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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!

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.

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