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Children’s Coughs and Colds: Illness or Allergy?

It can be hard to know if your child’s symptoms are a sign of illness or an allergy. 15 million Americans have allergies including 1 in 13 kids. While it’s not uncommon for children to have allergies, it is common to mistake them for cold symptoms. As a parent, you need to know the difference. If you suspect your child has allergies, bring them in to see a pediatrician in Phoenix.

What is the Difference?

The only sure way to know if your child has an allergy is with pediatric allergy testing. However, your children’s doctor in Phoenix can offer insight into your child’s health if there is a viral cold occurring instead. Here are a few tips:

  • Allergies: Children with allergies generally will have itchy eyes and nose. They may have some pain in their ears, but this tends to be minimal.
  • Colds: Children with colds or other illness may show signs such as a sore throat and fever.

Allergies do not usually cause a fever to occur, which is a very good sign your child may need more advanced care. At the same time, if you are unsure or your child’s symptoms worsen, it is critical that you bring him or her in to see a doctor as soon as possible. In all cases, your child doesn’t have to suffer.

Schedule an Appointment Nearby When You Need Help

As your trusted pediatrician in Phoenix, Pediatrix is there for you. We encourage you to call our children’s doctors in Phoenix with any questions about your child’s health.

Posted in Baby Care, Blog, Doctor Visits, Health on September 17th, 2018

The Importance of the One-Month Checkup for Your Newborn

The first month of a child’s life is critical—changes are happening rapidly and no matter how many children you’ve had, every newborn experience is different. A one-month checkup is a vital step in caring for your baby, which is why AZ parents need to seek our newborn care in Phoenix. Here’s what happens during these check-ups.

Well Child Checkups

During the appointment, the child’s doctor will provide a thorough examination. This includes taking vital signs, but also taking a look at the way your child’s spine lays, the formation of the head, and the overall health of the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. This is a very good time to spot any signs of distress on the child.

What Else Happens?

Your children’s doctor in Phoenix will talk to you about the child’s height and weight. This is perhaps the most important component of these visits. During them, the doctor is able to understand just how healthy your child is as well as determine if the child is thriving. A child that is not growing or is losing/not gaining weight could be ill or have a concern that needs more attention.

Vaccinations

At one month, your child will likely need a new set of vaccinations as well. You can talk to your doctor to administer the hepatitis B vaccine depending on whether the child has already received it in the hospital.

Need a Children’s Doctor in Phoenix or Nearby?

For all of your newborn care in Phoenix, put your trust in Pediatrix. Our team has the tools and resources to help you every step of the way with caring for your new child. For well child checkups or emergencies, call our offices immediately.

Posted in Baby Care, Blog, Doctor Visits on September 10th, 2018

Jaundice Care for Babies: What Every Parent Needs to Know

According to the University of California San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, as many as 50 to 60 percent of full-term babies are born with jaundice. And, for those born early, as many as 80 percent are. Jaundice care for the baby is necessary to help encourage the child’s body to begin functioning properly. But, many parents have no idea what this entails. Your pediatrician in Phoenix will offer more guidance and support to you. Here are some things to consider.

It Is Not Uncommon

As noted, the condition occurs often. It is not due to something you have done. And, it does not create a lasting impact on your child’s health in most cases. This can provide parents with a sense of relief.

What About Breastfeeding?

Breastmilk is the best option for feeding your baby in most cases. It is true that jaundice occurs more commonly in children who are breastfed than in those that are not. However, this may be the result of the child simply not getting enough milk immediately.

What Care Is Necessary at Home?

Your pediatric doctors in Phoenix will follow up with you about your body’s care after you leave the hospital. However, jaundice care for baby after you leave is not usually necessary. Most of the time, you will schedule an appointment within a few days of leaving the hospital to ensure the child’s levels are returning to normal.

Understand Treatment

Doctors will use phototherapy to treat some babies with the condition. This turns bilirubin into a harmless substance. There are various types of phototherapy options available. However, most of the time, the care for a child with jaundice is done in the hospital. The child remains in an incubator under blue lights. These lights help to reduce bilirubin levels.

If your child has jaundice or there is any concern that your child may be ill, do not wait to schedule an appointment. Your pediatrician in Phoenix is available to help you immediately. Schedule your next appointment nearby with pediatric doctors in Phoenix and call Pediatrix today.

Posted in Baby Care, Blog on August 27th, 2018

The Benefits of On Call Pediatric Care

An Excellent Pediatrician is Always Available

Because we can’t plan when our children are going to get sick or hurt, families should seek pediatricians available after office hours during the week and on weekends and holidays. This on-call service needs to be provided to all patients to assist with medical issues that may arise during these times. It is a custom that most incoming calls with routine questions are handled by our triage nurses. They are responsible for assessing your needs, giving appropriate clinical options, and facilitating referral and unanswered questions.

Test Results are Available, Even After Hours

If you have questions about a prescription, it is important to call during office hours when the doctor has access to your child’s medical record. However, pediatricians know how important test results in particular are for you. Look for a pediatric facility available during daytime and after hours in case of emergencies. Your Phoenix children’s doctor should be able to call you from the laboratory the day results are available, even if it’s after hours.

Where to Find Child and Infant Care in Phoenix

At Pediatrix, we have open extended hours to meet the needs of working parents. All visits to Pediatrix at Black Canyon, Phoenix, AZ are by appointment only. If you can’t keep your appointment, please call us to allow us to accommodate other patients. Newborn care is special and generally takes longer than other occasions. Please make your appointment for a well baby visit 30 days in advance so that we can allocate the time and provide all the information you need about your child. Request an appointment today.

 

Posted in Blog on August 20th, 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

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

Sunscreen for Babies?

Should you be putting sunscreen on your baby this summer? The answer depends on the age.

Younger than 6 months

Babies younger than 6 months should NOT wear sun screen. Instead, parents should employ other methods of sun protection such as:

  • Keeping them out of direct sunlight
  • Protective clothing
  • Hats with brims
  • Sunglasses

Older than 6 Months

If your baby is 6 months or older, they should wear sunscreen and lots of it! When putting sunscreen on babies, make sure to:

  • Pick an SPF of at least 15
  • Reapply every 2 hours (more if they’re in the water)
  • Use sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as to avoid skin and eye irritation

Sunscreen Guidelines

Broad Spectrum

To help narrow down your choices, pediatrics doctors recommend that you always select a broad-spectrum sunscreen. These types will help to provide the best overall protection against both types of harmful ultraviolet rays, which include UVA and UVB.

Sunburn Protection Factor (SPF)

The SPF tells you the amount of protection provided against UVB rays specifically, which are the rays that cause burning. For example, a bottle with SPF 15 tells us that a person can be exposed to the sun 15 times longer than someone that hasn’t applied this sunscreen before they start to burn. Choose an SPF with a minimum of 30 for kids.

UVA Protection

While there is no rating used for UVA rays, which are the rays that cause aging of the skin, there are products that can offer protection from these harmful rays. Choose sunscreens that contain avobenzone and ecamsule.

Water Resistant/Water Proof

To ensure that sunscreen stays on and protects your child while they play outdoors, especially while swimming, it is important that you select a water resistant or water proof sunscreen. Water resistant sunscreens maintain their protection levels for approximately 40 minutes upon immersion in water. After this time, it is necessary to reapply. Water proof sunscreens last a little longer, with a time of about 80 minutes.

A portion of this blog was originally posted on June 6, 2014.

Posted in Baby Care, Blog, Safety on May 21st, 2018

Swimming and Water Safety 2018

School’s out and the summer’s here. Like every year, Pediatrix wants to provide parents and guardians with helpful tips to keep their children safe in the pool.

Quick Facts

  • In the U.S., drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4.
  • A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone.
  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

Tips

  1. Establish Rules. Make sure everyone knows the rules before entering the pool area and continually enforce them. Small children don’t always think before they act, so state the obvious before it becomes an issue.
  2. No Swimming Unattended. Install locks on doors and sliding doors high enough to prevent children from heading out to the pool alone. Always shut and lock pool gates and patio doors at apartment complexes and hotels, and at home when pool time is over.
  3. Life Guard Duty. Always have at least one adult assigned to watch those in the pool. Don’t assume someone is watching. If there is drinking at a pool party with children, have some designated drivers on lifeguard duty, because alcohol decreases awareness and slows response time.
  4. Swimming Abilities. Use the appropriate flotation devices and supervision with children who are still learning to swim. Also, don’t overestimate the abilities of adults who will be supervising children. They will need to be able to rescue a child in case of an emergency.
  5. Use Steps. No diving or running. This prevents injuries like falling on the pool deck, as well as reducing the risk of drowning.
  6. Maintain Safety Equipment. This includes pool drains, covers, ladders, fencing, barriers, locks, first aid kits, and rescue equipment. ​​​​
  7. Pick Up Toys. Put away pool toys so children don’t go in after them later.
  8. Head Count. Always know where every child is. If a child is missing, time is of the essence. Always check the pool first, even if you thought he or she was playing somewhere else.
  9. CPR and First Aid. Get yourself certified, and post CPR information by the pool as a reminder in case of emergency.
  10. Visit the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona for more tips and resources, including city codes regarding pool safety.

Note: this article was originally posted on April 30th, 2017

Posted in Blog, Safety on May 14th, 2018