Posts for: October, 2021

By Pediatrics of Central Florida
October 21, 2021
Tags: asthma  

If your child is dealing with asthma, it can be really difficult for them to participate in physical activities without struggling or dealing with an asthma attack. There are many things that cause your child to have an asthma attack and it’s important that you and your child understand how to manage their asthma. Your child’s pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida with offices in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, can help you understand how to manage your child’s asthma and help them have the best quality of life.

Managing Your Child’s Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways and causes the inner lining of the airways to become inflamed and causes the muscles to tighten, making it hard to breathe comfortably. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases that can affect someone in childhood. Luckily, there are ways to manage and treat your child’s asthma. Your child’s pediatrician at Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, can go over ways that you can help manage your child’s asthma.

You can help make sure that your child can avoid asthma triggers, such as allergens, and be sure that your child is provided their asthma medication. It’s important to monitor how often your child is having asthma attacks and to see their pediatrician if it occurs more than twice a week.

Some other common triggers to be aware of include:

  • Dust and pet hair
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Environmental allergens, like pollution or smoke
  • Exercise
  • Emotional stress

Contact Your Child’s Pediatrician Today!

Help your child live the best life they possibly can! Contact your child’s pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida with offices in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, today to learn more about managing your child’s asthma. Call today at (407) 846-3455 for the office on Oak Street in Kissimmee, FL, (407) 857-2816 for the office in Orlando, FL, (407) 933-5985 for the office on Cypress Parkway in Kissimmee, FL, and (407) 891-0479 for the office in St. Cloud, FL.

By Pediatrics of Central Florida
October 18, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Bike Safety  
Bike Safety for Your ChildJust like responsible parents, our pediatricians are interested in keeping your children well – this includes helping your kids stay safe while riding their bikes.  The National Safety Council reports a 6% increase in bike accidents in recent years, likely due to increased traffic, population density in urban areas, and a variety of other causes. There are 80 million bicyclists now sharing the road with motorized vehicles, and your children are among them. 

How to Keep Kids Safe When Biking

There are a few ways that your pediatrician recommends for teaching bicycle safety to your children:
  1. Help your kids stay visible to drivers: There are a few factors that can cause a driver not to view your child on a road, aside from texting while driving. Children are usually lower in a driver's sightlines, and they are also vying for a driver’s attention among many other road distractions such as traffic signals, construction, and more. By clothing your children in bright colors, or even having them wear a brightly colored safety vest while riding, you can call a driver’s attention to their presence, thus avoiding an accident. Also, be sure that your child’s bike has reflectors on the rear and front of the pedals and possibly on the seat and handlebars. 
  2. Encourage your child to wear a bike helmet. Helmets can protect the brain and reduce head injuries should they accidentally be hit by a driver. A properly fitting helmet should be buckled under the chin, and shouldn’t wiggle more than an inch when worn.
  3. Teach your kids to be proactive cyclists. When riding, teach your children to watch out for parked cars that might open their doors, road hazards, common traffic flows, and rules that motorists usually follow.  This can be a precursor to their learning to drive and will equip them with a sense of what drivers are most likely to do so that they can act accordingly while bicycling.
You can talk to your pediatrician about additional ways to keep your children safe when out riding their bikes. There is nothing more important than keeping your children safe, and bicycle safety is an important way to do it.

By Pediatrics of Central Florida
October 01, 2021
Tags: Potty Training  
Potty TrainingPotty training is a big moment for your child and is something that may challenge them in many ways. Unfortunately, many young ones do struggle during this process and may find it very hard to understand. Is your child struggling, and you're at your wit's end? If so, a pediatrician can help you and your child overcome this frustrating situation with relative ease and understanding.

Reasons Why Some Children Struggle With Potty Training 

Most children after the age of 18 months or so should have little trouble acclimating to potty training. But if your child is struggling, and you aren't sure why there are many potential reasons. Let's take a look at a few of the most common causes of potty training difficulties with children:
  • Their Bodies are Just Not Ready — Before 18 months, your child may not have the ability to control when they "go." So putting pressure on them too early may just frustrate them. 
  • They May Not Have the Developmental Abilities — Some children just progress slower than others and may need more time in a diaper before they're ready to potty train. 
  • The Idea of Potty Training is Boring or Scary — Many children find potty training boring or even scary and may struggle to get used to the idea of "going" outside their diaper. 
  • Fear of Accidents May Develop Early — Your child wants to make you happy, and if they have accidents or fear them, they might struggle with potty training. 
You may also run into situations where a child just doesn't want to learn and refuses. Even though the child knows what you want them to do and could do it, they just don't want to listen. Any of these situations are very frustrating. As a result, you might need to work with a pediatrician who understands this situation and who can help your child start "going" when the time is right. They can help:
  • Assess while your child is struggling 
  • Talk with the child to understand their concerns 
  • Find a solution that makes sense for them 
  • Work with you and your child to get great results 
  • Adjust their care methods, as they need
Give Your Child a Helping Hand 

If you think you need help getting your child to use the potty, it might be time to reach out to a professional you can trust to help. A great pediatrician and medical team can provide you and your child with a better understanding of why they don't want to use the potty. And it can also take some of the load off your back as a parent. Frankly, you deserve some rest and relaxation.