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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
January 27, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

Taking care of your little ones when they’re sick is a vital part of good parenting. While in some cases it’s fairly easy to tell when something’s wrong with your children, regular well-child physicals to Children’s Mercy Pediatric North Care in Kansas City, MO, are still essential to ensure healthy development and growth. Read on to learn why.

Natural Development and Growth

With regular well-child physicals, you and your pediatrician can easily track your children’s development. You will also learn whether your children are meeting all the AAP-established developmental milestones.

Preventive Care

According to the AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your children should receive their scheduled vaccinations at the appropriate times to prevent sickness. You can also discuss your children’s diet, vision, hearing, and emotional health during these appointments.

Trust and a Greater Bond

Regular well-child physicals will also help you and your children bond with your Kansas City pediatrician. In turn, this will foster trust and better communication among everyone and will help you maximize your children’s mental and physical development.

Empowerment

Having regular checkups will likewise help empower you to discuss any issues you may have about your children’s development. For instance, you can tell your pediatrician about any red flags you’re noticing in your child, or discuss your children’s sleeping habits, behavior, nutrition, and exercise habits.

Key Takeaways

Remember that your children don’t have to be sick to visit our Kansas City office. After all, on top of detecting any adverse conditions, these visits ensure that your children are in solid general health and hitting all the age-appropriate developmental milestones.

If it's time for your child's annual exam, call Children’s Mercy Pediatric North Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 587-3200 to schedule an appointment.


By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
January 16, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage your child’s asthma symptoms and to reduce the risk for a flare-up. Of course, to be able to properly control your child’s asthma it’s important to understand more about this condition and what triggers your child’s symptoms. A pediatrician will be a valuable asset when it comes to discussing asthma treatment options and addressing any concerns that you might have.

Know Your Child’s Triggers

There are a variety of environmental elements and conditions that can also trigger airway inflammation and lead to an asthma attack. It’s important to figure out what your child’s triggers are so you can avoid them as much as possible. Of course, this is something that your pediatrician can help you determine as well. Common triggers include:

  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold
  • Indoor allergens such as pet dander
  • Viral infections
  • Exercise
  • Weather changes

Stick With Your Plan

Once a pediatrician has diagnosed your child with asthma, the next step is to create an asthma management plan (also referred to as an action plan). This plan is designed based on your child’s specific triggers to minimize the severity and the frequency of your child’s flare-ups, which also reduces the need for emergency medical care. So, what’s including in an asthma action plan? Here’s what should be in your child’s action plan:

  • The medications prescribed to your child, along with how much they take and when they should take them
  • Possible triggers
  • Pinpointing the early signs of asthma flare-ups and what to do when they occur
  • How to handle an asthma attack
  • When to seek immediate medical attention

Take Medications as Directed

Medication is the most common way to manage asthma symptoms. Your pediatrician will prescribe a long-term controlling medication that your child will use daily to reduce airway swelling. When signs of a flare-up appear, a quick-acting inhaler can reduce swelling and prevent it from getting worse.

Know Signs of a Flare-up

Once your child has experienced a couple of flare-ups you’ll begin to pick up the warning signs so that you can start to recognize when another one might occur. These warning signs might come in the form of a persistent cough or wheezing. When these symptoms appear it’s important to have your child’s medication readily available.

If your child is showing symptoms and warning signs of asthma it’s important that you bring them in for an immediate medical checkup. Call your pediatrician today to learn more about ways to help your child better control their asthma symptoms.