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At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.
Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone.
What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?
When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals.
The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching.
What are the Treatment Options?
A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!
Immunizations offer important safeguards that protect your child's health. The life-saving shots ensure that your kids don't develop illnesses that once devastated young lives. Child immunizations are just one of the services offered by your Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. New Doctor's Name of Pediatric Center of Round Rock.
How do immunizations protect my children?
Immunizations prevent your child from becoming sick when exposed to the germs that cause contagious diseases. Vaccines contain a very weak or killed version of the germ responsible for causing the particular disease. The immunization won't cause your child to develop the disease—instead, it will trigger the production of antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that attack and kill bacteria and viruses.
After the immunization activates the antibodies, your child will become immune to the disease. If they are then exposed to the illness, the antibodies will quickly kill the germs, preventing them from becoming sick.
Are all immunizations really necessary?
Some parents wonder if their children really need to receive immunizations for common childhood diseases, such as chickenpox or measles. In addition to making children very uncomfortable, these diseases can cause a variety of health problems, including hearing loss, pneumonia, brain inflammation, or even death.
The state of Washington recently declared a state of emergency due to an outbreak of measles. Whooping cough cases have also been rising due to a decrease in immunizations. When the majority of children are immunized, these diseases can't flourish. Child immunizations offered by your Austin pediatrician provide a simple way to protect your both child and other children, particularly those who are too young yet to be immunized or those who can't be vaccinated due to health issues.
What immunizations should my child receive?
Recommended immunizations and vaccines include:
- HBV: Hepatitis B
- DTaP: diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough
- MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella
- HiB: Haemophilus influenza type b
- Varicella: chickenpox vaccine
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Protection from pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections
- Polio: Although polio has been eradicated in the U.S., it still sickens people in a few countries in the world.
Child immunizations protect your son or daughter's health. Call your Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. New Doctor's Name of Pediatric Center of Round Rock , at (512) 250-1997 to schedule an appointment for your child's immunizations.
Confused about breastfeeding? We are here to help.
All mothers, at one point or another, will have questions about breastfeeding. While the Internet is certainly a wealth of information with many forums centered around the early motherhood experience, it’s also important to have a doctor by your side that can provide you with the information you need to make breastfeeding easier. Read below to learn the answers to some of the most common questions about breastfeeding, and contact Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. New Doctor's Name, for further counseling.
Q. When should I start breastfeeding?
A. Did you know that it is physically possible to start breastfeeding about one hour after your baby is born? Given this progression, it is recommended that you begin breastfeeding while still in the hospital. However, since the first 24 hours of your baby’s life is spent sleeping, it’s important to keep that in mind that it may be a bit more difficult for them to latch on right away.
Q. How often should I breastfeed?
A. Every baby is different when it comes to their feeding schedule; however, you can expect to feed every 1-3 hours both day and night, and you should know that your child should never go more than 4 hours without nursing. Of course, as your child continues to grow their stomach will expand. This means that they will consume more milk during feedings but will feed less often.
Q. How long will I breastfeed?
A. How long you choose to breastfeed your child is a decision that is left completely up to you. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding your child for up to six months, before splitting your child's diet between breastmilk and solid food for up to 2 years. This is something you can talk to our Austin, TX, children’s doctor about to figure out the best approach for you and your baby.
Q. What are the signs that my baby is hungry?
A. It’s good to try and nurse your baby before they begin crying from hunger. Signs that your baby is hungry include,
- Opening their mouths
- Puckering their lips
- Moving their head side to side
- Rooting reflex
Q. How can I make breastfeeding more comfortable?
A. We know that breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Finding a comfortable nursing position is one way to make the experience easier on the mother. While you’re nursing, place some specialty items near you such as magazines, healthy snacks, or even the remote so you can watch TV. You can also prop your feet up on a footstool for additional comfort and support. Remember: Just because you’re breastfeeding, doesn’t mean that you can't give yourself a bit of a break.
Do you still have questions about breastfeeding? If so, the caring medical team here at Pediatric Center of Round Rock in Austin, TX, is here for you. From new moms to experienced moms, we provide you with the support and care you deserve! Dial (512) 250-1997 today!
Does Your Child Have Vision Problems?
Does your child have vision problems? Children learn through their eyes. Healthy vision is critical for children to see the computer and chalkboard, read, write, and even play. Children's eyes should be examined regularly, as many eye conditions and vision problems can be detected and treated early. Here are six signs that your child may have a vision problem.
1. Squinting eyes. If your child is nearsighted then squinting his eyes helps him make his vision a little clearer and can clear up any distorted vision. Nearsighted just means that they can see things that are near them but have a harder time with objects that are far away. Squinting is a coping mechanism to help relieve their blurry vision.
2. Sitting close to the TV. While it's a myth that sitting close to the television will damage your eyes, this habit may be a sign of a vision problem. If your child can't see televised images clearly or always holds a book too close, it could mean she or he is nearsighted.
3. Frequent eye rubbing. Yes, kids often rub their eyes when they're upset or tired. But if your child rubs her eyes while she's trying to concentrate on something, or while she is being active, it could mean that she has a vision problem. Frequently rubbing their eyes can be a sign of eye strain in children. It can be a sign of a focusing issue that causes the eyes to tire easily.
4. Losing place while reading. When children learn to read and are sounding out words, they will frequently use their finger to track which word they're on. But eventually children should be able to focus without losing their place. If after a while your child still uses his finger, ask him to try reading without pointing. If he has trouble, he may have a vision problem.
5. Sensitivity to light. Are your child's eyes sensitive to sunshine or indoor lighting? Many common eye conditions can make people more sensitive to light. If your child's light sensitivity is caused by an eye condition, then treatment for their condition can mean that his eye becomes less light sensitive.
6. Receiving lower grades. If your child is having a hard time seeing what her teacher writes on the board because of poor vision, she may not tell you about it. As a result, her grades can suffer. Most of what kids learn in schools is taught visually. That means if your child has an untreated vision problem, it could affect his or her development.
Yearly eye exams are as important as visits to the pediatrician. If you think your child may have a vision problem, schedule an appointment with a doctor. Early detection and treatment provide the best opportunity to correct a vision problem so your child can learn to see clearly.
Maintaining an optimum weight is important for the health of your little one.
It’s never too early to make sure that your child is adopting the best habits for maintaining a healthy weight. After all, with obesity on the rise among our children and teens, it’s so important that we are doing everything we can to keep kids healthy and to prevent serious health problems that can arise as a result of obesity. These habits, along with visiting a pediatrician for regular care and advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can keep your child feeling their best.
If your child is overweight there are certain things you can do to help them lose the weight and to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index),
Lead by Example
Children pick up a lot of their habits from their parents, and it’s certainly much easier to eat in an unhealthy fashion if everyone in the family is. This is the time to truly evaluate the family’s eating habits as a whole. Are your meals healthy, balanced, and nutritious or do you find yourself going out for fast food or heating up prepared meals? If parents make healthier eating choices children are more likely to, as well.
While we all seem to be glued to electronics these days, it’s important to power down and to get some regular physical activity. This can include joining a school sports team, community sports, or even going out in the backyard and kicking a ball around. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Choose Healthy Snacks
When your child comes home from school are they rushing to grab cookies, potato chips, or other unhealthy snack items? While these foods can certainly be fun and enjoyable in moderation, they shouldn’t be the norm. Instead of stocking the house with junk food, opt for things like peanut butter or hummus on apples or veggies. If you aren’t sure which kinds of healthy snacks to get, talk to your child’s pediatrician for recommendations and advice.
Get Some Shut Eye
It’s important that your child is getting enough sleep each and every night. In fact, children that don’t get enough sleep may actually be more likely to become overweight or obese. Making sure that your child regularly receives eight hours a night is a great way to set them towards a healthy lifestyle.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If your child is having challenges with their weight it’s important to turn to a pediatrician who can provide you with the most effective and safest methods to help shed the excess weight and to maintain a healthier lifestyle.