Moline, IL Pediatrician
Franklin Pediatrician
4376 7th St
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0777
Pediatrician in Moline, IL Call For Finacing Options
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
October 28, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Physical Exams  

A physical examination from your pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, in Moline, IL, also serving the Quad Cities, can protect your child’s health.

Your child’s health is important, and there is no better way to protect it than to visit your pediatrician regularly for a physical examination. Regular physicals can help ensure your child stays on track.

The pediatricians at Franklin Pediatrics offer a wide range of pediatric medical services, including physical exams in Moline, IL, also serving the Quad Cities. 

During your child’s physical, your pediatrician will record a complete medical history including current medications, hospitalizations, and any signs or symptoms your child is experiencing. In addition, your pediatrician will:

  • Measure and record your child’s height and weight
  • Measure and record vital signs including blood pressure, temperature, respiration, and heart rate
  • Check and record reflexes and balance

Your pediatrician will also do a comprehensive physical examination including skin, eyes, ears, and other areas. Your child’s eyesight and hearing may also be tested.

Immunizations are also a vital part of your child’s physical appointment. Your pediatrician can help keep your child current on required immunizations for daycare and school. Remember that immunizations don’t just protect your child. They also protect your child’s friends, classmates, teachers, and you from contracting contagious, serious diseases.

Some of the immunizations your pediatrician may recommend include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Flu

Your child’s physical appointment is also an excellent time for you to ask any questions about nutrition, exercise, behavior, sleeping, and any issues you may be concerned about. Your pediatrician wants to help you keep your child healthy, and regular physical examinations can help.

To learn more about how a physical examination in Moline, IL, also serving the Quad Cities, can safeguard your child’s health, call the pediatricians of Franklin Pediatrics. You can reach Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker by calling (309) 762-0777!

By Franklin Pediatrics
October 01, 2021
Category: Child Care
Tags: Potty Training  
Potty TrainingPotty training is a big moment for your child and is something that may challenge them in many ways. Unfortunately, many young ones do struggle during this process and may find it very hard to understand. Is your child struggling, and you're at your wit's end? If so, a pediatrician can help you and your child overcome this frustrating situation with relative ease and understanding.

Reasons Why Some Children Struggle With Potty Training 

Most children after the age of 18 months or so should have little trouble acclimating to potty training. But if your child is struggling, and you aren't sure why there are many potential reasons. Let's take a look at a few of the most common causes of potty training difficulties with children:
  • Their Bodies are Just Not Ready — Before 18 months, your child may not have the ability to control when they "go." So putting pressure on them too early may just frustrate them. 
  • They May Not Have the Developmental Abilities — Some children just progress slower than others and may need more time in a diaper before they're ready to potty train. 
  • The Idea of Potty Training is Boring or Scary — Many children find potty training boring or even scary and may struggle to get used to the idea of "going" outside their diaper. 
  • Fear of Accidents May Develop Early — Your child wants to make you happy, and if they have accidents or fear them, they might struggle with potty training. 
You may also run into situations where a child just doesn't want to learn and refuses. Even though the child knows what you want them to do and could do it, they just don't want to listen. Any of these situations are very frustrating. As a result, you might need to work with a pediatrician who understands this situation and who can help your child start "going" when the time is right. They can help:
  • Assess while your child is struggling 
  • Talk with the child to understand their concerns 
  • Find a solution that makes sense for them 
  • Work with you and your child to get great results 
  • Adjust their care methods, as they need
Give Your Child a Helping Hand 

If you think you need help getting your child to use the potty, it might be time to reach out to a professional you can trust to help. A great pediatrician and medical team can provide you and your child with a better understanding of why they don't want to use the potty. And it can also take some of the load off your back as a parent. Frankly, you deserve some rest and relaxation.
By Franklin Pediatrics
September 14, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Child’s Fever  

Fussiness, a flushed face, and an elevated body temperature are all signs of fever in children. While this may be alarming, it is important for parents not to panic. There are fever remedies available for your child. To get the best care, visit Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics, your trusted Moline, IL, pediatricians in the Quad Cities area.

How to Know if Your Child Has a Fever

Most pediatricians cite that anything of 100.4 degrees or above is considered a fever that may need intervention. Anything less than this still indicates that the body may be attempting to fight off an internal invader of some sort or that the body temperature is temporarily elevated and not associated with illness.

Causes of Fevers in Children

Fevers are the way the body communicates that it's attempting to fight off a type of toxin. There are many causes of fevers for kids, like:

  • Illness
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses

Often, these are accompanied by aches and other symptoms.

Remedies for Fevers Recommended by your Moline, IL, Pediatricians in the Quad Cities

The general rule to remember is if the child is not exhibiting signs of discomfort and they are playing, eating, and drinking plenty of fluids, you generally do not have to treat the fever with any over-the-counter medication.

When they start exhibiting signs of discomfort, treat them with an over-the-counter pain reliever made for children. If they feel the chills, only cover them up enough until they begin to feel warm again, and then peel back their layers slowly until they don't feel too hot or too cold.

If they feel overheating and sweating, a cold compress might feel great on the face and the neck or chest. Avoid giving the child a cold bath, and instead offer a lukewarm one to avoid bringing their body temperature down too quickly, which may spark more chills. 

Whenever you doubt your child's symptoms, it's essential to contact your Moline, IL, pediatricians in the Quad Cities right away. They can tell you via phone whether or not your child should be seen by them or perhaps taken to an urgent care facility for immediate treatment. Contact Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics at (309) 762-0777 for an appointment.

By Franklin Pediatrics
September 01, 2021
Category: Child's Safety
Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseHand, foot and mouth disease isn’t a childhood infection that’s often discussed but should be. After all, this communicable viral infection is more common in young children than most people realize. If you are concerned about hand, foot and mouth disease, or would simply like to know more, your pediatrician can certainly provide you with the information you need. In the meantime, here are some FAQS that can help you get the facts on this contagious infection.

Is hand, foot and mouth disease dangerous?

While the name might make this condition sound rather frightening, the truth is that many kids under the age of five develop this illness. This is because these viruses are quite contagious. Even though this most often impacts young children, this infection can also present in older children, teens, and even adults.

What are the symptoms?

The incubation period for hand, foot and mouth disease is about 3-6 days from exposure. At first, symptoms may appear mild and look similar to the common cold (e.g. runny nose, fever, and sore throat); however, blisters will then start to develop within the mouth and on the body (often the palms of the hands and soles of the feet).

How is it diagnosed?

A diagnosis is often made by a pediatrician through a simple physical evaluation. They will go through your child’s medical history, examine the blisters and ask questions about your child’s symptoms to determine whether this could be hand, foot and mouth disease. Some testing may be performed to rule out other conditions.

How is hand, foot and mouth disease treated?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a medication that will get rid of hand, foot and mouth disease. Like most viral infections, the infection just has to run its course; however, there are certain things your pediatrician may prescribe or recommend that you do to ease your child’s symptoms. For example, ibuprofen may be recommended to help ease the pain as well as your child’s fever. Of course, it’s always a good idea to speak with your pediatrician before you start your child on any medication, even over-the-counter medications.

If your child develops symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease it’s important that you see your pediatrician as soon as possible for an evaluation, as they will want to make sure that this is truly what’s causing their symptoms.
By Franklin Pediatrics
July 30, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Glasses   Vision Screenings  
GlassesWe all want our children to be healthy and to have the best chance for success, especially once they start school. Of course, your child must be getting regular vision screenings with their pediatricians. After all, vision is critical to your child’s ability to learn, communicate, and understand, and vision problems can impact your child’s school performance and quality of life. Could your child need glasses? Here are some telltale signs.

You Catch Them Squinting When Reading

When your eyes have trouble focusing on an image, squinting may actually help your child see or focus better. Your child may squint when reading anything far away such as a menu behind a restaurant counter or when reading the chalkboard at school. Your child’s teacher may even let you know that your child needed to move closer to the front to see what was written on the chalkboard. This is a telltale sign that your child needs to have their vision evaluated by their pediatrician.

Sitting Close to the TV

Another sign that your child may have trouble with their vision is if they put phones and other electronic devices close to their face to see it. Your child may also sit really close to the TV. These could be signs of nearsightedness.

Nightly Headaches

If your child’s eyes have been overworked and straining all day your child might complain of frequent headaches, particularly in the evening.

Difficulties in School

When parents and teachers notice that their child is having trouble focusing on work they may immediately think that they have ADHD, but sometimes bad vision is actually the culprit. If your child can’t properly see the board, it’s no surprise that their attention focuses on other things. This is when you should talk to your child and find out if they are having trouble seeing the board. It might not be behavioral issues, it might just mean that they need to get an eye exam.

If you are noticing changes in your child’s vision, or if your child mentions having blurry vision or trouble seeing, you must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. While your pediatrician does have the tools necessary for hearing and vision screenings, they can also refer your child to a pediatric optometrist who can provide further and specialized vision testing and fit them with glasses, if necessary.

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