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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
June 18, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Diabetes  

If your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to in order to create a customized and effective treatment plan. While diabetes cannot be cured, diagnosing, and treating your child’s diabetes as soon as possible is key to helping them maintain a long, healthy and happy life.

There are two different kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, usually happens during childhood. This autoimmune disorder occurs when the body attacks the pancreas so that it doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in adults; however, children can also develop type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, with the increase in childhood obesity our doctors are seeing a rise in type 2 diabetes in children, as well. The pancreas of children and teens with type 2 diabetes does produce insulin but the body just doesn’t properly respond to it.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Both types of diabetes often present with the same symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Sores and cuts that don’t heal properly

Other symptoms may include:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Numbness or tingling

Treating Type 1 Diabetes

There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Since your child’s body doesn’t produce insulin this means that they will need to receive daily insulin injections. Along with taking these injections, you will need to monitor your child’s blood sugar every day to make sure their levels aren’t too high or don’t drop too quickly.

Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Even though children and teens with Type 2 diabetes produce insulin, the body doesn’t respond properly to it. Because of this, your child will need to take daily medication to maintain healthy glucose levels. As with type 1 diabetes, daily blood sugar monitoring is necessary to make sure that the medication your pediatrician prescribed is effective.

Along with taking medication, there are certain lifestyle modifications that can also go a long way to controlling your child’s type 2 diabetes. In fact, sometimes type 2 can be reversed with a healthy diet and regular exercise alone, depending on the severity. Lifestyle modifications include:

  • Eating a healthy balanced diet
  • Limiting sugar and carbs, which can spike blood sugar
  • Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day most days of the week
  • Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight

If your child is experiencing symptoms of diabetes or if you have questions about the best way to treat your little one’s diabetes don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician for an appointment.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
June 04, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Your child's sports injury can be treated just as your injury was. Or, can it? Your pediatrician knows that a child's body is still developing, responding differently to acute and overuse injuries from organized sports, gym class, and more. As such, he or she can help your child avoid injury and in the event of sprain, strain, laceration, dislocation, or head injury, will help your youngster recover and stay healthy.

Kids sports injuries

They're very common, says the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Annually, 3.5 million American children under the age of 14 suffer significant sports injuries. Some injuries are related to poor conditioning. Others occur because of inadequate instruction or proper protective gear such as padding, eye wear, sneakers, dance shoes, skates, and cleats.

In addition, diligent supervision on the part of parents, coaches, teachers, and other well-informed adults is critical to safe play. Well-maintained game fields and indoor surfaces avoid foot, ankle, and knee injuries.

Finally, KidsHealth reports that Pre-participation Physicals review medical histories and spot possible weaknesses in children's physiology and anatomy. Most school and organized sports teams require these check-ups either with the school physician or the family pediatrician before the sports season commences.

Treating sports injuries

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that proper assessment and prompt treatment of kids' sports injuries prevent long-term problems, including pain and proper growth of areas of the body such as the long bones. Traditionally, coaches and parents have used the RICE protocol to stabilize and injury, relieve pain, and begin the healing process. It still works exceptionally well. RICE stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice to the affected area
  • Compression with an elastic bandage
  • Elevation of the affected limb/injured area above heart level

Then, your pediatrician and other health care providers can devise a specific treatment plan to include physical therapy, strengthening exercises, over the counter analgesics, braces, and casts as needed. As a parent, you know your child well. So be sure to fully participate in your youngster's care plan.

Be safe, be well

Each child responds differently to athletic training depending on his or her gender, size, age, physical conditioning, underlying health issue,s and natural ability. You and your pediatrician can partner together in encouraging a safe sports season for your child. That's a win-win situation.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
May 28, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Jaundice  

How your pediatricians in Kansas City, MO, can help with jaundice

The pediatricians here at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO, offers a wide range of pediatric services to keep your baby healthy, including treatment for jaundice. Newborn jaundice is caused by an excess amount of yellow pigment, called bilirubin, showing up in red blood cells of your newborn baby. It is most often seen in preterm babies born before 38 weeks, and it can also be seen in babies that are breastfed. Jaundice occurs when a newborn’s liver isn’t functioning well enough to remove the bilirubin in your baby’s blood.

A common sign of jaundice is a yellowed appearance on the skin and whites of the eyes. Typically, these signs occur 2 to 4 days after birth. The Mayo Clinic recommends an excellent way to check for jaundice in your newborn: gently press on your newborn’s nose or forehead, and if the skin looks yellow, your baby has jaundice. In babies without jaundice, the skin color should just look a shade lighter than normal and then return to its original color. Make sure you have good lighting conditions to check for jaundice (natural daylight is best).

Jaundice can be mild or severe, so you should bring your newborn to a pediatrician if you notice:

  • Increased yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Abdominal, arm, or leg skin yellowing
  • Difficulty waking your baby
  • Listlessness, sickness, or lack of weight gain
  • High-pitched crying or difficulty feeding

Mild jaundice often goes away on its own however severe jaundice can cause serious complications including brain damage. At Pediatric Care North, they offer several effective treatments for jaundice, including:

  • Light therapy (aka phototherapy): Your newborn is placed under a lamp, which changes the bilirubin to make elimination of excess bilirubin easier.
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin (aka IVIg): Immunoglobulin is transfused intravenously to help decrease jaundice by reducing the levels of antibodies that breakdown red blood cells.

Newborn jaundice is a common condition, and mild cases may go away without treatment. For severe cases of jaundice, it’s best to visit your pediatrician. For more information about jaundice and other concerns with your newborn, call the pediatricians at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO. Dial (816) 587-3200 today!

March 27, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Pediatric Care North

Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Kansas City, MO area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child.  Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your child’s best health. 

As always, feel free to contact Pediatric Care North with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Pediatric Care North


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