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Everyone has Feelings

Talking to your son or daughter about how they are feeling is very important.  A few helpful tips can help make dealing with these situations easier:

For Parents:

  •  Spend time with your children as a family, and ask them how they have been feeling.  If a concern arises about signs of depression, seek medical attention/advice.
  • If your child is involved with a stressful situation give them ideas for how to deal with the situation.  Examples could be getting involved in a stress relieving activity like yoga, working out, playing games, reading a book, or focusing on an activity that your child really enjoys.

For Kids:

  • Get involved in an activity where you help other people.  Being involved with an activity where you give your time toward helping others improves your well being, and puts some of the problems you are focusing on into perspective.
  • Form good, solid relationships- not only with your parents and siblings, but with friends at school.  Being around a core group of people that share your values and act as positive role models for each other is important for your overall well being.
  • Remember, everyone gets angry sometimes.  It is important to talk through your feelings and come up with appropriate resolutions to the conflict that has occurred.  Also, it is important to try to understand the other persons point of view.

Always remember that you can talk about things that are bothering you with your Pediatrician at Pediatrix.Sincerely,

Michael Magalnick, DO, FAAP

Posted in Blog on January 31st, 2013

How to Soothe the Pain of Teething

Teething normally begins anywhere between 3 months and 12 months of age, starting with the two lower front teeth. The lower front teeth are then followed by the upper front teeth 1 to 2 months later. Teeth continue to come in until the child is about 30 months old, which is the age when all 20 primary teeth (also called baby teeth) should be grown in.

Teething is a process that takes time and can be painful for your child. Before a tooth pokes through, the tissue around the tooth can become swollen and sore due to the pressure against the skin of the gum. The pain typically occurs for 3 to 5 days before the tooth cuts through, before disappearing altogether.

Infants who are teething can show the following behavior in reaction to the pain of a new tooth:

  • Bite their fingers or toys
  • Refuse food
  • Become irritable
  • Drool, causing rashes on the chin, face and chest areas
  • Experience difficulty falling asleep

It’s hard for any parent to watch their child suffering each time a new tooth is about to grow in. To help ease the pain and fussiness, the following is a list of suggestions:

  • Mild pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (use ibuprofen only if the child is older than 6 months).
  • Using your finger or wet gauze, massage your child’s gum for 1 to 2 minutes. This is soothing and can help break down tissues in the gums.
  • Cold helps to decrease pain and inflammation. Giving your child a frozen wet washcloth to chew will help, as it decreases swelling.
  • Distractions such as rocking, swinging, or playing will help to take your child’s mind off of the pain.
  • Orajel is NOT recommended, as it can have unwanted side effects.

Following these tips will help to ease your child’s pain as they teeth. It’s also recommended that you take your child for their first dentist visit within the first six months of their first tooth. A baby develops quickly during their early months of life, so it’s also important that parents keep up with infant care in Glendale and the Valley area. At Pediatrix, we care for your children as if they’re our own. We provide high quality health care specialized for the different stages of your child’s development and are happy to provide parents with answers to any health related questions. Please call (602) 866-0550 or contact us online to learn more about quality and caring infant care in Glendale and the greater Phoenix area.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on November 26th, 2012

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also referred to as crib death, is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby under a year old. In the United States, SIDS is the number one cause of death in infants between the ages of 1 month and 12 months old, taking 2,500 lives every year.

SIDS typically occurs while a baby is asleep, experiencing no suffering whatsoever. It is scary and worrisome for new parents as the condition comes on quickly and unexpectedly to babies who don’t appear to have any health concerns.  SIDS has been associated with possible abnormalities in the brain that control breathing and arousal of sleep. The syndrome has also been tied to certain sleep environments, which can increase an infant’s risk.

In order to reduce the risk of SIDS, consider the following:

  • Babies should always rest on a firm mattress. Avoid pillows, waterbeds, couches, chairs and other soft surfaces.
  • To prevent rebreathing, avoid placing blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or pillows that could restrict air flow.
  • Keep the room at a comfortable temperature. If a baby gets too warm, they could enter a deeper sleep that may be more difficult to come out of.
  • Breastfeeding helps to build a baby’s immune system and protect from infections.
  • All recommended immunizations should be received as they can reduce the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.
  • Infant care in Phoenix should be a priority. Make appointments with a pediatrician regularly for well child checkups.

While it is difficult to know the exact cause for SIDS, taking the above precautions may help to reduce the risk. Visiting with a physician for regular infant care in Phoenix will allow them to evaluate your baby’s growth and development, and detect any conditions or other health issues early on. At Pediatrix, providing expert infant care in Phoenix, we know your children are special to you – they’re special to us too – so we make sure that we are providing specialized medical attention to each and every child in our care to ensure that they lead healthy, fulfilling lives. For infant care in Phoenix, please call Pediatrix at (602) 866-0550 or visit us online today.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on October 19th, 2012

Influenza Vaccines

Every year in the United States, seasonal flu kills 24,000 people and hospitalizes 200,000. Infants and young children, especially under the age of five, make up a significant percentage of this statistic as they are a high risk group for developing flu complications, which typically require hospitalization. It’s best to get your child vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available in your area so that your child will be protected once flu season hits. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop after receiving the shot, so keep in contact with Phoenix pediatricians to find out vaccine distribution dates.

In children, the following individuals will be most at risk for severe flu complications:

  • Children under the age of five, and especially under the age of two. Those under two typically experience the most severe flu complications.
  • Children with chronic health problems such as asthma or diabetes.
  • Children under 6 months of age. Children should not be vaccinated until they are at least 6 months old, so the best way to protect your baby is to make sure everyone around them has been vaccinated.

Getting a flu shot is the first step in prevention of the flu, which could be potentially life threatening to a child. Last year, 52% of children under the age of 17 received the flu vaccination with a large percentage of children under two making up this statistic. Of the babies and toddlers, aged 6 to 23 months, 75% were vaccinated.

In addition to the vaccine, you and your family should also practice good hygiene to avoid spread of the flu. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hand, but rather into your arm or shirt. Make sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day using an anti-viral soap. Also, taking antiviral medications can help treat and prevent influenza for those more susceptible to complications.

Flu seasons are unpredictable; they can turn out to be fairly mild to very extreme, so it’s important to prepare your children by getting a flu vaccine prior to the start of the season. The knowledgeable and friendly Phoenix doctors at Pediatrix pride themselves on treating children with only the best care to ensure that they grow happily and healthily. In order to keep your children protected, our Phoenix pediatricians would be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this upcoming flu season. At Pediatrix, our Phoenix doctors strive for excellence and provide the most specialized care for each child. Please give us a call at (602) 866-0550 or visit us online today.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on October 5th, 2012

Helpful Tips for a Healthy School Year

Between trips to the store for school supplies and new clothing, your child may also require a trip to a pediatrician in Phoenix for school-mandated shots and vaccines before the school year begins. Preparing your child for the upcoming school year shouldn’t stop here however. Here are some tips to help keep your child happy and healthy throughout the school year:

  • Screenings & checkups: In addition to required immunizations, bring your child to a pediatrician in Phoenix to have their eyesight and hearing tested before each school year to ensure they can succeed in their learning environment.
  • Sleep: Elementary-school aged children should get an average 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night. Establishing a set bedtime and sticking to it will get your child used to a routine of going to bed on time, ensuring that they are well rested for the next day.
  • Diet: Without a fuel source, a child’s body cannot fully develop. A healthy breakfast begins your child’s day right and stimulates metabolism.
  • Exercise: Children need 60 minutes of continual exercise daily, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but gym class and after-school programs may not suffice, only 3% of 15 year olds receiving the recommended amount of exercise daily according to Duke Medicine.
  • Safety: Children should not carry over 20% of their body weight to avoid neck and back injuries. Regardless of your child’s normal method of transportation to and from school, make sure children are aware of traffic laws and neighborhood safety.

The experienced pediatricians in Phoenix at Pediatrix are well versed in child wellness, performing necessary examinations and checkups which sustain a child’s health. Affiliate hospitals throughout the valley benefit from the Pediatrix commitment to each of our unique child patients.  Visit a pediatrician in Phoenix at Pediatrix today, call us at (602) 866-0550 or contact us online with any comments, questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD FAAP

Posted in Blog on July 30th, 2012

Limiting your Child’s Screen Time

Screen time refers to the amount of time spent watching a television, computer, game console, or cell phone screen.  With the increased usage of media, the average screen time has risen drastically from just a generation ago.  An increasing number of pediatricians urge parents to recognize that high amounts of screen time can have several negative results, including:

  • Health – Excessive time spent in front of the computer or a television means less time spent doing other activities such as playing sports, interacting with peers, or developing outside interests. If your child’s school does not have a physical fitness program, your child may be at additional risk for developing obesity.
  • Academics – Children who watch excessive amounts of TV will often shirk academic responsibilities for the appeal of media.  Setting a strict school-first policy with your child can help correct this, in addition to limiting the overall amount of time allowed to watch TV.  If allowed, children will often choose to stay up late to watch television, resulting in less sleep and tiredness while at school the next day. Even one hour of lost sleep can prevent your child from focusing and retaining information.
  • Social – The average 8 to 18-year-old spends over 7 hours interacting with media every day.  Children who choose to watch television or play computer games rather than interact with friends may struggle with social development. This can create social anxiety, bullying and behavioral problems.

Some television viewing can be productive; there are many educational programs on various broadcasting stations that can provide historical, cultural and educational benefits for viewers.  Encourage your children to watch these programs and watch with your child to enjoy them together.  Likewise, if you have a game console or computer with games for your child, play those games together and limit the time played.  Otherwise, limiting screen time is the best way to negate the development of potentially harmful side effects.

If you are concerned about the time your child spends with media but do not know how to approach the situation, please contact your pediatric specialist at Pediatrix at (602) 866-0550.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on April 26th, 2012

Children’s Antibiotics: Avoiding Overuse

The Phoenix pediatricians at Pediatrix understand a parent’s desire to make their sick child feel better, but prescribing antibiotics may not always be the answer. In fact, in some cases antibiotics can do more harm than good.

Giving a child unnecessary antibiotics does three potentially harmful things:

  • It exposes your child to the drug’s potential side effects.
  • It increases the child’s resistance to antibiotics, so when antibiotics are necessary to treat an infection in the future, a stronger drug may be required.
  • It contributes to antibiotic overuse in the community, which can lead to the growth of new antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria or superbugs.

When visiting your pediatrician with a sick child, keep in mind that some illnesses are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated by antibiotics. Colds, the flu, and chickenpox are all viral infections. Giving an antibiotic to treat a viral infection will do nothing to treat the infection; furthermore, this will kill healthy bacteria, lowering the child’s immune system and making them more susceptible to future bacterial infections.

Of course, there are cases of illness when antibiotics are warranted and should be prescribed to help your child heal. Bacterial infections, strep throat, ear infections, bacterial pneumonia, and bladder infections are typically treated with the use of antibiotics.

Your pediatrician will know what illnesses necessitate the use of antibiotics, but the responsibility to prevent antibiotic overuse is also yours as a parent. As much as you want to make your child’s sniffles or sore throat go away, it is important to resist the urge to ask for antibiotics every time your child is ill.  In addition, never give a child antibiotics that were leftover from a previous prescription or that were prescribed to someone else. Your Phoenix pediatrician will prescribe antibiotics if they will truly help your child.

When antibiotics are prescribed, follow all instructions and always complete the entire course of antibiotics, even if the child feels better before the end of the course. Stopping antibiotic treatment before the cycle of antibiotics is completed allows some bacteria to remain, which could cause your child to get sick again and need another round of antibiotics.

If you have questions or concerns about antibiotic overuse contact Pediatrix, your Phoenix pediatricians.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on February 2nd, 2012

The Importance of Exercise

As pediatricians in Phoenix, we at Pediatrix have been increasingly aware that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic across the country.  Too often parents are late to recognize that their children have become overweight.  Children are developing heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, which was previously known as “adult onset diabetes.”  Being overweight also affects children’s psychological well being, reducing their self-worth and coping skills. The longer a child is overweight the more likely it is they will be overweight as an adult.  We must take steps to break such an unhealthy cycle.

Like adults, kids need exercise.  Children need at least one hour of physical activity every day. Early childhood is the best time to establish good fitness habits so kids can enjoy exercise rather than learning to avoid it.

Regular exercise helps children

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Develop healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Increase self-confidence and self esteem
  • Build a strong immune system
  • Have more energy
  • Reduce anxiety, depression, and improve overall mood
  • Have better quality sleep

Unfortunately, the popularity of video games and television has resulted in a steep decline in children taking part in regular exercise and outdoor activities.  Parents should limit “technology time” and encourage children to play outside.  In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that screen time (television and video games) be limited to 1-2 hours a day.  Including the whole family in outdoor or physical daily activities can set a good example and be fun for everyone.

As pediatricians in Phoenix, we see the many opportunities to get outside and enjoy our beautiful weather.  We encourage you to help your children form healthy habits.  The earlier they learn to make exercise a part of their daily life, the more likely they are to grow up healthy and become active adults.

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or have questions about healthy exercise contact Pediatrix, your pediatricians in Phoenix. Make an appointment to discuss healthy exercise plans for the whole family.

 

Sincerely,

 

Subir K. Mitra, MD, FAAP

Posted in Blog on January 5th, 2012