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.
What your pediatrician in Brookline wants you to know about the importance of school physicals
Getting your child ready for school can be a busy time. You can simplify your child’s healthcare by remembering to schedule a school physical. School physicals are the perfect time for you to share your concerns about medical issues and learn more about how to keep your child healthy. Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA, wants to help you discover the value and importance of school physicals.
School physicals are an important way to ensure your child is healthy before entering school. This protects your child and other students from exposure to contagious, potentially serious medical conditions. It is also the perfect opportunity to make sure your child is current on immunizations, a requirement for attending school.
You can print a handy immunization schedule for children up to 18 years old from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf
During your child’s physical, your doctor will complete a thorough medical history including allergies, illnesses, injuries, and other important medical information. A family medical history is often also included. Along with a medical history, your child’s height, weight, pulse, temperature, and blood pressure will also be recorded. The information gathered provides an excellent baseline to measure your child’s growth and development.
A school physical also includes a check of your child’s breathing, heart sounds, ears, nose, eyes, and throat. Your child’s hearing and eyesight will also be checked. For sports physicals, the doctor will also check muscle strength and flexibility, and whether your child experiences symptoms like chest pain or dizziness after activity.
Your doctor will also share important information about diet, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle issues to help ensure your child has the best environment for proper growth and development.
If it’s time to get your child ready for the upcoming school year, start with a school physical! For more information about school physicals and other wellness topics, call Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA, today!
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.
Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that often gets worse at night
- Fatigue, especially with exercise or play
If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.
During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.
Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.
The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.
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