Pediatric Blog
By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
August 24, 2021
Category: Child Care

If your son or daughter is considering playing a sport this year, it's vital they get a sports physical. It's more important than ever to ensure that your child is healthy before any kind of activity, even if it's a low-contact sport. Orchard Pediatrics is a board-certified children's medical practice that offers school and sports physicals to patients in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI. If your child needs a physical before attending school or playing a sport, give them a call today.

What is a School Physical?

Many schools and scholastic athletic leagues require children to complete a regular examination of their health and physique before they can be accepted into the program. This is especially important for sports teams because an injury on the field could be exacerbated by a preexisting condition.

During a school physical, the pediatrician will record the child's height, weight, and blood pressure. Plus, they will have their eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart, and abdomen examined for any abnormalities. The doctor will also administer any necessary vaccinations and write any prescriptions for medication.

Students in the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI area should stop by Orchard Pediatrics to schedule a physical today.

Why Regular School and Sports Physicals are Important?

A child's body develops rapidly and it's important to monitor any changes to ensure they are healthy. Especially in today's world where public health is at the forefront of everyone's mind, it's important for institutions to know if your child has any medical issues they should be aware of.

It's also essential for parents to know that their children are developing normally and there aren't any medical problems they should be concerned about. Physical activity is vital to a child's development, but it's also essential to do it safely and responsibly. School and sports physicals ensure that your child has a clean bill of health and that they can pursue the activities they're passionate about without any potential for concern.

When you need school and sports physicals in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township or Farmington Hills, MI, come see us at Orchard Pediatrics. Give us a call at (248) 855-7510 to book an appointment or request more information.

By Orchard Pediatrics, PC
June 24, 2021
Category: Child Care
Tags: Immunizations  

Children can be protected from many serious illnesses and diseases through vaccination. Vaccines prevent illness and disease by helping kids develop immunity. Vaccines have undergone years of rigorous scientific and medical testing and are a safe and effective way to protect your kids. The experienced and caring providers at Orchard Pediatrics can ensure your children are up to date with their immunizations at our office in West Bloomfield, MI, where we also serve the Commerce Township and Farmington Hills areas.

Importance of Vaccination & Immunization

There are several reasons why childhood vaccination and immunizations are important. A primary reason is that vaccines help children develop immunity to various illnesses and diseases, many of which can be life-threatening. Not only does immunization prevent kids from contracting certain diseases or illnesses, but it also keeps them from passing them on to others. When potentially deadly diseases are unable to spread, they can ultimately be eradicated, as was the case with Smallpox.

Immunization is also important for protecting kids who cannot be vaccinated due to pre-existing health conditions or a weakened immune system. For example, children receiving chemotherapy cannot be vaccinated because their immune systems are not strong enough, which puts them at an increased risk for contracting other illnesses or diseases. However, these kids are protected when others around them have developed immunity through vaccination.

Immunization Schedules

The providers at our office in West Bloomfield, MI, follow the immunization schedules recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are three immunization schedules. The first outlines the recommended vaccines and doses for children ages 0-6 years old. The second schedule provides immunization guidelines for kids ages 7-18 years old. The third is a catch-up schedule for youth who begin vaccinations late or who are more than one month behind the recommended schedule.

Immunizations are an extremely safe and effective way to protect kids from serious illness and disease. Our knowledgeable and caring pediatric professionals can help keep your children up to date with their immunizations. Call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, also serving Commerce Township and Farmington Hills, at (248) 855-7510 to schedule an immunization appointment.

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.

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