Posts for: March, 2019
Are your child’s serious issues with focus greatly impacting their home and school life?
Yes, it’s normal for children to not pay attention sometimes or to seem like they are daydreaming or to act a little hyper and unable to sit still; however, when these habits are everyday occurrences that impact their schoolwork and interpersonal relationships then you may be wondering whether it’s time to visit one of our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians for an ADHD evaluation.
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms can be broken down into three main categories:
It’s important to understand more about these symptoms, as there is a lot of misinformation out there. For example, just because your child has ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be hyperactive. Furthermore, your child may have no trouble concentrating on things they like to do but repetitive or boring tasks may leave their mind wandering.
The fact of the matter is ADHD symptoms manifest differently in every children. Some children have trouble sitting still and waiting their turn in line, while other children seem like they are daydreaming and often misplace items like homework or books. It’s also important to recognize that kids with ADHD may try to sit still and pay attention but have a lot of challenges doing so. Unfortunately, this is often seen as being defiant or disobedient, especially in the classroom.
Can my child grow out of ADHD?
In most cases, ADHD will stay with your child into adulthood, which is why it’s even more imperative that you turn to a pediatric doctor in Eden Prairie, MN, as soon as possible so we can work with you and your child to find the right medications, lifestyle modifications and therapies to help your child manage their symptoms effectively. Your child won’t outgrow their ADHD but you can help them learn to manage their symptoms.
Should I bring my child in for an evaluation?
As we mentioned earlier, a lot of these habits and behaviors are ones that we see in all children, even those without ADHD. So, how do you know when the behaviors your child is displaying warrant further medical attention?
If your child is displaying many of the classic symptoms of ADHD in all environments, from school and home to personal relationships, and these symptoms have been going on for months now then it’s time to talk to a qualified medical professional.
If you have any concerns about behaviors your child is displaying then it’s worth it to talk to a qualified pediatrician who will be able to give you answers and peace of mind. Turn to the caring medical team at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN.
- You or your child hears a snap or grinding noise as the injury occurs
- Your child experiences swelling, bruising or tenderness to the injured area
- It is painful for your child to move it, touch it or press on it
- The injured part looks deformed
What Happens Next?
- Call 911 - If your child has an 'open break' where the bone has punctured the skin, if they are unresponsive, if there is bleeding or if there have been any injuries to the spine, neck or head, call 911. Remember, better safe than sorry! If you do call 911, do not let the child eat or drink anything, as surgery may be required.
- Stop the Bleeding - Use a sterile bandage or cloth and compression to stop or slow any bleeding.
- Apply Ice - Particularly if the broken bone has remained under the skin, treat the swelling and pain with ice wrapped in a towel. As usual, remember to never place ice directly on the skin.
- Don't Move the Bone - It may be tempting to try to set the bone yourself to put your child out of pain, particularly if the bone has broken through the skin, do not do this! You risk injuring your child further. Leave the bone in the position it is in.
At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.
Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone.
What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?
When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals.
The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching.
What are the Treatment Options?
A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!