enough, you should talk with your pediatrician about the best ways to help them manage their weight through proper diet and exercise. We can provide effective solutions and advice for how to tweak your child’s current diet to support their weight gain or loss needs.
These are baseline numbers that may fluctuate based on certain factors, so it’s important to speak with your child’s pediatrician to determine your child’s own dietary needs.