Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, caused by the excess yellow pigment in the blood called bilirubin, which is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. When bilirubin is produced faster than a newborn’s liver can break it down, the baby’s skin and eyes will appear yellow in color.
In most cases, jaundice disappears without treatment and does not harm the baby. However, if the infant’s bilirubin levels get too high, jaundice can pose a risk of brain damage. It is for this reason that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should be examined for jaundice within a few days of birth.
Is it Jaundice?
When parents leave the hospital with their newborn, they will want to look for signs of jaundice in the days following, as the condition usually appears around the second or third day of life. Most parents will be able to detect jaundice simply by looking at the baby’s skin under natural daylight. If you notice your newborn’s skin or eyes looking yellow, you should contact your pediatrician to see if jaundice is present.
Also, call your pediatrician immediately if your jaundiced newborn’s condition intensifies or spreads. The following symptoms may be warning signs of dangerously high levels of bilirubin that require prompt treatment.
- Skin appears very yellow
- The infant becomes hard to wake or fussy
- Poor feeding
- Abnormal behavior
While most infants with jaundice do not require treatment, in more moderate to severe cases treatment will be recommended. Some infants can be treated by phototherapy, a special light treatment that exposes the baby’s skin to get rid of the excess bilirubin. Infants who do not respond to phototherapy or who continue to have rising bilirubin levels may be treated with a blood transfusion.
Always talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about newborn jaundice.
Making sure your child remains healthy and happy is one of the most important undertakings of being a parent. Of course, we understand how big a task it can be to choose a pediatrician that can provide your little one with the care they need as they continue to grow. Wellness visits are a crucial part of your child’s health and here’s why.
While you can certainly monitor your child’s health and development, it’s important to have a team of expert pediatricians and medical professionals on your side who have received extensive and comprehensive medical training to detect certain health problems right away so your child can get the treatment they need as soon as possible.
A pediatrician is an important medical professional for both you and your child. When you bring your little one in for wellness checkups, it’s the best way to screen for certain disorders, make sure they are reaching their developmental milestones, that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations, and that their physical and mental health is in good shape. Vaccinations are particularly important for children, as this can protect their developing immune systems from serious and potentially life-threatening viruses.
During these visits, we will also take this time to provide you and your child with any additional support and counseling that may be necessary. For example, you may have questions about your child’s active lifestyle or about maintaining a healthy diet. These are some of the issues that a children’s doctor can easily address. After all, making sure your child is living a healthy lifestyle is important for their physical and mental wellbeing. If you have questions, it’s a good idea to prepare them before each good visit. No subject or question is silly so don’t be worried about bringing you or your child’s needs to our attention.
A pediatrician isn’t just a doctor who can provide your child with the comprehensive health care they need throughout their life but they can also provide educational and support whenever your child or your family needs it most. Don’t forget the importance of maintaining these good visits. If you aren’t sure how often your child should come in for routine care then don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician to find out. Your child’s health is our biggest priority.
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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!
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