Posts for: August, 2017
As children grow, they are monitored by Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics PC in Las Vegas, NV, who can make sure they hit all of their growth and developmental milestones. When older children begin playing sports for schools, they need a clean bill of health. So school physicals help monitor changes in a child’s health. A routine school physical rules out any major health concerns that can be caught early.
About School Physicals
A physical typically consists of your Las Vegas, Nevada, pediatrician taking measurements of weight, health and blood pressure. They also will check the heart and lungs, flexibility, eyes, ears, nose, throat and feel for any abnormalities. This is all a precaution to determine whether the child can safely play the sport. A pediatrician also will administer any required vaccinations. Family medical history can help the doctor to gather more important information in order to fully assess the child’s health overall.
This physical examination tracks physical and developmental changes over time. If a child continues to play a sport, these school physicals can notice changes that may need attention, monitoring or treatment. If your child’s sports team or school requires a school physical before being admitted, LaCanada Pediatrics are ready to examine them fully, to ensure they are safe to play.
Physicals typically only take a few minutes and give you a peace of mind while fulfilling the requirements of your school or team. They help doctors to make sure that your child has the proper vaccinations needed to protect against different diseases as well. These vaccinations also keep those around your child safe.
For more information on important school physicals and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata today, call our Las Vegas, Nevada, pediatric office at 702-796-1820. We are ready and willing to ensure your child is as healthy as possible.
A common condition seen in kids and teens, asthma is a lung condition that causes trouble breathing and shortness of breath. During an attack, the bronchial airways become inflamed and the muscles surrounding them constrict, making breathing difficult. Repeated attacks may cause permanent lung damage and in severe cases can be life-threatening. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 23 million Americans have the condition and more than one-quarter of them are children under the age of 18.
There are a variety of triggers that can lead to an asthma flare-up or make asthma worse. These vary for every person, but common triggers include:
- Allergens, such as animal dander, pollens, mold and house dust mites
- Environmental irritants, such as cigarettes, dry air, fragrances and air pollution
- Infections, such as pneumonia, sinus infection and viral infections of the nose and throat
Does my child have asthma?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma is the most common chronic medical problem in children. Asthma symptoms will vary in frequency and severity, and most children with asthma develop their first symptoms before the age of five. Common signs include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Tightness in chest
If you think your child may have asthma, contact your pediatrician. They can help you identify the early signs of childhood asthma and provide support for prevention and treatment.
A child may be at a greater risk for having asthma if there is a family history of asthma or if the child has eczema or frequent bouts of chronic lower respiratory problems occurring before the first birthday. Keeping your kids away from cigarette smoke in the home or car, removing pets from the house, paying attention to pollen and air quality forecasts and monitoring exercise are all ways to reduce asthma problems.
The good news is that the majority of asthma cases are only mild, and when the condition is properly managed with medications and extra caution, severe asthma flare-ups can be prevented. Work with your child’s pediatrician to learn more about the condition and ensure your child leads a healthy, normal, active life.
As children grow into adolescence, their bodies require more nutrients to grow healthy and strong. But as many parents know, for those teens with busy school schedules, sports practices and jobs, managing a healthy, well-balanced meal plan isn’t always at the top of their priority list. In many cases, a teen’s most important meals are eaten in the car or on the bus as they shuffle from one activity to the next.
Parents can play a very important role in influencing their teen to stay active while maintaining a healthy diet. These tips can help:
- Encourage your teen to not skip meals, especially breakfast. A well-balanced breakfast is essential to keeping your son or daughter nourished throughout the day.
- Educate your teen about healthy snack choices. Stock your refrigerator and cabinets with healthy foods and snacks, such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and lean meats and poultry. Avoid buying sodas and other sugary drinks and foods that are low in nutritional value.
- Involve your teen in the selection and preparation of foods to teach them to make healthy choices.
- Teach your teen how to make healthy selections when eating out at restaurants.
How many servings per day your teenager requires will depend on how many calories his or her body needs. This is based on age, sex, size and activity level. You can discuss your teen’s nutritional habits and recommended daily intake with your teen's pediatrician.
Although balancing school, sports and social activities may present challenges to eating healthy, it is possible to guide your teen on a path of nutritional food choices. Educate them now and promote healthy eating at home to help your teen develop a good understanding of proper nutrition into adulthood. The whole family can benefit from improved eating habits starting at home.