Does your child only visit the pediatrician if he or she is sick or injured? Well-child care exams play an important role in your child's health. The exams, offered by the pediatricians at Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee and Orlando, FL, provide a simple way to identify health or development issues.
Why should my child have a well-child care exam?
Regular checkups aren't only important when your child is a baby. During yearly exams, your child's Ocoee or Orlando pediatrician may:
- Offer Vision Screenings: Changes in vision can happen so gradually that your son or daughter may not even realize that there's a problem. Vision screenings, part of every well-child care exam, offer a simple way to identify vision issues. If your child can't see the eye chart clearly, his or her doctor will recommend visiting an eye doctor.
- Provide Hearing Screenings: It's difficult to do well in school if you can't hear well. In some cases, hearing loss can be mistaken for behavioral issues. Kids who have hearing loss may have trouble following directions or may appear to be daydreaming. Periodic screenings help ensure that hearing loss is identified and treated promptly.
- Identify Health and Developmental Issues: Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, epilepsy, or asthma, may start in childhood. Signs and symptoms can be subtle at first and are easily overlooked or confused with minor illnesses. During well-child visits, your child's pediatricians will check for signs of these and other diseases. She'll also discuss developmental milestones and ask you to share any concerns you may have regarding your child's health and development.
- Offer Immunizations: Your child's immunization record will also be reviewed during the checkup. If he or she needs a booster or has never received a particular vaccine or immunization, it will be provided during the visit. Immunizations for measles, whooping cough, chickenpox, meningitis, tetanus, mumps, diptheria, polio, hepatitis, and other diseases not only safeguard your child's health but also protect people who can't be immunized due to certain health conditions.
Is it time for your child's well-child care exam? Call the pediatricians at Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee and Orlando, FL, at (407) 770-1414 to schedule an appointment.
Did you know that the AAPD recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the baby’s first tooth erupts? Oral health through proper oral hygiene is crucial to the overall health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. It covers a range of health promotion and disease prevention concerns, including dental caries; periodontal (gums) health; proper development and alignment of facial bones, jaws, and teeth; other oral diseases and conditions; and trauma or injury to the mouth and teeth. Growing Together Pediatrics recommends that your child sees a dentist every 6 months.
Tips for Healthy Teeth:
- Avoid breastfeeding to soothe. Prolonged breastfeeding can lead to a misalignment of your child’s jaw.
- Avoid using sippy-cups and bottles as a substitution for pacifiers. We recommend discontinuing bottle use by age 15 months. This can lead to dental caries (tooth decay, cavities).
- Avoid sticky and/or chewy candy.
- Use of toothpaste that contains fluoride once the child can spit.
- Helping with and/or supervising the brushing of your child’s teeth at least TWICE A DAY for at least TWO MINUTES in a circular motion
- Flossing ONCE A DAY before bedtime
Keeping your kids healthy can be as easy as helping them eat right and exercising regularly.
Nothing is more important than the health of your child. Luckily, there are simple measures you and your child can take each and every day to protect their health. Eating healthy and getting regular physical activity are the two most important habits for any child. From the office of our Ocoee and Orlando, FL, pediatricians, find out how to help your child develop these healthy habits early on.
Be a Role Model
We all know that our kids like to mimic everything we do, so one thing that parents can do when it comes to eating healthier is lead by example. This means preparing healthily balanced dinners that contain a hearty helping of vegetables. Don’t just tell your children how to eat healthier, show them.
Limit Screen Time
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to childhood obesity and a slew of chronic and serious health problems. By allotting your child a limited amount of time in front of the television or on their phones they will spend more time doing other activities that may get them moving and also keep them from snacking excessively.
Make Exercise Fun
Let your child choose the activity or activities they want to participate in, whether that’s joining the school’s soccer team or getting involved in a dance class outside of school. If they choose something they love they are more likely to stick with it. You can also allot time each and everyday for the family to take a break and walk around the neighborhood together or play around in the backyard. Make physical activity a bonding experience for the whole family.
Check Food Labels
It’s amazing how much sugar and sodium can be found in the foods we eat. You may not even realize it. In fact, a lot of so-called “healthy” foods are actually not that healthy for you. By checking food labels with your children you’ll both understand what constitutes healthy food choices and which foods to avoid. Instilling this habit in your child early on will help them maintain this same habit as they get older and start making their own food choices.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
If you have potato chips and junk food easily accessible you better believe that these are the snacks your children will turn to. So the best thing you can do is to avoid stocking your home with these unhealthy snacks. Opt instead for healthier choices such as raw veggies and hummus, apples, peanut butter, and low-fat string cheese. Avoid processed, sugary or salty snacks.
Do you have questions about your child’s diet? Do you need to schedule your child's next checkup? If so, call Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee and Orlando, FL, today!
Despite all of the research supporting the effectiveness of immunizations, many parents still question the safety of vaccines for their little ones. Will they protect my infant from serious disease? Or are the vaccines themselves harmful?
Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their babies from serious childhood diseases ranging from tetanus and mumps to whooping cough and seasonal flu—and have been for more than 50 years. In fact, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%!
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every child receive the protection that immunization provides.
Do vaccines even work?
Yes, vaccines work every year to protect millions of children from serious illnesses. Because infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, if an unvaccinated baby is exposed to a certain germ, the baby’s body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Therefore it is very important that parents take the necessary steps to ward off harmful complications through immunization.
Are there side effects?
As with any medication, side effects can occur with vaccines. These side effects are usually very minor and include redness or tenderness at the injection site or a low fever, which indicates that the body is reacting positively to the vaccine. Most babies do not experience any side effects from vaccines, and severe reactions are very rare.
Parents have the power to protect their baby from serious illnesses. Deciding not to vaccinate your child could put him at risk for life-threatening childhood diseases. If you have questions about immunization, talk with your pediatrician. You can also visit the sites listed below for additional information and updated immunization schedules.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Food and Drug Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Network for Immunization Information
Welcome to the Blog of Growing Together Pediatrics
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Orlando, FL area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health.
As always, feel free to contact Growing Together Pediatrics with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Growing Together Pediatrics
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