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By Johnson County Pediatrics
July 03, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Child Care   Physical Exam  

Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.

From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.

A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.

Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.

Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.

These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.

Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.

By Johnson County Pediatrics
May 15, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Mental Health  

It’s easy for parents to be able to pinpoint when there is something physically wrong with their child. They may have a fever, body aches, or abdominal pain. When these symptoms arise parents often know to seek care from their pediatrician. Mental health issues, on the other hand, are just as important to treat as physical complaints; however, these symptoms and problems aren’t always as clear-cut.

Good mental health allows children to feel confident, think properly and develop the proper skills needed for social, personal, and even professional success throughout their lifetime. A child’s environment can greatly impact their emotional and mental states, and it’s important that parents are in tuned with their children, their emotions and what’s going on for them to spot problems right away so that they can seek proper care.

Here are some ways to foster healthy mental well-being in your child:

  • Provide your child with unconditional love
  • Foster a safe, nurturing environment
  • Help build their self-esteem and confidence
  • Encourage their passions and dreams
  • Provide guidance and discipline when necessary

Along with these simple tips it’s also important to ensure that your child is:

  • Getting regular exercise
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Getting adequate sleep

Modeling Good Mental Health

Your child mirrors everything you do so by giving them a positive role model your child can mirror good behaviors that foster good mental health. When you take care of yourself your child also learns the importance in self-care. When you find joy in your life your child will also make a priority out of finding things that bring them joy.

Talk to a Pediatrician

We know that it isn’t always easy to determine what behaviors are normal and which ones warrant a deeper look. This is where your children’s doctor can provide you with the information you need. A pediatrician can answer questions about everything from healthy social and emotional skills to behaviors that could be problematic.

It’s also important that parents do not ignore their own mental well-being. After all, mentally healthy parents also provide better care and a positive, happy environment for their children to thrive. If you are having trouble with your own mental well-being it’s okay to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your issues.

If you have questions about your child’s mental health and wellness don’t hesitate to sit down and discuss your questions or concerns with a pediatrician who will be able to guide you along the way to make sure that you are providing your child with everything they need for optimal mental and emotional well-being.

By Johnson County Pediatrics
February 27, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Childhood immunizations are a critical component of pediatric healthcare. In addition to protecting children from potentially serious immunizationillnesses like polio and the measles, immunizations also protect vulnerable members of your family and community who are unable to be vaccinated or have weakened immune systems due to age or underlying illnesses. The pediatricians at Johnson County Pediatrics provide immunizations and other childhood healthcare and wellness services in Overland Park, KS.

Childhood Immunizations in Overland Park, KS

Children receive immunizations at specific intervals from infancy to age 18 according to guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the recommended schedule for every child can vary depending on a number of factors such as health, age, family history, and geographic location among others.

Most vaccines are administered in several doses that are spread out over several years depending on the immunization schedule, which is subject to change. Here is an example of a current immunization schedule as of 2018-2019, according to age:

  • Hepatitus B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Inactivated poliovirus
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide

What Immunizations Protect From

Many debilitating/fatal illnesses and diseases that once affected the entire population in the United States and around the world have effectively been eliminated via immunizations. Even common illnesses like the flu virus can be serious and even fatal, especially for the more vulnerable members of society such as infants, the elderly, and people with underlying health issues and weak immune systems that can't adequately fight off viruses and infections.

Immunizations help to protect everyone, especially the people that can't be vaccinated because of health issues. This is what is known as herd immunity. If you or your child can't be vaccinated, the immunity of the people around you protects you from exposure to serious diseases and viruses.

Find a Pediatrician in Overland Park, KS

For more information about immunization schedules, contact Johnson County Pediatrics by calling (913) 384-5500 today to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians.

By Christine P. White, MD, FAAP
February 15, 2019
Category: Child Health

A hearing screening is the easiest way to determine if your child is suffering from hearing loss. Thanks to a hearing screening, your pediatrician can determine the degree of hearing loss and how best to help your child hear well again. If your child’s hearing loss goes undiagnosed, it can lead to problems with normal development, learning disabilities, and problems socializing with others.

Your child could be suffering hearing loss from a variety of causes including a family history of hearing problems, infection during pregnancy, or birth complications. Hearing problems can also be caused by middle ear infections, infectious diseases, or even loud noises.

So, how do you know if your child needs a hearing screening? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) these are some of the most common signs and symptoms of hearing loss in babies and children:

  • Not turning toward sounds at 6 months
  • Not saying single words at 1 year
  • Not hearing all sounds
  • Not answering to their name
  • Delayed or unclear speech
  • Difficulty following directions

Hearing screenings are often performed at well-child visits and during school physicals. If your child hasn’t had a hearing screening, and you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, you should schedule a hearing screen as soon as possible. Early detection of hearing difficulties leads to early treatment, which is much better for your child.

If your child has hearing difficulties, don’t worry. There are many effective ways to help with hearing loss including:

  • State-of-the-art hearing aids, cochlear implants and other hearing devices
  • Medications if the hearing loss is caused by an ear infection
  • Surgical treatment to correct structural issues which may be causing the hearing loss
  • Alternative communication techniques
  • Educational and supportive services for the family

A hearing screening is important to the health and well-being of your child. You don’t want your child to miss out on all of the beautiful sounds of life. Your pediatrician can help you schedule a hearing screening to get your child started on the road to hearing well.

By Johnson County Pediatrics
December 11, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: asthma  

Is your child coughing at night? Does she wheeze after her dance class? These symptoms and more could indicate your child has asthma. At Johnson County Pediatrics in Overland Park, KS your team of caring pediatricians diagnose, treats and helps parents and children manage this chronic respiratory condition. Your child can live well with asthma.Child Asthma

Symptoms of asthma in Overland Park

They are familiar to most of us:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath, particularly after exercise, laughing, crying or exposure to weather
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue

These symptoms happen when airways constrict due to autoimmune factors, the environment (the weather in particular), allergens (pet dander, cigarette smoke and other indoor and outdoor pollutants), aerobic exercise and more. While asthma also seems to run in families, physicians, parents and caregivers understand that stress appears to escalate the problem.

What can you do?

If you suspect your youngster has asthma or asthma-like symptoms, come to Johnson County Pediatrics where your child's doctor will examine her and note her symptoms. The doctor may order blood work, allergy tests and a chest X-ray. Spirometry is one of today's most common diagnostic tests for asthma, and it's simple and comfortable--measuring the amount of air forcibly expelled in a single breath.

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, expect a management plan which may include:

  • Rescue medications such as inhaled bronchodilators
  • Maintenance medications which manage inflammation (inhaled steroids)
  • An asthma action plan which helps you and your child track symptoms and take appropriate interventions as needed
  • Sublingual medications to suppress allergy symptoms

Asthma is categorized as intermittent and mild, moderate or severe persistent. Your child's symptoms and how well and how quickly they are relieved determine the extent of the diagnosis and long-term treatment strategies. Diligent trigger and symptom tracking are the best defenses against missed school days, prolonged illness and hospital ER visits. Your physician at Johnson County Pediatrics will partner with you and your child in controlling asthma for best possible lung function and a happy, full childhood.

Learn more

You and your child are not alone in managing asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American states that a full 8.3 percent of American children deal with asthma, and research on this prevalent problem grows year by year. Call Johnson County Pediatrics for an asthma consultation with your pediatrician: (913) 384-5500.