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Posts for: November, 2018

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 20, 2018
Category: Child's Health
Tags: allergies  

Could your little one be dealing with allergies?

Just like adults, children and babies can develop allergies to things they are exposed to, from certain foods and medications to pet dander, mold, and outdoor elements. So, how do you know when your child is dealing with an allergy and when you should see one of our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians for care?

AllergiesAllergy Symptoms

Symptoms take many shapes and forms, depending on the type of allergy your child has—for example, your child won’t experience itchy, red eyes from a food allergy but they may experience stomach pains or vomiting. With this in mind, the most common allergy symptoms include,

  • Hives or a rash
  • Nasal issues (sneezing; runny or stuffed nose)
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Upset gastrointestinal (this includes abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea)

Common Childhood Allergies

You can categorize the most common childhood allergies into four different types:

  • Outdoor: this includes outside threats from insect stings to pollen
  • Indoor: this includes materials present likely inside houses such as dust to pet dander
  • Irritants: this includes triggers such as perfume and cigarette smoke that irritate all people, not just those who have allergic reactions, though they can disproportionately affect certain individuals
  • Food: commonly includes shellfish, peanuts, and products containing lactose

If you believe that your child might have an allergy, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your Grayslake, IL, children’s doctor to see what’s going on. Before your appointment, track the symptoms they are experiencing and when they experience them. This can help us get a better idea of whether there is an allergy and what the trigger might be if there is.

Allergy Treatments

The medication or treatments we offer to help your child manage their allergy symptoms will depend on the type and severity of the allergy. Not all allergies are treated the same; for example, children with food allergies should avoid those foods altogether while those that are allergic to pet dander may consider medication. Alert your child’s school to their allergies, as well.

Sometimes an over-the-counter antihistamine like Benadryl will work well for your little one, but if your child’s allergy symptoms don’t respond to simple over-the-counter medications then we can prescribe a stronger medication. Common allergy medications include:

  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Eye drops
  • Decongestants

If your child’s allergy symptoms are life-threatening, then they may be given a norepinephrine injection (EpiPen) to carry with them in case of an emergency. Sometimes your child’s doctor may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots, which can help your child’s body slowly build up an immunity to the allergen over time.

Contact Us Today!

We know that seeing your little one suffer from allergies can be tough, which is why the medical team here at Mundelein Pediatrics is here to help. We offer different allergy treatment options catering to your child’s specific symptoms and needs. Just call our Grayslake office at (847) 548-7337 and find out how we can help you!

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 16, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

The importance of immunizations

Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.

Just what is an immunization?

Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.

Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.

Are immunizations necessary?

Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.

Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.

Your pediatrician's services

They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:

  • Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain and swelling
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 05, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Flu   Child Care   Cold  

Cold Vs. Flu

Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.

What is a cold?

A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Low-grade fever
The Centers for Disease Control states that most healthy children experience 8 to 10 colds by the age of two years.
What is the flu?
The flu is a much more serious viral infection. Of sudden and intense onset, the flu usually comes with:
  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Severe headache
  • Chills
Also, the flu lasts longer and debilitates sufferers. It carries dangerous complications, particularly with young children, the elderly, asthmatics, diabetics and those with weak immune systems.
Treating colds and the flu
Treating a cold involves rest, fluids and decongestants as needed. The onset of a cold is gradual, and so is recovery. Typically, your child will not need to visit the pediatrician if he or she has a simple cold. Simple symptom relief works well. However, high and persistent fever merits a call to your child's doctor.
Regarding the flu, your pediatrician may do an in-office Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test (a throat or nasal swab) to confirm the diagnosis. They may prescribe antiviral medication and instruct on how to monitor a young child's symptoms. Keep your youngster well-hydrated, and administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.
If flu symptoms escalate (labored respirations, severe headache, rapid heart rate or anything that seems unusual to you), take your child to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation. Pneumonia is a frequent and life-threatening complication of influenza.
Prevention is the best medicine
Protect all members of the family with these simple measures:
  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Stay well-hydrated.
  3. Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
  4. Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
  5. Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  6. Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
  7. Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Trust your pediatrician
They work hard to prevent acute illnesses such as colds and the flu. The doctor and professional team are great resources for prevention, healing and overall well-being for your children.