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How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

You may be thinking that your kids are healthy and well-adjusted, until you start comparing them to other kids. Parents, in particular, will give you all kinds of advice about every child-related topic under the sun and leave you thoroughly confused and questioning everything you thought you knew about raising a little human being.

So often, you hear all sorts of opinions about what kind of sleep your kids should be getting. After all, isn’t a good night’s sleep important for early child development and care?

But, how much is just right? And how much is too much?

The amount of sleep your child needs depends mostly on their age. The following are health tips for kids.

Newborns to Age 2

Infants sleep up to 18 hours a day, and by the time they are a year old, that is reduced to one or two naps per day and sleeping overnight. Your little one can sleep upwards of 15 hours a day in these early months.

Age 2-3

Children at this age start to leave off a morning nap but still nap during the afternoons. Most toddlers need at least 14 hours of sleep per day. Nap times may be as long as 3 hours per day. They typically go to bed between 7 and 9 PM and awake between 6 and 8 AM.

Age 3-6

Children will still go to bed in the early evenings, and arise fairly early in the morning. A typical 3 year old will still nap, whereas a typical 5 year old will not. Naps will become shorter over time and less frequent until they are gone for good.

Age 7-12

These are the years when your child starts school, and gets involved in many social and sports activities. Days are busy and often filled up with lots to do. Still, young children need their sleep. Bedtimes will range from 7 PM to 10 PM and children still need 10-11 hours of sleep per day.

Age 12-18

As teens grow, sleep is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Typically, teens start to sleep between 8-9 hours a night, although some teens need more. Usually they are involved with many school and social pressures, so sleep may not be on their minds like it once was.

Sleep is vital to any growing child. If you have questions the next time you’re in for your child doctor visit in Glendale, be sure to ask. Ensure that your kids are getting the right amount every day, and they will be ready and raring to go even when you’re not!

Posted in Blog on May 10th, 2016

Child Visits During Flu Season? Here’s How We Protect Your Child in the Office

There may be times during flu season when your child has an appointment to come in for a child doctor visit in Glendale and you’re concerned that coming in to the office will make matters worse. We are as concerned for your children’s health as you are, and take every precaution to ensure their well-being when they step inside our offices.

Especially during flu season, it is important to maintain regular check-ups and child doctor visits in Glendale. However, if you are unsure about whether or not it is the best time for your child to come in and see a Pediatrix doctor, give us a call. We are available to help you with this decision, and to reschedule if necessary.

Here are some health tips for you to think about now that flu season is back once again. These tips can protect your child both in the office and at home.

  • At Pediatrix, we practice good health etiquette and hygiene. Flu germs can be spread up to 6 feet when a person sneezes, so do like we do. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and always throw the tissue away right after sneezing or coughing. Don’t hold on to the germs!
  • If we get sick, we stay home. That’s what you should be doing, too. When your children don’t feel well, don’t force them out the door to school. They’ll only end up in the nurses’ office anyway. Have them stay away from their friends and other siblings, too, when they feel like they’re catching a cold or the flu.
  • Become a handwashing expert. Good handwashing should be between 20-30 seconds long. Rub the fingers of your one hand into the soapy palm of your other hand and scrub for 30 seconds. Repeat for the other fingers.
  • Clean all surfaces that you touch. This includes phones, computers, door knobs, toys, hand rails, counters, tables and chairs. If you touch it, disinfect it regularly.
  • Know what flu symptoms in children are. Sudden fevers, chills, aches, and pains are all good indicators that the flu has arrived.
  • Get your children a flu vaccine. Even toddlers can benefit from a flu shot. While it may not be 100% effective against getting the flu, a flu vaccine will go a long way to ensuring that your children are as protected as they can be. Should they pick up the flu, it will be a lot shorter and milder than had they never gotten a flu shot.

Coming in for a child doctor visit in Glendale should put your mind at ease. We have your child’s best interests at heart, so make that call today if you must.

Posted in Blog on January 12th, 2016