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By Mundelein Pediatrics
April 09, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Asthma  

Find out why a pediatrician is the medical expert you need to manage your child’s asthma symptoms.asthma

If you suspect that your child has asthma it’s important that you turn to one of our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians not just for a diagnosis but also for the care your little one deserves. Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders and an asthma attack can be serious and even life-threatening, so it’s important that your child receives the proper asthma care to keep their symptoms under control.

First and foremost, it’s important that if you haven’t already that you bring your child in for an evaluation to determine whether or not they have asthma. If you’ve been bringing your little one in for routine checkups then chances are good that we will be able to detect asthma early on. Once our Grayslake children’s doctors have diagnosed your little one we will get to work developing a plan that will help lessen the frequency and severity of your child’s asthma symptoms.

Once we create an action plan we want to make sure this is a plan that you will follow. We will give you clear instructions on how to avoid certain asthma triggers, how to pinpoint signs of an asthma attack and what you should do to treat symptoms when they arise. It’s important that once you have this detailed plan that you stick to it. If you have any questions along the way, as we assume you might, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

While we will provide your child with medications to control symptoms and manage flare-ups, there are also non-medicinal ways to reduce your child’s symptoms. For example, there are certain things that can trigger asthma such as cigarette smoke, cold air, or pollen. We can work with you to determine what might be triggering your child’s asthma symptoms so that you can do your best to avoid these triggers whenever possible. While we know that some of these triggers can’t be avoided 100 percent of the time, knowing what these triggers are can help reduce your child’s exposure to them.

The most common medicines used to treat asthma are control medications and a quick-relief inhaler. Control medications are long-term medications used daily to reduce inflammation within the airways and to control your child’s asthma symptoms. This medication is used for daily maintenance of your child’s asthma.

A quick-relief inhaler, also referred to as a rescue inhaler, is only used for situations in which symptoms flare-up and your child needs instant relief. These medications are short-acting and aren’t used every day (only as needed).

If you want to talk to us about ways to reduce your child’s asthma attacks and to help them lead the healthiest life possible then turn to the expert team at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
January 11, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

When it comes to your child, a diagnosis of any kind can be scary or cause anxiety. However, though they affect daily life, conditions like adhdADHD are manageable with help from your pediatrician. Find out more about ADHD, what it means for you and your child, and which steps to take in managing it with Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What is ADHD? 
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects about 6% of the population and affects people of all ages. While every person with ADHD has one or more of its symptoms, the condition differs patient to patient and occurs on a wide range of levels of severity. Patients may have trouble functioning in settings such as school or work, finding it difficult to focus on completing tasks. ADHD can also affect a patient’s home and social life. ADHD is often referred to as ADD, though the conditions are similar but different.

Does my child have ADHD? 
The symptoms of ADHD may not be immediately obvious. Patients with ADHD may experience symptoms such as:

  • easily distracted
  • chronically late
  • restless or hyperactive
  • fails to follow instructions
  • prone to procrastination
  • difficulty staying focused
  • difficulty completing tasks
  • forgetfulness
  • impulsivity

How is ADHD diagnosed? 
Patients must meet certain criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD. Their condition must significantly affect at least two areas of the patient’s life, such as work, school, home, or social life. The symptoms must be excessive and ongoing. ADHD may present itself in three main forms:

  • ADHD Combined: The patient experiences both inattention and hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Inattentive: The patient experiences more inattentiveness than hyperactivity.
  • ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive: The patient experiences more hyperactivity or impulsiveness than inattentiveness.

How can my Grayslake pediatrician help treat my child’s ADHD? 
Your child’s pediatrician can help your child control and manage their ADHD and live a normal, productive life. Behavioral therapy to learn how to appropriately deal with behavioral problems, learn coping skills, and improve communication skills has shown to be helpful in treating ADHD. In some cases, your doctor may suggest medication to effectively manage the symptoms of ADHD.

For more information on ADHD or what it means for your child, please contact your child’s pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL. Call 847-548-7337 to schedule your appointment with your child’s pediatrician today!

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 03, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: allergies  

Does your child frequently experience nasal congestion, itchy eyes or a sore throat? Allergies may be to blame. The pediatricians at allergiesMundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, share a few signs and symptoms you may notice if your child has allergies.

Allergy signs

If your child has allergies, he or she may display one or more of these signs and symptoms:

  • Coughing, Sneezing, Congestion, Runny Nose: These classic cold signs can also occur if your child has allergies. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell if your child's symptoms are caused by a virus or allergies. When symptoms last two weeks or more and never seem to improve, schedule an appointment at our Grayslake office.
  • Watery, Itchy, Red Eyes: Does your child frequently complain that his or her eyes itch or burn? Have you noticed that your son or daughter's eyes look a little red and swollen? Allergy symptoms are often very noticeable in and around the eyes.
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Dark circles aren't just a sign of lack of sleep, but can accompany nasal congestion. The skin under the eyes appears darker when blood vessels under the eyes become swollen.
  • Virus Symptoms Without a Fever: A low-grade fever often occurs if your child has a cold or another viral infection. When cold-like symptoms occur without a fever, allergies may actually be the cause.
  • Lethargy: When you don't feel well, it's hard to muster the energy to play or do your homework. Lack of sleep due to nasal congestion can make fatigue even worse.
  • Ear Infections: Allergies may trigger inflammation in your child's ears. If fluid builds up as a result, your son or daughter may be more likely to develop an ear infection.
  • No Interest in Breakfast: Does your once-ravenous child barely touch breakfast? Post-nasal drip, a common allergy symptom, can make your son or daughter feel nauseated in the morning and uninterested in eating.

Allergies can occur year-round and may develop very suddenly. If your child has any of these symptoms, we can recommend treatment options that will improve your son or daughter's comfort. Call the pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, at (847) 548-7337 to schedule an appointment.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
September 11, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations  

What kind of immunizations are there? Frankly, there are a lot more than in past years and a lot for parents and caregivers to know about. immunizationsAt Mundelein Pedicatrics in Grayslake, IL, our pediatricians ask families to know all they can about the "shots" that prevent the spread of devastating communicable diseases and their many complications. They also urge parents to stay current with immunization schedules to ensure optimal health for their loved ones.

The human body is a fighter

Every day, we contact germs, disease-causing antigens. Strep, staph, the common cold virus and countless more invade our bodies through the skin, eyes, mouth and respiratory system. Some of these attacking microorganisms are airborne, some are caught through respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough, and some are ingested. What they all have in common is this: they sicken you if your body has inadequate immune system defenses (as is the case with infants, the elderly and very ill people) or if your body has insufficient time to produce antibodies.

Enter immunizations. Developed in response to widespread diseases such as polio, vaccines arm the body's defenses against many potentially deadly and definitely harmful conditions. Your pediatrician administers a large number of vaccines to children, teens and young adults, keeping in mind the benefits these medicines provide.

To optimize the body's immunity, the pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics administer vaccines, and boosters, according to a regular schedule. They assist families in keeping shot records and in ensuring immunizations are up to date.

The types of immunizations in Grayslake

Currently, physicians immunize their patients against 16 different diseases, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. They confer immunity against:

  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Polio
  • Chicken pox
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B and A
  • Meningitis

How they work

Whatever the vaccine, the way they work is basically the same. They trigger the body's immune response. Some immunizations use live but weakened, viruses. Others use killed viruses and others, just a specific part of, or antigen in, the microorgranism responsible for triggering immunity.

Other vaccines contain a treated form of the toxin which the bacteria secretes, and some immunizations break through the outer coating of the germ cell. These strategies allow the body's defenses to work quickly and efficiently.

Are yours up to date?

Contact Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL about this question or any others you have regarding immunizations. The doctors and staff will be happy to give you the information you need about this important preventive care. Call (847) 548-7337 today.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
June 23, 2017
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Asthma  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 8.4 percent of American children have some degree of asthma--from mild to severe.Asthma Besides being life-threatening, this chronic respiratory condition causes many school absences and emergency room visits each and every year. Just what is asthma, and what are the signs that your child may have it? The pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, answer those questions and show parents and children ways to manage this worrisome condition.

Signs your child has asthma

Asthma is an inflammation of the respiratory tract which narrows the airway and leads to difficulty in breathing. Asthma is chronic; in other words, it does not go away. It is characterized by sudden or acute attacks with these symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Formation of mucus
  • Nighttime coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue

These signs are usually brought on by one or more triggers such as stress, cold weather, allergens (such as wood smoke, animal dander, certain foods, medications or pollen), a cold or the flu and physical exertion. These triggers cause the dangerous inflammation in the respiratory tract which is asthma's signature symptom.

What you can do

If you suspect that your child is developing asthma symptoms, contact Mundelein Pediatrics. The doctor will examine your child, listen to their breath sounds, review the medical history and do some tests of respiratory function.

One such test is peak flow, a measurement of how much air the child can exhale forcibly in one breath.
In fact, peak flow is something most patients and parents can measure at home to track asthma symptoms. Additionally, many asthma patients use low doses of inhaled corticosteroids to prevent daily symptoms. Fast-acting inhalers, such as Albuterol, open the lung passages and relieve sudden symptoms

In addition, your Grayslake pediatrician may suggest allergy testing to pinpoint environmental triggers such as pollen, animal dander or dust mites. They also inform parents about when to bring their children to Mundelein Pediatrics for a sick visit or when to visit the hospital ER for severe asthma flare-ups.

Lastly, the doctor will help you and your child formulate an asthma action plan, customized for their particular needs. This written plan shows patients how to recognize and manage their triggers and symptoms and how to live well with asthma.

Find out more

If you are wondering if your child is developing asthma, please contact Mundelein Pediatrics for a consultation in Grayslake, IL. Learn all you can! Please call (847) 548-7337.





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