Moline, IL Pediatrician
Franklin Pediatrician
4362 7th St
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0777
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Moline, IL Pediatrician
Franklin Pediatrician
4362 7th St
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0777
Pediatrician in Moline, IL Call For Finacing Options
By Franklin Pediatrics
May 02, 2022
Category: Child Health Care

Make sure your child is following a healthy, balanced diet.

One in 5 school children is considered obese in the US. So, how do we stop these statistics from getting any higher? It starts with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. Your child's pediatrician can always provide some helpful tips for ensuring your child is getting the vitamins and nutrients they need.

Daily Caloric Guidelines By Age

The number of calories your child consumes every day will depend on their age and their activity levels and gender. These are the caloric guidelines you should follow,

  • 2-3 years old (both girls and boys): 1,000-1,400 calories
  • 4-8 years old (boys): 1,200-2,000 calories
  • 4-8 years old (girls): 1,200-1,800 calories
  • 9-13 years old (boys): 1,600-2,600 calories
  • 9-13 years old (girls): 1,400-2,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (boys): 2,000-3,200 calories
  • 14-18 years old (girls): 1,800-2,400 calories

Incorporating the Right Foods into Your Child’s Diet

It’s important that your child is getting a variety of healthy foods to ensure that they get all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. This includes,

Lean protein: This includes seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts

Vegetables: It’s important to incorporate many vegetables into your child’s diet every day. This can include everything from leafy greens to vibrant peppers to beans. If you do choose canned vegetables, make sure to check nutrition labels to ensure that there isn’t added sugar or sodium.

Fruits: Stay away from fruit juice, which can have a ton of added sugar, and opt for fresh or frozen fruit instead. Also, limit dried fruits, which can be high in calories.

Whole grains: Whole grains provide more benefits than refined grains (e.g., white bread and rice) and include whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.

Dairy: Include some low-fat or fat-free dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, or milk into your child’s daily diet.

While sugar won’t cause harm in moderation, it is important to limit added sugars and trans and saturated fats (found in red meat, full-fat dairy, and poultry). Wonder if your child’s diet gives them all the nutrients they need? This is something that your pediatrician can discuss with you during their next well-child visit.

Are you having challenges helping your child maintain a healthy weight? Are you concerned about their health? If so, it’s time to turn to your child’s pediatrician. They can provide you with strategies to help your child eat healthier and maintain a healthy weight.

By Franklin Pediatrics
April 26, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD   ADHD Treatment  

How your pediatricians in Moline, IL, can help when your child has ADHD

If your child has difficulty in school, problems paying attention, and doesn’t complete tasks, these issues could all be signs of ADHD. It can be difficult to separate signs of ADHD from normal testing of boundaries. Fortunately, your pediatrician knows the difference.

Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, provide a wide range of pediatric services, including treatment of ADHD. They proudly serve residents of Moline, IL, and the Quad Cities.

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder among children. It’s also a condition that can cause serious issues when your child attends school.

So, how can you tell if your child might have ADHD? According to the Child Development Institute, these are some of the common signs of ADHD to look for:

  • Difficulty remaining still for long periods
  • Frequently squirming or fidgeting
  • Problems getting or staying organized
  • Frequently misplacing or forgetting things
  • Issues with being attentive or listening
  • Excessively talking or making comments
  • Frequently running or climbing on things

Initially, your pediatrician will perform some simple tests and an evaluation to determine if your child has ADHD. Treatment will follow. Some of the treatment protocols for ADHD include:

Taking medications that will improve brain function and focusing ability. Common medications for ADHD are Adderall or Ritalin.

Behavioral techniques will enhance impulse control and limit inappropriate behaviors.

Lifestyle modifications may include dietary changes and increasing exercise and activity levels.

Undiagnosed and untreated ADHD can progress into the teen years and adulthood, causing issues like these:

  • Learning problems that will cause poor grades
  • Aggressive and defiant behaviors toward others
  • Harmful behaviors including drug and alcohol use
  • Problems establishing close relationships with others
  • Issues making and keeping friendships with peers

To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, call Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, proudly serving residents of Moline, and the Quad Cities. You can reach them in the office by calling (309) 762-0777. Call today.

By Franklin Pediatrics
April 12, 2022
Category: Child Health Care

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is different from parenting other children. Their brain works differently from children who don’t have ADHD. Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics can help children with ADHD in Moline, IL.

ADHD is a common developmental disorder that causes difficulty concentrating, focusing, and controlling impulsivity. Children with ADHD can have challenges with sitting still, time management and staying quiet in social situations.

The most common symptoms of ADHD in Moline, IL, include:

  • A short attention span
  • Being distracted easily
  • Making unnecessary mistakes
  • Losing items or being forgetful about things
  • Always changing from one task to another
  • Having difficulty with organization
  • Difficult sitting still or in one place for a long time
  • Less risk avoidant and a decreased sense of danger
  • Fidgeting

Children with ADHD often have trouble completing tasks and benefit from a structure at home that’s predictable, with limited changes. Create a simple daily routine for your child with clear rules and structures. Outbursts and impulsive behavior make it harder for some children with ADHD to form relationships with peers. You can help by assisting your child in learning basic social skills using role-playing social scenarios.

The first step in treating ADHD is getting a diagnosis from your doctor. Once a diagnosis is made, we develop a plan by making treatment recommendations and collaborating with other professionals and important adults in your child’s life. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy, such as limiting the amount of daily screen time, developing healthy eating habits, and participating in physical activities. Following this treatment plan reduces your child’s symptoms.

For assistance with getting a diagnosis or helping your child manage ADHD in Moline, IL, make an appointment with Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics today. You can reach our office by calling (309) 762-0777.

By Franklin Pediatrics
April 04, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Ear Infections  
Ear InfectionsDoes an ear infection automatically warrant seeing a pediatrician? Here’s what you should know…
Your child is dealing with an ear infection for the first time and just like when they had their first fever, you’re pretty worried. You’re not sure how to handle it—whether they should see their pediatrician or whether it’s something you can treat at home. We understand that when your child’s sick it feels like everything around you stops. Here’s what parents should know about childhood ear infections.

What causes ear infections?

There is one major culprit that causes ear infections: the common cold. When your child comes down with a cold the fluids can sometimes get stuck in the middle ear, which can irritate the eardrum. Since the immune systems of children under 3 years old are still developing, this often means that they don’t have the antibodies necessary to fight off this infection. This means that it’s inevitable that many young children will deal with an ear infection at some point.

What are the symptoms?

It isn’t always easy to tell whether your child isn’t feeling well or what’s going on, particularly if your child is too young to tell you. Of course, there are some warning signs to be on the lookout for. You may notice that your child is irritable and fussier than usual. They may be upset more easily or cling to you. They may also have trouble sleeping. You may also notice them tugging or pulling at the ear.

On top of these common signs, they may also have a loss of appetite, upset stomach, diarrhea, fever or vomiting. If you notice any of these signs then it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician to see whether you should bring your child into the office.

How are ear infections treated?

How an ear infection is handled will really depend on the severity and cause of the infection, as well as your child’s age. In some instances, children between 6 months and 2 years may be prescribed a round of antibiotics while in other situations your pediatrician may just monitor their condition before deciding whether or not to prescribe medication.

Often, children over the age of 2 may not be prescribed medication right away; your pediatrician may take a “wait and see” approach since some ear infections clear up on their own.

If you are ever concerned about the issues or symptoms your child is experiencing, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician for advice on the next steps. This can often provide parents with the peace of mind they need to know they are doing everything for their little one.
By Franklin Pediatrics
April 04, 2022
Category: Child's Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

Dr. Nafees Khan, Dr. David Bunker, and the skilled medical staff of Franklin Pediatrics are your pediatricians in Moline, IL, servicing the Quad Cities. Our doctors provide immunizations, physical exams, ADHD screening and wart removal for children. Immunizations are often required for school, so keep reading about immunizations and come see us if your child is starting school.

Why to vaccinate

Our practice believes all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC because they are a safe and effective method of preventing disease. Some parents have concerns about vaccines, but vaccines are thoroughly tested and must pass very rigorous testing and approval by the FDA before they are administered to the public. It’s normal to worry about your child having to get a shot but vaccines are entirely safe!

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines boost the body’s natural defenses by an injection of a dead or weakened form of the infection – just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing antibodies without causing an infection. The shot is administered in your pediatrician’s office and you can stay with your child. Once your child builds up their immunity (within a few weeks of the shot) the body can maintain its defense and prevent future infections.

See your pediatricians in Moline, IL, to have your child vaccinated for their health and future. Immunizations help protect others, too, like those with weakened immune systems who can’t be vaccinated. When a majority of people are protected from a virus this is called herd immunity and helps to stop the spread of diseases.

Franklin Pediatrics is here for you in Moline, IL, when your child needs immunizations. We also provide physical exams, ADHD screening, and Wart removal in the Quad Cities. Dr. Nafees Khan, Dr. David Bunker, and the dedicated medical staff can help. Contact us for an appointment at (309) 762-0777.

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