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By Peekaboo Pediatrics
April 27, 2020
Category: Child Care
Tags: Child Health  

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.

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
April 10, 2020
Category: Child Care
Tags: Immunizations  

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.

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
February 24, 2020
Category: Child Care

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.

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
May 16, 2019
Category: Child Care
Tags: Mental Health  

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.

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
May 03, 2019
Category: Child Care
Tags: Autism  

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

Overview

ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.

Symptoms

Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.

Causes

The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.

Treatment

Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.


Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.