Posts for category: Children's Health
- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
Well-child checkups play an integral role in helping your child stay healthy. Scheduling regular checkups with a pediatrician allow the doctor to monitor your child’s growth and development, as well as check for potential health concerns. Additionally, the doctor can ensure your child stays current with immunizations. We provide well-child checkups and immunizations at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Kostur.
Well-child checkups are similar to school physicals and allow the doctor to assess your child’s overall health and development. Infants and toddlers need a well-child checkup every few months, while school-aged children should see the doctor for a checkup once a year. Some of the things that occur during a well-child checkup include:
- Height and weight measurement
- Head circumference is measured for babies
- Blood pressure is taken
- The eyes, nose, throat, and abdomen are checked
- A stethoscope is used to check the heart and lungs
- Medical history, including allergies and medications, is reviewed
During the checkup, the doctor might also ask your child to perform certain movements to check such things as balance, development, and reflexes. For example, your child might be asked to bend down and touch his or her toes so the doctor can observe the spine.
Another important aspect of many well-child checkups is immunization. Immunization involves the administration of vaccines to help your child build immunity to certain diseases, such as polio, measles, hepatitis A and B, and whooping cough. Vaccines are not administered at every well-child checkup. At our pediatric office in Jacksonville, FL, we can discuss the immunization schedule with you and help keep your child up to date with his or her vaccinations. We adhere to the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
One of the best things you can do to keep your child healthy is to schedule regular well-child checkups. To schedule a checkup for your child with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or to learn more about the immunization schedule, contact our office in Jacksonville, FL, by calling Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics at (904) 446-9991.
Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.
From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.
A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.
Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.
Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.
These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.
Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.