Moline, IL Pediatrician
Franklin Pediatrician
4376 7th St
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0777
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Moline, IL Pediatrician
Franklin Pediatrician
4376 7th St
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0777
Pediatrician in Moline, IL Call For Finacing Options
By Franklin Pediatrics
February 03, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Diabetes  
Diabetes in ChildrenIn the past, the most common type of diabetes to affect children and teens was type 1 diabetes. This is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. In children with type 1 diabetes, their bodies do not produce insulin, a hormone responsible for helping deliver glucose into the cells. While type 1 diabetes is quite common in children, pediatricians are also seeing a rise in type 2 diabetes in children and teens. This coincides with an increase in childhood obesity rates.
 
Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
 
While type 1 diabetes can appear in children of any age, it’s most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of 5 and 6, and 11 to 13. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of type 1 diabetes early, as high blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes typically appear suddenly, and the most common symptoms include,
  • Frequent urination, particularly at night
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Weight loss, despite increased appetite
  • Cuts, bruises, and wounds that don’t heal or are slow to heal
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually appear gradually. While type 2 diabetes has always been considered “adult-onset” diabetes, this has changed over the years, thanks to the obesity epidemic in children. If your child is obese or overweight, they may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1 diabetes, the only marked differences in symptoms are,
  • Blurry vision
  • Severe fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Treating Diabetes in Children

Even though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways that your child’s pediatrician can help manage their symptoms. The goal of treatment is to control blood sugar levels to prevent complications and lessen symptoms.
 
The standard treatment includes managing diabetes through insulin therapy, which involves either daily insulin injections or an insulin pump. You will also need to monitor your child’s blood sugar levels throughout the day. Along with insulin therapy, you will also want to make sure that your child is eating a healthy diet and is getting regular exercise (at least one hour a day).
 
If your child is overweight or showing signs of diabetes, you must talk with your child’s pediatrician right away. A simple blood test can check their blood sugar levels and determine whether or not they have diabetes. Since uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health problems, it’s a good idea to see a pediatrician as soon as possible.
By Franklin Pediatrics
January 06, 2021
Category: Child's Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
 
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
 
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
 
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
 
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
 
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
 
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Franklin Pediatrics
December 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Physical Exam  

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.

By Franklin Pediatrics
December 11, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD   ADHD Screening Test  

Only a doctor who is an expert at children’s mental health can tell you for certain if your child is suffering from ADHD. However, if you are concerned that your child may be demonstrating symptoms of this disorder, you may want to consider an ADHD screening. Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David G. Bunker are pediatricians at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, SC. They can provide your child with an ADHD screening test.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder that can last into adulthood. Around 8.4 percent of children suffer from this condition. Children with ADHD have difficulty staying focused on activities and tend to be hyperactive. ADHD is typically treated with a combination of medication and therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, anger management, and family therapy.

Possible Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Moline parents whose children display the following signs and symptoms should consider giving them an ADHD screening test:

  • Your child disrupts classroom activities because she cannot work quietly.
  • Your child quickly responds to questions before you have finished asking them.
  • When following instructions or performing activities, your child makes careless mistakes.
  • Your child struggles to wait for her turn and often buts in ahead of other children.
  • Your child forgets to do things even when you frequently remind her.
  • Your child frequently interrupts people when they are talking or doing something.
  • Your child has difficulty concentrating on activities that require focus.
  • Your child has difficulty sitting still.
  • You have difficulty getting or maintain your child’s attention.
  • Your child is always disorganized.

If you are a Moline resident and you would like to find out more about an ADHD screening test for your child, contact Dr. Khan or Dr. Bunker at (309) 762-0777 to schedule an appointment.

By Franklin Pediatrics
December 03, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Signs of a Pediatric UTIA urinary tract infection isn’t just something that happens to adults. Children can also develop UTIs. Since children are more likely to suffer from kidney damage as a result of a UTI you must see your pediatric doctor right away if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Signs and symptoms include,
  • Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • A decreased output of urine
  • Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
  • Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
  • Younger children may cry when urinating
  • Wetting the bed
We know that infants and young children can’t tell us what hurts and where, so we have to look for other signs that they could be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Young children may have a fever, loose stools, refuse to eat, and be more irritable than usual. When they wet their diaper, you may notice that the urine smells strong or bad.
 
Diagnosing UTIs in Children

If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
 
Treating Childhood UTIs

It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.
 
It’s also important that your child continues to take their medication even if they start to feel better (do not stop the medication). If symptoms do not improve within three days, or if they get worse, you must call your pediatrician immediately.
 
Our pediatrics team is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need, whenever they are dealing with everything from a fever or stomach upset to a UTI. If your child develops a UTI, talk to your pediatrician right away.




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