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Stomach pain is very common in young children, and in most instances, the source turns out to be rather innocuous, whether it be due to hunger, mild constipation, or a very mild stomach bug. However, stomach pain could sometimes indicate a more severe health problem that requires prompt and proper treatment. Fortunately, here at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, one of our pediatricians can help you figure out what’s causing your child’s stomach pain.
The Most Common Causes of Stomach Pain in Children
Many health issues could cause stomachaches in kids. These include:
- Food-related Issues: eating too much, food allergies, or food poisoning
- Gut or Bowel Issues: constipation or irritable bowel syndrome
- Infections: bladder or kidney infections, gastroenteritis, or infections in the chest or ear
- Surgical Issues: appendicitis, intussusception, or bowel obstruction
- Issues Outside the Stomach: migraine or muscle strains
- Period Pain: In some girls, pain may be present before the start of their period
- Anxiety: Kids may experience abdominal pain when they’re concerned about themselves or those around them. If you’re concerned that your child has anxiety, inform your pediatrician immediately so that you can find proper help for your child.
Treating Abdominal Pain in Kids
The treatment for your child’s stomach pain would depend on the exact cause of their pain and other symptoms. This may range from keeping your child at home to rest up, eating a stomach-friendly diet, consuming more fluids, taking medications, or possibly another approach that we can prescribe during a consultation.
When to Seek Medical Help
Head to one of our offices in Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL, to see one of our pediatricians if your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms:
- Chills of fever
- Worsening or severe abdominal pain, or pain that seems to move or radiate
- Excessive sweating and pale skin
- Refusal to drink or eat
- Vomiting for over a day
- Blood in stool or vomit
- Rash with pain
- Difficulty passing urine
Concerned about Your Child’s Abdominal Pain?
Visit or contact Downers Grove Pediatrics to have your child evaluated by one of our pediatricians as soon as possible. You can call (630) 852-4551 to reach our Downers Grove, IL, office or (630) 759-9230 to reach our Bolingbrook, IL, office
It's important to be able to spot the differences between a regular sore throat or viral infection and strep throat. Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it's important to see your pediatrician immediately to determine whether or not your child has strep throat. Here are some symptoms of strep throat.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and throat pain. Severe pain in the throat is normally the first sign of strep throat. If you notice that your child's sore throat isn't going away easily, you may need to take your child to the pediatrician because it's usually difficult to get rid of the discomfort completely without the use of prescription medication.
Yellow or white patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat are another symptom of strep throat. Instead of yellow or white patches, you may instead notice long streaks of pus coating your child's tonsils.
Pain during swallowing is another common symptoms of strep throat. If it becomes difficult for your child to swallow and they experience pain when they attempt to swallow, they may have strep throat.
If you touch the glands in your child's neck, you may be able to feel if their glands are swollen. The lymph nodes in your child's neck will usually be tender to the touch and swollen if they have strep throat, because normal lymph nodes are generally not painful or tender.
Headaches are another common symptom of strep throat. They can range in severity from mild to extremely excruciating. If your child's headache occurs frequently or worsens, be sure to consult a pediatrician immediately.
Another common symptom of strep throat in children is a fever over 100'F. A lower fever may end up being a symptom of a viral infection and not strep throat, so be sure to take note of that. With a viral infection, most fevers should go away on their own within one or two days, and by the third day, other symptoms should start to disappear.
So what are you waiting for? If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, be sure to consult your pediatrician as soon as possible so that they can determine whether or not your child has strep throat or just a viral infection and your child can receive all the relief they need.
With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children to understand ways to prevent diabetes, as well as being able to identify the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A pediatrician is an integral part of your child’s health, providing everything from screenings and vaccines to routine checkups and lifestyle recommendations to ensure that your child stays healthy.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects glucose levels in the body. When the cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin do not produce enough insulin or are insulin resistant, this results in diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed during childhood and is not the result of a poor diet or being overweight. In those with Type 1 diabetes the cells in the pancreas are unable to produce enough insulin. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes in children.
On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is also becoming increasingly common in children because of the high rates of obesity. Type 2 diabetes means that the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Ensuring that your child eats right, gets regular exercise and maintains a healthy weight can greatly reduce your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes.
What are the symptoms of childhood diabetes?
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes will appear suddenly, while type 2 symptoms will develop over time. Symptoms may include:
- Excessive thirst
- Increased hunger
- Frequent urination
- Extreme tiredness
- Mood swings
- Blurred vision
- Sudden weight loss
- Cuts or sores that don’t heal
- Dark patches of skin
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child it’s best to see a pediatrician right away. The sooner a diagnosis is made the sooner your child can get the proper medication and treatment they need to manage their blood sugar levels. By managing your child’s diabetes right away our doctors can prevent potentially serious complications and hospitalizations.
How is diabetes treated?
There are a variety of lifestyle modifications and medications that will be recommended to help treat your child’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes. For both forms of diabetes, a healthy diet and active lifestyle are paramount. Talk with your doctor about what foods your child should avoid. You will also want to monitor your child’s glucose levels during the day to make sure that the insulin medication is working effectively.
All children should visit their pediatricians regularly for checkups, vaccines and care. Of course, if your child displays any symptoms of diabetes, call our office immediately.
While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage your child’s asthma symptoms and to reduce the risk for a flare-up. Of course, to be able to properly control your child’s asthma it’s important to understand more about this condition and what triggers your child’s symptoms. A pediatrician will be a valuable asset when it comes to discussing asthma treatment options and addressing any concerns that you might have.
Know Your Child’s Triggers
There are a variety of environmental elements and conditions that can also trigger airway inflammation and lead to an asthma attack. It’s important to figure out what your child’s triggers are so you can avoid them as much as possible. Of course, this is something that your pediatrician can help you determine as well. Common triggers include:
- Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold
- Indoor allergens such as pet dander
- Viral infections
- Weather changes
Stick With Your Plan
Once a pediatrician has diagnosed your child with asthma, the next step is to create an asthma management plan (also referred to as an action plan). This plan is designed based on your child’s specific triggers to minimize the severity and the frequency of your child’s flare-ups, which also reduces the need for emergency medical care. So, what’s including in an asthma action plan? Here’s what should be in your child’s action plan:
- The medications prescribed to your child, along with how much they take and when they should take them
- Possible triggers
- Pinpointing the early signs of asthma flare-ups and what to do when they occur
- How to handle an asthma attack
- When to seek immediate medical attention
Take Medications as Directed
Medication is the most common way to manage asthma symptoms. Your pediatrician will prescribe a long-term controlling medication that your child will use daily to reduce airway swelling. When signs of a flare-up appear, a quick-acting inhaler can reduce swelling and prevent it from getting worse.
Know Signs of a Flare-up
Once your child has experienced a couple of flare-ups you’ll begin to pick up the warning signs so that you can start to recognize when another one might occur. These warning signs might come in the form of a persistent cough or wheezing. When these symptoms appear it’s important to have your child’s medication readily available.
If your child is showing symptoms and warning signs of asthma it’s important that you bring them in for an immediate medical checkup. Call your pediatrician today to learn more about ways to help your child better control their asthma symptoms.
There are many things to know about newborn care, including how often your newborn needs a well-visit and what vaccinations need to be administered at certain ages. Selecting a pediatrician who specializes in the care of newborns and children will ensure that your child receives the proper care at crucial stages of development. Here at Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, our pediatricians can tell you everything that you need to know about caring for your newborn.
Well-visits are regular appointments with your baby’s pediatrician that allow the doctor to monitor your child’s growth and development. During these appointments, the pediatric staff will check a variety of things, including your baby’s weight, height, vital signs, head circumference, and more. The doctor will also provide guidance regarding newborn care during these visits that will give you a chance to ask any questions you might have.
The first time your newborn will be seen by a pediatrician is at the hospital within a day of birth. After that, it is beneficial to take your newborn to your regular pediatrician a few days later when your baby is between three and five days old. Initially, your newborn will need to see the pediatrician every few weeks for a well visit. After that, the pediatrician will expect to see your baby every two to three months. The time between well visits extends once your child reaches about 18 months of age.
Immunization and Vaccinations
One of the most important ways that you can take care of your newborn is to begin immunizations right away. Immunization involves administering vaccinations for a large number of serious or deadly diseases, such as measles, polio, and whooping cough. Vaccines help your baby develop immunity to these conditions. Children who have been vaccinated are protected from contracting a wide range of serious diseases. The pediatricians at our offices in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, can explain the vaccination schedule and answer any questions you have about it.
To schedule an appointment at our Bolingbrook office, call (630) 759-9230. For our Downers Grove office, call (630) 852-4551.