Pediatric Care

Child and adolescent health care


By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: October 07, 2011




Pediatric Care

Babies, infants, children and adolescents are fragile and monitoring their growth and development is essential to ensuring their health into adulthood. Pediatricians are doctors specially trained to notice health or developmental problems that arise as your children bodies continually change.

Keeping children safe from harm is every parent’s worst nightmare. Preventive health care is measure by a healthy lifestyle, established with your child's first check-up. Creating a continuing relationship with your pediatrician is significant to ensure optimal care and help your child feel comfortable about going to the doctor.

The overall aim of routine check-ups is to observe your child's growth and development, milestones (walking, responding, and communicating), immunizations and detect any problems that may be developing. These regular visits also deliver an opportunity to make sure any present treatments are working effectually.

Having routine medical check-ups helps introduce the significance of preventive medicine, which encourages your child to preserve a lasting relationship with their trusting health care provider and receive routine exams as an adult. This routine will encourage your child's overall health outlook and help him or her avoid or control various diseases as he or she grows older.

Conversely, inconsistent pediatric care has been associated a delay in language development i, in addition to amplified problem behaviors and injuries throughout childhood and adulthood. Without routine check-ups, early warnings of serious health complications, such as diabetes, anorexia, stress, or even asthma, typically go unnoticed.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of the brain that makes it hard for children to control their behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of early childhood.

As you watch your children grow and mature into young adults it is as rewarding to us as it is to you. The influence that you have on your children cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Routine check-ups for the entire family is positive and encouraging.

Pediatricians understand that being a parent is hard work and can offer guidance on how best to ensure your child reaches developmental milestones for speech, language and physical health as well as offering guidance on their social and emotional development.











ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)


ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is most commonly diagnosed in children, but adults can also have this disorder. Through therapy and medications a person with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)can live a fully normal and functional lifestyle.


Adolescent Contraception


By the end of ninth grade, nearly one-third of all adolescent's have had sex at least once. Reliable methods of Adolescent Contraception are critical in preventing teenage pregnancy. Many different types of Adolescent Contraception are readily available, and a little encouragement from parents goes a long way.


Anemia


Anemia is the most common blood disorder, probably because there are over 400 different types of Anemia and various causes of it. The function of the red blood cells and hemoglobin is to deliver oxygen to the body's organs, so a decrease in red cells and hemoglobin leads to fatigue, breathlessness, and headache among other symptoms.


Bronchiolitis


Bronchiolitis is swelling of the tiny branches of the bronchial tree generating mucus secretions.


Candidiasis (Thrush)


Though the Candida fungus is normally present in the human body, it can cause uncomfortable sicknesses if it begins to grow unchecked. Candidiasis (Thrush) is one such sickness and is most commonly seen in young children.


Cervical Adenopathy


Children are particularly prone to developing cervical adenopathy with certain illnesses and disorders. Cervical adenopathy is very common in children. Cervical adenopathy is swollen, irregularly sized and shaped lymph nodes of the neck.


Chagas Disease


Chagas Disease is very common in rural South and Central America as well as Mexico. The disease has two separate phases, the acute and the chronic. Treatment during the acute phase is the best chance for full recovery.


Chickenpox


The Chickenpox vaccine has significantly decreased the number of affected children each year. Chickenpox is an extremely contagious virus that causes a blistering rash over the whole body. Though the sickness if fairly non-threatening, serious complications can arise especially if contracted at an older age.


Childhood Allergies


The immune system’s excessive response to specific substances affecting children.


Chronic Diarrhea In Children


Often episodes of loose, water consistency feces affecting children.


Developmental Learning Disorders


Developmental Learning Disorders create frustrating and even awkward situations for children. Though there is no cure for Developmental Learning Disorders, early intervention and proper treatment can deliver extremely positive results.


Diabetes in Children


Children with diabetes require continuous monitoring of foods consumed, exercises performed, and medication given all of which can affect blood sugar levels. This lifestyle can be challenging for some parents. When it comes to caring for a child with diabetes it really does take a village.


Diaper Dermatitis


Diaper rash is excoriated, chafed skin in the area of the body typically covered by a diaper.


Eczema (Eczematous Dermatitis)


Eczematous Dermatitis is a chronic condition that can be painful and irritating. It is most common for children and teenagers, though adults are affected by this condition as well.


Enuresis (Bed Wetting)


Bedwetting is the inability to control the bladder function especially overnight.


Gastroesophageal Reflux (Spitting Up)


Infants with Gastroesophageal Reflux (Spitting Up)spit up more than the average baby because of a backup of food in their esophagus. There are many things you can do to help prevent or at least relieve the symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux (Spitting Up) such as keeping baby upright and avoiding overfeeding.


Heart Murmurs


Heart Murmurs are generally harmless and nothing to worry about them. A doctor may be able to heart Heart Murmurs in an otherwise perfectly healthy child. In some cases, Heart Murmurs may signify an underlying problem in the heart that is almost always treatable.


Infantile Colic (Colicky Babies)


One of the most frustrating experiences for a new parent is a child with Infantile Colic (Colicky Babies). Infantile Colic (Colicky Babies) usually peaks in babies around three weeks old and subsides by about three to four months old. The persistent crying and inability to be comforted are what define Infantile Colic (Colicky Babies).


Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Inflammatory Bowel Disease is most common among individuals age fifteen to thirty. Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, though symptoms for the two types are very similar.


Jaundice


Jaundice affects people of all ages from newborns to adults. It is generally harmless and temporary in newborns, but typically signifies serious problems with the liver or red blood cells in adults.


Kawasaki Syndrome


Kawasaki Syndrome was first discovered in Japan in 1967, and the highest incidence to this day remains in Japan. The syndrome was found in the US in 1976 in Hawaii. It is characterized by a severe fever, trunk rash, and swollen lymph nodes.


Lead Poisoning


Lead Poisoning is dangerous because a person may be exposed to lead for a long time without knowing it. Since symptoms do not immediately appear upon exposure, Lead Poisoning can cause a lot of damage over time. It is important to have your child checked for Lead Poisoning, and be mindful of ways to prevent Lead Poisoning.


Migraine Headache In Children


Migraine Headache in Children is not usually serious, but it can be seriously painful and interrupting to daily life. This type of headache is characterized by the intense throbbing pain at the side or front of the head, or surrounding the eyes. With over the counter pain medications and an awareness of the triggers that bring on migraines, a child can manage and even prevent them.


Motor And Communicative Development Disorders


Motor and Communicative Development Disorders are generally tied to other learning disabilities such as ADHD or Autism. The causes of these disorders are difficult to pinpoint, but with early intervention and therapy Motor and Communicative Development Disorders can be improved and even corrected.


Pediatric Asthma


Pediatric Asthma is a chronic condition that affects over six million children in the United States. The symptoms can be scary and overwhelming for a child, so it is important to learn how to prevent an asthmatic attack and control the symptoms.


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


Each year thousands of babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Though the incidence has decreased in the past fifteen years, it is still a substantial cause of death for infants under one. There are no known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) affects more boys than girls, is most common during the age of 2-4 months, and is more likely to occur during the winter months.




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