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Posts for: July, 2019

By Jennifer Devaney, M.D.
July 23, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: ADHD  

ADHD is a behavioral and mental disorder that’s most commonly diagnosed in school-aged children. Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 6 million American children are diagnosed with this condition. If you suspect that your child may be struggling with some of the symptoms of ADHD, call to have your child evaluated by a pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.

What Is ADHD?
ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sometimes shortened to Attention Deficit Disorder. It causes children to behave abnormally in school and around their peers. It can make it difficult for them to excel in their studies, since they are often too distracted to concentrate on learning. Though sometimes adults over 18 are diagnosed and treated for this issue, it is most common in young children and three times more common in boys compared to girls according to the CDC.

ADHD: Common Symptoms and Signs
If you believe your child’s behavioral issues may be caused by or related to ADHD, a pediatrician at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, can provide you with a diagnosis and guidance. Keep in mind that the symptoms of ADHD may show differently in girls versus boys. Here are a few signs to look out for:

- Inability to sit still or listen for a meaningful period of time.
- Constantly interrupting and talking over others.
- Withdrawing from social situations.
- Being too sensitive and emotional when faced with normal conflicts.
- Inability to stay organized (messy room, desk, confusion about assignments).
- Fidgeting and inability to stay still.

Treating ADHD
One way that doctors treat children diagnosed with ADHD is with medication. The medication’s purpose is to help the child concentrate, calm down, and stay focused on his or her tasks. Another common treatment is behavioral therapy, which helps both the parent and child learn techniques for better concentration, organization, and social behavior. Changing a child’s diet could also help, as consumption of too much sugar and processed foods could be causing or amplifying symptoms.

Get Help Raising Healthy, Happy, Productive Children
Though some children go undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD is a manageable condition. The team at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, can help you treat your child’s ADHD symptoms and get him or her back on track at school and in social environments. Call (847) 548-7337 today to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician.

By Jennifer Devaney, M.D.
July 17, 2019
Category: Child's Health
Tags: Mono  

Has your child been uncharacteristically fatigued as of late? Whereas before they were running and jumping around, now they seem more sluggish and uninterested. Perhaps this weary state has also been accompanied by a recurrent sore throat and headaches? If so, your child may be afflicted by Mononucleosis—a condition better known as Mono. 

Although Mono isn’t generally a serious illness, it can both be extraordinarily uncomfortable and contagious. Read on to learn about this condition’s potential symptoms and treatment options, and make sure to call your local pediatrician if you are at all concerned that your child has developed Mono.

Mono: Basic Background and Symptoms

Generally caused by exposure to the Epstein-Barr Virus, Mono is an infectious illness often spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, especially saliva—a characteristic that has led to its nickname, “the kissing disease.”

As mentioned above, fatigue is the most common symptom of Mono. However, there are a few additional symptoms that can point to its presence, including:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Recurring headaches
  • Sore throat, accompanied by white patches in the neck
  • Light sensitivity

If your child has exhibited these signs, make an appointment with your pediatrician so that you can obtain a proper diagnosis. 

Treatment Options

Due to Mono being caused by a virus, antibiotics cannot treat the condition. Instead, doctors recommend the following measures:

  • Lots and lots of rest, particularly bed rest during the condition’s beginning stages
  • Refraining from any strenuous activity (especially sports, but also school if the fatigue is too much to handle)
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to help relieve any throat or fever discomfort
  • Taking multi-vitamins to strengthen the immune system

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Mono can be an extremely uncomfortable experience, and the sooner you pinpoint your child’s condition, the sooner they can find relief. If you are worried that your little one has developed Mono, give your local pediatrician a call today.

By Jennifer Devaney, M.D.
July 02, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Child Care   Physical Exam  

Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.

From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.

A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.

Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.

Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.

These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.

Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.