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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 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
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
June 25, 2019
Category: Child Care
Tags: Newborn  

NewbornFrom sleeping and feeding schedules to check-ups and immunizations, newborn babies have very specific health care needs, especially in their first couple of weeks of life. Fortunately, the pediatricians here at Orchard Pediatrics, PC, in West Bloomfield, MI, can help you navigate all of your newborn baby's needs from day one.

More about Newborn Child Care

Caring for your newborn can feel stressful and overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. However, there are a number of resources available to help you navigate the journey. Here are some of the most common health issues and conditions that typically affect newborn babies:

  • Colic
  • Diaper rash
  • Skin conditions
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Ear infections

Every newborn is different and will have different health and childcare needs. However, newborn child care is also about more than taking your baby to the pediatrician when they get sick. Wellcare visits and checkups are essential for monitoring your baby's growth and development, especially in the first few years.

In general, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents take newborns for a check-up within the first 3 to 5 days, followed by monthly visits for the first two months, then every two months from 4 to 6 months, followed by every three months until 18 months, and then again at 24 months.

The pediatrician will weigh the baby at every appointment as well as take measurements, check their hearing, and perform a physical exam and perform any necessary screenings and blood test. Your child's development and any behavioral issues or concerns are also addressed. Immunizations are administered according to the schedule and guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Find a Pediatrician in West Bloomfield, MI

For more inform about newborn child care and other pediatric services, contact Orchard Pediatrics, PC in West Bloomfield, MI, by calling (248) 855-7510 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today!