Posts for: May, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.