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Although immunizations have become a controversial issue in recent years, decades of research and countless scientific studies have upheld the safety of the routine vaccinations for infants and children and have specifically concluded that there is no link between child vaccines and autism. The vast majority of medical professionals believe that the risk of skipping childhood immunizations greatly outweighs any minor side effects that may occur from vaccines, and our experienced pediatricians are no exception.
Many children suffer with ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They may have problems concentrating at school or may have been labeled as difficult students by their teachers. At home, you may notice that your child has become moody or undergone other personality changes. At Touchpoint Pediatrics, we can walk through an ADHD evaluation with you and your child to see if they match the diagnostic criteria for this disorder. Then you can begin working to find behavioral and medication solutions to ease the burdens of ADHD your child has been experiencing.
Being ill is never pleasant. For parents who have to watch their child struggle with illness, the experience may be even more difficult, as the urge to intervene and lessen the pain takes hold. If you’ve visited a pediatrician with your under-the-weather child, and your doctor chose not to prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection, he or she is acting with your child’s best interests in mind. According to the CDC – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – as many as 33-50% of antibiotic prescriptions for humans are unnecessary or inappropriate, making over-use of antibiotics one of the most dangerous medical issues of today’s age.
The emotional development of any child brings with it a plethora of unavoidable ups and downs. But, occasionally, circumstances will cause a child to be unhappier than might seem typical, and this can be a result of depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), up to 2-3% of children ages 6 to 12 may suffer from serious cases of depression, and approximately 60% of kids with depression aren’t receiving any form of treatment. If you’ve noticed that your child is prone to persistent bouts of sadness, depression may be the cause, and a visit to your doctor for a reliable diagnosis should be scheduled as soon as possible.
Good eating habits start early and last a lifetime. That is why parents need to encourage kids to develop healthy eating habits. Try these tips, and be sure to check with your child's pediatrician for additional suggestions.
Model Healthy Eating
Even when they seem focused elsewhere, kids tend to keep an eye on what their parents are doing. They watch and they learn. Since children observe what parents eat, modeling healthy eating is a great way to teach good nutrition.
It’s natural for new parents to be concerned about the health of their newborn. Because newborn's immune systems are still developing, they are more susceptible to catching common illnesses than the adults who care for them. It doesn’t help that newborns love to put their hands and feet in their mouth! Here are some signs of common newborn conditions, and how to tell whether it’s time to call or visit the pediatrician.
Medical advancements that have developed over the recent years have enabled longer lifespans, fewer illnesses, and increased general health nationwide. Here are some diseases that were once widespread and have become less common thanks to the implementation of vaccine schedules
Touchpoint Pediatrics is pleased to announce that we offer ear piercing services for children by appointment. We have both gold and diamond starter earring sets. Please contact our office for more information.
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