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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
May 08, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunization  

Why Are Immunizations Important?

Immunizations help to protect your child from serious infectious diseases. Not only that, but they also help to minimize the spread of disease throughout the broader community. The team of pediatric specialists at Downers Grove Pediatrics, based in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, can advise you on the right times to get immunizations for your children.

What Disease do Immunizations Protect Against?

Vaccinations protect your child from a wide range of diseases that could cause serious ongoing conditions such as deafness and brain damage. In the United States, we have high community immunization rates, which means that many of these diseases are uncommon. However, they do still exist so, it’s very important to get your child immunized. Vaccinations protect your child from the following diseases:

  • Measles
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Rotavirus

Bolingbrook and Downers Grove residents know they can count on Downers Grove Pediatrics for all their pediatric immunization needs.

When Does My Child Need Vaccines?

Some immunization shots are given earlier than others. For example, the first hepatitis B vaccine is typically given to your child within 24 hours of birth. The second dose will be given when your child is 1-2 months old. Many of the other vaccines, such as pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, and rotavirus will be given within the first 6 months. Your child may have their first flu vaccine at 6 months and older. Some of the vaccines, such as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis will require a booster shot. The ages range may vary depending on where you live and the general health of your child.

You can contact the pediatric team at Bolingbrook on 630-759-9230, and at Downers Grove, IL on 630-852-4551. The team will be happy to answer all your questions about immunizations for your child.


By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 16, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: ADHD  

Are you concerned about your child's impulsivity? Is he or she struggling in school? These symptoms and more may indicate a neurodevelopmental disorder called ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, your six board-certified pediatricians help children receive diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, giving your family the relief and direction you need.

What is ADHD?

Healthline reports that 10 percent of American children, more boys than girls by a margin of two to one, are diagnosed with a mental/developmental problem called ADHD. Definitive diagnosis typically comes by the age of seven. The majority of these cases carry over into adulthood, impacting interpersonal relationships and employment.

At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove, IL, your child's doctor is the first and best medical provider to consult with your concerns. He or she can assess your child's symptoms, make recommendations for additional testing by a specialist and prescribe behavioral therapies and medications as indicated.

ADHD can be managed. However, families need much support, counseling and professional help to do so.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The American Psychiatric Association says ADHD presents with obviously abnormal levels of activity and behavior. The most commonly occurring symptom is extreme inattentiveness to tasks, conversations, and instructions at home and school. Other signs include:

  • Extreme emotional outbursts and tantrums, particularly in younger children
  • Very limited concentration, even during favorite TV shows and other activities
  • Impulsive behavior and poor judgment
  • Constant interrupting during conversations or teaching time
  • Restlessness and inability to sit still or even stay sitting
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Incessant talking
  • Poor school performance despite obvious intelligence
  • Little attention to detail
  • Misplacing clothes, homework, money and sports gear

Diagnosing and treating ADHD

Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder comes from a review of symptoms as noticed by parents, family, teachers, and others in the school environment. Your pediatrician may initiate a referral to a learning/behavioral specialist for additional review and testing.

Some children benefit from behavioral therapies. Others need medications such as Ritalin to regulate the levels of brain chemicals such as dopamine. More are helped by a care plan which combines both. At-home strategies include reduction of sugars in the diet, increasing exercise and limiting screen time on computers, TV, phones and more.

What does your child need?

Bring your child and your concerns about ADHD for competent compassionate help from Downers Grove Pediatrics. We want to help! For a consultation with one of our pediatricians, contact one of our two locations. In Downers Grove, phone (630) 852-4551. In Bolingbrook, IL, call us at (630) 759-9230.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 01, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Warts  

Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.

Types of Warts

There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:

  • Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
  • Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
  • Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
  • Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands

Treating Warts

While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.

Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.

Common wart removal options include:

  • Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
  • Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
  • Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart

Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.

If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.

By John Cabana, MD
August 06, 2019
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Car Seats  

Kids may complain about being restrained in the car, but car seats and booster seats save lives. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that using a car or booster seat in a passenger car reduces the risk of fatal injury 71 percent in children younger than 1 and 54 percent in toddlers ages 1 to 4. The statistics are just as impressive for older kids.

What type of seat should I use for my child?

Infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing seats until they reach the highest weight or height recommended by the manufacturer. In the past, children were routinely removed from rear-facing seats when they were 2, even if they didn't meet height or weight limits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their guidelines and now recommend that kids remain in the seats as long as possible.

Toddlers and pre-schoolers who have reached the maximum height or weight limits for rear-facing seats should use forward-facing car seats. Again, the seats should be used until the child reaches the maximum height and weight recommendations.

Once kids are too tall or heavy for car seats, they will transition to booster seats. Booster seats should be used until children are 4'9" tall and 8 to 12 years old. Older children can begin using seat belts at that point but should sit in the back seat when possible, particularly if they're younger than 13.

How can I tell if the car seat is installed correctly?

Both car and booster seats should be securely fashioned with a latch system or seat belt. If the seat moves back and forth freely, it's not installed correctly. Properly installed seats should move no more than an inch in any direction.

My child's legs seem too long for the car seat. What should I do?

You may wonder if your child should move up to the next seat or a booster seat if your child's feet touch the back of car seat. As long as your child is shorter than the maximum height for the seat, he or she should remain in the current seat.

Should my child use a secondhand car seat?

Passing a seat down to your next child can be a good idea if your children are only a few years apart in age. Before you reuse a seat for a younger child, make sure that it hasn't expired or been recalled since you bought it. Throw away car and booster seats after accidents, even minor ones. The seat may look perfectly fine but may be damaged internally.

Buying secondhand car seats online or at yard sales should be avoided. You won't necessarily know if the seat has been in an accident or if it has defective latches or restraints.

Using car seats consistently, whether you're going to the grocery store or taking a cross-country trip, can help your child avoid serious injuries due to traffic accidents. Talk to your child's pediatrician if you have questions about the seats.