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Why Pediatricians Should Treat Your Child as an Individual

There are many things to look for when it comes time to finding a doctor for your child. Plenty of Phoenix pediatricians are available. However, you need a team you can trust to be there to help you through every illness, growth spurt, or frantic call in the middle of the night.

The right team stands out by simply treating your child as an individual. They are the primary focus, treated with care and attention to their unique needs. This is important to look for when choosing a provider.

When You Need to Find a Pediatrician Nearby

When the time comes to find pediatric doctors, what do you want in this provider? You need:

  • Pediatricians who will speak to your child and get insight and information from the child. By listening to your child, your doctor will form a solid bond with them as an individual.
  • Pediatric services that are welcoming, comfortable, and friendly.
  • Pediatric clinics in Phoenix that make your child feel right at home. This is the type of environment any medical team should have with their patients.
  • Pediatricians that make your child feel like they can open up. This is how your children’s doctor can ensure your child’s needs are always met.

Pediatric Clinics in Phoenix

At Pediatrix, we believe that when the time comes to get help, you need to have a professional you can depend on every time your child has a need, your child is unique and should always receive care based on his or her needs, not treated as just another child. Request an appointment with a pediatrician in Phoenix today. You will love the individual attention our team gives to each one of our patients.

Posted in Doctor Visits on August 6th, 2018

When to Call Your Pediatric Clinic

Many times, parents wonder if they should call their child’s doctor and debate about whether or not their child’s issue is significant enough to bring them in for care. However, your child should be brought in whenever there’s a concern or even a thought in the back of your mind that something could be wrong.

How Doctors Can Help

Pediatric clinics in Phoenix have dedicated doctors prepared to help before they even meet you. Over the phone, they can give you an idea of whether or not your child’s issue warrants a doctor’s visit and they can answer basic questions, either in person or on the phone.

If you do not feel comfortable calling your child’s doctor for care, it may be time to find a more reliable provider.

Choosing the Right Pediatric Clinic Nearby

There are many things to consider when choosing your children’s doctor. At the heart of this decision is trust. You need a team you know you can trust.

What Your Local Pediatrician Should Provide

Phoenix pediatric clinics should be able to provide you with the tools and resources to help you through every situation you face. They should offer guidance and support for tough situations.

From emergencies to questions, pediatric doctors in Phoenix are here for you. We encourage you to come in whenever you feel there is a need to do so – this is what makes you comfortable and ensures your child is always in the best hands possible.

Take a moment to consider your needs. Because not all pediatricians are the same, we encourage you to find a professional you trust completely. Pediatrix is here to meet your goals offering advanced care and one-on-one support for your child. There is never a reason not to call our team for an appointment or a consultation. Request an appointment today.

 

Posted in Doctor Visits on August 3rd, 2018

Old Enough for Contacts?

August is approaching and if you have a pre-teen or teenager who wears glasses, there’s a chance they’re talking to you about contacts before school starts. Plenty of people wear contacts, but if you’re a parent, you rightfully asking yourself, “Is my child old enough to wear contact lenses?”

There isn’t an exact age children are allowed to start wearing contacts. However, parents need to consider how responsible their child is when considering contacts.

Contact Care

When your child began wearing glasses, you presumably had a talk with them about taking care of them. You talked about cleaning glasses, placing them safely in a case when playing, taking them off while they swim, etc. Contacts require care as well.

Cleaning

It’s quite easy to clean glasses. All you need is glasses cleaning spray or drops and a microfiber cloth. Contacts, on the other hand, must be kept in a small case of solution when they’re not being worn or risk drying up. It’s also important to replace the solution after every use.

Washing Your Hands

You MUST wash your hands before putting on contacts or risk germs and dirt touching your eyes. If you decide to dry your hands with a cloth or towel, there’s a chance the fibers on your fingers will irritate your eyes when putting on or taking off your contacts.

When to Take Them Off

Contacts CANNOT be worn while you sleep. They’ll stick to your eyes and be very difficult to take off later. It’s also recommended that they aren’t worn in the shower as fresh water can contain bacteria. Swimming in contacts can result in eye infections and irritation.

Nails and Makeup

Something even adults don’t consider when they begin wearing contacts is how difficult it is to take them off with long nails, which can scratch your eyes. It’s also recommended that you put on contacts BEFORE putting on or taking off makeup.

Replacing Them

Unlike glasses, contacts need to be replaced regularly. Wearing worn-out, old contacts can irritate your eyes.

Is your child having vision issues? Request a checkup at Pediatrix.

Posted in Vision on July 23rd, 2018

Arizona Might Make Tanning Illegal for Minors

As the sweltering summer continues, many are hoping to get their tan on, including teens. You’d think this would be an easy feat in sunny Arizona, but many lack the patience to tan naturally or find they burn easily in uncontrolled environments. Tanning salons are quite popular, even in Arizona, and they’re becoming more and more accessible. Even gym memberships come with tanning perks these days. Teenagers are often looking for ways to improve their appearance and may not understand the consequences of frequent tanning.

One cancer survivor wants to change that.

AZ Tanning Laws

Currently, Arizona does not ban tanning for minors. Any individual under 18 can tan as long as they have parental permission or consent. This is quite disturbing considering:

  • 44.5% of individuals who started tanning before age 16 did so with a family member.
  • 49.2% of those who started tanning with a family member did so with their mother.
  • 32.7% of indoor tanners started tanning before they were 18.
  • 17% of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime.
  • 10.6% of all female high school students have tanned indoors.
  • 15.2% of Caucasian female high school students have tanned indoors.

Proposed AZ Bill

House Bill 2084 would ban tanning beds entirely for anyone under 18, proposed in January 2018. Vanessa Ramirez is the one urging lawmakers.

Ramirez, 35, is a cancer-survivor. She visited with lawmakers to share hard-facts about the indoor tanning and skin cancer. The Melanoma Research Foundation finds that individuals who expose themselves to the UV rays in tanning beds before age 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.

Fifteen states already have bans against minors using tanning beds.

Keep Your Child Safe

If your child is interested in tanning, talk to them about options outside of tanning booths. Teach your children about the importance of sunscreen, even when they’re not at the pool. If you notice an abnormal growth on your child skin, request an appointment with Pediatrix.

Posted in Health on July 16th, 2018

Party Drugs Parents Should Know About: Part 2

Read part 1 of our article.

Psilocybin/Mushrooms

(Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms, Shroomies)

Psilocybin comes in the form of dried mushrooms or as powder.

How it’s Taken:

  • Orally (capsule or mixed with liquid)
  • Snorted
  • Smoked
  • Injected

Effects:

  • Sensory hallucinations
  • Intense feelings
  • Personal and spiritual insights
  • Nausea

Effects last 5-6 hours.

LSD

(Acid, Blotter, Cid, Microdot, Windowpane)

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a white, odorless, crystalline powder made in illegal laboratories. The pure drug is almost invisible. It comes packaged in tablets, capsules, gelatin sheets or pieces of blotting paper, often with cartoon drawings on them.

How it’s Taken:

  • Orally
  • Inhaled
  • Injected

Effects:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Goose bumps
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Hallucinations
  • Intense emotions
  • Visual changes
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Impaired depth and time perception
  • Distorted perception of the size and shape of objects, movements, color, sound, touch, and the user’s own body image.

Flashbacks or recurrences of parts of a “trip” can occur days or months after taking the last dose

PCP

Angel Dust, Supergrass, Killer Weed, Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel

PCP comes in the form of a white or colored crystal or powder or tablet. It is usually mixed with tobacco or marijuana and smoked.

How it’s taken:

  • Orally
  • Snorted
  • Injected
  • Inhaled
  • Smoked

Effects:

  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Blank stare
  • Rapid and involuntary eye movements
  • Exaggerated walk
  • Feelings of detachment and distance
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Distorted visual images
  • Severe mood disorders
  • Acute anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Violent hostility
  • Schizophrenia
  • Amnesia

The U.S. DEA considers PCP one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse.

Salvia Divinorum

Magic Mint, SallyD, Salvia

This is a form of sage from the mint family.

How it’s Taken:

  • Orally (chewed or mixed with liquid)
  • Smoked

Effects:

  • Hallucinations
  • Out-of-body experiences
  • Loss of consciousness and memory
  • Lack of physical coordination

Despite being restricted from being sold in stores, it is available for purchase online or in drug paraphernalia or “head shops.”

Concerned about your child? Request an appointment with Pediatrix.

Posted in Safety on July 9th, 2018

Party Drugs Parents Should Know About: Part 1

Party drugs are recreational drugs normally found at dance clubs or house parties. Hard drugs such as cocaine and meth are seen as more dangerous than these types of drugs, but party drugs are not harmless. They can even be deadly.

It’s vital for parents to be informed about these kinds of drugs because:

  1. They’re attractive to young people who party
  2. They can be discreetly spiked in the commotion of a party or club

Ecstasy

(E, XTX, RAdam, Euphoria, X, MDMA, Molly, Love Doves)

Ecstasy is often found in environments where alcohol is not permitted and is popular with young adults and teens.

How it’s taken:

  • Orally
  • Snorted

Effects:

  • feelings of pleasure
  • closeness to others
  • energy
  • confidence
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • jaw pain
  • blurred vision
  • vomiting
  • overheating
  • possible dehydration
  • hallucinations
  • paranoia
  • panic
  • anxiety
  • depression

In 2011, ecstasy was the cause of 22,500 emergency department visits.

Rohypnol

(Rophies, Ruffies, Roofies)

Rohypnol belongs to the same family of sedative drugs that includes Valium.

How it’s taken:

  • Orally
  • Snorted
  • Dissolved in drink

Effects:

  • Lack of memory
  • Impaired judgement
  • Dizziness
  • Blackouts
  • Sedation
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Feelings of intoxication
  • Slurred speech

Sedation can last up to 8 hours.

Ketamine

(Special K, Baby Food)

Ketamine is normally found in clubs and raves and is often reported in sexual assault cases.

How it’s taken:

  • Snorted
  • Drank with alcohol
  • Smoked with marijuana

Effects:

  • Temporary amnesia
  • Hallucinations
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling withdrawn
  • Confusion
  • Disassociation

It produces dependency and greater tolerance in some users who take the drug repeatedly.

GHB

(Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X)

Similar to ketamine, GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate) is found in clubs and raves and has been reported in sexual assault cases.

How it’s taken:

  • Orally by liquid

Effects:

  • Sociable feelings
  • Less inhibited
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Amnesia
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Depressed breathing
  • Coma

3 people die because of GHB overdose every year.

Be sure to read part 2 of our article, coming soon.

Concerned about your child? Request an appointment with Pediatrix.

Posted in Blog, Safety on July 2nd, 2018

Caring for Your Sick Child on Vacation

Summer has arrived, and your family is ready for a much-needed vacation. You’ve packed, changed your tires, and even hired someone to water your plants. The one thing you didn’t plan for? Your kids getting sick.

With weather changes and long car rides, it’s inevitable that one of your children starts to feel unwell. Here are our tips on how to care for your child when they’re sick on vacation.

Pack Medicine

Your pharmaceutical bag is one the few pieces of luggage you hope not to use. However, it’s still important to have. Here’s what we recommend bringing:

  • Headache medicine
  • Nausea medicine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Cough medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Menstrual cramp medicine
  • Laxatives
  • Nasal spray
  • Cough drops

Your pharmaceutical bag should be as unique as your child’s needs. If your child susceptible to sore throats, for instance, it may be smart to bring some sore throat spray.

Encourage Rest

Don’t wait to apply this advice until after your child becomes ill. It’s common for children to becoming excited on trips and desire to sleep late. As much as you don’t want to, reinforce bed times even on vacations. A rested child is often a healthy child.

Avoid Germs

This can be challenging on trips to amusements parks where your child is surrounded by other kids. Teach your child to avoid touching objects and then touching their face and mouth. Try to keep hand sanitizer on you, and make sure your children washes their hands before eating.

Keep Your Child Relaxed

Your child is probably even more frustrated than you are that they’re sick on vacation. The last thing that will help is blaming your kid. Unless it’s life-threatening, don’t let something like a cold ruin a family vacation.

Need a check up before your family hits the road? Contact Pediatrix to request an appointment with a pediatrician.

Posted in Emergency on June 25th, 2018

Parts of a Healthy Lunch

School is out in Arizona, meaning your children are probably eating at home more often now. For parents and guardians that don’t normally pack their children’s school lunch, an entire summer filled with home-cooked meals might be intimidating. Creating a healthy lunch for your children is simpler than you’d think.

Here’s what your child’s lunch can include.

Fat

Yes, fat can be healthy. Experts say fat intake should be around .4 to .5 grams per pound of your target body weight. You can use a body mass index chart to see what your child’s target weight should be. Cheese, dark chocolate, nuts, eggs, and yogurt are all examples of healthy high-fat foods.

Fiber

Fiber is important for your child’s digestive system. Raspberries, blackberries, pears, and whole-wheat pasta are examples of foods with high-amounts of fiber that kids enjoy eating.

Protein

Our bodies do not store much protein, and we need it for our muscles, blood, bones, organs, hair, nails, hormones, and energy level. Kid-friendly foods with high protein include grapefruit, eggs, turkey, and pork loin.

Calcium

The saying “calcium builds strong bones” is not an old wives’ tale, but a scientific fact. Include dairy products such as cheese and milk into your kid’s lunch. If your child is lactose intolerant, calcium is found in many non-dairy products like almonds and carrots.

Carbs

Carbohydrates are the number one source of energy. You can find carbs in various food groups—dairy, fruit, grains, legumes, vegetables, and sugars.

It’s easy to look at this list and be overwhelmed. Remember, your child’s healthy lunch will most likely not include the entire food pyramid. Incorporating as much of these healthy elements as possible is the goal, even if that means meals with only three of what was listed.

Do you have concerns about your child’s health? Speak to a pediatrician at Pediatrix. We’re dedicated to helping you raise healthy, happy kids.

Posted in Blog, Health on June 18th, 2018

Breastfeeding with Inverted or Flat Nipples

Not being able to breastfeed with inverted or flat nipples is an old wives’ tale that is completely inaccurate. It’s always possible to breastfeed, no matter what kind of nipples you have. Inverted or flat nipples may make latching more difficult, so here’s what you need to know.

Nipple Types

There are three main types of nipples, and all are completely normal. Protruding means the nipple does not stick out from the areola unless cold or aroused. Flat means the nipple lays flat either all the time or only occasionally protrudes when cold or aroused. Inverted means the nipple is pulled into the breast tissue and either never sticks out, rarely sticks out, or sinks in deeper when cold or aroused.

Tips and Tricks

Nipple Shields

Nipple shields are products that are used during breast feedings. They have a small opening at the tip of the nipple that allows milk to flow from your breast, through the shield, and to the baby. Babies may have an easier time latching on to the shield than your nipple.

Breast Shells

Breast shells are products you wear in-between feedings, not during. A round bottom ring is placed over your areola, allowing your nipple to stick through a hole in the center. This puts pressure at the base of your nipple, helping your nipple stick out when it’s time to feed.

Breast Pump

Pumping before you feed your baby may help protrude your nipple due to the suction of the pump.

Nipple Everter

Nipple everters look similar to turkey-basters. They help suction your nipple out right before feeding.

C-Hold

Many moms find that breastfeeding their baby using the C-hold helps protrude the nipple. This method involves squeezing your breast as you feed.

Is your baby not latching properly? Have your baby’s latch evaluated by a pediatrician at Pediatrix.

Posted in Baby Care, Blog on June 11th, 2018

Preparing Your Child for a Physical

Summer has arrived, and many children will be attending camp for the upcoming months. Families tend to get caught up in all the excitement and preparation—buying insect repellent, sunscreen, etc. They sometimes forget one important activity that needs to be checked off the list in advance: physicals.

What Happens at a Physical?

At a physical, your child’s pediatrician is going to check the following:

  • height
  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • heart
  • lungs
  • stomach
  • ears
  • nose
  • throat
  • eyesight
  • strength
  • flexibility
  • reflexes

When Does Your Child Need a Physical?

Your child may need a physical if he or she is:

  • going to summer camp
  • going back to school
  • joining a sports team

Why Does Your Child need a Physical?

Your growing child needs a physical for two main reasons:

Well Being

Your pediatrician needs to see if your child is healthy enough for camp. If your child has asthma, for instance, your pediatrician can recommend how often your child should rest during activities.

Puberty

Your pediatrician needs to see how your child is growing and if there are any issues with his or her development.

Preparing Your Child

Physicals might be scary for a child. Here’s how can you help.

Inform Your Child

Explain to your child exactly what’s going to happen at the physical, so they’re not left to their own imagination.

Ask Questions

Ask your child if they would like you present in the room during their physical. Encourage your child to discuss any concerns they may have with you.

Comfort Your Child

If your child would like you in the room, take the opportunity to comfort them during the appointment. Try not to speak over them if the doctor talks to them; this may make your child feel like they’re in trouble.

Need an Appointment?

Is your child heading off to camp this summer? Book a physical through Pediatrix.

Posted in Blog, Doctor Visits on June 4th, 2018