Here are some simple strategies to help raise health-conscious children and teens.
With kids at home every day, it’s more important than ever that the family is focused on ways to keep their children healthy and free from illness. Fortunately, there are simple, everyday steps that you can take to ensure that your child stays healthy and happy. While our Houston, TX, pediatricians, Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj, can provide your child with proper checkups, screenings, and immunizations, here are some other ways to keep them healthy,
Wash Hands Regularly
It’s incredibly important to teach children how to wash their hands properly and to make sure they are performing it regularly. Washing hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, and the action should be performed for a full 20 seconds.
Everyone should be washing their hands before meals, after using the bathroom, or after sneezing/coughing.
Promote Good Health Through Regular Exercise
Getting kids up and moving every day is incredibly important for preventing childhood obesity. Take time to put the electronics away and go outside and play. Whether you want to enjoy a family walk, bike, or hike around the neighborhood, or your kids want to play sports out in the yard, making sure that they are physically active for about one hour every day is important for maintaining good health.
Keep Up to Date on Vaccinations
Immunizations are the very best way for our Houston medical team to keep your child healthy and free from certain communicable diseases. Make sure that you talk with your pediatrician to understand which shots your child needs next and whether they could benefit from an annual flu shot.
Not staying up to date on immunizations can be dangerous to your child’s health.
Prioritize Your Child's Health
We understand that even during this pandemic, it’s important that your child receives the proper medical care, immunizations, and other preventive treatments that they may need here in Houston. Keeping them up to date on childhood immunizations is incredibly important. To schedule an appointment at Peekaboo Pediatrics, call (713) 861-4800.
Keep kids and teens up to date on vaccines in order to keep them healthy.
While teaching your child how to properly wash their hands and avoid touching their face are all good habits to adopt to prevent infection, it’s still important to provide your child with routine vacations throughout their childhood to protect them from dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases. While breastfeeding does provide babies with certain antibodies, turning to our Houston, TX, pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj for immunizations will continue to build up your child’s immunity to certain diseases.
Vaccines Save Lives
Vaccines are the single best way to protect your child from dangerous but completely preventable diseases. Immunizations have either eradicated or greatly reduced certain viruses and infections that could lead to hospitalizations, disability and even death. Since many of these viruses and infections such as meningitis are still around, by getting your child vaccinated on schedule you can prevent the infection from spreading to your child and others.
Vaccines Improve Your Child’s Natural Defenses
When a vaccine is administered into your child’s body it’s teaching their immune system to not only recognize but also fight off these foreign invaders. As a result, the body begins to produce antibodies. These antibodies will help to prevent an infection should your child ever come in contact with the virus or infection itself.
Protect Those You Love
Vaccines don’t just protect your child from dangerous illness they also protect your family and the community at large. If you have an immune-deficient family member, a senior citizen or a newborn in your household then you know that they are more susceptible to infections and viruses. We also know that newborns have to follow a vaccine schedule so they aren’t protected from many of these communicable diseases until a certain age.
To prevent other family members, friends and schoolchildren from getting sick, vaccinating your child first can prevent them from getting sick and then passing it on to other individuals for whom these diseases could be even more dangerous.
Keep Up with Immunizations
It’s also important that you are following your child immunization schedule exactly as directed by the CDC and your Houston pediatrician. It’s important that you don’t skip certain doses or delay getting them vaccinated. If it’s time for your child’s next set of immunizations make sure you don’t wait.
If it’s time to schedule your child’s next checkup or if you have questions about their vaccines or immunization schedule don’t hesitate to contact Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, today at (713) 861-4800 to learn more.
Well-child visits offer a simple way to protect your child's health. The visits, offered by your Houston, TX, pediatricians, Drs. Heena Thakkar and Shilpa Pankaj, help you ensure that your child receives immunizations and other services essential for good health.
Well-child visits provide a complete picture of your child's health
If your child has seen the pediatrician a few times this year for sick visits, you may not think that a well-child visit is necessary. Although sick visits do include vital sign measurements, the visits focus primarily on the illness or injury that prompted you to schedule an appointment for your child.
Well-child visits offer a chance to follow up on any diseases or conditions that affect your son or daughter. They also provide valuable information on your child's growth and development and help you ensure that he or she is protected from common childhood diseases. The visits to the Houston pediatric office may include:
- Measurements and Vital Signs: Before your child sees the pediatrician, the office staff will record his or her height and weight and obtain blood pressure and pulse measurements.
- Physical Examination: During the visit, your child's doctor will listen to his heart and lungs with a stethoscope and look inside your child's eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. She'll also examine your child's organs by feeling his or her abdomen and evaluate bones and joints.
- Discussion of Medical History and Any Symptoms: A review of your child's medical history and medications is an important part of the visit. Your child's doctor will ask if he or she is experiencing pain or other symptoms. If your child has a chronic disease or condition, the pediatrician may order a few tests to ensure that the condition is well-controlled.
- Review of Growth and Development: Annual visits help your child's pediatricians track his or her growth and development. If any issues are detected, she can offer guidance and referrals to specialists, if needed.
- Hearing and Visions Screenings: Well-child visits may also include basic hearing and vision screenings. Identifying potential problems as early as possible can help your child avoid difficulties at school.
- Immunizations: Immunizations not only protect your child from developing childhood diseases but also safeguard kids who are too young to be vaccinated or can't receive vaccines due to health issues.
Is it time for your child's well-child visit? Have any questions about child immunizations? Call Drs. Heena Thakkar and Shilpa Pankaj, your child's Houston, TX, pediatricians, at (713) 861-4800 to schedule an appointment.
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.
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