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Tips to Settle Kids Down Before Bed

Your kids keep you going all day long. Whether it’s at home, school, or someplace else, their energy seems boundless. When the day is coming to a close and you want them to settle down before bedtime, often you may encounter a struggle.

As early child care and development shows, children are all different. Some will sit happily watching a movie, while others can’t stop moving around. While they are infants, it’s easy to help them into sleep mode. As they grow, kids sometimes resist bedtime and seem to be as active as ever.

Here are a few health tips for kids to settle them down before bed:

Books and More Books

What parent hasn’t read the same storybook over and over again? But, if that’s what your kids love, then be sure that every night is a book night. As they grow older and can read on their own, then allow reading for as long as they wish. Just as long as it stays quiet and no one else is disturbed.

You can leave picture books piled next to their beds and let them have at it. Their imaginations will take them places anew every night.

Learning to Wind Down

Not every child wants to just hop in bed and close their eyes. But, there are ways to switch off the busyness of the day and get them to relax. Ensure that when they get into bed they stay there. No reaching for the light, no hopping out for a drink of water, no jumping around. Bedtime should also never be used as a punishment.

Beds at night are for sleeping. If they have a favorite toy that comes with them, so much the better. Just tell them to lie still. No tossing or turning. Listen to the quiet in their room. Kids can visually imagine each arm and leg saying goodnight as they work their way up their bodies.

Audio Books, Podcasts, and Music

Older kids, especially, will use this technique. It can become a favorite way to end the day for them. Listening to music will quiet active minds, and help to draw them into days’ end. There are many places to download music and stories for children of all ages.

Don’t wait for your next child doctor visit in Happy Valley. Begin implementing some of these bedtime routines and before you know it, your kids will be looking forward to going to bed.

Posted in Blog on May 17th, 2016

Understanding Children’s Medicine: Types, Dosage & Side Effects

There are so many things to think about when you have children, that gathering information about their medicines can often seem a little intimidating. Several medications may seem complicated to administer, and you may worry about any side effects they can cause.

Often the best medication for your young children is bed rest, plenty of liquids, and something like Tylenol for their aches and pains. Occasionally, a stronger medication is needed for a bacterial infection or the like, and you may have questions about the types of medicine prescribed, the dosage and any side effects. You may also want to know how to give medicine to a child.

Every medicine comes with specific dosage information. Dosages usually correspond to a patient’s weight, which means it may not be the same for all of your children.

Different medications can be taken in different ways. Some medicines are taken orally, others breathed into the lungs, some applied to the skin, and others injected by your doctor.

When you receive a prescription, there will always be the name of the medicine on it, as well as how much medicine is taken each time, for how long, and how often. Any questions about your child’s medicine and it’s time to call your doctor or pharmacist.

In fact, you should make it a priority to get to know your pharmacist. They are a wealth of information about every medicine concern, and can even offer you tips on how to give medicine to a child. They will also always recommend that every prescription be taken until finished, even if your child is feeling better halfway through.

Sometimes, medicines come with special instructions, for example that they should be taken with food or milk. By making sure they are eating healthy, adding medication at mealtime shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Especially if you talk to your kids about the importance of medicine that will help them to fight infections.

With every medication, there will be an information sheet that accompanies it. Here you can read about any side effects or drug interactions you should be aware of. If you need to know more, never hesitate to ask questions during your child’s doctor visit at Happy Valley. All of the Pediatrix staff are more than happy to put your every concern to rest.

Posted in Blog on March 8th, 2016

Flu in Children: How It Spreads, Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Prevention

Influenza, or the ‘flu’ is a common respiratory illness that seems to affect many people during the winter season, although many get the flu at other times of the year also. Kids seem to be more susceptible to it than adults. Now that winter has arrived, the flu season will be kicking up. You want to be prepared and know what to look out for.

Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Children

If your children suddenly come home telling you they feel awful, check for the following flu symptoms in children:

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • coughing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • not eating
  • diarrhea
  • ear pain

You may think they just have another cold, but the flu will make them sicker by far. Usually most symptoms are gone within 5 days, but a cough may linger for weeks. Don’t ignore signs of the flu as it can lead to worse complications including possibly pneumonia.

If you notice fever in children, and suspect your child has the flu, don’t hesitate to schedule a child doctor visit in Happy Valley. Pediatrix doctors are available to speak with you about how to keep your child safe and comfortable when they have the flu.

Knowing How it Spreads

Flu is highly contagious, which means if you are near anyone who has it, chances are you’ll be next. When people with the flu germ cough or sneeze, little droplets find their way into the air and are breathed in by others close by.

Touching things will also spread flu germs. Children in school will often find themselves not feeling well due to the flu. After touching doorknobs, phones, or anything in public places, you may go home not feeling so well. Because of this, hand washing is essential during the flu season.

  • Treatments: This would include plenty of bed rest, drinking lots of liquids, and staying at home. Children’s aspirin or ibuprofen can relieve fever, headaches, and muscle aches.
  • Prevention: Children are natural ‘picker-uppers’, meaning anything and everything they see they must handle. When another child with flu germs has already handled something, that germ is spread, and quickly.
  • Hand washing: Teach your children to wash their hands frequently, as hand washing is a very effective way to stop the spread of a respiratory illness.
  • Vaccinate: The flu vaccine is available for everyone over 6 months of age. Usually you start thinking about a flu vaccine in September, but you can still get a flu vaccine now.

If you have questions about possible flu symptoms in your children, be sure to contact your Pediatrix office and schedule your child a doctor visit in Happy Valley.

Posted in Blog on January 26th, 2016