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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
January 06, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
 
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
 
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
 
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
 
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
 
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
 
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
March 21, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Vaccines   Immunizations   Measles  

As a caring parent, you want to keep track of what your child is doing in school, what they're eating, and who their friends are. It can be exhausting staying on top of all of these things, but immunizations are one thing that you can count on to always keep your child safe!. All it takes is a visit to Downers Grove Pediatrics in either Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, Illinois. Below, you'll find the answers some of theChild Immunizations most common questions asked about immunizations.

 

Why are immunizations still important?

Although illnesses like diphtheria and polio are very uncommon in the United States, infections can still happen, often as a result of world travel. Additionally, outbreaks of pertussis and measles continue to occur, as well. Luckily, vaccinations like the ones from your Bolingbrook pediatrician keep these pockets of affliction from becoming epidemics. A vaccinated population also keeps very young babies and people who cannot receive vaccines from becoming ill.

 

Why should I follow the recommended immunization schedule?

In recent years, there has been some controversy associated with the number of vaccines that children receive at one time. However, the pediatricians at our Downers Grove and Bolingbrook offices advise against going against the recommended schedule set forth by the scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These experts have determined a childhood vaccination schedule that works with the natural processes of the human immune system, offering the best chance at prevention of disease. The CDC's schedule is safe and will help keep your children as healthy as possible!

 

Are vaccines painful?

Each child responds to the feeling of getting a "shot" differently. You can expect that there will be a brief twinge of discomfort when the vaccine is applied, but this is in no way harmful to your child and the pain will subside quickly. Some of our patients experience some achiness or tenderness at the injection site, as well as fever or fussiness, but this is temporary.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

To schedule your child's vaccinations with one of our pediatric staff, contact Downers Grove Pediatrics today! For your convenience, we have locations in both Bolingbrook (630-852-4551) and Downers Grove (630-759-9230).

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
November 29, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health

Learn more about important immunizations and when your child needs them.vaccines, immunizations

While no one likes getting needles they are an important part of keeping your child or teenager healthy. There are so many life-threatening and serious conditions that could affect your child’s health if they don’t get the proper vaccinations. Fortunately, seeing your Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician regularly will ensure that your child is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Here is the vaccination schedule you should follow.

Birth

After your baby is born they will usually come in for their first visit within the first 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital. During this time they should receive the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

1-2 months old

At this point your child should receive the second round of their Hepatitis B vaccine.

2 and 4 months old

Two and four months are important ages for your little one because they will require several difference vaccines including:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap)
  • H. influenza type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)

6 months old

This is about the time that your child will get the third dose of DTap, Hib, PCV and RV. You should also consider getting your child vaccinated every year for the flu.

6-18 months

During this time your child will get the last dose of the Hepatitis b vaccine, as well as the second half of the polio vaccine.

12-15 months old

Now is the time to get your child vaccinated for the chickenpox. They will also get the final round of the Hib vaccine, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the third round of the PCV vaccine.

12-23 months

During this period your little one will receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine comes in two parts, which will be given about 6 months apart or more from each other.

15-18 months

The only vaccine your child will need during this time is DTap.

4-6 years

This is another important stretch for your child as they will need to get the DTap, MMR, IPV and varicella vaccines during this period of time.

11-12 years

Beside the DTaP and meningococcal vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to talk to your child’s Bolingbrook, IL doctor about whether they should be vaccinated for HPV. This vaccine can protect teenage boys and girls from genital warts and certain forms of cancer.

16-18 years

Your teen will need to get the meningococcal B vaccine (which comes in either two or three doses). This immunization isn’t always necessary so your pediatrician will tell you whether your child should get it.

Do you have questions about your child’s vaccinations? Do you need to schedule your child or teen’s next doctor’s appointment? Turn to a Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician you can trust to get the best care possible time and time again. Vaccines are a surefire way to keep your children healthy as they continue to grow.