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By Children's Clinic La Jolla
November 16, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

The importance of immunizations

Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.

Just what is an immunization?

Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.

Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.

Are immunizations necessary?

Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.

Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.

Your pediatrician's services

They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:

  • Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain and swelling
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.

By Children's Clinic La Jolla
November 05, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Child Care   Cold   Flu  

Cold Vs. Flu

Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.

What is a cold?

A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Low-grade fever
The Centers for Disease Control states that most healthy children experience 8 to 10 colds by the age of two years.
What is the flu?
The flu is a much more serious viral infection. Of sudden and intense onset, the flu usually comes with:
  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Severe headache
  • Chills
Also, the flu lasts longer and debilitates sufferers. It carries dangerous complications, particularly with young children, the elderly, asthmatics, diabetics and those with weak immune systems.
Treating colds and the flu
Treating a cold involves rest, fluids and decongestants as needed. The onset of a cold is gradual, and so is recovery. Typically, your child will not need to visit the pediatrician if he or she has a simple cold. Simple symptom relief works well. However, high and persistent fever merits a call to your child's doctor.
Regarding the flu, your pediatrician may do an in-office Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test (a throat or nasal swab) to confirm the diagnosis. They may prescribe antiviral medication and instruct on how to monitor a young child's symptoms. Keep your youngster well-hydrated, and administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.
If flu symptoms escalate (labored respirations, severe headache, rapid heart rate or anything that seems unusual to you), take your child to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation. Pneumonia is a frequent and life-threatening complication of influenza.
Prevention is the best medicine
Protect all members of the family with these simple measures:
  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Stay well-hydrated.
  3. Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
  4. Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
  5. Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  6. Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
  7. Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Trust your pediatrician
They work hard to prevent acute illnesses such as colds and the flu. The doctor and professional team are great resources for prevention, healing and overall well-being for your children.

By Children's Clinic La Jolla
November 01, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

Could your child’s interruptive and hyperactive behaviors be the result of ADHD?

It’s normal for children to daydream, become restless, or to interrupt adults while they are having a conversation. However, if your child is dealing with ADHD then these behaviors may occur more regularly and consequently hold a higher possibility of negatively impacting your child’s daily life. Read below to learn more about the warning signs of ADHD and whether it might be the right time to visit our pediatricians at Children's Clinic La Jolla.

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood problem that can manifest itself in three different ways: inattentiveness, hyperactivity/impulsivity, or a combination of the two.

  • Inattentiveness: A child who is inattentive will often have trouble concentrating. Children with these symptoms will often lose belongings and may have trouble completing tasks. These children will also often seem like they aren’t paying attention or like they are daydreaming.
  • Hyperactivity/Impulsiveness: While a child that is hyperactive won’t display symptoms of inattentiveness, it will be impossible for them to sit still. These are the children that often cause the most disruption to classrooms, as they need to fidget or move around and often have trouble sitting in a chair. These children are also more likely to cut in lines, disrupt others while they are talking, talk excessively, and yell out an answer rather than waiting to be called on by the teacher.
  • Combination: In some cases, children may also have both inattentive and hyperactive symptoms. These symptoms will vary from child to child and most symptoms appear before age 12. These symptoms will also occur in more than one environment, meaning that these behaviors and attitudes may affect everything from their schooling to their home and social environments.

When to See a Pediatrician

It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of ADHD in your child as soon as possible so that our La Jolla, CA, children’s doctors can work with you to create an effective treatment plan and strategy. If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms and it’s affecting their daily life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation.

There are several ways to help your child manage their symptoms, and the sooner we begin implementing certain lifestyle modifications and other treatment options into their life, the better.

Concerned? Contact Us Today!

Are you a parent whose child is displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, it might be time to schedule a consultation with a pediatrician to find out what is going on. Let the compassionate, caring medical team at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla, San Diego, CA help you. Call us today at (858) 459-KIDS!

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