The infographic “A Charlotte Pediatrician’s recommended Guide to Preventing SIDS” outlines important facts related to SIDS and a few suggestions for preventing SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death or cot death, is the sudden, unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a child less than one year of age. SIDS is one of the leading causes of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age in the US. Approximately 3500 infants die in the U.S. each year from deaths related to sleep. The majority of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age.
Some important recommendations by Charlotte pediatricians to prevent SIDS include:
- Infants under a year old should always sleep lying on their backs and not on their sides.
- Infants should always sleep on a firm surface covered by only a flat sheet.
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Any other bedding or soft objects like pillows or stuffed toys can obstruct a child’s airway and increase the risk of SIDS or suffocation.
- Smoking during pregnancy and around the infant after birth can increase the risk of SIDS.
For more facts and recommendations for preventing SIDS, please refer to the infographic.
There are many mistakes parents make when taking their children to the pediatrician’s office, but the three most common mistakes are:
1. Going without any preparation – Most pediatricians want parents to come prepared with a list of things to discuss regarding their child. In fact, your Pediatrician might suggest you write a list of these items on a note pad which is readily available on your telephone. That way you won’t forget any important questions as your baby or child moves around the Doctor’s office easily distracting you. If your child is on any medications, bring the bottles with you or take a picture of the medication. Again this will make it easy for you to discuss all medications with your child’s doctor. If you are bringing your infant because of illness, be prepared for questions about when the illness started, and specific details regarding the preceding days. When you are taking your child for their check up or well child visit be prepared to discuss your child’s eating and sleeping habits, and any developmental concerns and the milestones your baby has achieved. Baby doctors are there to monitor your child’s development at every well child visit. This is the role of your Pediatrician throughout childhood, usually through age 18. So, if you are going for your child’s check-up, make sure to gather all of the important information that a pediatrician may ask you about the child, and also prepare a list of questions to ask.
2. Hiding or neglecting to mention information – Don’t leave anything out or feel uncomfortable being totally honest with your child’s Pediatrician. Your baby’s doctor needs to know all the facts when evaluating your child. This is for all age children, and especially true for your teenager. Your Pediatrician works to create an environment of trust between you and themselves so that your child receives the best possible care from the Doctor. When talking to the pediatrician about your child’s activities and health, giving the wrong information might result in misdiagnosis, which can be detrimental to your child’s health.
3. Leaving important documents at home – Of course busy parents are moving at a pace that will easily cause important items to be left at home. Bringing an up to date shot records to your new Pediatrician’s first check up will insure that no necessary childhood vaccinations are repeated or omitted. If you have recently visited an ER or urgent care, bringing any documentation provided at those visits will help your Primary Care Provider give you the very best care, the type of care that only your child’s individual Pediatrician can provide. This is why urgent care services usually refer your baby back to their Primary Care Provider. Of course, your Pediatrician is always the best resource for any health care services your baby needs, but when emergencies occur, having the documentation of the services provided will help your primary Pediatrician provide you the continuity of care your child deserves.
A visit to a pediatrician Charlotte, NC will work best when both the parents and the doctor work together to make the most of each and every visit.
The infographic, “Questions a Mother Should Ask at Her Newborn’s First Doctor Visit”, details various questions that a mother should ask the doctor at her newborn’s first doctor visit. A mother should ask questions about her baby’s delivery, especially if there were any complications or problems, and if this can affect the baby in any way. Another important thing to ask is about the baby’s weight, height, head circumference, and other vital signs. Don’t forget to ask whether your baby’s heart rate, breathing, and temperature are normal for a newborn.
It is also important to ask questions related to the nutritional needs of the child, which includes questions regarding feeding, burping techniques, and any problems or concerns regarding breastfeeding, etc. Vaccination is another important thing to consider at your newborn’s first doctor visit. Will your baby receive any vaccinations at the first visit? If yes, then what are the side effects and risks? Make sure to get information about the vaccination schedule. Other important things that you may ask during your visit include questions about nipple care and overall development of your child. For more information, please refer to the infographic.