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Finding A Good Afterschool Program or Sport To Play

There are so many choices when it comes to afterschool programs and sports, and multiple factors to consider. Deer Valley pediatricians recommend afterschool programs and sports, which provide many benefits, but also recommend a school sports physical, or a pediatrics care check-up before beginning.

What Do They Love?

First, what is your child naturally drawn to? Are they interested in playing music? Do they love to dance or do gymnastics? Some children are horse fanatics, and others just want to play soccer. Certainly, one of the benefits of afterschool activities and a major reason to do them is that they can give your child a chance to experience and explore interests that schools can’t provide.

Socially Healthy

Your Deer Valley pediatrician, or whoever provides your pediatrics care, will tell you that socially, afterschool activities can be great for kids. Often they interact with children from other schools and teachers or activity leaders who are not their usual teachers. They form bonds with other children who share the same interests, which fosters a sense of belonging and self-esteem. Make sure that whatever program or sport you choose is reputable and safe. Ask other parents for recommendations and get a school sports physical before beginning.

Sports Health and Precautions

Many children love to play sports. First, whether you have a Deer Valley pediatrics provider or receive pediatrics care elsewhere, make sure that you get a school sports physical before your child begins to play a sport. Many districts will require this, but it’s a good idea to get a school sports physical, or catch up on pediatrics care, before playing, whether it’s required or not.

A Deer Valley pediatrician will help you assess your child’s overall health and determine whether there are any pediatrics care concerns when it comes to playing sports. Deer Valley pediatricians and others recommend that your child always wear protective gear, especially if their sport of choice is a contact sport. Every year, millions of American children are sent to the emergency room, or other pediatric care, with sports related injuries. Talk to your child about the dangers involved in the sports they are playing, and make safety awareness part of the criteria, when choosing which sport your child will play.

Posted in Blog on November 21st, 2014

Signs That It May Be More Than Just a Cold

The common cold is one of the main reasons why sick kids miss school. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable and often have 6-8 colds per year. Caring for sick children can be nerve wracking, since their colds can be more prolonged than in adults. Most of the time, caring for sick children does not mean a Deer Valley pediatrics doctor visit—just common sense care like lots of sleep, liquids, soups, and perhaps the appropriate dose of an over the counter anti-fever medication to relieve your sick kid’s discomfort.

However, sometimes common colds do develop into something more serious and it’s good to be aware of these signs in sick kids, and to take them to your Deer Valley pediatrics doctor when necessary.

Pay Attention to Fevers

Some possible complications from colds are ear infections, asthma, sinusitis, and pneumonia. A high fever is often an initial sign that a sick kid is more sick than you may have thought. If a fever repeatedly rises above 104 F in a child of any age, or is 100.4 F or above in a newborn child up to 12 weeks old, this is a sign that your child may have something more serious than a cold. If a fever lasts for more than 3 days in a child over 2, or for more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2, it is an indication that it’s time to call your Deer Valley pediatrics office.

Other Signs

There are other signs that a cold may have turned into a more serious problem. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Signs of dehydration, such as urinating less often than usual and not drinking enough fluid
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Severe headache
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • A stiff neck
  • Labored breathing
  • Crying that doesn’t stop
  • Ear pain
  • Persistent cough

Caring for sick children is difficult no matter what. Learn to differentiate these signs and symptoms. Take as many preventative measures as possible, even when no one in the family has a cold. Get plenty of rest and eat wholesome foods including lots of fruits and vegetables. And, don’t be afraid to call your Deer Valley pediatrics office when you’re not sure if your sick kids need additional care.

Posted in Blog on October 3rd, 2014