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Good nutrition, regular exercise, and protection from common childhood diseases are essential for your child's health. Your child's pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, are here to answer your questions and provide care that will help your son or daughter thrive.
Good health starts with a healthy diet
Growing children need foods packed with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. Fruits and vegetables should fill one-half of your child's plate at mealtime. Whole grains and proteins should fill the other half. Healthy proteins include fish, lean meats, and poultry.
Limit cake, candy, and potato chips to special occasions and offer healthier snacks instead. Apple slices, carrots, string cheese, yogurt, and celery filled with peanut butter are good snack choices.
Exercise builds strong bones and muscles
Daily exercise is an important aspect of your child's health. In addition to strengthening muscles and bones, exercise also helps your child maintain a healthy weight.
Kids 6 to 17 need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your child plays sports, he or she may already meet the activity recommendations. Team sports aren't the only way to get exercise. Kids can stay active by riding bikes, swimming, taking walks, dancing, or other activities.
Immunizations keep your child from getting sick
Immunizations prevent your child from developing many diseases, including whooping cough, measles, mumps, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, rotavirus, and chickenpox. Children who get these diseases can become very sick and may face lifelong health complications in some cases, or may even die.
Following the recommended immunization schedule is a simple way to protect your child's health. Immunizations start when your child is a baby and continue throughout childhood. Be sure to call the Kissimmee, Orlando, or St. Cloud pediatrics office if you have questions or concerns about immunizations.
Checkups and immunizations help protect your son or daughter's health. Contact the Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida if you need to schedule a visit. Get in touch with the doctors by calling:
(407) 846-3455 (W. Oak St., Kissimmee)
(407) 857-2816 (Orlando)
(407) 933-5985 (Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee
(407) 891-0479 (St. Cloud)
Vitamin D is critical for all of us, but especially children. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium, as well as for the support and development of a healthy body. Children with severe vitamin D deficiencies may develop muscle weakness, delayed motor development, rickets, and fractures.
Unlike most vitamins, which we can often get through diet alone, vitamin D is acquired through time spent in the sun. You won’t find many foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Unfortunately, if you’re in a place that doesn’t get much sunlight then chances are good your child may not be getting enough vitamin D.
Children get about 80 percent of their vitamin D from sunlight. So if your child doesn’t spend much time outdoors (especially during the winter months) it’s a good idea to talk with your pediatrician about ways to ensure that your child is getting enough vitamin D.
Children with certain health problems such as cystic fibrosis or celiac disease, as well as children who’ve undergone bone surgeries may require more vitamin D. This is something you should discuss with your pediatrician. Children over 1-year-old need at least 600 IU of vitamin D (or more) a day. Ideally, children should get around 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day.
We also know that too much time in the sun can also pose risks for children, especially their skin. During the summer months, children only need a few minutes a day in the sun to get enough vitamin D. During the winter months, kids should get about 2-3 hours per week. Children under 6 months old should never be placed in direct sunlight.
Children with darker skin will also need to spend more time in the sun to produce the same levels of vitamin D as kids with lighter skin. Just sitting inside near windows won’t be enough for your child’s body to produce vitamin D.
While you will certainly know when you’re dealing with an ear infection; unfortunately kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, can’t tell you that they are experiencing ear pain. Ear infections are incredibly common in young children, with five out of six children experiencing at least one ear infection by the time they turn three years old. Know the warning signs and when to turn to your pediatrician for treatment.
They may have trouble sleeping
It’s not too surprising that with pressure building up in the middle ear due to bacteria that your child may get fussy or even throw a tantrum about going to bed. Children with ear infections often toss and turn and feel worse when they lie down. If your little one suddenly starts crying when they lie down this could be a sign of an ear infection.
They tug at their ears
While a toddler won’t be able to tell you that their ear hurts, they can show you. You may be able to discern whether your child could have an ear infection by whether or not they are tugging and pulling at their ears. Again, the pressure inside the ears can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, and children might fidget with their ears to minimize the discomfort.
They could have a fever
If a child has a middle ear infection, commonly, they could also have a fever. If your child’s ear looks red, if they tug at their ear and seem fussier lately, and they have a fever over 100 degrees F then it’s probably time to see a pediatrician.
Their ears might drain
Another telltale sign of an ear infection in your little one is the presence of fluid or pus draining from the ear. If there is the presence of blood in the fluid this might be a sign of a ruptured eardrum. While the eardrum will heal on its own, it’s still a good idea to see your pediatrician if pus or fluid is draining from your child’s ear.
If your child is displaying symptoms of an ear infection, or if you’re concerned about your child’s recurring ear infections, it’s important to talk with your pediatrician. A pediatrician will be able to dispense the proper medication and discuss other ways to reduce your child’s risk of developing future infections.
What are the symptoms of mono?
Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.
Classic mono symptoms include,
- High fever
- Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
- Body aches
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
- Sore throat
When should I turn to a pediatrician?
As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.
You should call your pediatrician right away if,
- Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
- Has seizures
- Displays changes in behavior
- Has a very high fever over 104 F
- Is dehydrated
- Develops a rash
If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold
Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away
- Resting as much as possible
- Staying hydrated
- Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
- Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations