Posts for tag: Pediatrician
Finding out you’re pregnant is a wonderfully exciting and whirlwind time. There are so many decisions to make as you watch your bump grow: What color should I paint the nursery? Do I want my little one to sleep with me? What do I need to childproof around the house? Of course, one of the most important things to think about is the health of your little one throughout the course of your pregnancy and once they are born. It’s never too soon to choose a pediatrician, and taking the time to find one you trust is important not just for your baby but also for you.
Once your little one is born they will be spending a lot of time with their pediatrician, so this is why it’s crucial that you find out that provides gentle, compassionate care and really takes time with you and your baby. The first two years of your baby’s life are so very important because this marks a significant developmental time for them, so it’s essential that you have a pediatrician that will be there to monitor their progress and detect any developmental delays or health problems right away.
The first pediatric visit will occur a few days after the birth. This first visit is vital, as it allows your children’s doctor to make sure everything functions as it should. This includes everything from reflexes to alertness to their hearing. Measurements are also taken to check their height and weight and to begin recording their development. Besides performing a physical exam to check the overall health of the baby this is also a time to answer any questions you might have about feeding schedules, habits, developmental milestones, etc.
After this initial visit, you should expect to bring your little one in for visits at:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months (2 years old)
- 30 months
- 3 years old
Once your child turns 3 years old they will only need to visit a pediatrician once a year, unless there are any health problems or concerns in the interim. These visits are imperative for every child as they are key to preventing certain illnesses through immunizations and physical checkups, tracking their growth and development, and also providing you with answers and support to help you properly care for your little one along the way. Call a pediatrician to schedule your child’s first appointment today.
The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.
Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.
Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.
These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Heart rate and blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
- Lungs and heart
Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.
Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.
“Screen-Free Week” is May 2-8. It is a week where individuals and families can challenge themselves to watch less, or no, TV, spend less time on their ipad, iphone, ipod Touch, iwhatever. Check it out here
It’s a chance to get outside, play a board game, read a book, take a bike ride, shoot some baskets, go to the park, bake some cookies, paint a picture, plant some tomatoes. Or anything else you may find fun. Check out this site for some good ideas.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2 years, and less than two hours a day for children over the age of 2 years.On average, however, 30 percent of babies under 1 year old in the U.S. watch TV and videos for 90 minutes a day. Sixty-five percent of 1 to 2 year olds watch more than two hours a day. Preschoolers spend two to four hours a day on average with screens, and kids over the age of 8 average a little more than seven hours a day with devices.
You probably already know why your kids should spend less time in front of a screen, but I’ll list some reasons here anyway. Increased screen time is linked with increased caloric intake (mindless snacking while watching TV), increased BMI and obesity, irregular sleep patterns and decreased sleep duration. Younger children show delayed speech acquisition with increased screen time. For older children and adolescents, excessive screen time is linked with increased hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, daytime fatigue, difficulties with peers, and poor school performance.
There is some talk now in pediatric circles and the AAP that we should accept the fact that screens and devices are here to stay. So, since we can’t get parents and kids to limit screen time, we should encourage them to partake of more “educational and enriching” material. That’s great for kids under the age of 3 as you can control what they watch. But past that age they can pretty much navigate a device better than I can. I once saw a 15-month-old patient take her mom’s iphone, punch in the password, and start a video! So yes, it’s great to encourage better programming, but the kid is going to do what they want to on the device. Therefore, parents need to limit TIME on devices.
Here are some recommendations for everyday screen use (try to do better than this for Screen-Free Week):
- NO TV’S IN ANY CHILD’S BEDROOM. EVER! (NOTICE THIS IS IN ALL CAPS.)
- No cell phones in kids’ bedrooms at night. They must be plugged in in the kitchen or perhaps on YOUR bedside table as some kids sneak downstairs and nab their cell phones once their parents are in bed.
- Turn off the TV at meal times. No devices allowed at the dinner table.
- Set certain days of the week as screen-free days. Some of my patients’ families allow no TV on weeknights.
- Set a good example: Limit your screen time to two hours a day.
- For older kids, limit ipad or iphone time to 30 minutes, then remind them to do something else for a while. They were born digital and sometimes just need a little push to explore the unplugged world.
- Push kids of all ages outside when the weather is nice. For older kids, keep them involved in a sport. This keeps them more physically active, but also more socially active. Teens with no activities can become addicted to their devices. In many Asian countries there are teens and 20-somethings being treated for video game addictions the same as alcohol or drug addiction.
So, if I’m preaching to the choir here, and your family already does all or most of this stuff, keep up the good work. If you see room for improvement, take baby steps and slowly change the digital culture in your home. You will likely notice many nice side effects will follow.
Check out the entire Screen-Free Week website here