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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.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
June 08, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Annual Physical  

Make sure your child sees their pediatrician once a year for their physical exam.physical

A physical exam is something that every child has to do once a year. It might be something their school requests before they can start the school year or it may be mandatory if your child wants to be part of a sports team. Either way, it’s never too early to start thinking about when to get your child in to see our Mundelein, IL, pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics.

Why does my child need a school physical every year?

A lot can happen in one year, and these annual visits can ensure that we are keeping up and monitoring their growth and any changes to their health as they occur. It’s important that your Mundelein, IL, children’s doctor is up to date with all the information they need to ensure that your child stays healthy throughout the year. Problems can surface quickly. These annual exams ensure that if something does happen, we are here to handle them right away.

What is involved in getting a physical examination?

One of the reasons your child’s school may require that every child gets a physical is that this is also the perfect time to make sure your child is all caught up on their vaccines before the school year. Staying up-to-date on vaccines is not only important for protecting your child but also the health of other children.

On top of making sure your child has all their vaccinations, a thorough physical exam will help us check for a plethora of health issues from heart conditions to asthma to even old fractures that didn’t heal properly. By detecting these issues, we can determine the best ways to treat them and make sure that your child can continue to enjoy their favorite physical activities. We can also spend time educating your little one on precautions they can take to make sure they stay safe both on and off the field when at school.

We know that summer is a busy time. Your child may be involved in a lot of activities and the summer months may just fly by before you realize that you need to schedule their physical examination in Mundelein, IL. Don’t wait until the last minute, as appointments fill up fast. Schedule your appointment with Mundelein Pediatrics, serving the Grayslake, IL, area, and make sure your child gets the care they need well before the school year begins.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 22, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: allergies   colds  

It is not always easy to determine whether your child has a cold or allergies. The two have many shared symptoms, such as sneezing allergies, coldand a stuffy or a runny nose. Furthermore, children are not always able to fully describe their symptoms, which can make it even more challenging to figure out whether they are suffering from a cold or allergies. There are symptoms that are specific to each condition, making it possible to differentiate between the two. At Mundelein Pediatrics, serving the Grayslake, IL, area, our pediatricians can properly diagnose your child and prescribe the right treatment.

Cold and Allergy Symptoms

Common symptoms shared by colds and allergies include:

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • fatigue
  • a runny or stuffy nose

Children can experience any of these symptoms with either a cold or allergy. To best determine which one your child has, it is helpful to look at all of their symptoms as there are some that are associated with only a cold or an allergy. When it is still not clear whether your child has a cold or an allergy, a Grayslake pediatrician can make an accurate diagnosis so that the correct course of treatment can be followed.

Here are some differences between the two:

  • Colds are caused by a virus, while allergies are due to sensitivities in the immune system to such things as pollen, pet dander, dust, certain foods and even some medications.
  • Another key difference is the duration of colds and allergies. Colds tend to be over fairly quickly, lasting just one or two weeks. Allergy symptoms, on the other hand, can press indefinitely. In fact, it is not unusual for allergy sufferers to experience symptoms for several weeks or months.

Symptoms that are specific to colds and not associated with allergies include the following:

  • sore throat
  • fever
  • chills
  • body aches
  • a scratchy throat

Symptoms associated with an allergy that do not typically occur in conjunction with a cold include the following:

  • itchy eyes, throat and ears
  • watery eyes and wheezing

Look for any of these additional symptoms in your child to help you determine if he or she has a cold or allergies.

Distinguishing between a cold or allergies can be challenging since they share so many symptoms. Identifying symptoms that are specific to each one helps in making an accurate diagnosis. The experienced doctors at Mundelein Pediatrics, your Grayslake, IL, pediatricians, can properly diagnose your child and prescribe an effective treatment. To schedule an appointment, call (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
January 13, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: allergies  

Don’t let allergies get the better of your little one. Here are some ways to reduce their symptoms.

Does your child always seem to be sneezing or coughing? Does your little one often develop skin rashes or stomachaches after eating? allergiesIf so, then your child may be suffering from allergies. While any child can develop allergies, they are often most common in children whose families also have a history of allergies. By identifying these issues early on, our Grayslake, IL pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms.

The Right Medicine for the Job

One of the first steps you’ll want to take to reduce your child’s allergy symptoms is to talk to our Grayslake, children’s doctor about which type of medication or medications could help control your child’s specific symptoms. It’s important to determine the causes and triggers of your child’s symptoms so that we can help them better cope with their issues. If medications haven’t been working as effectively as they should talk to us about whether immunotherapy (also known as allergy shots) might be more advantageous for your little one.

After you’ve discussed your child’s medication options for targeting their allergies here are some other strategies to help:

Pets: While no dog is truly hypoallergenic there are certainly kinds of pet breeds that shed very little or not at all. Of course, by brushing and bathing your pet often (do this outdoors to keep allergens away from your child) you can keep down the dander on your pet and in the house.

Outdoors: Whether your child wants to play sports or just play outside, if your child has severe outdoor allergies you may want to consider indoor sports like martial arts or dance that can still keep your little one stimulated and active but without the allergies and asthma flare-ups. Pollen counts are usually at their highest between the hours of 5am and 10am, so limit how much time your child spends outside during this time. Have your child come in and shower or wash their hands after being outdoors.

Vacations: Nothing is better than a family vacation but how much fun can it be if your child is suffering from allergies the whole time? If you find that their allergies pop up during the spring or summer months, then it might be time to consider a full winter or fall trip. Take up winter skiing or camping together under the beautiful fall leaves.

Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL is dedicated to giving your child the healthiest life possible. If they are dealing with allergies that affect their day-to-day lives then it’s time you gave us a call today.

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