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By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 13, 2019
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: allergies  

How your pediatricians in Grayslake, IL, can help your child feel better

Allergies are tough to deal with for adults, and they can make breathing even more difficult for children. Your pediatricians can help Allergiesdiagnose and treat allergies to help your child feel better. The pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, offer a wide range of children’s healthcare services, including allergy treatment.

Your child can suffer an allergic response from many substances, which are called allergens. Some common allergens include:

  • Animal hair and pet dander
  • Mold, mildew, and dust
  • Plant, tree, and grass pollens
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Cigarette smoke, perfume, and other smells
  • Food allergies including eggs, seafood, peanuts, or dairy
  • Exposure to an allergen can cause many different reactions. Some of the most common reactions include:
  • A runny, itchy nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing, sneezing, or wheezing
  • Itchy, burning rashes and skin irritations
  • An upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting

An allergic response can also be life threatening, closing off your child’s airway. If your child can’t breathe, or can’t speak because of breathing problems, call emergency services right away.

If you think your child might be suffering from allergies, the first step is finding out what your child is allergic to. Your pediatrician can do skin testing and other testing to determine what your child is allergic to. Avoiding exposure to an allergen is the best way to prevent an allergic response, but this isn’t always possible. Allergies can be successfully treated by a pediatrician.

At Mundelein Pediatrics, the pediatricians may recommend:

  • Allergy shots
  • Immunotherapy
  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Prescription-strength antihistamines and decongestants

Asthma can often accompany allergies, and your pediatrician will also help with asthma symptoms by testing lung function and providing rescue inhalers, long-term asthma management medications, and other asthma treatments to help your child breathe better.

To find out more about allergy diagnosis and treatment, talk with the experts, the pediatricians at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL. Call today at (847) 548-7337 and help your child feel better!

By Mundelein Pediatrics
May 08, 2019
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma is a respiratory disease which impacts the lifestyles and well-being of millions of Americans. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation Asthmaof America says 8.3 percent of children in the United States have asthma, and as such, school days, sporting activities and more are missed. Is your child asthmatic? At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, asthma treatment takes top priority with our six pediatricians and their caring staff. Learn how they can help your child breathe well and function at his or her best.

What is asthma?

It's an inflammation of the airway which causes constriction, mucous production and characteristic wheezing, coughing and fatigue. Attacks can be sudden, brought on by triggers such as:

  • Cold weather
  • Exercise
  • Allergens such as pet dander, pollen, dust and more
  • Environmental pollution
  • Cigarette smoke
  • A cold or the flu
  • Stress and anxiety


Diagnosis and treatment

Symptoms and the results of a lung function test (spirometry) tell your Grayslake pediatrician if your child has asthma. Treatment includes careful monitoring of symptoms, including something called peak flow. Measured with a handheld spirometer, peak flow predicts if your child is taking in and blowing out sufficient air and if air exchange is increasing or decreasing. These numbers help determine the use of medications and how they are delivered.

Typical control medications include inhaled or nebulized corticosteroids to reduce lung inflammation. Rescue medications for sudden, acute attacks are also available.

Your pediatrician will help you formulate an asthma action plan to identify, track and manage your youngster's symptoms, minimizing sick days, improving oxygenation and reducing the need for rescue medications. It's a plan you should share with teachers, the school nurse, caregivers, coaches or other people who interact with your child on a daily basis.


What's the future?

It's bright when your child's doctor at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL helps you and your child stay on top of asthma and its symptoms. If you think your child may have asthma, or if you need help in gaining better control of your youngster's respiratory function, please contact us (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
May 03, 2019
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Autism  

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.


ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.


Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.


The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.


Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.

Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.

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
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.