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Obesity and malnutrition are problems that are happening all over the world. Even in our country, these problems persist. This is something that every parent should take seriously especially when obesity has been linked to many lifestyle diseases like diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks among others.
Here at Children's Clinic La Jolla, our pediatricians, Dr. S. Daman Paul and Dr. Gretchen Gainor, take childhood nutrition seriously. If you’re having issues with your child’s eating habits, you can visit our San Diego-area office to discuss your concerns. With this in mind, let’s tackle some of the FAQs in childhood nutrition.
What Should I Do When My Child is Overweight?
If your child is obese or overweight, it is important to consult your pediatrician to know your child’s ideal height-to-weight ratio. This will make it clear just how much weight needs to be lost. During a consultation with your pediatrician at our San Diego-area office, you’ll also learn proper nutrition guidelines.
This ensures that your child will be placed on a balanced diet and receive the right amount of nutrients.
What Should My Child Drink?
Just stick to plain water. There is no specific amount recommended for children, but, it would be wise to let them drink as much water as possible throughout the day, especially if they are physically active and even if they don’t feel thirsty. Additionally, more water is needed when the weather is hot or if your child is sick. In case the taste of water doesn’t suit your child well, you can always add lime or lemon as a flavoring. Vegetables and fruits can also provide water to the human body.
Is Physical Activity Part of Good Nutrition in Children?
For children, physical activity is essential. However, being physically active does not necessarily translate to being involved in sports. It can take the form of playing outside or simply moving around regularly, as opposed to just sitting down in front of the television or the computer. Active children are more likely to carry these healthy activities through their adolescence and adulthood. They are likewise more aware of the value of good nutrition.
For More Information on Childhood Nutrition, Contact Us
Set your appointment with one of our pediatricians, Dr. S. Daman Paul or Dr. Gretchen Gainor, here at Children's Clinic La Jolla in the San Diego area, by calling (858) 459-KIDS (5437). For emergencies, you can call our after hour emergency number, (858) 750-5232.
Many children love to play sports. Maybe yours do too, but most teams won't let your youngster play if they don't pass a physical exam. After all, sports physicals are required in most states to ensure that it's safe for your child to play on a team.
Offered by Dr. S. Daman Paul, Dr. Gretchen Gainor, and Asako Komiya, PNP, here at Children's Clinic La Jolla, read on to find out what's involved in undergoing a sports physical.
The first portion of the physical involves a medical history review. This is when the doctor identifies any medical conditons that may make it too dangerous for a child to participate in a sport. During this review, the doctor will learn about your family history of immunizations, illness, allergies, and respiratory diseases. The doctor will also learn about your child's personal history of heat illnesses, concussions, and fractures. This is the time when you should share with your doctor any information concerning your child's medical conditions as well as prescription medications.
The second portion of the visit is the physical exam. During this portion of the visit, the doctor will measure your child's height and weight, as well as their blood pressure and health of their heart, lungs, stomach, nose, throat, and ears. Your child will also take a vision test and the doctor will check their flexibility and joint health.
Time for an Appointment? Give our La Jolla Office a Call
Whether your children plan to play soccer, softball, basketball, or any other organized sport in the San Diego-area, it's important that they receive a sports physical to make sure that it's safe for them to play. Schedule an appointment at Children's Clinic La Jolla for all of your pediatric needs. Please call us at 858-459-KIDS today.
One of the most effective ways to ensure a healthy delivery is to keep on top of your health while you’re pregnant. As you bask in all the fun things that come with being pregnant such as eating (almost) anything you’re craving for, choosing a name, and nesting, make certain that you have a set prenatal checkup schedule. Obtaining regular and early prenatal care will help improve your chances of a problem-free and healthy pregnancy and delivery.
If you suspect that you might be pregnant or if you haven’t had a prenatal visit yet, our doctors here in Children’s Clinic La Jolla, CA, Drs. S. Daman Paul, Gretchen Gainor, and Asako Komiya PNP will be glad to help you out.
How Moms-to-Be Can Benefit From Regular Prenatal Visits
With regular prenatal checkups, you can:
- Minimize your baby’s risk of developing complications. Alcohol use and tobacco smoke during pregnancy can increase your baby’s risk for SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Likewise, alcohol can increase your little one’s risk of developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. These disorders could result in various health issues including problems with bones, kidneys, or the heart, abnormal facial features, intellectual disability, poor memory, and poor coordination.
- Lower your risk of developing health complications. A nutritious diet and safe exercise routine as recommended by your doctor can help decrease the chances of developing all sorts of pregnancy complications and promote healthy fetal development. Additionally, a vital part of your prenatal visits in our clinic here in La Jolla, CA, is to ensure that you keep on top of any existing health issues you may have. This can include diabetes and high blood pressure that if left untreated can cause severe or life-threatening complications for you and your baby.
- Make sure that all the medications you’re taking are safe for you and your baby. Some antibiotics and certain ingredients such as those in oral and topical acne treatments as well as herbal and dietary supplements can harm your developing baby.
Regular prenatal visits with Dr. S. Daman Paul or Dr. Gretchen Gainor here in Children’s Clinic La Jolla, CA, can help ensure that your pregnancy is coming along fine and spot any problem signs early on before they become more serious and harder to treat. To learn more about what to expect during your prenatal visit and to schedule your appointment, call (858) 459-5437. For emergencies, call (858) 750-5232.
Millions of children across the US regularly participate in some kind of sport. No matter whether your child is a dancer, gymnast, soccer player, or football player, the goals of parents are always the same: to keep their child healthy and to prevent injury. Having a pediatrician that you turn to regularly for care is invaluable, as this trusted medical doctor can also provide you and your child with guidance and counseling to ensure that you are taking all the precautionary measures necessary to prevent sports-related injuries in your little one.
Caring for Childhood Sports Injuries
With millions of kids also visiting the hospitals every year for sports-related injuries it’s important to acknowledge that the need for proper injury prevention practices is particularly crucial for children and teens. The most common sports-related injuries include repetitive motion injuries (e.g. tendonitis), ankle sprains, broken bones, and concussions.
Since many of these conditions are the result of overuse rather than injury symptoms may appear gradually over time. Therefore, it’s important to listen to your child when they complain about pain or other issues they are having. It’s also important that kids have ample time to rest and heal. If they don’t this can also put unnecessary stress the body and leave them prone to injury.
Minor sports injuries can often be treated with rest and home care. The RICE method is often used for treating minor to moderate sports injuries. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Children may also find relief through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, but it’s important to talk with your pediatrician before starting your child on any new medication.
While you may wish to treat your child’s symptoms at home it’s also important to know when to turn to a pediatrician. Call your child’s doctor if their symptoms do not improve with at-home care, if symptoms get worse, or if their symptoms affect their training. These symptoms also require immediate medical attention:
- Severe pain and swelling
- Deformity (e.g. a misaligned bone)
- Numbness, tingling or weakness
- Trouble walking or putting weight on the injured part of the body
As any pediatrician will tell you, it’s always better to prevent injuries than to treat them once they arise. There are a variety of measures you can put in place to reduce your child’s risk for injury. These injury-prevention tips include:
- Making sure that your child gets a physical exam from their pediatrician at least once a year to make sure that they are healthy enough for physical activity.
- Make sure that your child is getting ample training throughout the year so that once the season rolls around their body will be ready for the demands of their chosen sport.
- Make sure that your child is wearing the appropriate footwear and protective gear. This includes helmets, mouthguards, shin guards, and other padding.
- Your child should also stretch and warm-up for at least 10-15 minutes prior to game time. A proper warm-up can greatly reduce injury.
If your child is experiencing pain, swelling or other problems as a result of a sports injury don’t hesitate to give your pediatrician a call today. Catching and treating sports injuries right away can prevent further complications.
Once you find out you’re pregnant it seems like everything shifts focus to how you are going to take care of yourself and your unborn child. Furthermore, you start making decisions about how to care for your baby once it enters the world. One of the most important aspects is choosing a pediatrician that your child can turn to from birth until adulthood for medical care. Choosing a doctor that you like and can trust is important not just for parents but also children.
Having the same doctor means that children are also more likely to get the proper care, tests, and vaccines they need to keep them healthy. Having a continuous, trustworthy relationship with your children’s doctor will ensure that your child gets the care and treatment they need through all aspects of their developing life.
Looking for a Pediatrician
So, when is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? Usually a good time to start searching is between 28 and 34 weeks. This will give you enough time to do your homework and not feel rushed to find a doctor that you feel you truly can trust. You can ask your friends, colleagues, and family members for personal recommendations and referrals. Once you determine which doctors sound good it’s time to setup a one-on-one meeting to learn more about their training, practice and services.
This is also a time to determine whether the pediatrician is a good fit for your family and that you feel a good, positive connection with them. Prepare questions ahead of time so that you get the most out of your consultation.
Once your child is born they will usually see a pediatrician for the first time within the first week of birth. After that, your newborn will come into the office regularly for monitoring, vaccines, screenings, and checkups. These routine checkups are crucial, as they allow your pediatrician to monitor everything from their hearing and vision to certain health problems and developmental delays. By bringing your child in for their regularly scheduled appointments your pediatrician will be able to catch problems and provide early interventions to reduce the risk for complications and long-term issues.
When your baby arrives it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Your pediatrician isn’t just here to provide your child with comprehensive health care; they can also provide you with answers to everything from breastfeeding and bathing to diet and sleep schedules.
Your pediatrician can educate parents, especially new parents, on the dos and don’t of caring for their newborn.
If you are currently pregnant it’s never too soon to find the right pediatrician for your budding family.
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