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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

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

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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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