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By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 26, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Asthma  

Is your child having trouble breathing? Discover the warning signs of asthma.

Do you notice that your child seems particularly out of breath or strains to breathe after playing outside? Does your child get tired easily or Asthmado you notice them coughing more often? Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders and it’s time to talk to one of our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians at at Mundelein Pediatrics right away if your baby or child is displaying one or more of these symptoms,

  • A persistent cough that may be exacerbated by exercise
  • A cough that is worse at night
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when your child breathes
  • Gasping for air or using their body to breathe (e.g. shrugging their shoulders)
  • Rapid or fast breathing
  • Complaining of a tight chest

While you may not want to panic or worry yourself over nothing, if you notice that your child has trouble breathing or is acting unusual they should absolutely be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to let our receptionist know what’s going on with your child and the symptoms they are experiencing. Knowing that your child could be dealing with a potentially serious problem ensures that they get the immediate care they need.

 

Signs of an Emergency

It’s also important to recognize the signs that your child may be having an asthma attack. In this case, you should call 911 rather than seeing a pediatrician if you notice,

  • Your child’s ribs stick out
  • They are sucking their tummy in to help them breathe
  • They can’t finish sentences because they are having trouble catching their breath

 

Treating Asthma

While there isn’t a cure for childhood asthma, our Grayslake, IL, children’s doctors can work with you or you to determine the right treatment plan to manage your child’s symptoms. This usually involves avoiding or limiting exposure to triggers such as,

  • Cold weather
  • Viral infections (e.g. cold)
  • Smoke and pollutants
  • Allergies (e.g. pollen; mold; pet dander)
  • Exercise

Since there are certain triggers that can’t be avoided completely (e.g. exercise) it’s also important that your child can manage their symptoms through regular medication. There are two main types of asthma medication: long-term control and quick-relief. The control medication is used every day to reduce airway inflammation while the quick-relief medication is used only when symptoms of an attack appear.

 

If you are concerned that your child might have asthma then it’s time to call Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL at (847) 548-7337 to schedule an evaluation.


By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 25, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Sports   Sports Injuries  

Millions of children across the US regularly participate in some kind of sport. No matter whether your child is a dancer, gymnast, soccer player, or football player, the goals of parents are always the same: to keep their child healthy and to prevent injury. Having a pediatrician that you turn to regularly for care is invaluable, as this trusted medical doctor can also provide you and your child with guidance and counseling to ensure that you are taking all the precautionary measures necessary to prevent sports-related injuries in your little one.

Caring for Childhood Sports Injuries

With millions of kids also visiting the hospitals every year for sports-related injuries it’s important to acknowledge that the need for proper injury prevention practices is particularly crucial for children and teens. The most common sports-related injuries include repetitive motion injuries (e.g. tendonitis), ankle sprains, broken bones, and concussions.

Since many of these conditions are the result of overuse rather than injury symptoms may appear gradually over time. Therefore, it’s important to listen to your child when they complain about pain or other issues they are having. It’s also important that kids have ample time to rest and heal. If they don’t this can also put unnecessary stress the body and leave them prone to injury.

Minor sports injuries can often be treated with rest and home care. The RICE method is often used for treating minor to moderate sports injuries. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Children may also find relief through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, but it’s important to talk with your pediatrician before starting your child on any new medication.

While you may wish to treat your child’s symptoms at home it’s also important to know when to turn to a pediatrician. Call your child’s doctor if their symptoms do not improve with at-home care, if symptoms get worse, or if their symptoms affect their training. These symptoms also require immediate medical attention:

  • Severe pain and swelling
  • Deformity (e.g. a misaligned bone)
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness
  • Trouble walking or putting weight on the injured part of the body

Preventing Injuries

As any pediatrician will tell you, it’s always better to prevent injuries than to treat them once they arise. There are a variety of measures you can put in place to reduce your child’s risk for injury. These injury-prevention tips include:

  • Making sure that your child gets a physical exam from their pediatrician at least once a year to make sure that they are healthy enough for physical activity.
  • Make sure that your child is getting ample training throughout the year so that once the season rolls around their body will be ready for the demands of their chosen sport.
  • Make sure that your child is wearing the appropriate footwear and protective gear. This includes helmets, mouthguards, shin guards, and other padding.
  • Your child should also stretch and warm-up for at least 10-15 minutes prior to game time. A proper warm-up can greatly reduce injury.

If your child is experiencing pain, swelling or other problems as a result of a sports injury don’t hesitate to give your pediatrician a call today. Catching and treating sports injuries right away can prevent further complications.


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
November 11, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Newborn   Newborn Care  

Once you find out you’re pregnant it seems like everything shifts focus to how you are going to take care of yourself and your unborn child. Furthermore, you start making decisions about how to care for your baby once it enters the world. One of the most important aspects is choosing a pediatrician that your child can turn to from birth until adulthood for medical care. Choosing a doctor that you like and can trust is important not just for parents but also children.

Having the same doctor means that children are also more likely to get the proper care, tests, and vaccines they need to keep them healthy. Having a continuous, trustworthy relationship with your children’s doctor will ensure that your child gets the care and treatment they need through all aspects of their developing life.

Looking for a Pediatrician

So, when is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? Usually a good time to start searching is between 28 and 34 weeks. This will give you enough time to do your homework and not feel rushed to find a doctor that you feel you truly can trust. You can ask your friends, colleagues, and family members for personal recommendations and referrals. Once you determine which doctors sound good it’s time to setup a one-on-one meeting to learn more about their training, practice and services.

This is also a time to determine whether the pediatrician is a good fit for your family and that you feel a good, positive connection with them. Prepare questions ahead of time so that you get the most out of your consultation.

Newborn Care

Once your child is born they will usually see a pediatrician for the first time within the first week of birth. After that, your newborn will come into the office regularly for monitoring, vaccines, screenings, and checkups. These routine checkups are crucial, as they allow your pediatrician to monitor everything from their hearing and vision to certain health problems and developmental delays. By bringing your child in for their regularly scheduled appointments your pediatrician will be able to catch problems and provide early interventions to reduce the risk for complications and long-term issues.

When your baby arrives it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Your pediatrician isn’t just here to provide your child with comprehensive health care; they can also provide you with answers to everything from breastfeeding and bathing to diet and sleep schedules.

Your pediatrician can educate parents, especially new parents, on the dos and don’t of caring for their newborn.

If you are currently pregnant it’s never too soon to find the right pediatrician for your budding family.