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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.
Give Us a Call
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.
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.
Are you worried that your child may be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)? Pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, can help diagnose the disorder and provide the care your child needs.
More on ADHD:
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that debilitates a child's ability to focus on a single task. Children who suffer from ADHD can't concentrate because their brain tells them to do multiple tasks at the same time.
Not every child that displays symptoms actually has the behavioral disorder—sometimes, actions perceived as hyperactive are simply the result of kids being kids. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 do struggle with ADHD. That's about 6.4 million kids!
Children with ADHD display the symptoms listed below in all circumstances, although it should be noted that boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls. ADHD signs are:
- Overly rambunctious, hyperactive, disruptive, and impulsive behaviors
- Strained relationships with siblings and peers
- Talking too much and at inappropriate times
- Inability to follow directions
- Laziness or procrastination
- Forgetting or misplacing items
- Constant fidgeting
- Difficulty listening or focusing on conversations
Your Moline doctors at Franklin Pediatrics are trained to detect the symptoms mentioned above. They take other factors into consideration as well, including developmental disorders and disabilities.
After confirming your child has ADHD by a pediatrician, the following steps will consist of:
- Speaking with your child's doctor about managing ADHD
- Learning about different medications, that'll help manage behavioral symptoms like impulsivity and lack of focus
- Setting a plan for scheduled, individualized behavioral therapies that control symptoms and improve school and home life
- Changing your child’s diet, eliminating sugar, and providing more vitamins
If you think your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL. Call (309) 762-0777 today!
The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.
Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.
Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.
These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Heart rate and blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
- Lungs and heart
Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.
Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.
Your child awoke in the middle of the night complaining that they didn’t feel well. Your first reaction is to put your hand up to their forehead to see if they have a fever. Of course, if their head feels warm the next step is to take their temperature to see if they are actually running a fever. While most children will experience a fever at some point, it’s important to know when you can treat the problem at home and when you need to visit a pediatrician immediately.
Most of the time a fever isn’t anything to worry about, especially if your child is otherwise healthy. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off the infection, after all; however, there are instances in which you will want to call your children’s doctor to find out whether you need to come in for care.
We believe in a parent’s intuition, so if it seems like something just isn’t right, you should give us a call and find out if your child’s symptoms or behaviors are something that need to be handled right away. Your child’s exact temperature and their age are two very important factors when it comes to whether or not your child should receive medical attention.
It’s important to call your pediatrician if your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 F or higher. A baby between the ages of 3 to 6 months old that has a fever of 101 F or higher (or has a fever that lasts more than a day) should also see a pediatric doctor. If your child is between the ages of 6 months and one year old and has a temperature at or above 103 F or has a fever lasting more than a day, give us a call.
Other times to call a pediatrician include:
- A high fever that lasts more than a day in children who are 1 to 2 years old
- A child that has a fever of 104 F or higher (age does not matter in this case)
- A fever that is accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea
- Signs of dehydration along with a fever
- A fever that is also accompanied by a rash
- Children who have weak or compromised immune systems and develop a fever
If your child’s fever doesn’t require a visit to your pediatrician you can try applying warm compresses or bathing your child in lukewarm water to help ease their symptoms. Never use cold water or ice to bring down a fever.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician to find out what you should do about your child’s fever.