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By Mundelein Pediatrics
April 16, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

In the past, young children were at an increased risk of getting sick. This is because young children do not have highly developed immune systems. That, along with their lack of awareness of proper hygiene, make them prime targets for many pathogens, such as Polio, Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis, Tetanus, Rubella, Whooping cough and many other dangerous illnesses. Today, with the aid of immunizations, a pediatrician like Dr. Jennifer Devaney at Mundelein Pediatrics strives to ensure that her patients stay healthy at her Grayslake, IL, office.

More About Immunizations

One way your Grayslake, IL, pediatrician can further arm and develop your child's immune response is by way of immunizations and vaccinations. The way they work is by introducing weakened or dead viruses and/bacteria to the body. This trains the immune system by helping it remember and recognize specific genetic information, letting the body effectively fight and resist the disease.

Although the topic has stirred controversy in the recent past, the data shows that hospital immunizations save lives and will keep your child safe. Any licensed pediatrician will confirm there is no evidence that vaccines cause harm, but a plethora of evidence that it has saved millions of lives. It is an indisputable fact that this medicine will protect your child.

It's important to remember that there are children with complicated health issues who are unresponsive to vaccines or are immunocompromised. These children have no choice but to rely on immunizations to keep their peers healthy. When you vaccinate your child, you're not only keeping them safe but other children too.

 

Need to speak with a pediatrician?

Not vaccinating your child will put them at risk, so follow your pediatrician's recommendation to avoid exposing your children of any danger. Give your Grayslake, IL, pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Devaney, a call at Mundelein Pediatrics by calling 847-548-7337 or visit https://www.mundeleinpediatrics.net/immunization.html to learn more on how to keep your child safe.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
April 02, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Warts  

Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.

Types of Warts

There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:

  • Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
  • Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
  • Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
  • Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands

Treating Warts

While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.

Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.

Common wart removal options include:

  • Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
  • Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
  • Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart

Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.

If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 18, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Asthma  

Learn more about your child’s asthma and how to manage their symptoms.

Do you have questions for our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians about asthma? Whether your child has been diagnosed with asthma or you are wondering if your child might have asthma, our doctors at Mundelein Pediatrics have the answers you’re looking for to find out if it’s time to bring your child in for a checkup.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that causes inflammation within the lining of the airways of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe properly.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms include,

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing that gets worse at night
  • Easily out of breath
  • Fatigued
  • Winded from activity

What causes asthma?

You’re more likely to have asthma if you have a family history of asthma, allergies or eczema; however, there are many asthma triggers including,

  • Common cold
  • Respiratory infection
  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Perfumes
  • Environmental pollutants

It’s important to figure out what triggers an asthma attack in your child so you can avoid it, whenever possible.

Will asthma go away?

While it is possible for some kids to grow out of their symptoms, most of the time asthma will come back later on. While there is no cure for asthma there are medications that our Grayslake, IL, children’s doctor can prescribe to help control inflammation of the airways to reduce the chances of an attack.

What types of medications are used to treat asthma?

There are two main types of asthma medications prescribed. One is a preventive inhaler, which is used daily to control inflammation and airway constriction while another is a fast-acting relief inhaler that is only used when your child notices early warning signs of an asthma attack.

While this medication is necessary for the rest of your child’s life your doctor may lower the dosage if your child hasn’t experienced symptoms for three months with these medications. Some children only require a preventive inhaler but not a relief inhaler.

Are you looking for a pediatrician in Grayslake, IL, to help your child manage their asthma symptoms and to provide them with comprehensive and preventive care? If so, Mundelein Pediatrics is here to help. Call our office today at (847) 548-7337.

By Jennifer Devaney, M.D.
August 05, 2019
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Car Seats  

Kids may complain about being restrained in the car, but car seats and booster seats save lives. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that using a car or booster seat in a passenger car reduces the risk of fatal injury 71 percent in children younger than 1 and 54 percent in toddlers ages 1 to 4. The statistics are just as impressive for older kids.

What type of seat should I use for my child?

Infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing seats until they reach the highest weight or height recommended by the manufacturer. In the past, children were routinely removed from rear-facing seats when they were 2, even if they didn't meet height or weight limits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their guidelines and now recommend that kids remain in the seats as long as possible.

Toddlers and pre-schoolers who have reached the maximum height or weight limits for rear-facing seats should use forward-facing car seats. Again, the seats should be used until the child reaches the maximum height and weight recommendations.

Once kids are too tall or heavy for car seats, they will transition to booster seats. Booster seats should be used until children are 4'9" tall and 8 to 12 years old. Older children can begin using seat belts at that point but should sit in the back seat when possible, particularly if they're younger than 13.

How can I tell if the car seat is installed correctly?

Both car and booster seats should be securely fashioned with a latch system or seat belt. If the seat moves back and forth freely, it's not installed correctly. Properly installed seats should move no more than an inch in any direction.

My child's legs seem too long for the car seat. What should I do?

You may wonder if your child should move up to the next seat or a booster seat if your child's feet touch the back of car seat. As long as your child is shorter than the maximum height for the seat, he or she should remain in the current seat.

Should my child use a secondhand car seat?

Passing a seat down to your next child can be a good idea if your children are only a few years apart in age. Before you reuse a seat for a younger child, make sure that it hasn't expired or been recalled since you bought it. Throw away car and booster seats after accidents, even minor ones. The seat may look perfectly fine but may be damaged internally.

Buying secondhand car seats online or at yard sales should be avoided. You won't necessarily know if the seat has been in an accident or if it has defective latches or restraints.

Using car seats consistently, whether you're going to the grocery store or taking a cross-country trip, can help your child avoid serious injuries due to traffic accidents. Talk to your child's pediatrician if you have questions about the seats.