It's that time of year again with all of it's mixed emotions. We hope everyone has a smooth transition back to the school-year routine and a school year filled with learning and growing.
Remember to get enough sleep and find some downtime as the year gets rolling!
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We know that deciding what's best for your family can be confusing. To help you sort it all out, here are parents' frequently asked questions from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about cow's milk alternatives. Read more...
Milk provides protein, fat, calcium and Vitamin D. So what are the alternatives if your child doesn't like it or can't have dairy?
This chart shows how milk alternatives differ in the amount of protein, fat, calories and iron they provide. You can also use the calcium RDAs chart and "Sources of Calcium" foods list below to make sure your child is getting enough.
Sources of Calcium
From 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:
- Diaper rash
- Skin conditions
- 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!
A common condition seen in kids and teens, asthma is a lung condition that causes trouble breathing and shortness of breath. During an attack, the bronchial airways become inflamed and the muscles surrounding them constrict, making breathing difficult. Repeated attacks may cause permanent lung damage and in severe cases can be life-threatening. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 23 million Americans have the condition and more than one-quarter of them are children under the age of 18.
There are a variety of triggers that can lead to an asthma flare-up or make asthma worse. These vary for every person, but common triggers include:
- Allergens, such as animal dander, pollens, mold, and house dust mites
- Environmental irritants, such as cigarettes, dry air, fragrances, and air pollution
- Infections, such as pneumonia, sinus infection and viral infections of the nose and throat
Does My Child Have Asthma?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma is the most common chronic medical problem in children. Asthma symptoms will vary in frequency and severity, and most children with asthma develop their first symptoms before the age of five. Common signs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in chest
If you think your child may have asthma, contact your pediatrician. They can help you identify the early signs of childhood asthma and provide support for prevention and treatment.
A child may be at a greater risk for having asthma if there is a family history of asthma or if the child has eczema or frequent bouts of chronic lower respiratory problems occurring before the first birthday. Keeping your kids away from cigarette smoke in the home or car, removing pets from the house, paying attention to pollen and air quality forecasts and monitoring exercise are all ways to reduce asthma problems.
The good news is that the majority of asthma cases are only mild, and when the condition is properly managed with medications and extra caution, severe asthma flare-ups can be prevented. Work with your child’s pediatrician to learn more about the condition and ensure your child leads a healthy, normal, active life.
We all know that applying sunscreen to our infants, kids, teens and even ourselves is annoying and time consuming. But until scientists come up with a better way to protect us from sun damage, we offer these sites to make using sunscreen easier (and maybe even fun)!!
From Verywell Health: Choosing the Best Sunscreens for Kids and Infants
A clever, catchy video: How to Apply Suncreen: the #MimicMommydance
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