Pediatric Blog
By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
March 16, 2021

It’s important to recognize the signs of a learning disability so you can get your child the care they need.

Is your little one having trouble in school? Many children deal with academic struggles for far too long before discovering that they have a learning disability. Here in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, areas, our pediatricians want to make sure that learning disabilities are detected early on so we can provide immediate interventions to set them up for academic success.

What are the most common types of learning disabilities?

A learning disability makes it difficult for a child to understand, process, and retain information. While there are many issues that can impact learning, the most common types of learning disabilities that our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians see include:

Dyslexia: This disorder often involves mixing up the position of letters or words, as well as reading comprehension problems. Kids with dyslexia may also have delayed speech.

ADHD: A disorder that impacts a child’s ability to focus, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder may result in trouble sitting still, disruptive behavior, careless mistakes, and trouble paying attention in class.

Dysgraphia: This learning disability is also considered a neurological disorder and it impacts a child’s ability to write due to problems with fine motor skills and coordination. Kids with dysgraphia often have messy and illegible handwriting.

Dyscalculia: While a lot of kids may not love math, there are some kids that actually have a disorder that makes it difficult for them to process even basic math principles. Kids with dyscalculia may have trouble counting and have trouble with the order of operations.

What are the signs of a learning disability?

It usually isn’t until a child starts school that teachers and parents start to notice these red flags. Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities are vast and varied. Some signs include:

  • Delayed speech
  • Trouble expressing thoughts in a coherent way
  • Trouble following simple instructions
  • Difficulty learning new words
  • The inability to recognize certain letters
  • Issues memorizing numbers or the alphabet
  • Acting impulsively
  • Fidgeting and trouble sitting still
  • Prone to emotional outbursts
  • Easily distracted or often daydreaming
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Not listening when others are talking
  • Increased irritability and tantrums
  • Difficulty holding a pencil and other coordination issues

We want to make going to school a fun experience for your child. We understand the challenges that come with a learning disability and we are here to help. Our pediatricians provide comprehensive care to children and teens in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, communities. To schedule a consultation with us, call Orchard Pediatrics at (248) 855-7510.

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
March 15, 2021
Category: Child Care
Tags: Asthma  

Worried that your child might have asthma? We can provide the treatment your child needs.

It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of asthma in your child, as untreated asthma can lead to some serious and potentially life-threatening attacks. Here at Orchard Pediatrics, our pediatricians have provided medications and custom asthma treatment plans to kids and teens throughout the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, areas. Watch out for the following signs of childhood asthma:

  • A chronic cough that may get worse after exercise or in the evening
  • A whistling or wheezing sound in their chest when exhaling
  • Rapid or shallow breathing, particularly during physical activity
  • Easily fatigued or exhausted
  • Difficulty sleeping due to breathing issues
  • Trouble catching a full breath
  • Older children may complain that their chest feels tight or “funny”

If your child is showing any of these symptoms of asthma, it’s important that you bring them to our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians right away for an evaluation. We will listen to your child’s lungs and perform a few diagnostic tests that measure airflow when your child inhales and exhales. We can make a proper asthma diagnosis through your child’s symptomology, physical examination, and diagnostic test results.

What can cause a flare-up?

It’s also important to be able to recognize what causes your child’s asthma to flare up or get worse. Every child’s triggers will vary. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen and pet dander
  • Cigarette smoke and other environmental irritants
  • Cold air
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Intense emotions
  • Cold and flu

It’s important to recognize when your child’s symptoms seem to flare up including:

  • During emotional states
  • When outside
  • During the day, afternoon, or evening
  • On cold days or during winter months
  • After exercise

How is asthma treated?

While there is no cure for asthma, our pediatricians in West Bloomfield, MI, can provide your child with a custom treatment plan. Medication is key to reducing airway inflammation to reduce your child’s risk for an attack, as well as easing attacks when the first symptoms appear.

Whether you want to discuss asthma treatment options with our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians or you’re concerned that your child is displaying symptoms of asthma, we can help you through the whole process. We provide diagnoses and treatments for children living in and around West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI. To schedule an appointment with the team at Orchard Pediatrics, call (248) 855-7510.

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
December 01, 2020
Tags: ADHD  

Once your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you may be wondering, “What now?”

While your child might seem flighty at times or maybe forgetful, children with true ADHD have severe attention issues that negatively impact everything from school performance to social interactions. Most diagnoses occur before the age of 12. Our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians are usually the first doctors to turn to if you suspect that your child has ADHD. While ADHD can’t be cured, there are ways for our pediatric team to help your child manage their symptoms. Here are the ways that childhood ADHD is treated,

Age Impacts Treatment

If your child is under six years old, then their ADHD will be managed will be a bit differently than in children that are over six years of age. In children under six years old, we will most likely hold off on providing medications to manage their symptoms and instead turn to behavioral therapy. It’s important that parents also go through specialized behavioral management so that they understand what changes need to be made to their child’s current behaviors to improve school and home life. Children over six years old will often use a combination of behavioral therapy and medication.

Medication is Most Effective When Combined with Other Treatment Options

Every child is different. Some children will show a significant improvement in their behavioral symptoms when taking medication while other children may not show as much improvement in their ADHD symptoms. This is why it’s important to work with your West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor to tweak medications and treatment options based on the results you are currently seeing. We see the most improvements in children that combine ADHD medication with therapies and other strategies.

Lifestyle Changes Can Improve Symptoms

Along with behavioral therapy, developing coping skills and strategies, and taking medication, there are simple lifestyle changes that can also help your child better cope with their symptoms. These lifestyle changes include,

  • Creating good sleep habits and making sleep a priority. Children should get anywhere from 8-11 hours depending on their age.
  • Creating a healthy diet that is rich in omega 3s, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Make sure that they are getting complex carbs, protein, and lots of veggies in their diet while avoiding sugar.
  • Making sure that your child is getting regular physical activity for at least one hour every day. Exercise is important as it boosts serotonin and dopamine in the brain and can help with mental clarity.

If you are concerned that your child is showing symptoms of ADHD here in West Bloomfield, MI, our pediatricians can provide you with both a diagnosis and treatment plan.

To schedule an evaluation or to discuss treatment options with us, call Orchard Pediatrics, PC at (248) 855-7510.

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
September 08, 2020
Category: Child Care

Children will undoubtedly get sick from time to time, but they shouldn’t have to face a serious disease. Many highly effective vaccines exist for helping your child build immunity to some of the most serious and deadly diseases, including polio, the measles, and both Hepatitis A and B. The highly trained and skilled providers at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield follow the immunizations schedules developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We can help you keep up with your child’s immunizations.

Importance of Immunization

Immunization is extremely important for the health of your child. The vaccines that provide immunization protect your child and others from harmful diseases. As children build up immunity, their bodies will be resistant to any diseases they have been vaccinated against.

In addition to protecting your own child, immunization also protects other children who cannot be vaccinated. For example, children with certain health conditions or who are undergoing chemotherapy have a weak immune system are unable to be vaccinated. However, these children are still protected when everyone around them has immunity to certain diseases. Immunity prevents others from being carriers of a disease and passing it on to unvaccinated children with weak immune systems.

Immunization is also beneficial because it has the potential to eradicate a deadly disease and protect future generations, such as your children’s children. This can be observed in the case of smallpox, which was once a deadly disease. Years of vaccination led to widespread immunity from the disease so that it was eventually wiped out, which means current and future generations are protected from contracting it. Eradication of other diseases could potentially occur with continued vaccination.

Immunization Schedules

The AAP has developed several immunization schedules that specify when certain vaccines should be administered to children. Some vaccinations require multiple doses, which are indicated on the AAP schedules. The majority of vaccinations can be completed from birth through the time a child starts school, with a few follow up doses needed around the start of adolescence.

The AAP has developed an immunization schedule for birth to six years of age, as well as one for youth between the ages of seven and 18 years. A third catch-up schedule is also available for children who start the vaccination schedule late or who have fallen more than one month behind schedule. The experienced providers at our pediatric practice in West Bloomfield can help you keep up with immunizations for your child.

Keeping up with your child’s immunization schedules is the best way to protect them from a variety of harmful diseases. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors to discuss your child’s immunizations by calling Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
May 12, 2020
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma affects American children more than any other chronic health condition, says the CDC. Management is key to a healthy childhood. So, your team of four physicians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, provides families with asthma symptom recognition, medication, trigger reduction, and more. Read on to learn how your child can thrive despite asthma.

Symptoms of asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation of the airway and lungs. Triggered by environmental factors, such as cold air, smoke, intense odors, or pollen, asthma also flares up after a cold, during periods of stress, and in response to exercise.

Most children with asthma wheeze, cough (particularly at night), and feel very short of breath. Additionally, they may be extremely fatigued or experience tightness in the chest. Some asthma episodes may be life-threatening and require emergency medical attention.

Treating asthma

Despite its dangers and your concerns as a parent, your child can live well with asthma. At our West Bloomfield office, your physicians want to see children with asthma symptoms for a complete physical examination that includes chest auscultation and a lung function test.

Then, your pediatrician will outline a care plan aimed at trigger avoidance, medications, and more. KidsHealth reports that making an asthma action plan and adhering to it is important to sustained well-being and day-to-day functionality.

For instance, your child should take their medications as prescribed. Typically, asthmatics use a long-term control medication and carry a rescue inhaler for sudden onset of symptoms.

Both children and parents benefit from an asthma diary to track symptoms and what may cause them. Understanding the warning signs of an attack can help you, as the parent, stay on top of medication administration.

Finally, caregivers, teachers, sports coaches, and others who routinely interact with your child should know how to help them in the event of a flare-up. This is particularly important for kids who have severe, hard-to-control asthma.

Live well with asthma

Your child can achieve this, but it takes careful attention, planning, and teamwork. For more information on childhood asthma, contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.

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