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By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
May 26, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations   vaccines  

As your child grows, it’s important to keep up with their health by keeping up with immunizations and getting your child the correct immunization for their age. Your pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC, in Riverside, and New Canaan, CT, can help keep your child on schedule with their immunizations to keep your child healthy.

What Immunizations Does Your Child Need?

Immunizations from your pediatricians in Riverside, and New Canaan, CT, keep your child's immune system healthy enough to fight off certain diseases and viruses. It’s important to keep your child up to date with their immunizations because it’s common for children to not have the best hygiene habits and when they aren’t vaccinated, there’s a higher risk for viruses to travel around easily. Most schools will require you to provide proof of vaccination to protect the young children at school. Immunizations help manage your child’s health care and can save you the cost of hospital visits.

Common immunizations that your child’s pediatrician may recommend are:

  • Influenza
  • Measles (MMR)
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Your child should receive their first vaccination at birth, then throughout your child’s life, their pediatrician will recommend that you bring them in at intervals until they are eighteen years old. You should expect to visit the doctor every couple of months until your child is six years old. After that, there are certain shots, such as the influenza shot, that you may be advised to have your child receive once a year. Your pediatrician will be able to provide a detailed schedule of when to visit for immunizations and which ones your child will need at each visit.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

Keep your child’s health on track by making sure to keep them on schedule with their immunizations. Contact your child’s pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC, at (203) 629-5800 for the office in Riverside, CT,  or at (203) 920-1675 for the office in New Canaan, CT, today!

By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
July 30, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Pediatric Regular Check-UpsTo ensure that your child grows up healthy and strong, they need to see a pediatrician for regular check-ups, screenings, and vaccines. These well-child visits are incredibly important for your child’s health and wellbeing and begin within the first week after your child is born. Since your child will be visiting a pediatrician regularly, you must find one that fits your family’s needs. Even before your baby is born you should shop around for a pediatrician so that once your baby comes into the world you can start giving them the routine check-ups and care they need for a healthy and long life.

Getting Regular Check-ups
These routine check-ups with the pediatrician are incredibly important for your child’s health and development. Within the first few years of life, your child’s development is rapid and these check-ups allow our pediatrician to spot problems or developmental delays early. These check-ups are also focused on preventive care, which means providing your child with vaccines and screenings early on to prevent health problems in the future.

These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 30 months old
  • 3 years old
Once your child turns 3 years old, they may only need to visit their pediatrician once a year for a check-up. Of course, children dealing with certain health issues may still need to come in more often for care.

Getting Vaccinated
Vaccines are also an important part of these visits, and immunizations are truly one of the best and most effective ways to keep your child healthy and free from potentially dangerous diseases such as measles, polio, and hepatitis B. Your pediatrician can provide your child with all the vaccinations they need, particularly before starting school.

Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
April 17, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
November 19, 2018
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

The importance of immunizations

Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.

Just what is an immunization?

Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.

Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.

Are immunizations necessary?

Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.

Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.

Your pediatrician's services

They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:

  • Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain and swelling
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.
By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
November 20, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Keeping children healthy is at the top of every pediatrician and parent's priority list. Besides hand-washing and a healthy diet, one of the immunizationsbest ways to ensure your child's health is to follow the immunization schedule suggested by Dr. Karen Beckman, Dr. Alejandro Mones, and Dr. Beth Rosenberg of Riverside Pediatrics, LLC in Greenwich, CT. To learn more about the benefits of immunizations, read on!

Reducing, even eliminating diseases

There are diseases - such as smallpox and polio, to name a few - that have been eradicated from the United States thanks to the advent of immunizations. However, there is much more international travel than ever before, and it's important to be fully vaccinated to prevent them from reoccurring. On a more probable level, there are still diseases like whooping cough, influenza, and chicken pox that remain a threat to both children and adults. Measles has not been eradicated. It is an ongoing problem in unvaccinated people in our country. There have been outbreaks in NYC and California not too long ago because of parents refusing to vaccinate their children. Being vaccinated also helps create protection for those who physically cannot be immunized due to health issues such as cancer, and to protect those too young to vaccinate, (newborns and infants). Vaccinating adults and older children protects babies and young children who are most vulnerable to complications or death from these diseases.

Dispelling rumors

Parents are understandably concerned about what goes into their children's bodies, and there are many misconceptions and outdated rumors about immunizations that your Riverside pediatrician wants to address. One of the main concerns is a potentially dangerous reaction to immunizations. A very small number of children have severe reactions to vaccines - less than one in a million - and studies repeatedly show that developmental problems like autism are not related to vaccinations. Many people are also concerned about the ingredients of the vaccines themselves. Ingredients like formaldehyde are included in vaccines for sanitizing and stabilizing purposes, but they are incredibly minute amounts, with much larger concentrations naturally occurring in the body.

If you're unsure whether your child is up to date on his or her immunizations, contact Riverside Pediatrics, LLC serving the Riverside and Greenwich, CT areas, to schedule an appointment with one of our caring providers. We look forward to helping you keep your children healthy!

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