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By Mundelein Pediatrics
October 17, 2018
Category: Child's Health
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Even though you try as hard as possible to keep your child safe while they are playing sports, accidents still happen. At these moments, it’s important that you know whether these are injuries that can easily be treated from the comfort of your own home or whether you need to turn to a pediatrician for proper medical attention.

Pediatricians have seen a lot of sports-related injuries over the years and while we also focus as much of our attention on prevention, we know the importance of being able to get immediate and comprehensive care when your child does sustain an injury.

Common sports-related injuries include:

  • Dislocations (particularly in the shoulder)
  • Traumatic injuries (this includes cuts, sprains and strains, and broken bones)
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis (often in the hand or wrist)
  • Concussion

When a dislocation happens many times it is accompanied by an audible popping sound at the moment that the injury occurred. This unnerving sound is often followed by sudden and intense pain. It’s important that you turn to a pediatrician who can put the shoulder or any other area of the body back in place. The joints of a child’s body are looser than adults, so it makes shoulders and other areas more prone to dislocations.

Minor cuts, sprains, and strains can often be handled with at-home care. In most cases, the RICE method is a great way to ensure that your child gets the rest they need to heal properly and to stay off of the injury until it fully heals. Icing and elevating the injured area can also reduce pain and swelling. Of course, if you suspect that your child has a broken bone, this will need to be evaluated by a medical professional right away.

Children who are serious or long-term athletes are more likely to experience overuse injuries. These injuries occur over time rather than suddenly and they are often the result of performing repetitive movements. Overuse injuries include stress fractures and tendinitis. If your child feels pain whenever they move a certain area of the body or if they notice pain or swelling in a certain area it’s important that they get checked out.

Wearing a helmet is crucial for protecting your child’s head while playing sports. Of course, if your child has received a blow to the head and is experiencing dizziness, fatigue, frequent or severe headaches or just seems out of sorts it’s crucial that you bring them in right away to see if they’ve incurred a concussion.

When in doubt, pick up the phone and talk to a pediatrician about your child’s injuries and symptoms. They will be able to determine whether or not they should come in for proper care.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
October 05, 2018
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Whooping Cough  

What's one of most dangerous diseases to threaten young children? It's whooping cough, or pertussis, a severe bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL your team of six board-certified pediatricians treat pertussis and monitor children for its serious complications. They also urge children, parents, and grandparents to be up to date on their vaccines as prevention Child Coughingof whooping cough is the best medicine.

Just what is whooping cough?

It affects the respiratory tract, causing long-lasting and severe symptoms like:

  • Hard, spasmodic, and noisy coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Gasping for breath
  • Episodic cessation of breathing (apnea)
  • Poor appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Maiaise
  • Extreme fatigue

Symptoms may last 10 weeks or more, and in infants and toddlers may require hospitalization. While people of all ages may develop whooping cough, infants are most prone because of their underdeveloped immune systems.

Treating whooping cough

Bed rest, bedroom humidification, and pushing fluids helps. Fever should be controlled with over the counter acetaminophen, and your pediatrician in Grayslake may prescribe antibiotics. Because pertussis spreads easily via respiratory droplets and person to person contact, infected persons should stay away from young or frail individuals.

In severe cases, babies and toddlers may need to be hospitalized to monitor their vital signs closely. IV medications and fluids to combat dehydration may be administered as well.

At Mundelein Pediatrics, your children's doctors firmly believe that vaccination with the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) shot is critical to avoiding this potentially deadly infection. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who works closely with children should update their pertussis Immunizations with their primary care physicians.

Finally, community (or herd) immunity is an important medical reality. Immunizations administered according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatric guidelines protect entire populations. Over time, childhood diseases can (and have been) eradicated with faithful adherence to vaccination schedules. Prevention really is the best medicine for whooping cough and other serious medical problems.

Learn more

Please contact your pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, with any questions about whooping cough, vaccines, treatment, or if you think your child is exhibiting symptoms. We have ample office hours, including Sunday and walk-in availability. Call (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
October 01, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Sports Physical   Child Care   Sports  

Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.

A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.

Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.

A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.

Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.

We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
July 27, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

Do you parent a child age 6 to 17 who just can't sit still, concentrate, or make age-appropriate decisions? Has your son's teacher said he is adhdimpulsive? Has your daughter's dance instructor said her energy is great, but she cannot follow directions or stay with the group? These signs and more may indicate ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, our pediatricians and support staff help parents get the help their children need for living with ADHD.

What is ADHD?

It's a neuro-developmental disorder which affects literally millions of children, adolescents, and yes, adults. Not a true illness but a brain difference which expresses itself in sometimes extreme behaviors, ADHD typically shows up before the age of 12, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While girls often have ADHD, boys typically are diagnosed at three times the rate.

Symptoms of ADHD

There are many symptoms of ADHD, and severity varies from person to person. Common signs are:

  • Extreme restlessness
  • Inability to concentrate and finish tasks
  • Excessive talking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impulsiveness and poor judgment
  • Interrupting
  • Inability follow a conversation or line of reasoning
  • Sleep problems

Unfortunately, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder suffer with strained interpersonal and family relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, and, as they age into the teen years and beyond, substance abuse and employment problems along with more issues that may surface. In other words, ADHD is nothing to ignore.

Of course, the school setting often proves difficult for these children to tolerate as learning problems can co-exist as well as classroom management problems for the teachers. Problems at school may be the first indication that something is amiss.

When to get help in Grayslake

ADHD can be managed, but parents need to seek help from their pediatricians. At Mundelein Pediatrics, the doctors screen their young patients for behavioral and learning problems and search out medical reasons for these difficulties. Additionally, the professional staff is an excellent resource for referrals to child psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychologists who are experts in testing, behavioral modification, and medications helpful for ADHD and its related issues.

Are you ready to seek help?

At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, parents and children find compassionate, skilled care in a non-threatening atmosphere. We encourage open sharing of problems and frank discussion of possible solutions so your family can enjoy best optimal health and well-being.

If you suspect your child has ADHD, please call the office for a consultation: (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
June 06, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: childhood diabetes  

Though diabetes is most commonly known for affecting adults, it can, unfortunately, affect children as well. The symptoms of childhood childhood diabetesdiabetes are not always obvious, making it important to be aware of the common signs that your child may have diabetes and be informed about what to do in case you suspect this disease affects your child. Find out more about childhood diabetes and spotting it early with the pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What is diabetes? 
Diabetes affects the glucose levels in the blood, causing it to become too high. Blood glucose, or blood sugar, is controlled by a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin. When the body does not make enough insulin or makes no insulin at all, it causes the blood sugar to rise as the glucose cannot transfer from the blood to the cells. This causes diabetes, which has no cure but is manageable with help from doctors and medications.

Are there different kinds of diabetes? 
If a patient produces no insulin at all, they have Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs at any age but is more common in children. This condition requires patients to take insulin every day to control their blood sugar level and stay alive. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not make enough insulin and can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes is the more common type of the condition and is linked to environmental factors like diet, genetics, obesity, certain viruses, and inactivity.

Does my child have diabetes? 
Some of the common signs of diabetes in both children and adults include:

  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • unexplained weight loss
  • irritability
  • fatigue

If you notice the symptoms of diabetes in your child, you should schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious complications like nerve damage, heart disease, damage to the eyes and kidneys, and even skin conditions.

Controlling Childhood Diabetes in Grayslake, IL
Treating diabetes depends on the patient and the type of diabetes they have. Type 1 diabetes requires patients to monitor their blood sugar daily for the rest of their lives. Healthy eating and plenty of exercise are crucial to managing diabetes. Many patients require daily doses of insulin to keep their diabetes under control. Your child’s pediatrician will guide you in finding the best treatment plan for your child.

For more information on childhood diabetes and its treatments, please contact your child’s pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL. Call 847-548-7337 to schedule your appointment today!

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