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Common Misconceptions About Immunizations

School immunization is a regular part of childhood, helping prevent sick kids from getting sicker and stopping children from developing childhood diseases and illnesses in the first place. Phoenix pediatrics clinics encourage all parents who can immunize their children to do so, and school immunization is required for daycares and K-12 schools in Arizona.

Even though school immunization is a regular part of life, there are many misconceptions that make parents afraid to schedule their children for school immunization. Sick kids are something everyone should want to prevent, so Phoenix pediatrics experts work hard to make sure parents and caretakers have a solid, informed understanding of school immunization.

Who Get Sick?

Some people think that school immunization leads to sick kids, which could not be further from the truth. The idea that school immunization leads to autism or other health concerns has been refuted by the scientific community again and again, from many different sources. School immunization will not lead to sick kids, and in fact is the ideal way to keep your children in the best health possible.

Is This Necessary?

You may think that school immunization is not necessary for your kids, because the other kids are vaccinated. Phoenix pediatrics clinics aim to vaccinate everyone who can be vaccinated, however, because there are some sick kids who simply cannot receive vaccinations. These sick kids are at risk of developing an illness because their health concerns make them ineligible for school immunization. In order to protect both your child, and kids who cannot be vaccinated, you should schedule your family for school immunization appointments.

Opting Out

Some people think that school immunization is optional, or easy to opt out of. Phoenix pediatrics experts will tell you that opting out of school immunization can only happen for health or religious reasons, and requires lots of paperwork and documentation for proof. Unless there is a very good, well documented reason your child is ineligible for school immunization, you should expect to have the responsibility to keep up to date with school shots.

Pointless?

Many people think that school immunization against more rare or obscure illness and disease is pointless, but in fact, the reason you don’t see more sick kids who suffer from these health concerns is due to vaccines. If Phoenix pediatrics experts stopped vaccinating against these illnesses, they would return. In fact, the US is seeing the return of previously eradicated illnesses like the measles due to parents not vaccinating their kids.

Posted in Blog on March 31st, 2015

How Many Children are Being Seriously Injured by the Anti-Vaccination Movement?

Every parent wants to avoid having sick kids, but there are some families who are not taking every step toward keeping children safe from preventable illnesses. Child immunizations are a very important part of childhood health and fewer child immunizations means more sick kids.

Both preventable illnesses and preventable deaths have been caused by a lack of child immunizations. The website www.antivaccinebodycount.com tabulates data from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to highlight this data. As of September 2014, numbers indicate over 139,000 preventable illnesses and over 6000 preventable deaths in the United States of America since June 2007.

Group Immunity is Key

The reason the anti-vaccination movement has led to children becoming ill or dying is a lack of herd immunity. In order to protect members of the population who are too young to be or cannot be vaccinated, every other member of the population must receive adult or child immunization. The anti-vaccination movement has reduced this herd immunity as it encourages people who should be vaccinated to not bother. More sick kids result, herd immunity is lost, and illness and disease spreads, especially to those who legitimately cannot be vaccinated.

In some areas of the United States, there are high numbers of unvaccinated children so illness spreads very rapidly throughout schools and neighborhoods.

A Healthy Step

Child immunizations are a regular and routine part of healthcare for children and it is an important subject to discuss with your Glendale pediatricians. All Glendale pediatricians will recommend vaccines for your child, if they are a suitable candidate. Conditions that preclude children from vaccinations include certain age restrictions, allergic reactions to vaccine ingredients, and immune disorders or other health conditions. Some prescription medications do not mix well with particular child immunizations. Glendale pediatricians can advise parents about their child’s specific circumstances and determine what vaccinations, if any, should be avoided.

Child immunizations, in general, are very safe and these vaccinations have been scrutinized through numerous studies before being released.

The best way for all children to stay healthy and well is widespread immunization. Most children experience little to no side effects from immunizations, but for those who cannot be vaccinated, it is a matter of life and death.

Do your part in stopping preventable deaths and illnesses, keep all children safe and healthy, and talk to your Glendale pediatricians about child immunizations.

Posted in Blog on January 9th, 2015

What is a Good Age to Transition a Child from a Pediatric Doctor to a GP?

There is no doubt that sick kids need to see a doctor, but how do you know what type of doctor your child should see? There is no set time to transition children from a North Phoenix pediatrics clinic to a general practitioner. Ultimately, it is a family decision. Many pediatric doctors will see clients from birth up to age 18.

Some people choose to take sick kids to a general practitioner because it can be more convenient to visit a clinic where every family member attends. Others choose a North Phoenix pediatrics clinic because pediatricians specialize in the care of children, so parents will know that their child is being seen by a practitioner who is an expert in dealing with sick kids.

Vaccinations

If you are vaccinating your child, a pediatric doctor may be able to provide you with a Vaccines for Children program immunization screening form. This immunization screening process determines if children are eligible for vaccination if they are uninsured or underinsured. Immunization screening is an important part of your child’s care, whether he or she visits a pediatrician or GP.

Involve Your Teen in the Decision

Teenagers sometimes struggle with visiting a pediatric doctor. They may find it more difficult to connect with a practitioner who treats young children, or could feel out of place in a waiting room surrounded by babies and toddlers. At a certain age, it may make sense to involve your children in the choice of whether to transition or not.

Seek Advice from Others

Ask other families and parents about when they chose to switch their child from a North Phoenix pediatrics clinic to a general practitioner, or if they made the transition at all before their child reached adulthood. Getting other perspectives can help you weigh the pros and cons of your options so you are able to feel comfortable with your choice. Family members or friends may even have suggestions and recommendations for which North Phoenix pediatrics clinic or general practitioner you should consider for your sick kids.

If you switch your child over to the care of a general practitioner, you may still be able to visit a North Phoenix pediatrics clinic for specialized care when the situation calls for it.

Whether you take your sick kids to a general practitioner or a North Phoenix pediatrics clinic, you should be comfortable with the physicians in the practice.

Posted in Blog on December 26th, 2014

3 Healthy Desserts That Your Kids Will Love!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, and pediatricians in Phoenix, childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 30 years, and pediatrics care has had to accommodate this problem. It means more sick kids who need pediatrics care, and more unhealthy adults in the future. There are many factors that play into obesity, but diet is one of the major contributors. Pediatricians in Phoenix, and nationally, recommend drastically reducing the amount of sugar that children consume. Here are a few sugar-free desserts that kids will love. They’re so healthy, that even sick kids under pediatrics care can have them.

Avocado & Kale Ice Cream

There’s nothing like kale to pack in a lot of nutrition per serving, including calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and A—all vitamins that help keep kids from getting sick. The only problem is that it can be hard to get kids to eat it. Try it in this ice cream treat, and they’ll be begging for more.

You’ll need:

1 cup coconut milk

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 avocado

1 cup frozen kale or spinach

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

½ cup plain yogurt

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender, then freeze for 2-3 hours.

Apple Wedges

For a fun and interactive dessert, try cutting apples into wedges and spreading cream cheese, almond butter, or apple butter on them. Decorate with raisins, nuts, berries, or other dried fruits or seeds. This is a dessert that kids can help make, which always makes it more fun, and tastier, too. Apples provide a sweetness and tartness that is very satisfying when coupled with the healthy fats of nut butters or cream cheese. Apples, including the skin, provide vitamins like C and A, and essential minerals like Potassium, Manganese, and Magnesium, recommended by pediatricians in Phoenix and nationally.

Chocolate Pudding

Dates are a wonderful alternative to sugar. They are naturally sweet, yet are full of minerals and vitamins and easier on the body than sugar because they are a whole food. This pudding uses dates as a sweetener, and coconut cream as a fat.

You’ll need:

1 can coconut milk

5-6 dates, pitted

Baking cocoa

Strain off coconut cream from top of can. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!

Eating well is key to staying healthy, minimizing sick days for kids and pediatrics care in general.

Posted in Blog on October 31st, 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