Posts for: November, 2018
The importance of immunizations
Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.
Just what is an immunization?
Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.
Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.
Are immunizations necessary?
Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.
Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.
Your pediatrician's services
They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:
- Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
- Low grade fever
- Pain and swelling
Cold Vs. Flu
Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.
What is a cold?
A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:
- Watery eyes
- A runny nose
- Low-grade fever
- High fever
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Severe headache
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Stay well-hydrated.
- Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
- Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
- Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
- Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Welcome to the Blog of Gilbert Pediatrics
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Mesa, AZ area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health.
As always, feel free to contact Gilbert Pediatrics with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Gilbert Pediatrics
Learn more about the medical care your newborn should receive to stay happy and healthy.
The moment your child is born is often the most important moment in a person’s life. You are now a parent. Of course, you want your little one to be as healthy as possible, and our Mesa, AZ pediatricians couldn’t agree more. Here are some steps you should take to make sure that your little one is healthy.
Most parents have already chosen their children’s primary doctor before the baby is even born. This is an important step because you and your baby will be spending quite a bit of time there during the first year of their life. You will want to have a doctor you can turn to and trust for all of your baby’s needs. After all, the relationship you establish with your newborn’s doctor will be important when it comes to handling illness, late-night fevers and other concerns that require a children’s doctor you can trust.
The first exam your little one will ever go through will most likely occur right after their birth. The hospital will take their vitals and measure weight and length. They will also continue to monitor your baby to make sure they are healthy and happy until they are discharge from the hospital.
The first visit with our Mesa, AZ pediatrician will usually be within the first 24 hours after your child is born. This visit is the perfect time to get to really know each other and for you to address any questions or concerns. For first-time parents this first visit is often a crucial and helpful one.
A small amount of blood will also be taken from your baby to screen for certain health problems that should be treated right away if detected. Even if a doctor doesn’t see your child within 24 hours it’s a good idea to make sure they visit within three to five days.
The First Medical Visit
Besides taking your baby’s measurements and vitals we will also check their reflexes, hearing and eyes. A full physical exam will also be performed. We will talk to you about things to expect and how to handle certain situations as they arise. Bring your questions with you so that we can address any of your concerns about sleeping, eating or other habits.
Whether you need to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or you have questions about caring for your newborn, know that your Mesa, AZ children’s doctor is always here to answer your questions and provide you and your baby with the care necessary throughout their life. Give your baby the gift of good health!