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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
May 26, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Pediatrician  

So your little one is due in a couple of weeks and you still don’t have a pediatrician. Our pediatricians here at Pediatric North Care in Kansas City, MO, advise, that the most ideal time to start your search for a pediatrician is during the last couple of weeks prior to your expected due date. Additionally, families that change insurance or relocate should likewise find a pediatrician before their children fall ill or require a checkup.

We understand, however, that selecting a pediatrician could be a difficult task. So here are some practical tips to help you out on your search.

Check The Credentials of The Pediatrician

Ask your family and friends for referrals first. If that doesn’t work, ask your primary care physician or ob-gyn for recommendations. You should likewise check the credentials of the pediatricians you have in mind, which can usually be found on their website or displayed in the office wall.

Meet With Pediatricians Face-to-Face

To check how well you get along with your potential pediatrician in Kansas City, you need to meet with them personally. Make sure to prepare a list of questions you’d like answered before your appointment. It’s likewise a great idea to ask if your baby would see the same pediatrician for sick and well-child visits, how many pediatricians work in the practice, and how long appointments usually take, among others.

Evaluate Your Feelings About Your Potential Pediatrician

The parent-pediatrician relationship is immensely crucial. Aside from having great credentials, your pediatrician should also be agreeable to you. Think about this, what good would a great track record be if you don’t feel that you can really talk to your pediatrician without feeling judged or rushed about private issues? Remember, you will have to feel comfortable discussing all sorts of things with your pediatrician, from vaccines to various ailments, bedwetting, thumb sucking, and your child’s general behavior.

Don’t Hesitate to Call Us

Dial (816) 587-3200 to schedule an appointment with one of the pediatricians here at Pediatric North Care in Kansas City, MO.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
April 23, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare

Find out why you shouldn’t delay getting your child the appropriate vaccines.

Once your baby is born, they will begin to receive a series of immunizations. These immunizations are ones that our Kansas City, MO, pediatricians will continue to administer to your child throughout their early childhood. These vaccines bolster your child’s immune system and protect them from serious and possibly life-threatening diseases.

Here’s why you should keep up with your child’s immunization schedule so they don’t fall behind:

It Protects Your Child from Disease

Vaccines safeguard your child from developing potentially dangerous diseases. Babies, in particular, are at risk for developing more serious complications due to certain communicable diseases. By staying up to date on your child’s vaccines, you can prevent these complications and help keep them healthy.

It Protects Others

Children who aren’t following the proper immunization schedules aren’t just at risk for getting sick; they also put others at risk, too. Newborns, as well as children and adults with compromised immune systems (e.g. those undergoing chemotherapy), are more at risk for developing serious complications related to these diseases. By vaccinating your child, you protect your little one, as well as your family and the community.

Try these Helpful Vaccine Tracker Apps!

While the CDC’s immunization schedule is handy, it’s easy to lose that piece of paper; however, there are different apps that you can download that can help you keep track of the vaccines your child has received (and still needs to get).

This will be particularly helpful if you’ve recently switched pediatricians here in Kansas City, MO. Now, you can keep track of your child’s immunization history and show us at their next visit. Helpful vaccine tracker apps include,

“Vaccines on the Go” by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Child Health Tracker by the American Academy of Pediatrics

CDC Vaccine Schedule App

Shots Immunizations App by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
 

If it’s time for your child’s next round of vaccines, then schedule an appointment with the pediatricians here at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO. Call us at (816) 587-3200.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
March 18, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Hearing Screening  

As soon as your baby is born but before they leave the hospital, they will need to undergo a hearing screening (most hospitals perform a hearing screening but it’s also a good idea to ask). Congenital hearing loss, which occurs at birth, affects less than 1 percent of newborns; however, it is also possible for hearing loss to develop later during a child’s life, which is why routine hearing screenings are necessary for all children.

Once they leave the hospital, it’s now your pediatrician’s responsibility to provide hearing screenings and other tests and treatments that your child will need until they turn 18 years old. Your pediatrician will be an asset to your child’s health and you will work closely with them, so it’s important that you choose a pediatrician that you trust and value.

Why are hearing screenings necessary for newborns?

As soon as your child is born one of the ways in which they will receive and interpret information is through what they hear; therefore, if they have problems hearing then they may also deal with other problems including delays in language development and speech problems.

By detecting hearing problems early on your pediatrician can provide early interventions including hearing aids or other treatment options to ensure that your child reaches these important and necessary developmental milestones.

Of course, if your child responds to your voice or responds to noises then you may think that their hearing is fine, but this isn’t always the case. There may still be certain noises that they can’t hear properly and sometimes even these minor hearing issues can still affect language and speech.

Should my child’s hearing be assessed regularly?

Even if your baby passes their first hearing screening it’s still important that you turn to a pediatrician for routine checkups. Most hearing screenings usually don’t warrant a separate trip to the office, which means that your child’s hearing will be assessed during regular wellness visits.

Of course, if your newborn has certain risk factors that could affect their hearing it’s important that you share these factors with your pediatrician. These factors include:

  • A family history of hearing loss
  • Facial deformities
  • Postnatal infections
  • Premature birth

Finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy pediatrician before your baby is born is one of the most important things soon-to-be parents can do. Let our team provide your little one with the quality care they need to grow up healthy and strong.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
March 02, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare

Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.

Childhood Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:

  • Watery, red, and itchy eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
  • Ear pain and chronic ear problems
  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Persistent cough
  • Chest tightness

So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.

Treating Childhood Allergy

There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.

Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).

For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.

Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.