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Sudden Cardiac Death: What Parents Can Do

Many dangers seem to be lurking in unexpected places when you have children. From childhood diseases to accidents and even paralysis, it seems that there is always a parent going through a difficult situation.

None seems as tragic as sudden cardiac death. This is a sudden death usually occurring while your teen is playing sports. It is very rare, but very real.

Most teens who die unexpectedly from sudden cardiac death were not known to have heart disease. They lived every day in normal fashion. When they suddenly succumb to a cardiac death it is shocking, and very sad indeed.

Every year it seems you hear about a promising athlete who seems to be the perfect picture of health, who then suddenly collapses and dies while playing sports. Most of these young athletes are dying from what is known as hypertropic cardiomyopathy or HCM.

Sports physicals, of course, ask for detailed family history. Unfortunately these don’t tell the whole picture when it comes to every child and their health. So, what can be done to recognize the risk of HCM?

  • When any teen is interested in playing school sports, they will have to fill out a school sports questionnaire and undertake physicals for school sports. Have your physician at Pediatrix complete this form.
  • Ask all family members to give you information about any history of cardiac death under the age of 50. This would include any unexplained deaths and any drownings.
  • Sudden cardiac death doesn’t display many symptoms, but fainting spells, shortness of breath, high blood pressure in your teen, and heart murmurs are all signs that something is not right and more testing should be requested.
  • ECGs or electrocardiograms, are good for screening for sudden cardiac death. This should be included when getting a physical for sports.
  • Ensure that the school where your child plays sports is equipped with an AED or automatic external defibrillator, and that there are coaches, teachers, and administrators who will always be on site to operate it.

Even teens with heart conditions can participate in most sporting events. Whether or not you wish for your child to do so will be a personal choice. Your child doctor visits in Phoenix will be able to give you the best advice, based on sound testing, for whether or not your teen should play sports.

Sudden cardiac death is, unfortunately, not preventable. There are signs to look for, however. Be aware of what these signs are.

Posted in Blog on June 21st, 2016

The Importance of Proper Child Skin Care

Don’t you just love the feel of a newborn baby? Their skin is so soft and new, so perfect. You’re hoping their skin stays that beautiful forever. As babies grow into toddlers and young children, even they can start to experience problems with their skin. To ensure soft skin for a lifetime, start early with skin care!

Inevitably, children will experience scrapes, bruises, cuts, and rashes as time goes by. It’s just a fact of life. There are things you can do to treat skin problems and to deal with any issues that arise.

The first thing to remember is that proper skin care is very important – not just for adults but for children, too. Here’s a quick checklist to look over for some common skin problems found in children and how to remedy them.

Dry Skin

This is not just an adult problem. Kids can suffer from dry skin, too. Especially when the weather is colder. Excessive scrubbing during bath time can also make skin dry.

Always have your kids use fragrance-free soaps, ones that are mild for young skin and frequent use. When kids wash their faces, have them gently pat dry. Apply a gentle skin cream all over to ensure that your child’s young skin stays soft and supple.

Chapped or Itchy Skin

Children can experience eczema or psoriasis. Keeping their skin moisturized on a daily basis will go a long way to combating many skin problems. There are over-the-counter, as well as prescription medications to help with getting rid of unsightly rashes or redness.

Sun Protection

Sun safety for kids is of utmost importance. Whenever your kids are outdoors they should be protected with some kind of sunscreen. It’s important to remember baby sun protection, too. Keep kids out of the sun during mid-day when the sun is strongest. Have them wear hats and long sleeves if they have to be outside during these times. You can find sunscreen that not only protects your child’s skin from the sun’s rays, but also moisturizes it as well.

Look for Natural Ingredients

A good skincare product will have ingredients such as avocado oil. This is great for the skin and the scalp. There are also vitamins A, E, and D found in avocado oil.

Vitamin E by itself is also a wonderful skin supplement. This is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your child’s skin properly hydrated.

If you are scheduling your child doctor visit in Phoenix, be sure to ask about best remedies for your child’s skin care. Whatever the season, it’s always a good idea to keep your children looking and feeling their best.

Posted in Blog on April 26th, 2016