Posts for: April, 2018
A baby’s soft, smooth skin is delicate, making it susceptible to diaper rash, a common and mild irritation of the skin that causes redness in the area where the diaper is worn. Most cases of diaper rash are caused by excessive moisture from leaving a wet or soiled diaper on for too long. The baby’s skin becomes red, irritated and prone to chafing. Painful sores can develop, and the baby becomes vulnerable to yeast and bacterial infections.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of babies between 4 months and 15 months of age will experience diaper rash at least one time in a two-month period. Diaper rash is most common between 8 to 10 months of age, or when a baby is introduced to solid foods, which increases the frequency of bowel movements.
Soothing Your Baby’s Diaper Rash
If your baby develops diaper rash, one way to improve its condition is to change his or her diaper frequently. Other helpful ways to treat diaper rash include:
- Rinsing the affected area with warm water and a soft washcloth
- Pat dry; never rub
- Avoid baby wipes that contain alcohol or are fragranced
- Allow your baby’s bottom to air out whenever possible
Preventing Diaper Rash
Parents may not be able to prevent diaper rash completely, but you can do a lot to keep the irritation to a minimum. The American Academy of Pediatric recommends the following steps to keep diaper rash at bay:
- Apply a heavy layer of diaper ointment or cream to your baby’s bottom after every change.
- Leave breathing room in the baby’s diaper, and avoid putting the diapers on too tightly as it will trap moisturize and prevent air circulation.
- Switch diaper brands or use extra absorbent diapers to whisk away moisture and keep skin dry.
- Change the baby’s diaper immediately after it becomes wet—this is the key to preventing diaper rash.
The good news is that preventing and treating a diaper rash is fairly easy, and most breakouts can be resolved in just a few days. Call your pediatrician if the rash won’t go away or doesn’t improve after a few days. You should also bring your child to see his or her pediatrician if the rash is accompanied by blisters, a fever or pain.
It may seem like your teenager is ignoring you, but in reality, they may be having trouble hearing you. More and more we see kids listening to their MP3 players while doing homework, walking to school or riding in the car. The result? A surge in hearing loss.
For years, studies have shown that constant exposure to loud sound damages hearing. In fact, between the mid-1990s and 2006 there was a 31 percent increase in the prevalence of hearing problems among U.S. adolescents, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers suggest that one in every five teens today has some sort of hearing impairment.
Chronic exposure to loud noise may not cause hearing loss in the short term, but it can gradually result in irreversible hearing loss later in adult years. Even slight hearing loss can have a negative impact on a child’s academic success and social interaction. Warning signs of potential hearing loss include: difficulty following directions, asking that things be repeated, trouble with speech and language and listening to the TV at a high volume.
With the prevalence of music devices only gaining popularity, parents need to be particularly aware of their kids’ music-listening habits and educate them about the dangers of excessive noise.
To mitigate hearing loss, talk to your kids about how to use their music players properly to protect their ears from hearing damage.
- Teach kids to never play their music devices at full volume.
- Monitor your child’s music volume and frequency.
- If you can hear the music from the child’s ear buds, then the music is too loud.
- Explain to your child the importance of wearing ear protection when they are in an environment with loud noises for long periods of time, such as concerts.
The difficult truth about hearing loss is that in many cases it is not reversible, and it can even be progressive over time. Talk to your kids about the dangers of hearing loss now, and keep the volume and length of their listening to a minimum.
Whenever you have questions about your child’s hearing, talk to your pediatrician.
Lighthouse Pediatrics now participates in a program known as CHADIS. It will allow you to share more information about your child’s behavior and development in a secure, convenient manner. You can register for CHADIS by going to http://WWW.CHADIS.COM and using the invitation code: 2394499882 which is our office phone number. This is especially important for our patients between 2 months and 5 years of age and our children with ADD or ADHD. You will be reminded to go online and complete the questionnaires when you receive your appointment reminder. The questionnaires take about 10-15 minutes and it can be fun to see how much your child has progressed!!
FLU VACCINES ARE HERE
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the flu vaccine for all children 6 months to 18 years of age. Children are more prone to complications from influenza. These complications can be as mild as sinusitis or an ear infection or as serious as respiratory failure or meningitis.
What is the “flu”?
Influenza (the “flu”) is a viral illness. It is not the same as the “common cold” or a “stomach virus.” Flu symptoms are often sudden and many begin with high fever, body aches, and headache. Runny nose is less common with the flu. Vomiting and severe diarrhea are not common flu symptoms. The flu does not respond to antibiotics because it is not a bacterial infection. The best way to treat the flu is to treat the symptoms, make sure your child drinks a lot of fluids and rests.
When is an illness more than a Cold? Fevers are common in children, especially at the beginning of an illness and are usually accompanied by runny nose, congestion, and cough. It’s a symptom of the body fighting the illness (an immune response.) You need to contact us if your child is less than 2 months old, if the fever lasts more than 4 days, if the fever appears several days after the illness starts and most importantly, if your child is cranky, very sleepy or just “not himself” (regardless of the temperature). Remember you can also contact us on the portal with nonemergent concerns during office hours!
We are proud to announce that we are now certified by the NCQA as a Level 3 PatientCentered Medical Home (PCMH.)
We received this by meeting standards of excellence in preventative and ongoing care for our patients. We now have a Parent Advisory Board that meets regularly to give us feedback and suggestions to improve our practice.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
Did you make a New Year’s resolution for you or your family? Many people resolve to exercise more. Find something that the entire family enjoys! For younger children/babies, it may mean a walk on the greenway. For school-age kids, it may mean shooting hoops or trips to the playground. And, for the reluctant teens, riding bikes (with helmets, of course) or a family walk on the beach. Whatever you choose, try to get the family moving for at least 30 minutes daily. Stay tuned for more ways to improve your family’s health…. nutrition class dates to be announced soon.
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