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By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
December 21, 2018
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FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets, and Other Jewelry Marketed for Relieving Teething Pain or Providing Sensory Stimulation: FDA Safety Communication 12/20/2018 

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As some of our parents have learned, we have been concerned about the dangers of  these products for quite a while.  The FDA is confirming the hazards of these products including choking and strangulation.  There are safer ways to make your child comfortable!! Read more....

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
December 10, 2018
Category: Child Care
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma, the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affects more than 8 percent of kids in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lung disease keeps kids out of school and prevents them from enjoying sports and activities. However, thanks to effective asthma treatment plans offered by your West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics, children with asthma can breathe easier!

Child AsthmaWhat is asthma?

Asthma occurs when the small airways in your child's lungs become inflamed and fill with mucus. As a result, the airways narrow, restricting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. It's not always easy to determine why your child has asthma, but several factors may play a role, including allergies, a family history of the disease, exposure to cigarette smoke, frequent respiratory infections, a case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) as a baby, or low birth weight.

What are the common symptoms of asthma?

If your child has asthma, they may complain about chest tightness or pain. Kids with asthma often also carry a frequent cough, even when they don't seem to be sick. This coughing can affect sleep, leading to daytime fatigue. Wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest congestion may also occur. If your child has asthma and develops a respiratory infection, it may take longer for them to get better. Asthma may also affect your child's ability to play or participate in sports, as symptoms may worsen with activity. If your child has exercise-induced asthma, symptoms may only occur when your son or daughter runs or plays sports.

How is asthma treated?

Oral and inhaled medications are commonly used to treat asthma in children. The medications reduce inflammation, open the airways and relax the muscles that surround the airways. If your child has exercise-induced asthma, they may only need to use asthma medications before and during sports and other activities. Treating conditions that contribute to asthma, such as allergies or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), can be helpful in reducing symptoms and flare-ups.

If your child has extreme difficulty breathing or can't finish a sentence without pausing to take a breath, don't wait to see the pediatrician. Take your son or daughter to the emergency room immediately.

Concerned? Give us a call

Are you worried that your child may have asthma? Call the West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics at (248) 855-7510 to schedule an appointment.

By contactus@orchardpediatrics.com
November 28, 2018
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The Mom of an eleven year old girl with a limited diet due to food allergies brought up her concerns about her daughter's nutrition status this week. 

We hope this site is useful for her and for the many families with similar challenges.  It has easy to access information about nutritional needs, label reading and recipes. (Scroll to the bottom of the site for the recipes link.) More... https://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/nutrition.aspx

 

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
November 06, 2018
Category: Child Care
Tags: Immunizations  

You know that frequent hand-washing, taking vitamins, and getting plenty of rest helps to protect yourself and your family from getting sick, but what if a simple visit to Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, Michigan could give your children immunity from over a dozen serious illnesses? By staying current on their vaccinations, this is completely possible! Here's how immunizations help your child get a healthy start.

Child ImmunizationWhat do immunizations do?

Vaccines from your West Bloomfield pediatrician contain compounds from the germs that cause specific illnesses; the polio vaccine, for example, contains the polio virus. But to keep you from actually contracting the diseases, these germs have been killed or "stunned." Your immune system still recognizes them as a threat to your health, however, and begins to make antibodies, which are germ-fighting proteins in the blood. This way, any exposure you may have to the "real thing" ensures that you won't get sick.

Why is it important to follow the recommended vaccination schedule?

It can feel overwhelming, especially for first-time parents, to see all the vaccinations that are recommended for your children during their first two years of life. However, we suggest thinking about the number in a different way—that series of immunizations protects your children from 14 different illnesses, some of which are life-threatening. The schedule of immunizations and boosters has been carefully designed and reviewed by experts in the field; it works with the natural rhythm of the immune system and offers the best chance for protection against preventable diseases. Delaying or altering that schedule can put your child at risk for acquiring an illness, such as measles or pertussis, that they haven't been immunized against yet.

To schedule an appointment with one of our caring pediatric staff, contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, Michigan today!





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