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Why Are My Kids Always Sick?

One of the laments you often hear from young parents, is that their children always seem to be getting sick. Once the school year starts, it’s one illness after another, until the warmer weather returns. Why is it that certain children seem so vulnerable to illnesses, while other children don’t seem to get sick as much?

Well, there are a number of factors that play into children’s health. They are as follows:

Good Hygiene. Developing healthy living habits should begin when children are very young. One of the best things they can do for themselves is to wash their s frequently. This gets rid of dirt, germs and other bacteria from touching everything around them. Their personal items and toys, too, should be laundered on a regular basis.

Healthy Eating. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to eat healthy. By teaching children to eat healthy, you are giving them a lifetime of good advice. Including such foods as yogurts, fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet, along with plenty of water, children will grow healthier and so will their immune systems.

Exercise. It seems that the culture today would rather be sitting down, instead of playing and exercising. Video games have their place, but active sports, as well as bicycling, swimming, and generally being outdoors moving around, will go a long way to a healthy lifestyle.

Get plenty of sleep. This can be easily overlooked. Children, especially under the age of 5, need 11-13 hours of sleep every night. Growing up right includes getting a great start on each day. Children can do that by getting enough sleep.

Smoking. Although more and more homes are smoke-free, there are children who grow up in homes where smoking if very prevalent. This, alone, will contribute to respiratory infections, which repeat over and over during the colder months.

Vaccinations. There should be an immunization schedule for children as soon as they are born. One of the vaccines all children should receive is the flu vaccine. It will go a long way in helping them to remain healthy when lots of children around them get sick.

There are many ways to help keep your children healthy. You can contribute to the building up of their immune systems, and for fighting off illnesses. For any questions about your child’s health, give your Phoenix pediatrics office a call today.

Posted in Blog on December 8th, 2015

When It’s Not Just Allergies

Having a baby can be one of life’s most cherished events. There’s so much excitement and activity that goes on with babies growing into little ones, that sometimes little things like colds and allergies can go unnoticed or overlooked.

You know your baby better than anyone. Every little noise and reaction is something you’ve become very familiar with. The little stuffy noses or occasional coughing spells don’t seem worrisome. But, how do you know if it’s more than just an allergy?

Allergies, of course, are triggered by lots of things. Dust, pets, mold, foods, and other things can all cause allergies in children and in adults. Sneezing, wheezing and breathing problems seem to come with the territory, so to speak, and may be overlooked as nothing more than nuisances.

There are many things that go into what to expect in the first year. If you’ve never had a child before, every new experience is a learning curve. That’s why dealing with the occasional sneeze or wheeze may not seem like a big deal.

How do you know when it’s more than just allergies?

Allergies happen to anyone and everyone. They can be seasonal as in the spring or late summer, or they can be reactions to metals, dairy products, grasses, trees and so much more.

One of the best indicators to watch out for in your child, is if you have suffered from allergies, or continue to do so. Chances are, your child may have allergies, too.

One of the best things you can teach your children is how to eat healthy. This will go a long way to ensuring that they are getting the most nutritious foods for their growing bodies. By introducing certain foods such as yogurt, fresh fruits, vegetables and the like into their diets from when they are toddlers, kids will automatically be picking up these kinds of foods wherever they go as they grow.

Teaching children to eat healthy is essential for their development. Lessons learned early in life will stay with them for a lifetime. Children should be encouraged to eat a good breakfast every day and meals should be served with portion control in mind.

By incorporating healthy eating habits into your child’s day, you’ll be ensuring that they grow up with the least amount of allergy problems. Sometimes all it takes is to know what good food will do for you. Your Glendale pediatricians can answer any questions you have about your child and allergies they may have.

Posted in Blog on December 1st, 2015

How Eating Right Can Prevent the Cold and Flu in Children

Once summer comes to an end, school begins and lots of activities start up again. These are busy, fun days, except for when your child gets a cold or flu. It’s frustrating to deal with sickness in children, but there are things you can do to help lessen those sick days.

A great way to help fight off colds and the flu is by teaching children to eat healthily. With so many fast-food and on-the-go foods available, children miss out on important nutrients. Cereal may be a great substitute now and then; but it shouldn’t be the only thing your child comes to love.

Here are some foods that can boost your child’s immunity:

  • Yogurt. Because it’s rich in probiotic cultures, yogurt is essential for immune health. Probiotics help to fight off illnesses because they live where viruses reside.
  • Kiwi fruit. This fruit is full of Vitamins C and E which are powerful antioxidants. These also help to destroy the bad germs that find their way into our bodies.
  • Fruits. All fresh fruit should be on your child’s plate every day. Especially oranges and blueberries. And apples, too. They really do help to keep the doctor away!
  • Vegetables. Carrots and cucumbers are great immune boosters. All veggies play an important role in your child’s digestive health, so make sure they’re there.
  • Lean meats. Not all beef or meat is bad for children. Lean meats such as turkey burgers are a great substitute for chicken nuggets. Or try a ham and cheese rollup for something different.
  • Snacks. Yes, there are good snacks. Trail mixes or tortilla chips with a little avocado make delicious in-between food ideas.

Eating right will go a long way to preventing children from frequent illnesses. They probably won’t escape every sickness, that’s why it’s a good idea to know the flu symptoms in children and how to care for your child when they do catch a cold or flu.

You may already be very aware of just what to do should your child get sick. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to give our North Phoenix pediatrics office a call. We are more than happy to help you with whatever question you have.

Kids are our life. Let us help you help them.

Posted in Blog on November 3rd, 2015