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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD is a behavioral disorder that mostly affects children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 6.4 million children between the ages of four and 17 have been diagnosed with this issue. An ADHD diagnosis can present several challenges for children and their parents. It’s best to get ahead of the issue by consulting your Moline, IL, pediatricians, Drs. Nafees Khan, Dr. David Bunker, Marianne VanVoreen about treatment options and therapies here at Franklin Pediatrics.
The CDC has found that there has been a consistent increase in ADHD diagnoses since 2003. The symptoms range from mild to severe lack of attention when it’s needed most, hyperactivity, and inability to stay focused on one assigned task. While the cause of ADHD is unknown, risk factors may include a family history of the condition, nervous system development, lifestyle factors, and environment. Complications during pregnancy or premature birth may also be related to this condition. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD compared to girls according to the CDC.
How ADHD Affects Children
ADHD is a concerning condition for children because it affects their ability to learn and socialize. Since diagnosed children are unable to focus on their studies and in classes, their grades suffer. They may display distracting behavior that affects other children as well. Because of hyperactivity, the child may be more prone to accidents. Children with ADHD may struggle with low self-esteem and have trouble forming healthy relationships. If treatments aren’t explored, this disorder could cause issues that will affect the child throughout her or his teenage years and into adulthood. That’s why your pediatrician in Moline can help your child with ADHD.
Your Moline, IL, pediatrician will schedule you for an initial conference to diagnose ADHD and get familiar with your child’s issues. The treatments for ADHD may include:
- Stimulant medication that helps with focus and attention.
- A recommendation to work with a therapist (cognitive behavior therapy).
- Behavior therapy with a parent and ongoing training on how to develop social skills.
- Classroom recommendations.
Talk to a Pediatrician
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that can significantly affect a child’s development. Get help from Drs. Nafees Khan, Dr. David Bunker, Marianne VanVoreen as soon as you notice potential symptoms. Call 309-762-0777 today to schedule a conference at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL.
While you will certainly know when you’re dealing with an ear infection; unfortunately kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, can’t tell you that they are experiencing ear pain. Ear infections are incredibly common in young children, with five out of six children experiencing at least one ear infection by the time they turn three years old. Know the warning signs and when to turn to your pediatrician for treatment.
They may have trouble sleeping
It’s not too surprising that with pressure building up in the middle ear due to bacteria that your child may get fussy or even throw a tantrum about going to bed. Children with ear infections often toss and turn and feel worse when they lie down. If your little one suddenly starts crying when they lie down this could be a sign of an ear infection.
They tug at their ears
While a toddler won’t be able to tell you that their ear hurts, they can show you. You may be able to discern whether your child could have an ear infection by whether or not they are tugging and pulling at their ears. Again, the pressure inside the ears can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, and children might fidget with their ears to minimize the discomfort.
They could have a fever
If a child has a middle ear infection, commonly, they could also have a fever. If your child’s ear looks red, if they tug at their ear and seem fussier lately, and they have a fever over 100 degrees F then it’s probably time to see a pediatrician.
Their ears might drain
Another telltale sign of an ear infection in your little one is the presence of fluid or pus draining from the ear. If there is the presence of blood in the fluid this might be a sign of a ruptured eardrum. While the eardrum will heal on its own, it’s still a good idea to see your pediatrician if pus or fluid is draining from your child’s ear.
If your child is displaying symptoms of an ear infection, or if you’re concerned about your child’s recurring ear infections, it’s important to talk with your pediatrician. A pediatrician will be able to dispense the proper medication and discuss other ways to reduce your child’s risk of developing future infections.
You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.
Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
- Resting as much as possible
- Staying hydrated
- Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
- Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you notice head lice in your child there’s no way around it: you have to treat the lice. They will not go away on their own. It might give you the heebie-jeebies but it’s important to find a treatment that will get rid of these little critters quickly. You should also check all members of your family to make sure they don’t have lice too, as this problem can spread quickly.
The good news is that you can often treat lice from the comfort of your own home. While there are certain hair salons that may cater to the treatment of lice, it’s worth it to try and treat the problem yourself. There are a variety of over-the-counter shampoos and rinses that can kill lice and their eggs (also known as nits). You may want to talk with your pediatric doctor about the treatment process, which products to use and whether or not you should reapply the shampoo or rinse days after the first application.
Still seeing lice? This is a literal head scratcher for some parents, but don’t worry. This is when a pediatrician can prescribe a much stronger treatment option such as shampoos containing benzyl alcohol, or lotions containing either ivermectin or malathion (both pesticides), or spinosad (an insecticide).
Since some of these products work differently from others, it is important that you read and follow all instructions. Some products will require more than one application while others will only require one. Again, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s lice treatment don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician.
Treating Your Home After Lice
The good news is that lice need blood in order to survive so they won’t live very long if they don’t have a human host. However, you will want to wash all bedding, towels and clothes that may have lice or nits on them. Make sure to wash them thoroughly in hot water that is higher than 130 degrees F. If you can’t wash these items immediately, promptly bag them until you can clean them properly.
Head lice can be annoying, but turning to a qualified pediatric doctor can help you get the answers you need to tackle this hairy little problem. Call your pediatrician to learn more.
Here’s why your child shouldn’t skip out on routine physical examinations.
From the moment your baby is born you’ll start bringing them into the pediatrician’s office for routine checkups. A pediatrician is an important part of your child’s life, providing the preventive care they need to remain healthy and free from illness. Our Moline, IL, pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker aren’t just there for you and your child when they are sick, they are also there to provide wellness checkups and physical exams throughout your child’s life.
What is the purpose of a physical exam?
Physical exams, or well-child visits, are imperative for all children regardless of their health. After all, these routine physical exams allow our Moline, IL, pediatricians to monitor any physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral changes early on. Physical exams are an easy, non-invasive way for our pediatricians to keep your child healthy and safe from diseases and injuries.
What should we expect from these physical exams?
Most aspects of these well-child visits stay the same; however, depending on your child’s age, we may require some additional screenings, vaccines, or preventive care. Here are common aspects of a well-child visit,
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate are measured and recorded
- Your child’s temperature is taken
- Your pediatrician will go through your child’s detailed medical history
- A thorough and detailed physical examination is performed
- Hearing and vision may be checked (typically during their first visit and again at 3 years old)
- Vaccines may be administered (here’s a helpful immunization schedule, from birth to 18 years, from the CDC)
- Concerns and questions are addressed regarding your child’s health
- Additional screenings may be recommended, based on your child’s current health status or medical history
When should I bring my child in for a physical exam?
Like we said earlier, you will bring your baby into our office for their first pediatric checkup about one week after birth. From there, you will bring them in about every month or so until they reach two years old. From there, annual physical exams and checkups are necessary until your child reaches adulthood.
Of course, we know that parents have enough to think about, and we don’t expect you to memorize when they’ll need to come into our office. Healthy Children provides a helpful, concise breakdown of when to bring your child in for well-child visits.
Is it time to schedule your child’s upcoming physical exam here in Moline, IL? Keeping up with these routine physical exams once a year is important for raising a healthy child. Call Franklin Pediatrics at (309) 762-0777 to schedule your child’s next physical exam.