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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.
How a sports physical from the Pediatricians in La Jolla, CA, can protect your child
Sports are an important activity for everyone, especially kids. So, is your child healthy enough to play sports? That’s a good question, and there is an excellent way to find out, a sports physical! The pediatricians at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla and serving San Diego, CA, offer a wide range of children’s healthcare services, including sports physicals to protect your child.
Sports physicals are required for your child to play a sport, and there is a good reason for this. Illnesses and medical conditions can be sneaky, sometimes causing no symptoms. There is a good chance you may think your child is perfectly healthy. The reality is, when your child plays a sport, heart rate, breathing, and other vital body functions can be stretched to the limits. There is a potential for serious consequences if your child has an underlying condition you don’t know about.
During a sports physical, your child’s pediatrician will record a thorough medical history, including your child’s allergies, current medications, whether your child has been hospitalized, and other important information. Along with your child’s medical history, your family medical history is also important. Knowing a family’s medical history can help uncover illnesses and conditions your child might be at greater risk of acquiring.
It’s important for you as a parent to discuss any current or past medical concerns with the pediatrician. Don’t forget to mention if your child has chest pain, breathing issues, or other signs or symptoms.
A physical examination is a vital part of the sports physical. The pediatrician will record your child’s height, weight, heart rate, breathing, flexibility, and other important functions. Vision and hearing may also be checked during this appointment. Flexibility and muscle strength will be evaluated to determine your child’s fitness to play sports.
If your child plans on playing a sport, a sports physical is an important step. Make sure your child is scheduled for a sports physical by calling the pediatricians at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla, CA, and serving San Diego, CA. Call today!
Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.
From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.
A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.
Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.
Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.
These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.
Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.
If your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to in order to create a customized and effective treatment plan. While diabetes cannot be cured, diagnosing, and treating your child’s diabetes as soon as possible is key to helping them maintain a long, healthy and happy life.
There are two different kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, usually happens during childhood. This autoimmune disorder occurs when the body attacks the pancreas so that it doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in adults; however, children can also develop type 2 diabetes.
Unfortunately, with the increase in childhood obesity our doctors are seeing a rise in type 2 diabetes in children, as well. The pancreas of children and teens with type 2 diabetes does produce insulin but the body just doesn’t properly respond to it.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Both types of diabetes often present with the same symptoms including:
- Increased hunger and thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
- Sores and cuts that don’t heal properly
Other symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
- Unexpected weight loss
- Numbness or tingling
Treating Type 1 Diabetes
There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Since your child’s body doesn’t produce insulin this means that they will need to receive daily insulin injections. Along with taking these injections, you will need to monitor your child’s blood sugar every day to make sure their levels aren’t too high or don’t drop too quickly.
Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Even though children and teens with Type 2 diabetes produce insulin, the body doesn’t respond properly to it. Because of this, your child will need to take daily medication to maintain healthy glucose levels. As with type 1 diabetes, daily blood sugar monitoring is necessary to make sure that the medication your pediatrician prescribed is effective.
Along with taking medication, there are certain lifestyle modifications that can also go a long way to controlling your child’s type 2 diabetes. In fact, sometimes type 2 can be reversed with a healthy diet and regular exercise alone, depending on the severity. Lifestyle modifications include:
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
- Limiting sugar and carbs, which can spike blood sugar
- Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day most days of the week
- Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight
If your child is experiencing symptoms of diabetes or if you have questions about the best way to treat your little one’s diabetes don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician for an appointment.
Your child's sports injury can be treated just as your injury was. Or, can it? Your pediatrician knows that a child's body is still developing, responding differently to acute and overuse injuries from organized sports, gym class, and more. As such, he or she can help your child avoid injury and in the event of sprain, strain, laceration, dislocation, or head injury, will help your youngster recover and stay healthy.
Kids sports injuries
They're very common, says the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Annually, 3.5 million American children under the age of 14 suffer significant sports injuries. Some injuries are related to poor conditioning. Others occur because of inadequate instruction or proper protective gear such as padding, eye wear, sneakers, dance shoes, skates, and cleats.
In addition, diligent supervision on the part of parents, coaches, teachers, and other well-informed adults is critical to safe play. Well-maintained game fields and indoor surfaces avoid foot, ankle, and knee injuries.
Finally, KidsHealth reports that Pre-participation Physicals review medical histories and spot possible weaknesses in children's physiology and anatomy. Most school and organized sports teams require these check-ups either with the school physician or the family pediatrician before the sports season commences.
Treating sports injuries
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that proper assessment and prompt treatment of kids' sports injuries prevent long-term problems, including pain and proper growth of areas of the body such as the long bones. Traditionally, coaches and parents have used the RICE protocol to stabilize and injury, relieve pain, and begin the healing process. It still works exceptionally well. RICE stands for:
- Ice to the affected area
- Compression with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the affected limb/injured area above heart level
Then, your pediatrician and other health care providers can devise a specific treatment plan to include physical therapy, strengthening exercises, over the counter analgesics, braces, and casts as needed. As a parent, you know your child well. So be sure to fully participate in your youngster's care plan.
Be safe, be well
Each child responds differently to athletic training depending on his or her gender, size, age, physical conditioning, underlying health issue,s and natural ability. You and your pediatrician can partner together in encouraging a safe sports season for your child. That's a win-win situation.