Posts for: December, 2018
Maintaining an optimum weight is important for the health of your little one.
It’s never too early to make sure that your child is adopting the best habits for maintaining a healthy weight. After all, with obesity on the rise among our children and teens, it’s so important that we are doing everything we can to keep kids healthy and to prevent serious health problems that can arise as a result of obesity. These habits, along with visiting a pediatrician for regular care and advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can keep your child feeling their best.
If your child is overweight there are certain things you can do to help them lose the weight and to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index),
Lead by Example
Children pick up a lot of their habits from their parents, and it’s certainly much easier to eat in an unhealthy fashion if everyone in the family is. This is the time to truly evaluate the family’s eating habits as a whole. Are your meals healthy, balanced, and nutritious or do you find yourself going out for fast food or heating up prepared meals? If parents make healthier eating choices children are more likely to, as well.
While we all seem to be glued to electronics these days, it’s important to power down and to get some regular physical activity. This can include joining a school sports team, community sports, or even going out in the backyard and kicking a ball around. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Choose Healthy Snacks
When your child comes home from school are they rushing to grab cookies, potato chips, or other unhealthy snack items? While these foods can certainly be fun and enjoyable in moderation, they shouldn’t be the norm. Instead of stocking the house with junk food, opt for things like peanut butter or hummus on apples or veggies. If you aren’t sure which kinds of healthy snacks to get, talk to your child’s pediatrician for recommendations and advice.
Get Some Shut Eye
It’s important that your child is getting enough sleep each and every night. In fact, children that don’t get enough sleep may actually be more likely to become overweight or obese. Making sure that your child regularly receives eight hours a night is a great way to set them towards a healthy lifestyle.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If your child is having challenges with their weight it’s important to turn to a pediatrician who can provide you with the most effective and safest methods to help shed the excess weight and to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
From feedings to checkups, here’s what you should know about your new addition.
You’ve just welcomed your bundle of joy into the world and you’re experiencing so many different emotions. As you are bringing your baby home from the hospital you may have a ton of questions about how to care for your little one. From the office of our Houston, TX, pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj, here are some tips that will help even first-time parents feel more rest assured when it comes to caring for their newborn.
Babies need a lot of sleep, they just don’t do it in long sessions like we do. Instead, they may sleep up to 18 or 19 hours throughout the day. When putting your child to bed always make sure they sleep on their backs with nothing else around them (this will gradually reduce the risk of SIDS). Parents, trust the old adage and try and sleep whenever your baby sleeps.
For the first six months of your baby’s life they will get all the nutrients they need from breast milk or formula. Newborns will usually need to be fed every 1-3 hours, or anywhere from 8-12 times per day. You will notice certain signs that your child needs to eat, they might cry or stick out their tongues or pucker their lips. Also, babies know when they are full and they will unlatch from the breast or spit out the bottle when they are done.
The last thing you want is for your newborn to get sick; unfortunately, your little one’s immune system isn’t strong enough to fight a lot of the infections out there. Since your child cannot get vaccinated it’s imperative that everyone in your family is up-to-date on vaccines, including their flu shots.
Also, we know that you are going to have lots of family and friends coming over throughout those first few months, and naturally they are going to want to hold the new addition. Make sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly beforehand, to prevent the spread of germs.
Your little one will need to visit a pediatrician within 3-5 days after birth and quite regularly from there on out (here is the full schedule). During these checkups, we will be able to make sure your child is healthy, that they are reaching developmental milestones and that they are getting the proper immunizations. These visits are also a great time for us to answer any questions you might have about caring for your baby.
Peekabo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, is dedicated to providing comprehensive pediatric care to children and teens of all ages. No matter whether it’s time to schedule your baby’s first checkup or you have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today to learn more or book an appointment.
When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care
As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?
Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:
Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
Rash, especially with a fever
A cough or cold that lasts several days
Large cuts or gashes
Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg
Ear pain with fever
A severe sore throat or swallowing problems
Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain
Blood in urine
Blood in stool
Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours
Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old
Fever and vomiting
Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours
While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.