Posts for: September, 2022
Children’s doctors provide a diverse array of services to help kids enjoy optimal health and wellness. There are several things you can ask the pediatrician about to help your kids maintain good health. At 7 Days Pediatric in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ, our board-certified children’s doctors are available to answer your questions and ensure your kids remain healthy.
One extremely important question to ask your child’s pediatrician is what type of services are offered. The experienced and caring children’s doctors at our Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, NJ, pediatric offices provide a broad range of healthcare services, including well-child checkups, school and sports physicals, immunizations, treatment of acute illness and injuries, and management and monitoring of chronic conditions. Our goal is to help children enjoy better overall health and wellness.
Examples of some of the illnesses, conditions, and injuries we treat include:
- Flu and colds
- Strep throat
- Ear infections
- Whooping cough
- Abdominal discomfort
- Urinary tract infections
- Sports injuries
An additional question to ask your children’s doctor is how often well-child checkups are needed. Well-child visits play an important role in helping kids maintain good health. They allow the pediatrician to monitor your children’s growth and development to ensure everything is on track. The frequency with which well-child checkups are needed depends on age. Babies and toddlers should visit the doctor every few weeks or months, while older children only need a checkup once a year.
Vaccinations & Immunizations
It is also important to ask the doctor about what vaccinations and immunizations your child needs, as well as when each is due. Vaccinations protect kids against certain illnesses and diseases, such as chickenpox or the flu, by helping them develop immunity. When children are immunized, their bodies are better able to fight off illness so they don’t get severely sick.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided an immunization schedule that outlines when the different vaccinations should be administered to kids. There are three schedules, including one for birth to age 6 and another for ages 7-18 years. A third immunization schedule has also been developed to help kids catch up if they’ve started vaccinations late or have fallen behind.
There are many important questions to ask your child’s pediatrician, such as ensuring they offer the specific healthcare services your child needs. The schedule an appointment with a children’s doctor in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, and serving Woodbridge, Fords, and Perth Amboy, NJ, call 7 Days Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210.
Children exhibit all kinds of interesting behaviors. Many of these behaviors are normal boundary testing, showing independence, and other healthy milestones you want to see.
Children can also exhibit behaviors you don’t want to see, like aggressiveness, sadness, and fear. Your pediatrician is an expert on child development and can help you with your child’s behavioral health.
First let’s look at normal behaviors you want to see. These include:
- Defiance, because your child may be testing boundaries and exerting independence
- Withdrawing, because your child needs to show autonomy, and wants to accomplish things without your help
- Acting out, because your child may be reacting to major changes in life, like moving to a new school, divorce, or death of a close family member
Now, let’s look at behaviors that could be warning signs of a behavioral disorder. These include:
- Threatening or harming others, pets, or themselves
- Damaging possessions belonging to others
- Having difficulty forming or keeping relationships with others
- Showing frequent signs of unhappiness or depression
- Demonstrating anxiety about going to school
- Exhibiting defiance and hostility toward authority figures
- Frequently lying, arguing, stealing, or skipping school
- Using drugs, drinking, or smoking at an early age
If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time for a behavioral health evaluation from your child’s pediatrician.
When you bring your child in for a visit with the pediatrician, a complete medical examination is necessary to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions which may be causing your child’s behavior or making it worse. Your pediatrician may also request additional testing including lab work and other studies.
Your pediatrician will develop a treatment plan designed to help with your child’s behavior. Treatment may include:
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Lifestyle modification including diet and exercise
- Medication if necessary to modify behavior
- Additional specialty care with a child psychologist
Your child’s behavioral health is just as important as physical health. You want the best for your child, so call your pediatrician today.
Need help controlling your child’s asthma symptoms? Your pediatrician can help.
We know that seeing your child cough, wheeze and have trouble taking a full breath can be more than a little scary, but it’s essential to know that your pediatrician can provide your child with a custom asthma treatment plan that helps get their symptoms under control. Your pediatrician can provide your child with the care and treatment they need to lead rich, healthy lives without being at the mercy of their asthma symptoms.
So, how will your child's doctor treat their asthma?
First, We’ll Create an Action Plan
Your pediatrician can provide you and your child with the adequate asthma control needed to avoid missed school days, sleepless nights and trips to the hospital. Your pediatrician can create a customized action plan just for your child. This action plan is designed to help you and your child get better control over their symptoms.
This plan will have specific instructions on ways to manage your child’s asthma and what to do when symptoms flare up, so you are never confused about what to do when your child starts to notice symptoms or if their symptoms worsen.
Next, We’ll Prescribe Medication
In most cases, your children’s doctors will prescribe two medications to manage childhood asthma. The medications and doses prescribed by your pediatrician will depend on the severity and frequency of your child’s symptoms. The two most commonly used asthma medications include,
- Controlled medication: This is something your child will take every day, even if they feel fine. This medication helps prevent inflammation in the airways and reduces the risk of an attack.
- Fast-acting medication: Even though controlled medication can significantly reduce airway inflammation and the likelihood of attacks, sometimes triggers such as exercise or stress can still exacerbate your child’s asthma symptoms. When you notice the very beginnings of a flare-up, your child must take this fast-acting medication to alleviate symptoms quickly.
We May Recommend a Flu Shot
If your child has ever had to deal with the flu before, you know from firsthand experience that asthma and the flu do not mix! The flu virus can exacerbate asthma symptoms and lead to more severe complications such as pneumonia. This is why your pediatrician may encourage you to get your child vaccinated against the flu every year.