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
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.
Get all of your questions regarding ADHD answered by our Bolingbrook and Downers Grove pediatric team.
Is your child displaying habits and behaviors that are relatively normal for a child their age or is their persistent flightiness and daydreaming caused by ADHD? It isn’t always easy to tell whether your child is dealing with ADHD, which is where our Bolingbrook and Downers Grove IL pediatricians can help. Have questions about childhood ADHD? We have answers, here at Downers Grove Pediatrics.
What is ADHD?
ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often diagnosed in school-age children. This condition alters both neurological development and activity, affecting a child or teen’s ability to concentrate, stay focused, and practice self-control.
Will my child grow out of it?
Our Bolingbrook ADHD specialists will admit that ADHD symptoms and behaviors may change as your child gets older; however, this is considered a chronic condition that your child will have all their life. We can work with them to help them manage their symptoms effectively.
What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?
The number one question from most parents is, “Does my child have ADHD?” As we said, it isn’t always that easy to tell. These are some of the most common warning signs and symptoms of ADHD:
- Constant fidgeting and trouble sitting still
- Often caught daydreaming
- Doesn’t listen to instructions
- Jumps from one thing to the next without completing anything
- Frequently losing or misplacing items
- Making careless mistakes on homework
- Difficulty playing quietly
- Issues with patience and waiting their turn
- Temper tantrums or outbursts
For it to be true ADHD, children have to display several of these symptoms across all environments (e.g. school; home; social). These symptoms also have to be negatively impacting your child’s life.
Should I have my child tested?
If your child is displaying these symptoms and has been for several months, then it may provide you with peace of mind to have your child tested. If you are on the fence, you can also discuss this with your pediatrician when you bring your child in for their regular wellness checkup. If we notice any behaviors and habits that could be indicative of ADHD, then we may recommend further evaluation.
How is ADHD managed in children?
Every child’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on the type and severity of their symptoms; however, treatment plans may include:
- Medication (e.g. Ritalin)
- Behavioral therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Special educational services
- Support groups
- Dietary changes
- Increased exercise
- Supplements and vitamins
- Other lifestyle changes
To schedule an ADHD evaluation for your child or teen at Downers Grove Pediatrics, call our Bolingbrook IL office at (630) 759-9230, or our Downers Grove IL office at (630) 852-4551.
Is This Normal Behavior?
- Being defiant
- Issues around bedtime
- Issues around food (being a “picky eater” or refusing to eat)
- Temper tantrums
- Are still occurring regardless of discipline or punishment
- Are affecting their schoolwork and/or social interactions
- Aren’t appropriate for their age (e.g. throwing temper tantrums as an older child)
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Harm to self, others, or animals
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
- Breaking the rules or skipping school
- Sudden or extreme behavioral changes
- Showing no remorse
Pediatricians come equipped to handle and address any issues regarding your child’s health, and this includes behavioral concerns you may have as a parent. If your pediatrician believes that a developmental, neurological, or mental health disorder could be to blame, then they may recommend additional testing and evaluations. This is done either through their practice or with a specific specialist who can properly diagnose and treat certain conditions such as depression, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder.
Based on the results of your child’s screening, your pediatrician will then be able to create a custom treatment plan to help you and your child manage their condition and their symptoms. Your pediatrician can also refer your child to therapists and other specialists who can also provide additional support and treatment for the whole family.
If you’re having concerns about your child’s behavior, it’s best to talk with your pediatrician at your child’s next wellness checkup.
Has your child recently been diagnosed with asthma? Yes, it's a serious, chronic lung condition, but your youngster (and you) can live well with it by being proactive. At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove IL, our six pediatricians and their dedicated team help families do just that. Here's the information you need.
What is asthma?
Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition that affects millions of people across the globe. The American Lung Association says that asthmatic children typically develop symptoms and receive the diagnosis by age five. Often, these kids also have a first-degree relative with asthma, have co-existing health conditions such as allergies and eczema, and develop symptoms such as:
- Chest tightness and shortness of breath
- Coughing, particularly at night
These symptoms develop because of airway inflammation and the rapid and copious production of mucus in the lungs.
Symptoms, lung function tests, breath sounds, and chest X-rays confirm the diagnosis. Your Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician comprises individualized care plans for their asthma patients.
Often called asthma action plans, these strategies help children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and others cope in the event of escalating symptoms. Daily, a care plan assists families in warding off symptoms before they even begin.
Living with asthma
Here are some practical tips to keep your child breathing well:
- Identify your child's allergic triggers. Your Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician can help you do that with allergy testing. Once you know what sets off an asthma attack, you can minimize or avoid your child's exposure.
- Get your child an annual flu shot at Downers Grove Pediatrics.
- Know about your child's routine and rescue medications. If he or she is old enough, make sure they carry an inhaler and know how to use it. Plus, they must receive their long-term control meds as prescribed.
- Keep track of peak flow, the measure of how much air your child exhales in one breath. Decreasing peak flow can indicate an upcoming asthma attack.
- See your pediatrician for well-child visits annually, keeping up on vaccinations, and calling the office for a sick visit or any time you have a question or concern about your youngster's breathing.
We want to help
Any chronic health condition, such as asthma, can be challenging. That's why our professional staff at Downers Grove Pediatrics is available to help families stay well. For more information, or if you need an appointment, call our pediatricians at either location. For Bolingbrook IL, phone (630) 759-9230. In Downers Grove, call us at (630) 852-4551.
Getting Regular Check-ups
These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
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