Does it seem impossible to get your child to pay attention? Are they abnormally impulsive? Do they have trouble sitting still for even short periods of time? Do they seemingly have no control of this hyperactivity to where it's affecting them socially and academically? They may be suffering from ADHD; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, this condition is treatable and manageable, with some of the best pediatric expertise in Moline, IL. With specializations in behavioral problems and ADHD, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, of Franklin Pediatrics are more than qualified to treat, accommodate and help your child to better adjust to the world.
Attention deficit and hyperactivity
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a developmental condition characterized by predominantly inattentive or predominantly hyperactive behavior, often with a combination of both. Symptoms of inattention include difficulty following instructions, easy distraction, forgetfulness, inability to focus, and stay engaged in activities and trouble with organization. On the hyperactive end, children struggle with staying put or sitting still without excessive fidgeting and squirming, they are impatient, interrupting other's conversation and activities, have difficulty staying quiet, and engage in physical activity at inappropriate times. ADHD affects as many as 11% of children, more commonly boys between 4-17, and may be diagnosed as early as 3 years old, according to the A.D.D Resource Center.
Behavioral Therapy is the go-to method of managing inattention and hyperactivity. Both children and parents are taught techniques to help curb this behavior. Your Moline, IL pediatrician may prescribe some medication for extreme cases, while still applying behavioral treatments. Doctors at Franklin Pediatrics have a plethora of experience dealing with kids and understand them. They know how to tend to each child’s individual needs and how to make every visit a pleasant one, easing their worries and tensions about their treatment.
Consulting a Doctor
ADHD symptoms include many behaviors that are typical in children, which may be overlooked, and yet if ignored, this condition may lead to academic failure, social judgment by other adults and children, accidents and injuries due to non-attention, and increased risk of substance abuse. So, it's always worth visiting a professional, who can accurately diagnose your child to ensure they stay safe and on track. Request an appointment with Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL at http://www.molinepediatrics.com/ or by calling (309) 762-0777 for a consultation today!
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
Parents strive to do anything and everything possible to ensure that their kids are in good health and sufficiently protected from preventable illnesses. Receiving timely and complete immunizations or vaccines is among the most effective ways to do just that. When you come in for your consultation here at Franklin Pediatrics, S.C., in Moline, IL, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker will discuss which vaccinations your children need to ensure their health. In the meantime, here is a quick FAQ rundown on vaccines:
How Do Vaccines Work Exactly?
Basically, they work by preparing your body to combat certain diseases. Your body this by practicing how to fight off diseases by producing antibodies capable of recognizing components of the disease’s germ. Due to this enduring and permanent response, if you become exposed to the disease, your body will already how to fight it because it already has the antibodies needed to stop the disease in its track. This is what’s known as immunity.
How Safe are Vaccines?
The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research under the FDA regulates all vaccinations in the U.S. They work together with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and continuously research, update, and keep track of vaccines’ effectiveness and safety. Additionally, new vaccines will only be made available following thorough and extensive clinical studies and trials. Plus, safety monitoring will continue even after vaccines have been approved.
Do I Need to Vaccinate My Children Even If They’re Healthy?
Since immunizations function by safeguarding the body prior to disease even striking, waiting to vaccinate until your children are sick would be too late. Your pediatrician in Moline, IL, will also need to follow a carefully planned immunization schedule to ensure maximum protection for your child.
Is it Safe for My Baby to Receive Multiple Immunizations at One Time?
Almost all babies are born with strong immune systems so their bodies are capable of dealing with more germs than what they stand to receive from multiple vaccines. In some cases, babies may experience a mild rash or fever and some pain at the injection site, but the health risks related to the diseases they prevent won’t occur just because your baby received multiple vaccines at once.
Want to Learn More About Vaccines?
Call Franklin Pediatrics, S.C. at (309) 762-0777 to arrange your appointment with one of our pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker.
Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.
Types of Warts
There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:
- Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
- Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
- Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
- Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands
While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.
Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.
Common wart removal options include:
- Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
- Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
- Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.
If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.
Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.
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