Here’s a helpful guide for how to survive for the first few months with your newborn.
You can plan as much as you want before the baby comes but nothing prepares you for when they are finally here. If you are a first-time parent, our Houston pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakker and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj understand that the first couple of months can feel exhausting and maybe even a bit overwhelming. Remember, we are here to answer your questions and address concerns at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston TX. You aren’t doing this alone. Here are some tips to make caring for your newborn a little easier.
The sooner you start breastfeeding after delivery the quicker mothers usually get into the swing of things when it comes to latching and proper breastfeeding technique. You should nurse as much as your baby needs (don’t worry, your body will continue to produce enough milk). If you’re having trouble getting your baby to latch or if you are experiencing nipple pain or other issues give our Houston pediatricians a call. We offer lactation support and newborn care to help make breastfeeding for new moms easier.
Despite what you might think, newborns need to sleep a lot. The problem is that they don’t sleep consecutively but rather for a couple of hours at a time (as they will need to feed about every 2-3 hours for the first few months). You should try and sleep as much as you can while your baby is sleeping. Stay consistent with your bedtime and set up a ritual for you and your baby. This may include rocking, singing lullabies, or reading. Take 20-30 minutes a night to wind down with your baby to get them ready for bed.
When babies cry, they are often hungry or needing to be changed; however, if these have all been checked then you may be looking for simple techniques to help calm your baby down. Swaddle them in a blanket, which can help them feel more secure (like they did in the womb). Make soft soothing sounds in their ear as you gently rock them. White noise such as running a vacuum can also help your baby relax and stop crying. There are other tips available, so try asking your Newborn Care Houston provider for more help.
At some point, it will happen: your baby will deal with their first illness. While a fever can be serious for a baby under 2 months old, most fevers in babies over 2 months old can be monitored closely by a pediatrician. Of course, if your baby isn’t eating and isn’t acting normally then you should call us right away. A fever over 102 F for babies over 2 months also requires immediate attention.
Are you on the hunt for a Houston TX pediatrician to provide you with care once your newborn comes? If so, call Peekaboo Pediatrics at (713) 861-4800 to learn more about the mother-daughter pediatric medicine team, the quality services and care we provide children of all ages, and whether we’d be a good fit for your growing family. Dr. Heena Thakker and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj are available by appointment.
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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