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A Guide to Preventing SIDS [Infographic]

July 4, 2017

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.

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Mistakes to Avoid at the Pediatrician’s Office

July 4, 2017

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.

Things to Ask at Your Newborn’s First Doctor Visit [Infographic]

July 4, 2017

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.

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Different Types of Infant Doctors

May 26, 2017

Below is a list of different types of doctors that are responsible for the proper care and heath of infants and young children:

Pediatricians: A pediatrician is a general practitioner who provides preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who have short-term or long-term sickness. The key responsibilities of a pediatrician include: performing routine checkups, taking care of minor injuries and common illnesses in children, and referring them to specialists if required.

Neonatologists: Neonatologists are trained specifically to handle the most complex and high-risk situations. They handle and monitor the care of babies who are born prematurely. Neonatologists also treat babies who are critically ill or born with serious ailments.

Pediatric Oncologists: Doctors who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer or blood disorders in babies and children are known as pediatric oncologists. They use different methods and medications for treatment of babies and children suffering from cancer or blood disorders.

The best way to find the right infant doctor in Charlotte is by asking your family, friends, and/or other parents you know and trust. You can also ask your obstetrician/gynecologist for a recommendation. They will know some of the most competent and respected infant doctors in your area.

Why You Should Immunize Your Child

May 12, 2017

With the help of various vaccines, it is now possible to prevent many childhood diseases which otherwise result in hospitalization, death, or lifelong consequences. Every parent wants to give their child a healthy start in life. Getting your child immunized is perhaps one of the most important parental decisions. It helps prepare your child’s body to fight against diseases, without exposing it to disease symptoms.

Some of the most important vaccinations for children to protect them against diseases include:

Polio vaccine (IPV): To protect against polio
MMR: To protect against mumps, measles, and rubella
Hib vaccine: To protect against Haemophilus influenzae type B that causes spinal meningitis
Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7): To protect against pneumonia, infection in the blood, and meningitis
DTaP: To protect against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis
HBV: To protect against hepatitis B
Varicella: To protect against chickenpox

Routine child immunizations in Charlotte are recommended in children between ages 0 and 6 years to prevent various serious or even deadly diseases. Some evidence even suggests that keeping your baby up to date with vaccinations reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by 50%.

Tips for Choosing a Right Pediatrician for Your Child

April 17, 2017

Are you confused about choosing the right pediatrician for your child? When your child is born, you should find a doctor who can take great care of your new family member. Although finding the right pediatrician seems quite overwhelming, with proper research, you’ll be able to find a doctor that you can trust.

Here are some important tips for choosing the right pediatrician for your child:

  • It is advisable to start your search during pregnancy. You should make the decision when you are seven to eight months along.
  • In order to find the best child health care doctors in your area, you can ask your obstetrician or midwife for recommendations. You can also ask your relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who have kids.
  • Make sure to confirm with your state medical board whether the doctor you are considering has been disciplined for unethical or improper behavior.
  • Make certain that the pediatrician you are considering is well-located and has convenient office hours.
  • Make a personal visit to the doctor’s office to find out whether the doctor has the kindness, understanding, and professionalism you are looking for.
    All these tips will help you to choose the right pediatrician in Charlotte who can take the best care of your child’s health.

Infographic: The Importance of Pediatrician

April 17, 2017

The medical treatment and testing methods used for adults are very different from the methods used for children. This is the reason why a separate branch of medicine exists for child healthcare. A pediatric doctor works along with nurses and other physicians to deal with various diseases in children. He or she not only treats children, but also guides parents on hygiene, mental exercise, health, diet, vaccines, and regular checkups. Along with treatment, the pediatrician also keeps the medical records of children up to the age of 18 years.

The infographic titled “All About Pediatricians” explains the definition of pediatrics and the diseases that require treatment in children. After going through the infographic, you will know what sort of issues you will need to bring to the pediatrician’s attention. Some common diseases in children that need consultation: childhood obesity, brain tumors, asthma, pneumonia, diabetes, etc. The infographic also reveals some interesting facts about pediatricians. For complete details on pediatricians, refer to the infographic.

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Seasonal Allergies in Children

April 17, 2017

Springtime in Charlotte equals beautiful trees budding everywhere, flowers beginning to open up, grass greening, children outdoors playing and beginning their outdoor sports.  With that can come itchy, red eyes and nasal dripping, and perhaps coughing, even attacks of wheezing and shortness of breath or worsening of asthma in children with that condition.  This is not a problem unique to Charlotte Pediatricians.  Up to 40% of all children suffer with allergic rhinitis, another word for allergic runny nose.  A visit to your pediatrician will help you to determine if your infant or child may have seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies commonly begin during the toddler and early childhood periods, usually after age two because children develop environmental allergies as they are exposed to those allergens over a period of time.    Your child’s doctor will tell you that seasonal allergies due to pollen are unlikely before age two and if your infant is having a runny nose, it is not likely due to the change of seasons.

What are some of the signs of seasonal allergy?  Runny nose and nasal stuffiness, throat clearing (due to itching of the throat), nose rubbing, sniffling, snorting, sneezing (all related to itching of the nose and throat), and itchy watery, red eyes.  These symptoms usually will become progressively worse year after year and it is that pattern of recurrence at the same time each year that is part of the picture that alerts your pediatrician to the diagnosis of seasonal allergies.  Itchiness is the common denominator and can extend to the skin as well.  For children with Asthma or a history of wheezing, this can be severely worsened during periods of high pollen.

There are several risk factors for having seasonal allergies including a family history, being born during the spring when pollen counts are high, being the firstborn child, and being male.  These are factors out of your control.  Here are the things you can control:
Keep the windows down on those warm spring days and run the air conditioner instead.  This reduces the pollen inside your home which lands on your infant or toddler’s bedding and all other objects in your home.
Eliminate all exposure to second hand smoke.
Avoid pressuring your baby’s doctor to give your infant antibiotics for viral illnesses since that won’t help and that practice can increase the risk of allergies.
Charlotte Pediatricians always want children to remain active in their outdoor sports, but be mindful of high pollen days and more alert to symptoms occurring at those times and insist on a daily bath for your active child to wash all pollen from their skin and hair

Your Charlotte doctor is the best guide to advise you on the appropriate treatments of the many over the counter and prescription anti-allergy therapies available.  Also your pediatrician can tell you if further testing is warranted either in their office or with an asthma and allergy specialist for children.  Don’t try to treat your child alone.  Children tend to suffer longer than adults and can’t always tell you how much, so seek the services of your child’s doctor as soon as you see the signs for the best results.

How Long Does the Hepatitis A Vaccine Last?

March 1, 2017

Hepatitis A is one of the most contagious diseases of the liver. If not cured on time, it may cause liver failure. Symptoms of hepatitis A include vomiting, jaundice, fever, nausea, stomach, joint pain, and tiredness. The main cause of this disease is consuming contaminated food and drinks or coming in contact with a hepatitis A infected patient.

Vaccine

Pediatricians in Charlotte advise that people who are at high risk of the disease, such as hospital workers, sexually active gay or bisexual men, the elderly, children, and world travelers must be vaccinated against hepatitis A.

The vaccination is given via two shots with an interval of 6 months. The vaccine for both hepatitis A and B can be given to people who are 18 years and above, although they are recommended and usually administered during childhood. The vaccine for Hepatitis B is administered in 3 doses over 6 months.

Administration of the vaccine

The hepatitis A vaccine is given to the children in their thighs and in the upper arms for the teenagers and adults. Reports of side effects from the vaccine are rare. These effects have been quite mild, such as headache, fever, or nausea.

What are the challenges of pediatricians?

March 1, 2017

A pediatrician is someone who specializes in treating children from infantry through adolescence. Being a pediatrician is not easy and a pediatrician has to face a lot of challenge throughout his/her career. Here are some of the challenges that a pediatrician faces over the course of his/her career:

Residency

A pediatrician is someone who has just completed the special training of how to treat children. It is quite competitive for a pediatrician to get into a quality residency program to learn the skills to treat children and the position of doctor for more job opportunities. After completing the residency application process, the pediatrician has to work up to 80 hours per week for a period of at least three years and at low wages before getting the benefits of their years of hard work and training.

Immunization

Immunization is one of the basic and most important duties of the doctor. Immunization keeps children healthy and away from disease. Any good child immunizations doctor in Charlotte will tell you that it becomes quite challenging to convince parents that vaccinating their children is the best method to keep children away from illness.

Research

We all know any research related to humans is very strict, and when it comes to children, it becomes stricter. Hence, it becomes difficult for pediatricians to research and understand diseases of children and treat them.