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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
January 14, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Lice  

According to the CDC, approximately 6-12 million American children age 3 to 11 are infested with lice each year. If you suspect your child has come into contact with lice your Bolingbrook pediatrician at Downers Grove Pediatrics can detect the infestation and offer medical treatment. Let the medical professionals at Downers Grove Pediatrics, located in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, treat a potential lice outbreak in your home.

Detecting Lice On Your Child

Lice are parasitic insects that most commonly infest the hair of young children. Lice are small, brown, and may be hard to detect with the naked eye alone. If you notice your child has developed an irritable or itchy scalp it may be a sign of lice infestation. Other symptoms can include sores developed from itching, inflamed bumps around the head and neck, or visible white lice eggs.

The pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics, located in Bolingbrook, IL and Downers Grove, IL, can help detect lice in children with special techniques and equipment, such as lice comb or Wood's light. After diagnosis, your Bolingbrook pediatrician can recommend the proper solution to your child's infestation.

Treating Lice On Your Child

Lice can be treated in a variety of ways. It is best to contact your local child doctor to determine the right path of treatment for your little one. One form of treatment for lice is insecticidal shampoo or lotion, such as Permethrin lotion. Your Downers Grove pediatrician may also prescribe other types of lotion such as Benzyl alcohol lotion.

It is important to note that all persons in an infested household may be subject to treatment if the lice have spread. Washing all clothing, sheets, and furniture in the house is necessary to eradicate the lice and prevent further infestation.

What to do If Your Child Has Lice?

If you are worried your child has lice, look for the aforementioned symptoms, and follow the guidance of your Bolingbrook pediatrician. Prevent the spread and do not delay treatment. Contact your local children's doctor in Bolingbrook, IL. You can call Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook, IL at (630) 759-9230, or contact their Downers Grove Office at (630) 852-4551 to schedule an appointment today.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergies  

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that the top chronic condition that affects children in the U.S. is allergies. To safeguard your child from allergens at home and outside, it’s imperative that you know what your child’s allergy triggers are.

Here at Downers Grove Pediatrics, our pediatricians in our Downers Grove, IL, and Bolingbrook, IL, the office can help you learn about your child’s allergies and create an allergy management plan that you and your child can follow.

Top Tips for Managing Allergies at Home

Kids who are allergic to pets shouldn’t keep pets outside the bedroom. If avoidance still doesn’t work, you may have to find your pet a new family. Allergies to dust and mites are likewise very common in kids. In this light, pillows and mattresses should be contained in allergy-proof plastic coverings. Avoid placing stuffed toys on the bed and rugs or carpets on the floor. Wash or change sheets at least once a week.

Also, keep in mind that indoor air pollution that comes from aerosol sprays, cooking fumes, and wood fires could exacerbate allergy symptoms. Using an air conditioner and a proper ventilation system can also help with your indoor air quality. Don’t smoke inside the house. Additionally, if your child is allergic to pests like cockroaches and mice, get your home examined and treated by an exterminator. Don’t leave food crumbs on surfaces and store food in tightly covered containers.

Safeguard your kid from outdoor allergens by monitoring pollen counts and air pollution. These are typically at their highest before noon so you might need to restrict playing outside during those times. You should likewise keep all windows and doors closed. Have your child change clothes and/or take a bath after playing outside.

Managing Allergies in School

Exposure to allergens in school involves plenty of the risks that are also found at home, but there’s an added danger for kids who have food allergies. Prior to going to school, parents should discuss their child’s allergies and the school’s medication policies with the teachers and school health professionals. This is particularly critical for children who’ve had a severe allergic reaction before and require auto-injectable epinephrine.

With accurate medical evaluation and allergy treatment by your pediatrician in our Downers Grove, IL, or Bolingbrook, IL, office, you can ensure your child’s safety inside and outside the house.

Contact Us For Help Managing Your Child’s Allergies

Call our Bolingbrook, IL, office at (630) 759-9230 or our Downers Grove, IL, office at (630) 852-4551 to arrange an appointment with your pediatrician here at Downers Grove Pediatrics.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
October 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Chicken Pox  
Your Child and Chicken PoxYou just got the call from your child’s school: someone in your kid’s class has chickenpox. This highly contagious virus isn’t usually anything to worry about, but it can certainly cause some very unpleasant symptoms for your child, including a terribly red and itchy rash all over the body and face. If you’re concerned about chickenpox, your pediatrician can tell you everything that you should know about this common childhood infection.

How can I tell that it’s chickenpox?

Since chickenpox is caused by a viral infection, most children will develop common symptoms of an infection before the rash even develops. These symptoms include:
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Stomach upset
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Loss of appetite
The rash will usually appear 1-2 days after your child has been exposed to chickenpox. This rash consists of itchy, fluid-filled blisters that crust over within 4-5 days. Some children may only develop a few blisters on their body while others may develop hundreds.

How is chickenpox treated?

It is incredibly important that you keep your child from scratching the rash, as this can lead to infection and make their symptoms worse. Several home remedies can ease discomfort and itching. Some of these include:
  • Applying calamine lotion
  • Making sure that your child is drinking enough water and staying hydrated
  • Soaking in a bath with baking soda for 20-30 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Applying cold compresses to the rash
  • Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine (talk with your pediatric doctor first before giving your child any medication)
Should my child see a doctor?

If your child is experiencing the typical symptoms of chickenpox, then chances are good that you won’t have to bring them into the office. The only thing you can do is wait. You should call your pediatrician if:
  • Your newborn is showing signs of chickenpox
  • Your child’s fever goes away and then comes back
  • Your child has a high fever
  • Some areas of the rash are getting larger or are painful (signs of infection)
Is there a way to prevent chickenpox?

The good news is that children today can be protected against chickenpox with a simple vaccine. The chickenpox vaccine is administered in two doses: the first vaccine is administered when your baby is 12 to 15 months and a second vaccine is administered at 4-6 years old.

If you want to protect your child against the chickenpox, then talk to your pediatrician about getting them vaccinated. Your child has enough to worry about, without chickenpox being one of them.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
September 30, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Conjunctivitis   Pink Eye  
ConjunctivitisYour child won’t stop rubbing their eyes. They say it’s incredibly itchy. When you go to examine it, you notice their eyes are also bloodshot and inflamed. Oh no, it sounds like conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is often a communicable eye infection that can be spread from person to person. If your child is dealing with symptoms of conjunctivitis you might want to visit your pediatric doctor to find out what to do.

What causes pinkeye?

In most cases, an infection is to blame. An infectious pink eye is contagious and may result from a sinus infection or ear infection. Some viruses or bacteria can lead to contagious forms of pinkeye; however, in some cases, pinkeye may develop as a result of allergies (e.g. ragweed; grass; dust mites) or being exposed to certain irritants or chemicals.

What happens if my baby has pinkeye?

If your newborn develops pinkeye you must seek pediatric care right away, as this condition can lead to severe complications if left untreated. In most cases, your newborn will be prescribed antibiotics eye drops to help clear the infection.

How do I know that it’s pinkeye?

There are a variety of telltale signs that your little one may be dealing with a nasty bout of pinkeye. If they are old enough to talk then they may tell you that their eyes feel gritty, like there is something in them. You may also notice a thick, gooey discharge. Their eyes may also be sensitive to light. Most pinkeye also causes swelling, itching, and eye pain.

How is pink eye treated in kids?

Apart from newborns, who require immediate medical attention for pinkeye, most kids and teens whose pinkeye is caused by a virus will go away without treatment once the body has fought the virus. However, if a bacterial infection is to blame, then antibiotic eye drops will be needed to treat the bacterial infection.

If your child is dealing with recurring bouts of pinkeye they could be dealing with allergic conjunctivitis, which you should also talk to your pediatrician about. They can prescribe certain allergy medications to your child to help lessen pinkeye flare-ups.

It’s important to find trustworthy pediatric care for your child or teen. Whether you are concerned with pinkeye, ADHD, or celiac disease, a pediatrician will be able to diagnose, manage, and treat a wide range of infections and conditions.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 27, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Preventive CareWhat parent doesn’t want to protect their child from getting injured or sick? While it will happen at some point, there are certainly ways that both you and your pediatrician can work together to ensure that your child doesn’t have to deal with completely avoidable injuries or illnesses. One way to do that is through regular wellness visits with your pediatrician.

What is a wellness visit?

While you should bring your child into the doctor’s office when they are sick, this isn’t the only time that they should be visiting a pediatrician. Regular wellness visits allow your child’s doctor to continue to monitor their health and development throughout their childhood and teen years. A wellness or well-child visit typically involves:
  • Recording your child’s height and weight
  • Providing a detailed medical history of your child
  • Checking vital signs
  • Hearing and vision screenings (depending on the age)
  • A full physical examination (painless and non-invasive)
  • Additional testing or blood work, if necessary
  • Vaccinations, as needed
  • Answer any questions that the parent may have about their child’s health and provide information and advice on ways to keep your child healthy
Once your baby is born, they will come in regularly for wellness visits (nearly every month until they are three years old). Throughout these wellness visits your pediatrician will continue to monitor their development and pinpoint any issues early on when some problems can be treated or even reversed.

Furthermore, children will need to go through a series of vaccines during the first few years of life. Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect your child from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as polio. By keeping up with your child’s wellness and vaccine schedule you ensure that you are providing your child with everything that they need to stay healthy.

Why are wellness visits so important?

As you can probably assume already, these checkups are the best way to prevent health problems from happening in the first place (which we can all agree is so much better than just treating the problem once it comes along). Other benefits of wellness visits include:
  • Providing parents with support, peace of mind, and advice regarding everything from sleep schedules and diet to medications and behavioral concerns.
  • Catch problems early on, whether physical, mental or behavioral, when they can easily be managed and treated through simpler and less invasive treatment options
  • Having a doctor that becomes an important part of your family; someone you can trust and rely on to always be there for your child. After all, knowing that you have a doctor that you can turn to in an emergency is invaluable.
A wellness visit is one of the easiest ways to keep your child healthy. If it’s time for your little one’s next checkup call your pediatrician today.