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3 of the Most Common Childhood Illnesses And How To Prevent Them

There are a reasons why children seem to get sick more often than healthy adults, and it’s one motivation for parents to stay on top of well child checks and school shots. One reason kids become ill is the fact that they are in direct contact with other kids more often, and share germs easily. Another reason, in getting sick, children’s immune systems develop antibodies to various diseases to help ward off future attacks of illness. That said, there are a few preventative measures parents can take to deal with the most common of childhood illnesses.

1. The Common Cold or Flu

Every child catches a cold or the flu at some point. These viruses cause fevers, coughing, aches and pains, sore throats and headaches. Have kids wash their hands often and avoid contact with ill people as much as possible. Teach your kids not to put their fingers in their mouth and not to share foods with other children. Ad fewditionally, you can make sure that your children get plenty of sleep, eat healthy food, and drink lots of fluids. Take them to their well child checks. Your Phoenix pediatrics doctor may recommend the flu shot as a preventive measure.

2. Ear Infections

Almost all children have an infection in the middle ear by the time they are 5. Although not contagious, ear infections are often the result of a cold. Have your child wash their hands frequently and avoid sick people in order to avoid catching colds. Avoid exposing children to cigarette smoke and don’t let them drink from a bottle while they’re lying down. If ear infection persists, see your Phoenix pediatrics provider. Ask about other ways to prevent frequent ear infections at your next well child check.

3. Pink Eye

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is an irritation of the eye and lining of the eyelid, and is extremely contagious. Don’t take your child to their well child check if they have pink eye. There is no vaccine or school shot against it. Symptoms may include burning, redness, itching, tearing and discharge from the eye. Have your child wash their hands frequently. If someone in your home has pink eye, wash everything they’ve touched in hot water with detergent to stop it from spreading. If pinkeye doesn’t clear up on its own, take your child to your Phoenix pediatrics for antibiotic treatment.

Posted in Blog on December 19th, 2014

3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Flu season is upon us and many parents are wondering what their North Phoenix pediatrics doctors recommend to boost their child’s immunities. No one wants to spend the winter caring for sick kids!

Well Child Checks

First, it is important to stay on top of your well child checks, and it’s a good idea to schedule one of your well child checks in the fall with your North Phoenix pediatric doctor. Your doctor can make sure that your child is generally healthy going into flu and cold season and advise you about how to naturally boost their immunity. Here are a few common sense ways to keep your child’s immune system functioning at its best so you’ll do less caring for sick kids this winter.

Lots of Sleep

North Phoenix pediatrics doctors agree: sleep is crucial to keeping the immune system in tip top shape. Children who don’t get enough sleep are much more vulnerable to catching a virus. Studies suggest that toddlers need 12 hours of sleep plus one nap, that school-age children need 10 hours and teens need 9, but ask your North Phoenix pediatrics doctor at your next well child check what’s right for your child. If you’re caring for sick kids, getting plenty of sleep is crucial to getting better.

North Phoenix Pediatrics Doctors Agree: A Healthy Diet

Make sure that your children eat a healthy diet, especially during flu season. This means lots of fresh veggies and fruits, healthy proteins, and whole grains. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that including 5-8 mg of zinc in children’s diets helped prevent infection, meaning less caring for sick kids. Foods with probiotics, like yogurt or kefir that includes active cultures, help keep the digestive system functioning at its best so you’ll do less caring for sick kids. Foods with vitamin C, like citrus, are also helpful. Ask your North Phoenix pediatrics doctor for more dietary tips at your next well child check.

Cut Out the Antibacterial Soap

Washing hands, as your North Phoenix pediatrics doctor will point out, is a primary line of defense against cold and flu viruses and essential for parents caring for sick kids. Wash hands frequently, but don’t use antibacterial soap. New studies show that children who use antibacterial soap get sick more frequently. Plain soap is just as effective in washing away viruses, and healthier. Ask your doctor during your next well child check.

Posted in Blog on October 17th, 2014

Tips For Getting Your Child Motivated To Play Outside

The National Association for Sport and Physical Activity recommends that children get at least an hour of physical activity per day. Pediatricians in Phoenix, Arizona, and elsewhere, agree. Well child checks often result in the advice to take your kids outside for physical activity. Learning to enjoy outdoor playtime can promote good habits for a lifetime, so it makes sense that part of the advice pediatricians in Phoenix, Arizona during well child checks  is to start those habits now.

A recent study found that 49 percent of preschool age children are not getting outdoors with a parent at least once a day. Parents with sick kids may find that their children quickly get into the habit of staying indoors for more time with digital media.

Incorporate Outdoor Activity

Probably the best way you can help get your child motivated to play outside, is to go outside with them and to model how much fun outdoor activity can be. Rather than thinking of this as an additional chore to add to your list, find ways to incorporate it into activities you already do.

For example, if you walk or ride a bike to the grocery store, or to do other errands, take the kids along with you. Do you have yard work that you’ve been putting off? Wait until the kids are home from school and take everyone outside. Give them something to plant, or a hole to dig. Parents with sick kids can still put their child in the stroller for a bit of fresh air. Take walks regularly or find a local playground to visit. Make weekend adventures outdoor adventures. Remember that your attitude will largely dictate the attitude your children have towards being outside.

Older Kids Love the Independence

In the Phoenix area we’re lucky to have sunshine and beautiful weather all year. This means that it’s easier to let children play outside. Older children may be motivated by the independence that the outdoors offers. For example, riding a bike alone around the block, or skateboarding to a friend’s house can be great motivation for older children. Make sure that they always wear protective gear and are aware not to talk to strangers. Parents with sick kids can motivate their children to rest now so they have energy for all the outdoor fun they’ll have later. Ask your pediatricians in Phoenix, Arizona, for other tips next time you’re in for a well child check.

Posted in Blog on October 10th, 2014