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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 21, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Newborn  

How your pediatricians in Kansas City, MO, can help you care for your newborn

Newborn babies are a wonderful gift, but they do require a lot of care, which can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Michael H.Dershowitz, DPM, your pediatrician here at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO, offers comprehensive pediatric care, including newborn care visits.

Your pediatrician will recommend a first newborn care visit within 2 to 5 days of birth. The pediatrician will take vital measurements including height and weight to provide a baseline for future appointments. These initial measurements are critical for the pediatrician to monitor growth and development at future appointments. This first visit is an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about caring for your newborn.

The pediatrician performs an important role of guiding you through caring for your newborn. These are just a few of the topics your pediatrician may discuss with you:

  • Feeding: if you are breastfeeding, your baby will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours. If you feed your baby formula, the baby will feed less, usually at 3 to 4-hour intervals.
  • Sleeping: newborns typically sleep 16 to 17 hours every day. It’s important for you to place the baby on their back for sleeping, as this help prevents sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
  • Bathing: don’t bathe your baby too often because it can cause dry skin. You should give your newborn sponge baths using mild soap and water. Carefully clean the folds of skin where bacteria can accumulate.
  • Stool Color: stool is normally black in color initially, and then the color changes to dark green and then yellow. If you notice the stool is red or white, it could be a sign of a medical problem and you should contact your pediatrician.

One of the most important things to remember when you have a newborn is to also take good care of yourself. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps. Ask for help from family members or friends, and don’t try to do everything. Remember to get some exercise and get out of the house.

Having a newborn is a joyous time in your life, and your pediatrician can help you manage the stress of this time period. To learn more about newborn care and other pediatric medicine topics, call the pediatricians of Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, Missouri at (816) 587-3200 today.


By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 14, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Strep Throat  

It's important to be able to spot the differences between a regular sore throat or viral infection and strep throat. Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it's important to see your pediatrician immediately to determine whether or not your child has strep throat. Here are some symptoms of strep throat.

Throat Pain

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and throat pain. Severe pain in the throat is normally the first sign of strep throat. If you notice that your child's sore throat isn't going away easily, you may need to take your child to the pediatrician because it's usually difficult to get rid of the discomfort completely without the use of prescription medication.

White Patches

Yellow or white patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat are another symptom of strep throat. Instead of yellow or white patches, you may instead notice long streaks of pus coating your child's tonsils. 

Difficulty Swallowing

Pain during swallowing is another common symptoms of strep throat. If it becomes difficult for your child to swallow and they experience pain when they attempt to swallow, they may have strep throat.

Swollen Glands

If you touch the glands in your child's neck, you may be able to feel if their glands are swollen. The lymph nodes in your child's neck will usually be tender to the touch and swollen if they have strep throat, because normal lymph nodes are generally not painful or tender.

Headaches

Headaches are another common symptom of strep throat. They can range in severity from mild to extremely excruciating. If your child's headache occurs frequently or worsens, be sure to consult a pediatrician immediately.

Fever

Another common symptom of strep throat in children is a fever over 100'F. A lower fever may end up being a symptom of a viral infection and not strep throat, so be sure to take note of that. With a viral infection, most fevers should go away on their own within one or two days, and by the third day, other symptoms should start to disappear.

So what are you waiting for? If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, be sure to consult your pediatrician as soon as possible so that they can determine whether or not your child has strep throat or just a viral infection and your child can receive all the relief they need.


By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 03, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Diabetes   Child Care  

With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children to understand ways to prevent diabetes, as well as being able to identify the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A pediatrician is an integral part of your child’s health, providing everything from screenings and vaccines to routine checkups and lifestyle recommendations to ensure that your child stays healthy.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects glucose levels in the body. When the cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin do not produce enough insulin or are insulin resistant, this results in diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed during childhood and is not the result of a poor diet or being overweight. In those with Type 1 diabetes the cells in the pancreas are unable to produce enough insulin. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes in children.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is also becoming increasingly common in children because of the high rates of obesity. Type 2 diabetes means that the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Ensuring that your child eats right, gets regular exercise and maintains a healthy weight can greatly reduce your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of childhood diabetes?

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes will appear suddenly, while type 2 symptoms will develop over time. Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Cuts or sores that don’t heal
  • Dark patches of skin

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child it’s best to see a pediatrician right away. The sooner a diagnosis is made the sooner your child can get the proper medication and treatment they need to manage their blood sugar levels. By managing your child’s diabetes right away our doctors can prevent potentially serious complications and hospitalizations.

How is diabetes treated?

There are a variety of lifestyle modifications and medications that will be recommended to help treat your child’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes. For both forms of diabetes, a healthy diet and active lifestyle are paramount. Talk with your doctor about what foods your child should avoid. You will also want to monitor your child’s glucose levels during the day to make sure that the insulin medication is working effectively.

All children should visit their pediatricians regularly for checkups, vaccines and care. Of course, if your child displays any symptoms of diabetes, call our office immediately.