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Find out if your child’s diet could be benefiting or hurting their health.
Keeping your child healthy begins at home. In order to grow up healthy and strong, children need to be eating a proper diet. Not only does your child’s diet provide them with all the vital nutrients they need for development, but it can also protect them from developing some chronic and serious health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure. From the office of our Brookline, MA, pediatricians, here are some dietary guidelines and tips to follow in order to keep your child healthy.
According to the CDC, children and teens between the ages of 2-18 years old consume a lot of empty calories from unhealthy fats and added sugar, which can make up as much as 40 percent of their daily calories. This includes foods and drinks such as soda, ice cream, pastries, pizza, and whole milk. Plus, children often aren’t drinking enough water. This leads to children being overweight or obese, which can also greatly impact their health and increase their risk of developing serious health problems in the future.
Healthy Eating Habits for Your Child
Here are some tips for you and your child to follow when it comes to eating a healthy diet,
- Drinking enough water can actually improve the cognitive function of both children and teens, which can then improve their school performance, according to the CDC.
- Making sure that your child gets a balanced breakfast every morning can also improve cognition and mood.
- Reduce sugar consumption and replace that food with healthier choices. For example, exchange packaged granola bars with whole fruit and a handful of nuts.
- Opt for a diet rich in fruits and veggies, lean meats (e.g. poultry; fish), whole grains, low-fat dairy, and some healthy fats (e.g. avocados; olive oil).
- Stay away from foods that have added sugar or are high in sodium.
- Avoid packaged foods or junk food.
- Opt for healthier snacks such as low-fat string cheese, whole grain rice cakes, and raw veggies and hummus.
It’s important to turn to your children’s doctor in Brookline, MA, if you aren’t sure that your child is getting the proper nutrients and foods they need to stay healthy. Also, if you are having trouble managing your child’s weight through healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s time to talk to our pediatricians about ways to help them drop the excess weight to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Call Us Today!
We know that your child requires different nutritional needs as they get older, and the medical team here at Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA, is ready to provide you with the preventive care and tips you need to make sure that your child leads a healthy life. Call us today at (617) 232-2915 to learn more about your child’s nutritional needs.
Find out the best ways to handle some of the most common childhood learning and development disabilities.
Even though there is more information than ever before regarding childhood developmental and learning disorders there are still so many things we don’t quite understand and there is also a lot of misinformation out there. The goal of your pediatrician is to provide you with all the information you and your child need to understand their learning or developmental disorder and the most effective treatments and interventions available.
What are the most common learning disabilities?
One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia, which can affect how a child understands what they’ve read. It may also affect comprehension, spelling and other facets of reading and learning.
ADHD is another common learning disability that affects millions of children. Children with ADHD have trouble concentrating on work and may easily get distracted. ADHD can affect a child’s school, home or social life.
Other learning disabilities include:
- Processing deficits
What are the most common developmental disabilities?
A common developmental disorder is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since autism is a spectrum, symptoms will vary in type and severity. It can affect a child’s ability to socialize or pick up social cues from those around them. They may prefer to be alone or not to be touched. While there is no cure for autism there are ways to manage the symptoms.
What are my child’s treatment options?
It’s important that if you think your child might be struggling with a learning or developmental disorder that you talk to your pediatrician. There are many ways in which to treat these symptoms through medications, therapy, lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, and your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your child.
No matter whether you have questions about your child’s learning or development disorder or your child is displaying symptoms of one of these delays, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to for answers, support and treatment options. After all, your family and your pediatrician are a team designed to help your child live the best possible life.
Could your child’s itchy, red eye be pink eye?
“Pink eye” are two words that no parent loves hearing but it’s one of the most common eye problems to affect both children and adults. In fact, according to the CDC, there are about 3 million cases of pink eye in the US every year. What are the warning signs of conjunctivitis and should you see a pediatrician right away or let the problem run its course?
What is conjunctivitis?
Known as pink eye, this condition causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the clear layer of tissue that covers the whites of the eye. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and is extremely contagious. It’s most commonly passed around in schools. Conjunctivitis can be the result of a bacterial or viral infection, or it can be brought about through certain irritants such as pollen, smoke, or ingredients found in skin care products.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Your child might have pink eye if they are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Redness in the whites of the eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing
- A gritty feeling in the eye
- Itching or burning eyes
How is pink eye treated?
The treatment your child receives will depend on the cause of their conjunctivitis. Those with allergic conjunctivitis will find that as long as they avoid the offending irritant that the symptoms will go away.
If a bacterial infection is the cause, then antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed. Symptoms should lessen within 3-4 days of treatment but it’s important that you continue using your antibiotics for as long as your children’s doctor recommends.
If a viral infection is to blame there is really nothing that needs to be done, you’ll just have to let the cold or virus run its course. To alleviate symptoms, you can use eye drops or apply a cold compress to the eyes to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
It’s important that you have a pediatrician that you can always turn to for care, no matter if it’s a routine checkup or an emergency visit. From conjunctivitis to sports-related injuries, your children’s doctor will be able to provide comprehensive care to your little one as they grow up to make sure they remain healthy and happy.
Do you have a few questions about caring for your newborn? It's not unusual to feel excited, but just a little overwhelmed when you first bring your baby home from the hospital. Our pediatricians at Pediatrics at 1180 care for newborns, children, and teens in their Brookline, MA, office.
What's the typical newborn schedule?
Newborns usually sleep about 16 to 20 hours per day and wake up every few hours to be fed. Generally, breastfed babies are fed every two to three hours, while bottle-fed babies need to be fed every three to four hours. As your baby grows, he or she will be able to sleep for longer periods of time and will need to be fed less often.
How much should I feed my newborn?
Newborns aren't big eaters. In fact, they usually only drink around three ounces of milk or formula every time you feed them. Your baby may be more or less hungry during some feedings than others. It's best to follow your child's lead when it comes to feeding time. Chances are that he or she will make up for a lackluster feeding at the next feeding. Let your child's Brookline pediatrician know if you don't think your baby is eating enough.
Can my baby sleep with me?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that newborns sleep in the same room with their parents but not in the same bed. It's very easy for sleep-deprived new parents to fall asleep and accidentally roll over on their babies. Placing a bassinet next to the bed allows easy access to your newborn for feeding.
When should my baby see the pediatrician?
Your pediatrician will provide you with a recommended schedule for well visits and vaccines. Call your child's doctor right away if you notice:
- Fewer than three wet diapers per day
- Difficulty breathing
- No bowel movement after two days at home
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Yellow skin or eyes
Protect your newborn's health with regular visits to the pediatrician. Call our Brookline, MA, pediatricians at Pediatrics at 1180 at (617) 232-2915 to schedule your child's visit.
The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.
Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.
Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.
These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Heart rate and blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
- Lungs and heart
Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.
Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.