Posts for: May, 2017

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
May 16, 2017
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Immunizations  

Find out how often your child should be coming in for vaccinations and why they are important.immunizations

As a parent, there is nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of your child, and seeing your little one sick can be heartbreaking and stressful. This is why it’s so important to visit our Las Vegas, NV pediatricians Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata for routine vaccinations. Vaccines protect your little ones from potentially deadly or crippling infections.

So, when should your child get their first vaccinations?

Since the vaccination schedule can change every so often, it’s always a good idea to follow the CDC’s site for information on the most current schedule for child vaccinations. The first vaccination your child will receive should be given within the first week after birth. When in doubt, ask one of our Las Vegas children’s doctors. We will always let you know when your child should come in for care.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccinations are safe and effective. They make it possible to protect your child against life-threatening diseases and health complications. If you are concerned about vaccinations feel free to sit down with our pediatricians and ask any questions you might have.

Are there are instances in which children should not get vaccinated?

While school-age children should always get the vaccinations they require, there are some rare circumstances in which a child might actually not need a vaccination. If your child is taking a medication that could suppress their immune system or if your child has cancer then we may recommend that your child not get certain inoculations.

Do you have questions about your child’s vaccination schedule? Need to book their next visit? Then don’t hesitate to call LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV today. We are happy to work with your schedule to provide you with a time that is ideal for you!

Hearing ProblemsIt may seem like your teenager is ignoring you, but in reality, they may be having trouble hearing you. More and more we see kids listening to their MP3 players while doing homework, walking to school or riding in the car. The result? A surge in hearing loss.

For years, studies have shown that constant exposure to loud sound damages hearing. In fact, between the mid-1990s and 2006 there was a 31 percent increase in the prevalence of hearing problems among U.S. adolescents, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers suggest that one in every five teens today has some sort of hearing impairment.

Chronic exposure to loud noise may not cause hearing loss in the short term, but it can gradually result in irreversible hearing loss later in adult years. Even slight hearing loss can have a negative impact on a child’s academic success and social interaction. Warning signs of potential hearing loss include: difficulty following directions, asking that things be repeated, trouble with speech and language and listening to the TV at a high volume.

With the prevalence of music devices only gaining popularity, parents need to be particularly aware of their kids’ music-listening habits and educate them about the dangers of excessive noise.

To mitigate hearing loss, talk to your kids about how to use their music players properly to protect their ears from hearing damage.

  • Teach kids to never play their music devices at full volume.
  • Monitor your child’s music volume and frequency.
  • If you can hear the music from the child’s ear buds, then the music is too loud.
  • Explain to your child the importance of wearing ear protection when they are in an environment with loud noises for long periods of time, such as concerts.

The difficult truth about hearing loss is that in many cases it is not reversible, and it can even be progressive over time. Talk to your kids about the dangers of hearing loss now, and keep the volume and length of their listening to a minimum.

Whenever you have questions about your child’s hearing, talk to your pediatrician.

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
May 02, 2017
Category: Child Skin Care
Tags: Diaper Rash  

Diaper RashA baby’s soft, smooth skin is delicate, making it susceptible to diaper rash, a common and mild irritation of the skin that causes redness in the area where the diaper is worn. Most cases of diaper rash are caused by excessive moisture from leaving a wet or soiled diaper on for too long. The baby’s skin becomes red, irritated and prone to chafing. Painful sores can develop, and the baby becomes vulnerable to yeast and bacterial infections.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of babies between 4 months and 15 months of age will experience diaper rash at least one time in a two-month period. Diaper rash is most common between 8 to 10 months of age, or when a baby is introduced to solid foods, which increases the frequency of bowel movements.

Soothing Your Baby’s Diaper Rash

If your baby develops diaper rash, one way to improve its condition is to change his or her diaper frequently. Other helpful ways to treat diaper rash include:

  • Rinsing the affected area with warm water and a soft washcloth
  • Pat dry; never rub
  • Avoid baby wipes that contain alcohol or are fragranced
  • Allow your baby’s bottom to air out whenever possible

Preventing Diaper Rash

Parents may not be able to prevent diaper rash completely, but you can do a lot to keep the irritation to a minimum. The American Academy of Pediatric recommends the following steps to keep diaper rash at bay:

  • Apply a heavy layer of diaper ointment or cream to your baby’s bottom after every change.
  • Leave breathing room in the baby’s diaper, and avoid putting the diapers on too tightly as it will trap moisturize and prevent air circulation.
  • Switch diaper brands or use extra absorbent diapers to whisk away moisture and keep skin dry.
  • Change the baby’s diaper immediately after it becomes wet—this is the key to preventing diaper rash.

The good news is that preventing and treating a diaper rash is fairly easy, and most breakouts can be resolved in just a few days. Call your pediatrician if the rash won’t go away or doesn’t improve after a few days. You should also bring your child to see his or her pediatrician if the rash is accompanied by blisters, a fever or pain.

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