- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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