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By All About Children Pediatrics
September 15, 2017
Category: Safety
Tags: Crib  

Buying a New CribA new baby needs a lot of things. From bottles and car seats to high chairs and baby monitors, an expectant parent has a lot of decisions and purchases to make before baby’s arrival. Considering your baby will spend a great deal of time here, a crib is one of the most important things a parent will buy.

Whether you’re shopping for a brand new crib or receiving a hand-me-down from a relative or friend, remember to evaluate your baby’s resting place carefully to ensure it meets all of the safety guidelines. You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for information regarding all of these important safety standards.

There are many types of cribs available today, and parents will want to be educated about safety features and guidelines before choosing one for their baby. Here are a few helpful tips from the AAP:

  • Make sure the crib meets current safety standards before purchasing it. As of June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. The standards also require stronger hardware and increased durability.  
  • If you have a crib that was manufactured before the new safety standards were enacted, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer hardware to keep the drop side from being raised or lowered. Consider buying a new crib that meets the stronger standards, if possible.
  • Read and follow the directions carefully for setting up, using and caring for the crib.
  • Regularly inspect your crib’s screws and hardware, and tighten them as necessary.
  • The mattress should fit snugly in the crib to prevent the baby from slipping between the mattress and the crib sides. As a general rule, no more than two of your fingers should fit between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Do not use the crib if there are any missing, damaged or broken parts, and never substitute original parts with pieces from a hardware store. Always contact the crib manufacturer for replacement materials.
  • Be sure to inspect every crib your child uses—from grandma’s house to the day care center—for safety.
  • Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if your crib has been recalled.
  • The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 3⁄8 inches apart, as widely spaced slats can trap the infant.
  • All surfaces of the crib should be covered with lead-free paint, and the wood should be smooth and free of splinters.

Remember, your baby will spend many hours in his or her crib. Take special care to ensure that your baby’s sleeping place offers very little opportunity for injuries and problems. You can learn more about crib safety standards, as well as safe bedding practices by visiting www.healthychildren.org and www.cpsc.gov, or by contacting your pediatrician for more information.


By All About Children Pediatrics
September 15, 2017
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: ADHD  

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. The symptoms of ADHD can adhdaffect a child's ability to succeed at school. However, ADHD can be effectively managed with treatment and parental guidance. All About Children Pediatrics, which is located in Eden Prairie, MN, offers full-service, state-of-the-art pediatric care to kids of all ages. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about ADHD.

ADHD Overview

ADHD affects about 10 percent of school-age kids. ADHD is characterized by inattention, excessive restlessness, impulsivity, and distraction. Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Children born prematurely have a higher risk of having ADHD. 

Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD has many symptoms. Children with ADHD find it difficult to pay attention and are hyperactive, which means they have trouble sitting still. Children who have ADHD may forget things easily and daydream a lot. They may lose their things often, talk nonstop, and run around a lot. Children with ADHD may also act impulsively, make inappropriate comments, and be very impatient. 

Diagnosis of ADHD

A diagnosis of ADHD depends on a complete evaluation. Many children who have ADHD are evaluated and treated by pediatricians. A pediatrician can help if the diagnosis is in doubt. Your child's doctor will do a physical examination and take a medical history. The doctor also may check vision and hearing so other medical conditions can be ruled out. You'll be asked questions about your child's development and behaviors at home, school, and among friends. 

Treatment of ADHD

There is no cure for ADHD. Kids with ADHD can get better with treatment. Several medications can help. The most common types are called stimulants. Non-stimulants or antidepressants can also be prescribed to treat ADHD. Medications help kids learn, focus, and stay calm. Different types of psychotherapy are used for ADHD. Behavioral therapy can help teach kids to control their behavior. Many kids do well with both medication and therapy.

ADHD can impact your child's quality of life. Don't wait another minute- call All About Children Pediatrics at 952-943-8200 right now to schedule an appointment in our Eden Prairie, MN, office. Proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD can improve your child's life for the better. Our outstanding pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners are dedicated to providing superior pediatric care in Eden Prairie, MN.


By All About Children Pediatrics
September 06, 2017
Category: Injury and Illness
Tags: Tonsillitis  

The tonsils are oval-shaped, pink masses of tissue on both sides of the throat. They are part of the body's immune system, designed to fight off bacteria and viruses that try to enter the body through the mouth. Sometimes common illnesses are too much for the tonsils to handle, and the tonsils become infected themselves. This condition is known as tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils that can cause a sore throat and discomfort for your little one.

Tonsillitis is common in children, but it can occur at all ages. Many cases of tonsillitis in elementary-aged kids are caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold or flu. Bacterial infections, particularly streptococcus (strep), can also cause an infection of the tonsils.

If your child has tonsillitis, his or her main symptom will be a sore throat. It may be painful to eat, drink or swallow. Other common signs of infected tonsils include:

  • Red, tender and enlarged tonsils
  • Yellow or white coating on tonsils
  • Swollen, painful lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Bad Breath

If your child’s symptoms suggest tonsillitis, call your pediatrician. Your child will need to visit a pediatrician to determine whether it is a bacterial or viral infection, which can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam and a throat culture.

If bacteria caused the child’s tonsillitis, then antibiotics may be prescribed to kill the infection. If a virus causes it, then the body will fight the infection on its own. Rest and drinking fluids can also help alleviate symptoms and ease pain. In some cases, if the child suffers from frequent episodes of tonsillitis or repeat infections over several years, your pediatrician may recommend a tonsillectomy, a common surgical procedure to remove the tonsils.

Because tonsillitis is contagious, kids should help protect others at school and home by washing hands frequently, not sharing cups or other personal utensils, and covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Always contact your pediatrician when you have questions about your child’s symptoms and health.