Discover the long-term benefits of keeping your child up-to-date on vaccinations.
From the moment your child is born, they will start getting vaccinated. Of course, we know that with all the information out there in today’s world, you may be a bit worried about whether vaccines are safe for your child. Read on to learn why immunizations are important for the long-term health of your little one, and call our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, if it is time to schedule a checkup for your child.
Immunizations Save Lives
This statement may seem a little dramatic, but it’s true. Thanks to vaccines, we can now protect children from diseases that we once couldn’t. Keeping your child up-to-date on vaccines can protect them from contracting serious illnesses that could cause long-term complications such as paralysis or even death.
Vaccines Protect the Ones You Love
By vaccinating your children, not only do you protect them from serious disease, but you also protect those around you. As you well know, children don’t get all their vaccinations at once—they are administered gradually over time by a pediatrician. Therefore, very young children may be too young to get vaccinated. Additionally, there are also some children that have severe allergies or weakened immune systems, which prevent them from getting certain vaccines. Accordingly, by immunizing your child you also protect newborns, infants, and other immunosuppressed individuals in your family and in the community.
Immunizations Save You Money
Vaccines are a simple and effective way to protect your child from contracting certain illnesses. The last thing you want to do is bring your child in for treatment unless it’s absolutely necessary. Contracting an illness that could be prevented through a simple vaccine could end up leading to hospitalizations, expensive medical bills and long-term disability and care. Therefore, vaccines are an extremely good investment for ensuring that your child stays healthy and doesn’t have to deal with serious treatments or hospitalizations.
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Franklin Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children of all ages living in Moline, IL, and the Quad Cities. If it’s time to schedule your child’s next routine checkup, then call our pediatricians today at (309) 762-0777.
Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.
From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.
A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.
Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.
Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.
These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.
Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.
Your child's sports injury can be treated just as your injury was. Or, can it? Your pediatrician knows that a child's body is still developing, responding differently to acute and overuse injuries from organized sports, gym class, and more. As such, he or she can help your child avoid injury and in the event of sprain, strain, laceration, dislocation, or head injury, will help your youngster recover and stay healthy.
Kids sports injuries
They're very common, says the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Annually, 3.5 million American children under the age of 14 suffer significant sports injuries. Some injuries are related to poor conditioning. Others occur because of inadequate instruction or proper protective gear such as padding, eye wear, sneakers, dance shoes, skates, and cleats.
In addition, diligent supervision on the part of parents, coaches, teachers, and other well-informed adults is critical to safe play. Well-maintained game fields and indoor surfaces avoid foot, ankle, and knee injuries.
Finally, KidsHealth reports that Pre-participation Physicals review medical histories and spot possible weaknesses in children's physiology and anatomy. Most school and organized sports teams require these check-ups either with the school physician or the family pediatrician before the sports season commences.
Treating sports injuries
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that proper assessment and prompt treatment of kids' sports injuries prevent long-term problems, including pain and proper growth of areas of the body such as the long bones. Traditionally, coaches and parents have used the RICE protocol to stabilize and injury, relieve pain, and begin the healing process. It still works exceptionally well. RICE stands for:
- Ice to the affected area
- Compression with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the affected limb/injured area above heart level
Then, your pediatrician and other health care providers can devise a specific treatment plan to include physical therapy, strengthening exercises, over the counter analgesics, braces, and casts as needed. As a parent, you know your child well. So be sure to fully participate in your youngster's care plan.
Be safe, be well
Each child responds differently to athletic training depending on his or her gender, size, age, physical conditioning, underlying health issue,s and natural ability. You and your pediatrician can partner together in encouraging a safe sports season for your child. That's a win-win situation.
ADHD is a behavioral disorder affecting millions of American children. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impacts a child's learning and peer/familial relationships. ADHD requires ongoing treatment. At Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, Dr. Narfees Khan and Dr. David Bunker believe education helps families cope with daily challenges associated with ADHD.
Just what is ADHD?
It is a behavioral/developmental disorder affecting people of all ages, but it is especially noticeable in children. Boys are more often diagnosed with ADHD than girls are. CHADD (a not for profit organization which advocates for individuals with ADHD) says ADHD affects the executive functions of the brain, which is the actions and thoughts that map out behaviors, tasks, and their consequences. CHADD also states that a full 35 percent of kids with ADHD have a close relative with the disorder.
What behaviors are associated with ADHD?
Parents, teachers and those closest to children with ADHD notice:
- Lack of concentration
- Inability to finish tasks
- Impulsivity and restlessness
- Constant talking and movement
- Putting off assigned tasks, such as homework or chores
These symptoms often extend into adulthood and impact pursuit of educational, familial and vocational goals. Unfortunately, symptoms change depending on where the child is and what they are doing.
How is it diagnosed? If a parent notices some of these symptoms, the parent should arrange a complete physical at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL. Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker will review the child's symptoms and do a complete physical exam to rule out other possible causes of the behavioral irregularities. They may refer the family to a child psychiatrist or neuropsychologist for further evaluation.
Can it be cured? ADHD does not go away on its own, nor can it be cured. Through disciplined behavioral therapies applied at home, in the classroom, and/or medications (stimulant therapy), children's behavior can normalize.
Does a child with ADHD qualify for special education? Many children with this behavioral disorder have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) in place through the special education committees in their school districts. An IEP outlines how ADHD impacts school performance and specifies, agreed upon accommodations, to help the child be successful in the school environment. Some examples of accommodations are a separate location for test taking, extended test taking time, in-classroom aide, and more.
Can someone with ADHD live a full life? The answer is yes, and research continues to show parents, educators, and doctors many new and effective ways for individuals with ADHD to adapt and thrive in the world around them.
For the answers to other questions...
Call us today at (309) 762-0777 to arrange a consultation with one of our physicians at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.
ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.
Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.
The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.
Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.
Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.
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