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Sharing the news of a tragedy or a major event with young ones!

November 2, 2017

Growing up teaches us a lot about life. While most of it is wonderful, it also forces us to face the hard realities that are part of it. There are times when even adults are shaken up by major events and tragedies that strike any time without any warning. Natural events like Hurricanes and earthquakes can leave a big scar on our lives, as well as the sudden demise of a close one.

As adults, we have learned how to find the courage to stand up after such events and carry on with our lives. Children on the other hand are inexperienced, and when they are exposed to the full impact of such situations, it could have a seriously damaging impact on their psyche and personality. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents, teachers and child care providers to filter information about such events when sharing it with kids in such a way that kids can cope up with the information, and digest it in a natural way without putting too much weight on their young inexperienced minds.

Flu Shot Clinics in November, December and January @ Starks Pediatrics in Charlotte

November 2, 2017

Starks Pediatrics is very pleased to announce we will be having flu shot clinics at our pediatric offices in Charlotte, NC on November 3, December 8, and January 12. The clinics are from 8:30 am to noon. This is a wonderful time to get your children vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. Starks Pediatrics is located at 2315 West Arbors Dr, Ste 115 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flu, or influenza, is an infectious respiratory ailment which is primarily caused by influenza virus that affects the nose, throat, and at times the lungs. This ailment can result in mild to severe illness depending upon the immunity of the infected person. Since the immune system of children can be weaker than adults, it becomes all the more crucial for parents that they don’t miss this chance to get a Flu shot for their children at Starks Pediatrics in Charlotte.

Please call Starks Pediatrics at 704-717-2826 with any questions.

Child Immunizations and All You Need to Know About Them

September 12, 2017

Children are more prone than adults to a number of diseases and medical conditions. As a parent, you will always want your child to get the best of everything. This will include proper education, cultural values, and even a healthy lifestyle. For maintaining good health, child immunizations hold intrinsic value right from the beginning. For details on what immunizations your child needs, you can contact pediatric health experts for child immunizations in Charlotte.

General immunizations your child may need in his/her early days include:

  • DTaP: Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • HBV: Protects against hepatitis B
  • Hib vaccine: Protects against Haemophilus influenzae type B, which can cause spinal meningitis
  • MMR: Protects against mumps, measles, and rubella
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7): Protects against pneumonia, infection in the blood, and meningitis
  • Polio vaccine (IPV): Protects against polio
  • Varicella: Protects against chickenpox

Most specialists recommend that child immunizations in Charlotte must be provided regularly to children between 0-6 years. Immunization is important, since it helps fend off serious illnesses that may otherwise surface in a child’s later years. Immunizations save millions of lives every year.

What Differences a Great Pediatrician Can Make in Your Child’s Health

September 12, 2017

A good pediatrician can help keep your child in good health. A great pediatrician will be able to recognize your child’s needs, in terms of his/her physical and emotional well-being. Finding the right pediatrician in Charlotte will also allow you to freely discuss all your worries regarding your baby’s health. Your child’s health is very important during their earliest years, since he/she cannot communicate his/her thoughts. But how can you tell the difference between a mediocre pediatrician and an excellent one?

Services a Trustable Pediatrician Must Offer

  • Work on eliminating all contagious diseases from the root: Your child’s health is of utmost importance. A dependable pediatrician will know how to eliminate any bacteria/virus that may affect his/her health in the future and vaccinate against them.
  • Facilitate a smooth childhood: A child’s life should be an interesting one. Your chosen pediatrician must be able to form a bond with your child in order to allow him/her to clearly communicate any issues.
  • Advise well: As a new parent, you will have little idea what your child needs, regardless of how much information there is on the internet. Your child’s pediatrician should be able to help you with things you should and should not do to keep your child healthy and happy.

The Best Age for Your Child to Get a Gardasil or Meningococcal Vaccine

September 12, 2017

The Best Age for Your Child to Get a Gardasil or Meningococcal Vaccine

Many first-time parents have questions about their child’s vaccination schedules. Most doctors generally recommend these three vaccines: TDAP, Gardasil, and Quadravalent Meningococcal at age 11.
Before taking your child to the pediatrician in Charlotte, you should know a few things about the Gardasil and Meningococcal vaccines.

What is Gardasil and who needs it?

Gardasil, also known as HPV Vaccine (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine) type 6, 11, 16, and 18, is mostly used for females. It is designed to prevent genital warts, cancer of the cervix, and some other related cancers. It is highly recommended for all girls at age 11.

What is Meningococcal Vaccine and who needs it?

The meningococcal vaccine is used to prevent bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of brain and spinal cord which can result in loss of limbs or brain function, paralysis, or death, especially in children. The different types of meningitis vaccines are MenACWY (conjugate), MenB (serogroup B), and MPSV4 (polysaccharide) vaccines, each of which is designed to work against different types of bacteria. Meningococcal vaccines are recommended for all children at age 11.

This article is provided for basic information only; for more detailed information about these diseases, stages, different types, or the full vaccination process; please get proper consultation from an expert pediatrician or medical practitioner.

The 2 Most Important Immunizations for Babies

August 11, 2017

As a parent, your number one priority should be to provide for your child and keep him/her safe and healthy. Immunization is one of the most important and effective ways to keep a child well. Some evidence even suggests that keeping your baby up to date with vaccinations reduces the risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by 50%. Below are the top two most important vaccines for your newborn:

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B or HBV vaccination is one of the most important immunizations and is recommended for all children, beginning at birth. The vaccine requires 3 doses, with the first usually given within 24 hours of birth. The second dose is given 1-2 months later, and the third one is given at 6-18 months of age.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
A combined diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine is recommended for all children in the United States. Overall, 5 separate doses are recommended, at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. The fourth dose must be given at 15 to 18 months and the fifth one at 4 to 6 years of age.

For all children between ages 0 and 6 years, routine child immunizations in Charlotte are recommended to prevent serious or even deadly diseases.

Key Roles of a Pediatrician

August 11, 2017

Choosing a pediatrician is one of the biggest decisions you will make before your baby is born. Before starting your search, it is important to learn what role pediatricians will play in the life of your child.

Here are the most important services your pediatrician will provide for your child:

  • Managing the physical, behavior, and mental health issues of your child
  • Diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, starting from minor health problems to serious diseases
  • Physical examinations, provide vaccinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
  • Provide all the related information to the parents related to their child’s health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs.
  • Answer questions about your child’s growth and development
  • Refer you to a specialist if your child requires advanced treatment

When looking for a children’s healthcare doctor in Charlotte, knowledgeabout the key roles of a pediatrician will help you to determine which pediatrician is right for your child.

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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