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September 13, 2018
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The FDA has taken action against the use of e-cigarettes, acknowledging that they have become an "epidemic" among youth and have serious safety concerns. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the FDA should have done even more.  READ MORE


E-cigarette studies bust safety myths

Melissa JencoNews Content Editor

Two new studies on e-cigarettes showed they contain cancer-causing chemicals and are associated with future cigarette smoking in teens.

University of California, San Francisco researchers who authored the studies raised concerns about the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to youths in light of the growing evidence they are unsafe.

E-cigarettes and toxic compounds READ MORE 

The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees:

Vaping: Dangerous, Available & Addicting READ MORE

August 21, 2018
Category: Child Care
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What your pediatricians in West Bloomfield, MI, want you to know about ADHD

adhd boyIf your child is restless or has difficulty paying attention, it’s easy to ignore it. The truth is it could be a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, also known as ADHD, which can affect your child’s learning, socialization, and other developmental milestones. The pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, want you to know the facts about ADHD.

So, what is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a developmental disorder which causes difficulties focusing and completing tasks, inability to pay attention, and fidgety, restless behavior.

What are some signs and symptoms of ADHD I need to look for?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are several signs and symptoms of ADHD including difficulty with:

  • Paying attention or following directions
  • Concentrating or listening
  • Organization or focusing on tasks
  • Forgetting or losing things
  • Daydreaming or fidgeting
  • Making mistakes or taking risks
  • Talking excessively or making friends

How do doctors diagnose ADHD?

Your pediatrician will begin with a thorough medical examination including testing your child for developmental issues. You, your child’s teacher and others close to your child will be asked questions about behavior, lifestyle, and other factors.

How do doctors treat ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD commonly includes behavioral therapy for your child and techniques of behavioral management to help you as a parent. Medications may also be recommended along with dietary and lifestyle changes.

ADHD can be difficult for you and your child to deal with, and its effects can be significant. If left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD can lead to problems with learning, difficulty in school, and problems with relationships. These problems can persist into adulthood.

You don’t have to deal with ADHD by yourself. There is help from your pediatrician. Don’t wait to get the help and support you need. Call the pediatricians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, today!

August 21, 2018
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A Mom asked about her child's foot odor in the office today.  She's probably not the only parent with this concern.  Here are several ways you can manage this stinky problem.


August 07, 2018
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Big thanks to the Mom who used this term yesterday in the office!  Not sure how we ever rasied kids without it.  While we prepare ourselves as parents for the "terrible twos", we are often left shocked and helpless when our kids move on to three and become even more challenging.  No worries.  With a little knowledge you can navigate the speed bumps and pot holes of the age and still have a great trip! Here's some wonderful advice and a great read from the Washington Post.  More...


July 25, 2018
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The "rules" about babies and food allergies have been changing since it was noted that babies in other coutnries who start peanuts products early have a lower risk of peanut allergy.  Here are the latest recommendations from the American Academy of more  

New Guidelines on the Introduction of Peanut Products

​Since this news, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has come out with guidelines to help pediatricians and parents understand and use this news—and do it safely. The guidelines divide babies into three groups: those with severe eczema(persistent or recurrent eczema who need prescription creams frequently) and/or egg allergy, those with mild to moderate eczema, and those who don't have any eczema or food allergy.

For the first group, those with severe eczema and/or egg allergy, testing for peanut allergy is recommended—and parents should talk with their doctors about how and when to give peanut products. If testing shows an allergy, it may be a good idea to do that first taste of peanut product in the doctor's office. Parents of babies in this group should talk to their doctor early, like at the 2 or 4-month checkup, because the recommendation is that these babies should get peanut products between 4 and 6 months.

There is no testing needed for babies with mild to moderate eczema, although they should still talk with their doctors about their child's situation and needs. These babies should try peanut products at around 6 months of age.

The babies who don't have any eczema or food allergy can have peanut products along with other foods based on their family's preferences and cultural practices. It's not so important to do it early, but it's fine if parents do.

It's very important that parents not give babies whole peanuts or chunks of them (or chunky peanut butter) because babies could choke. Smooth peanut butter mixed into a puree is better, as are snacks or foods made with peanut butter.

We don't know if this will work for other food allergies, so if there are other allergies you are looking to prevent, talk to your doctor. ​​


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