Nowadays, parents are doing extensive research regarding childhood vaccinations. Here at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, Drs. Heena Thakkar and Shilpa Pankaj can be your Houston resource for child immunization questions and needs. Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions related to immunization.
Are vaccinations and immunizations safe for children?
Yes, vaccinating your child is an incredibly safe process.
In the United States, vaccinations undergo strict testing and approvals before they are licensed for use. The monitoring of these vaccines continues even once they are approved and licensed.
The American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both advocate for and adhere to strict immunization schedules for children to protect the safety of those children, and others around them.
Are there side effects from child immunizations?
Like any medication, immunizations may have side effects; however, the side effects from any vaccination are quite mild. For instance, the patient may experience soreness at the vaccination site, a low-grade fever, or general body aches. Most of these side effects subside in a day or two.
Which immunizations are recommended for children?
According to the AAP and CDC, your child should receive various immunizations at different stages of childhood. Your Houston pediatrician can provide specific immunization information for your child. In general, these recommended vaccinations include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Rotavirus (gastrointestinal disease)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia vaccine)
- Inactivated Poliovirus (polio vaccine)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (chickenpox vaccine)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV vaccine)
- Meningococcal (meningitis vaccine)
For more information about specific child immunizations, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
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If your child is in need of updated immunizations, call (713) 861-4800 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Thakkar or Dr. Pankaj at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX today!
You should ideally begin making yearly checkup appointments at three years old (before that, more often) so that your pediatrician can keep accurate and complete records of your child as she or he grows. Establish a strong, ongoing relationship with a pediatrician at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX and schedule your child's annual checkup today.
Why Should You Bring Your Child for Annual Checkups?
Children can be very resilient and strong, but they also need monitoring to ensure that they are developing in a healthy way. At annual physicals, your pediatrician will do basic checks on the development of your child. You will also find that you need to take your child in for regular physicals for school-related reasons. Young athletes must pass a physical before being allowed to play sports and participate in certain gym activities.
What Happens at an Annual Checkup?
You’ll likely spend about 30 minutes to an hour at yearly physical with your child’s doctor. An annual checkup with your child’s pediatrician will include evaluating and recording the following information:
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
- Vision tests
Keeping Your Child Healthy and Happy
Scheduling annual checkups for your child is one of the best ways you can keep her or him healthy and happy throughout their younger years. The actions you take today to promote your child’s normal development will have positive ramifications throughout his or her life, well into adulthood. Other tips to consider include:
- Asking your doctor for dietary information to ensure that your child is receiving the proper nutrition on a daily basis.
- Ensuring that your child gets proper rest each night (toddlers need up to 13 hours).
- Encourage good dental hygiene habits.
- Be a positive example for your child when it comes to healthy habits -- they will follow your lead.
Schedule Your Next Visit
Is it about time for your child’s next annual checkup? If so, schedule your appointment today at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX by calling (713)-861-4800. Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj are caring and attentive pediatricians (a mother-daughter pediatric team) who look forward to helping children maintain good health.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, five out of six children will have an ear infection before they turn three years old. Do you think your child may be suffering from an ear infection? If so, there are signs you can look out for and easy tests that can be performed by your pediatrician. The doctors at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, have a legacy of providing their young patients with exceptional pediatric care and treatments, including diagnosing and clearing ear infections.
What Causes an Ear Infection in a Child?
Fluid on the ear (in the eardrum particularly) is usually the cause of an ear infection in a child. The fluid carries bacteria that creates the infection, irritating, and inflaming the tissues inside of the ear. The symptoms of an ear infection include:
- Pain in the inner ear.
- Incessant crying.
- Hearing challenges.
How an Ear Infection Is Diagnosed and Treated
When you visit Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, to diagnose an ear infection in your child, your pediatrician will perform a test called a tympanometry. It is an easy and pain-free test that looks at the condition of the middle ear and measure hearing ability. If an infection is present, your child’s doctor will make the determination if antibiotic therapy is necessary, and remove trapped fluid in the ear to hasten healing.
No More Ear Infections
If you think about the possible ways that your child may have developed an ear infection, you can take steps to reduce the chance of it happening again. Here are some tips for how to prevent ear infections in children:
- Wash your hands frequently when handling your child, and also keep his or her hands clean.
- Keep up with your child’s vaccination schedule (particularly the pneumococcal vaccine).
- Avoid exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.
- Consider ear tubes with your pediatrician if your child gets ear infections very frequently.
Talk to a Child Doctor at Peekaboo Pediatrics
The team at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, is committed to helping your child get relief from acute or chronic ear infections. Call (713) 861-4800 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heena Thakkar or Dr. Shilpa Pankaj.
Discover the benefits that breastfeeding has for both moms and babies.
Are you currently deciding whether or not to breastfeed your little one? While we know that this is a very personal choice that only you can make, our Houston pediatricians, Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj, can help you weigh out the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding. Read on to learn some of the benefits that both you and your baby will enjoy if you do decide breastfeeding is the right decision, and if you have more questions, give our Houston office a call!
Benefits to Your Baby
Contained within breast milk are enzymes and antibodies that help your little one stay healthy through a variety of ways, including:
Possibly reducing the risk for obesity
Some studies suggest that children that are breastfed are less likely to become overweight or obese as compared to children that aren't breastfed. While medical experts aren’t entirely sure why this is, some theories believe that the amount of protein that is consumed by formula-fed newborns is higher than in breastfed infants, which can lead to an increase in body weight.
Protecting again viruses, ear infections, and gastroenteritis
As we mentioned before, breast milk contains a lot of important antibodies and nutrients necessary to protect your little one’s developing immune system and to ward away infection. In fact, some research has found that children that have been formula-fed are more likely to be at risk for chronic infections such as metabolic disorders. Children who are formula fed are also five times more likely to be hospitalized in infancy than children who are breastfed.
Reducing bouts of diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain
Breast milk contains everything your little one needs to develop and remain healthy; therefore, it comes as no surprise that breast milk will be easier on your baby’s stomach and digestive tract than formula may be.
Protecting against allergies
Again, the proteins found in breast milk are safe and natural for your little one; however, some of the protein found in other kinds of milk or formula could cause an allergic reaction in some infants.
Benefits to You (the Mom!)
That’s right, your little one isn’t the only one reaping the benefits of breastfeeding. Here are some of the perks you’ll enjoy too,
- A lowered risk for ovarian and breast cancers
- Accelerated loss of pregnancy weight
- Aid in shrinking the uterus back to its normal size
- A lowered risk for osteoporosis
- An increased bond with your baby
Give us a call!
Do you have questions about breastfeeding or are experiencing difficulty nursing? We know it isn’t always easy, which is why our pediatric team at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston is here to help! Call us at (713) 861-4800 to ask any questions and schedule a consultation!
It’s easy for parents to be able to pinpoint when there is something physically wrong with their child. They may have a fever, body aches, or abdominal pain. When these symptoms arise parents often know to seek care from their pediatrician. Mental health issues, on the other hand, are just as important to treat as physical complaints; however, these symptoms and problems aren’t always as clear-cut.
Good mental health allows children to feel confident, think properly and develop the proper skills needed for social, personal, and even professional success throughout their lifetime. A child’s environment can greatly impact their emotional and mental states, and it’s important that parents are in tuned with their children, their emotions and what’s going on for them to spot problems right away so that they can seek proper care.
Here are some ways to foster healthy mental well-being in your child:
- Provide your child with unconditional love
- Foster a safe, nurturing environment
- Help build their self-esteem and confidence
- Encourage their passions and dreams
- Provide guidance and discipline when necessary
Along with these simple tips it’s also important to ensure that your child is:
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting adequate sleep
Modeling Good Mental Health
Your child mirrors everything you do so by giving them a positive role model your child can mirror good behaviors that foster good mental health. When you take care of yourself your child also learns the importance in self-care. When you find joy in your life your child will also make a priority out of finding things that bring them joy.
Talk to a Pediatrician
We know that it isn’t always easy to determine what behaviors are normal and which ones warrant a deeper look. This is where your children’s doctor can provide you with the information you need. A pediatrician can answer questions about everything from healthy social and emotional skills to behaviors that could be problematic.
It’s also important that parents do not ignore their own mental well-being. After all, mentally healthy parents also provide better care and a positive, happy environment for their children to thrive. If you are having trouble with your own mental well-being it’s okay to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your issues.
If you have questions about your child’s mental health and wellness don’t hesitate to sit down and discuss your questions or concerns with a pediatrician who will be able to guide you along the way to make sure that you are providing your child with everything they need for optimal mental and emotional well-being.
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