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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 23, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD  

Your pediatricians in Bolingbrook, and Downers Grove, IL, can help with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

If your child is acting out, it could be more than just a momentary behavioral issue. Your child could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD can be difficult to diagnose because it can resemble normal behavioral issues, common in children as they grow. Your pediatrician is an expert at diagnosing and treating ADHD in Bolingbrook, and Downers Grove, IL.

The pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics provide comprehensive medical services for children, including treatment for ADHD. They have two convenient office locations to help you and your child.

There are some common signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Difficulty listening and following directions
  • Problems staying seated for a period of time
  • Frequent fidgeting or squirming around
  • Forgetting or losing things
  • Chronic difficulty with organizational skills
  • Inability to pay attention to details
  • Chronic blurting out and commenting
  • Chronic excessive talking
  • Moving around, running, or other activities when it’s not appropriate

Untreated ADHD can lead to lifelong problems like these:

  • Slow learning and poor grades
  • Aggressive, destructive behaviors
  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders

Treatment for ADHD typically combines several options, including:

  • Using medications that enhance the ability to focus, increase brain function, and increase self-control abilities. Some typical ADHD medications include Ritalin and Adderall.
  • Trying behavioral therapy techniques with both the parents and the child; these behavioral modifications use techniques designed to reduce inappropriate or destructive behaviors.
  • Introducing lifestyle modifications, which may focus on diet, including lowering sugar intake and increasing vitamin and nutrient intake. Other lifestyle modifications include increasing activities and exercise.

To learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD in Bolingbrook, and Downers Grove, IL, talk with the experts by calling the pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics. You can reach them at (630) 852-4551 or (630) 759-9230 now!

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 11, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Cradle CapNoticing rough, scaly patches of skin on your newborn’s scalp? If so, this is a sign of cradle cap. This condition (also known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis) is fairly common in newborns and typically isn’t anything to worry about. It’s similar to dandruff for adults; however, while it might not be harmful or painful for your little one, you may be curious to know how to get rid of it. While it will go away on its own, there are things you can do from the comfort of your own home to treat symptoms of cradle cap.

First, is it actually cradle cap?

It’s important to be able to pinpoint the signs and symptoms of cradle crap. This condition most often occurs within the first 2-4 weeks of a baby’s life. This condition is characterized by oily, scaly, white or yellow patches that may crust over. While it might look unpleasant it isn’t painful and shouldn’t itch, but may be slightly red. You may also find these scaly patches on other parts of the body including the nose, ears and groin.

If the patches are itchy or painful, this could be a sign of another skin condition that will warrant seeing your pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis.

Should I seek treatment from a pediatrician?

Your baby’s cradle cap should go away on its own with a few weeks or months. You can care for cradle cap by simply using a mild shampoo and by shampooing your baby’s scalp every few days, which can help to remove scales. It’s important that you don’t scrub or become too aggressive with the scalp; however, if your child’s symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to home care, then it’s time to turn to a pediatrician who can prescribe a special, medicated cream or shampoo.

If you ever have concerns about your child’s health or any symptoms they may have, even minor ones, it’s important to bring it up with a qualified pediatrician that can address these concerns and also provide a fast diagnosis. No concern is too small when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your child.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
July 30, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Glasses   Vision Screenings  
GlassesWe all want our children to be healthy and to have the best chance for success, especially once they start school. Of course, your child must be getting regular vision screenings with their pediatricians. After all, vision is critical to your child’s ability to learn, communicate, and understand, and vision problems can impact your child’s school performance and quality of life. Could your child need glasses? Here are some telltale signs.

You Catch Them Squinting When Reading

When your eyes have trouble focusing on an image, squinting may actually help your child see or focus better. Your child may squint when reading anything far away such as a menu behind a restaurant counter or when reading the chalkboard at school. Your child’s teacher may even let you know that your child needed to move closer to the front to see what was written on the chalkboard. This is a telltale sign that your child needs to have their vision evaluated by their pediatrician.

Sitting Close to the TV

Another sign that your child may have trouble with their vision is if they put phones and other electronic devices close to their face to see it. Your child may also sit really close to the TV. These could be signs of nearsightedness.

Nightly Headaches

If your child’s eyes have been overworked and straining all day your child might complain of frequent headaches, particularly in the evening.

Difficulties in School

When parents and teachers notice that their child is having trouble focusing on work they may immediately think that they have ADHD, but sometimes bad vision is actually the culprit. If your child can’t properly see the board, it’s no surprise that their attention focuses on other things. This is when you should talk to your child and find out if they are having trouble seeing the board. It might not be behavioral issues, it might just mean that they need to get an eye exam.

If you are noticing changes in your child’s vision, or if your child mentions having blurry vision or trouble seeing, you must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. While your pediatrician does have the tools necessary for hearing and vision screenings, they can also refer your child to a pediatric optometrist who can provide further and specialized vision testing and fit them with glasses, if necessary.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
July 15, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Vitamin DVitamin D deficiency is incredibly widespread in the US, and not just with adults! In fact, about one in 10 children in the US are deficient in vitamin D and as many as 60 percent could have “suboptimal levels” of vitamin D, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. This is why all pediatricians need to screen children for a vitamin D deficiency, as this can impact bone growth, metabolism, and multiple organs and systems.
 
The Importance of Vitamin D

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.
 
Where to Get Vitamin D

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.
 
Nothing is more important than keeping your child healthy. If your child hasn’t been checked for a vitamin D deficiency, you must talk with your pediatrician to find out if this screening is right for them. Fortunately, if you find out that your child is deficient, it’s an easy fix!
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
July 14, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: School Physicals  

As children grow, it’s important for their pediatrician to be able to monitor them as well as make sure they’re prepared to safely participate in any sports or physical activities that they may want. School physicals are the best way for your child’s pediatrician to help keep your child strong and healthy throughout the school year. Your pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, are here to explain why school physicals are important and how they can get your child ready for the year.

School Physicals and Your Child

When you take your child for their school physical at their pediatrician’s office in Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, there are a few things that you can expect. Their doctor will measure their height, record their weight, and check their blood pressure to see if they are progressing as they should. They will also check their eyes, lungs, ears, heart, and flexibility to see if there are any issues that may need to be addressed. If your child is due for any vaccinations, their pediatrician will also take this time to update that and make sure your child is healthy and protected from any future harm.

Taking your child for a school physical is a way to ensure that any developmental changes are being monitored and that your child is healthy and there aren’t any underlying issues that need to be addressed. Your child should also have a physical if they plan on participating in any sports or physical activities throughout the year so that your pediatrician can make sure they are ready to compete and their chance of injury is minimized.

Visit Your Child’s Pediatrician Today!

Be sure to bring your child in for their school physical before classes start! Contact your pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, today! Call (630) 852-4551 for the office in Downers Grove, IL, and (630) 759-9230 for the office in Bolingbrook, IL.