Posts for category: Children's Care
You Catch Them Squinting When Reading
When your eyes have trouble focusing on an image, squinting may actually help your child see or focus better. Your child may squint when reading anything far away such as a menu behind a restaurant counter or when reading the chalkboard at school. Your child’s teacher may even let you know that your child needed to move closer to the front to see what was written on the chalkboard. This is a telltale sign that your child needs to have their vision evaluated by their pediatrician.
Sitting Close to the TV
Another sign that your child may have trouble with their vision is if they put phones and other electronic devices close to their face to see it. Your child may also sit really close to the TV. These could be signs of nearsightedness.
If your child’s eyes have been overworked and straining all day your child might complain of frequent headaches, particularly in the evening.
Difficulties in School
When parents and teachers notice that their child is having trouble focusing on work they may immediately think that they have ADHD, but sometimes bad vision is actually the culprit. If your child can’t properly see the board, it’s no surprise that their attention focuses on other things. This is when you should talk to your child and find out if they are having trouble seeing the board. It might not be behavioral issues, it might just mean that they need to get an eye exam.
If you are noticing changes in your child’s vision, or if your child mentions having blurry vision or trouble seeing, you must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. While your pediatrician does have the tools necessary for hearing and vision screenings, they can also refer your child to a pediatric optometrist who can provide further and specialized vision testing and fit them with glasses, if necessary.
How your pediatricians in Greenwich, Connecticut can help your child heal
If your child suffers an injury, it can be a scary experience. You want your child to heal quickly and comfortably. The pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC Dr. Karen Beckman, Dr. Alejandro Mones, and Dr. Beth Rosenberg use Dermabond, a specially formulated skin adhesive to close superficial wounds. They proudly serve the residents of Riverside, and Greenwich, Connecticut and they can help your child heal.
Dermabond can be used alone or in combination with sutures or staples. The addition of Dermabond has been clinically shown to:
- Increase holding strength for at least seven days by keeping tension away from the wound and redistributing it to the adjacent healthy tissue
- Provide a protective microbial barrier for at least 72 hours, to prevent infection from Staphylococcus and other bacteria
- Inhibit growth of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria including E. Coli, MRSA, and MRSE
Patients also like Dermabond because:
- Dermabond protects immediately, so your child can shower right after the procedure, if your pediatrician advises it
- Dermabond is easier and less painful to remove than other skin closure methods
- Dermabond typically requires no dressing, so wound care is easier and less invasive
Dermabond has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness, and been in use for nearly 20 years. It’s the go-to skin adhesive for wounds related to surgery, accidents, or injuries and can help your child heal better, in far less time, and with far less risk of infection.
The pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC also offer after-hours treatment with Dermabond, staples, or sutures if your child experiences a sudden injury.
Your child deserves the best in wound care, because you want your child to heal quickly, easily, and with minimal pain. Next time your child has an emergency and needs wound care, call the experts, your pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC serving the residents of Riverside, and Greenwich, Connecticut. Call today to find out more!
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.
Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night. In many cases, the nighttime bedwetting incidents will gradually decrease until they have completely ceased around the age of five or six.
So, when should parents worry about their child’s bedwetting behaviors? Most pediatricians agree that it’s quite normal for children to experience occasional “accidents” and that most children will outgrow it on their own.
When to Visit Your Pediatrician
Bedwetting is rarely a serious problem. In fact, wetting up to a year after the child has successfully been toilet trained is normal. Children gain bladder control at different ages, and while most kids quit wetting at night by the age of 6, others may take a little longer. In the majority of cases, wetting does not have a medical cause.
According to the AAP, you should contact your pediatrician if your child continues to have frequent “accidents” or if you notice any of the following signs:
- Wet clothing and bed linens, even when the child uses the toilet frequently
- Unusual straining during urination, a very small or narrow stream of urine, or dribbling after urination
- Cloudy or pink urine
- Abnormal redness or rash in the genital area
- Trying to conceal wetting by hiding clothes or underwear
- Daytime wetting in addition to nighttime accidents
Parents should remember to be sensitive to their child’s wetting behavior so not to cause additional embarrassment or discomfort. Never punish the child for bedwetting. Instead, show support and encouragement by reassuring the child that it is not his or her fault and that the problem will get better.
Remember, even though childhood wetting is frustrating, it is very normal. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s bedwetting behaviors.
Is your little one sick? Find out when immediate medical attention is necessary.
It’s natural to worry when your little one gets sick. It’s certainly no fun dealing with an ill child. Of course, it’s easy for worry to turn to panic, but does my child need to see one of their Riverside, CT urgent care doctors at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC-- Dr. Karen Beckman, Dr. Alejandro Mones and Dr. Beth Rosenberg -- or should I take a wait-and-see approach? There are many questions parents ask themselves and questioning how to handle your child’s health shouldn’t be one of them. Here are some guidelines for when to visit us right away and when an ER trip is better suited.
Deciding to go to urgent care vs. the ER can be a confusing decision to make. While there are many medical issues that do not actually warrant a visit to the emergency room, there are certain scenarios in which an ER is a better choice including:
- If your child has a broken bone (displaced bones need to be realigned, often under sedation)
- If your child hit their head and was unconscious for a few seconds
- If your child is experiencing seizures
- If your child has trouble breathing
- If your child is under 2 months old and has a fever
We can see just about anything other than the previously listed. It’s always a good rule of thumb that if your child is able to walk or talk then chances are pretty good that their condition does not require emergency medical care. If your child is dealing with a minor illness or accident, consider heading to Riverside Pediatrics After Hours located in Riverside and convenient to all of Greenwich where our board certified pediatricians are here to assist you and your children. You can avoid the long emergency room wait times. You can also call us ahead of time and talk to us about the symptoms your child is having so we can determine whether the matter requires immediate attention.
Nothing is more important than the health of your child and here at Riverside Pediatrics After Hours in Riverside, CT and serving Greenwich we wholeheartedly believe that, that’s why your little one will always get the best medical care possible whenever they need it most!