Posts for: July, 2017
Find out the best way to treat your little one’s sports injuries.
Sure, no one wants to see their child get hurt while on the field. Unfortunately, according to the CDC, about 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 require medical attention for sports injuries every year. That certainly is a lot of kids! Don’t get us wrong; our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians love getting to know your children, but they certainly don’t like to do it under these circumstances. Discover the many ways you can help your child manage their sport injury-related pain and symptoms.
While injuries run the gamut from minor bruising to more serious conditions like concussions, most sports-related injuries tend to fall between the minor and the severe. In most cases, athletic children are often faced with musculoskeletal injuries.
Strains and Sprains
Our Eden Prairie children’s doctors see a lot of sprains, which means that the muscles or tendons have been stretched too far or have even been torn. A sprain occurs when tissues that support a joint (known as ligaments) have been stretched or torn. When your child comes into our office we will run imaging tests to determine the extent of the damage to decide whether it’s a strain or a sprain.
Stress fractures also show up gradually as a result of performing the same repetitive movements regularly. Stress fractures may also show up if the muscles or tendons have been overworked.
Treatment for Sports-Related Injuries
More often than not the RICE method is a great way to facilitate healing and ease your child’s symptoms. The extent of the strain or sprain will determine just how long it will take to heal, but it often can take a few weeks for everything to feel normal again.
RICE stands for rest, icing, compression, and elevation, and it’s a standard treatment method for handling minor musculoskeletal injuries. Children should avoid playing sports or being involved in any activities that could make the injury worse. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also temporarily ease pain and swelling.
All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, is here to make sure that your child always gets the best medical care possible. Whether you need to schedule your child’s next physical or you have questions about their injuries, don’t hesitate to call us anytime.
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.
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.