Posts for: May, 2018

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
May 15, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Diabetes  

You disinfect their toys. You make sure they wash their hands. You keep them from putting odd things they find in their mouths. You do everything you can to keep your child healthy and happy, but some illnesses aren’t completely under your control. Type 1 diabetes, most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, is an autoimmune disease where the body stops producing insulin. It has no known cause, there is no way to prevent it, it is not tied to lifestyle or diet, and there is no cure. But there are recognizable symptoms, which can help you catch it early and get your child the help they need.

Common Signs of Type 1 Diabetes

The most common early signs of diabetes are increased urination and thirst. This is because your child doesn’t have enough insulin to process glucose, leading to high blood-sugar and a reaction where their body pulls fluid from tissues. This makes your child constantly thirsty and in need of bathroom breaks. Other warning signs include:

∙         Fatigue: Your child always seeing tired or drowsy could signal their body is having trouble processing sugar into energy. Extreme instances of this include stupor and unconsciousness.

∙         Changes in vision: Having high blood-sugar often causes blurred vision and other eyesight problems.

∙         Fruity smelling breath: Having breath that smells fruity, even when it’s been a while since your child ate, often means there’s excess sugar in their blood.

∙         Increased hunger or unexplained weight loss: Extreme hunger can mean your child’s muscles and organs aren’t getting enough energy. Any sudden weight loss in your child should not be ignored, but especially when they’ve been eating more.

∙         Changes in behavior: Your child suddenly seeming moodier or more restless than normal while showing any of the symptoms.

Get Help from Your Pediatrician

Your child having heavy or labored breathing or experiencing nausea and vomiting are also signs of diabetes, but all of these symptoms, regardless of whether or not they are from diabetes, are cause for you to take your child to their pediatrician. Untreated, type 1 diabetes can be life-threatening. But with the help of a pediatrician and the same diligence you use to keep your child safe from viruses and bacteria, your child can grow up healthy and happy. If you have any questions or concerns, call our office today.

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
May 10, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: School Physical  

Being a busy parent means having many things on your plate, including work, sports practices for the kids, the school science fair, or school  physicalscheduling medical appointments for the family. While a school physical may seem like it is low on the list of importance, it is necessary in many situations. Why would your child need a school physical and how can you easily incorporate that into your schedule? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV.

What is a school physical? 
School physicals are routine examinations which give your child the once-over and monitor the health, development, and growth of your child. These yearly checkups are a way for you as a parent to touch base with your child’s doctor and ensure that you address any questions or concerns you may have. Additionally, yearly physicals allow your child’s pediatrician to keep up with immunization schedules and make sure that your child is up to date on these important vaccinations.

When is a school physical necessary? 
Depending on the state, region, and district, your child’s school may require that they have school physicals once a year. This makes the ideal time to visit the pediatrician for a physical just before the start of each school year, toward the end of the summer. Some schools may not require yearly physicals for all students, but require that athletes have a physical before the start of their sports season.

What can my child expect at a school physical? 
During the physical, the pediatrician will visually examine the child and investigate any abnormalities or symptoms. Doctors usually check the eyes, ears, nose, and weight of the child. They will also analyze the child’s family and medical history, any medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, they take, and compare the child’s health to that of their last physical.

School Physicals in Las Vegas, NV
If your child’s school requires a yearly physical, you can rest assured that LaCanada Pediatrics has you covered and will strive to make your experience easy, fast, and friendly. For more information on school physicals, please contact Dr. Majid and Dr. Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV. Call (702) 796-1820 to schedule your child’s appointment for a physical today!

By LaCanada Pediatrics PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Eye Problems  

When your little one is first born they will go through a series of tests and screenings to make sure they are healthy. This includes checking theirEye Problems vital signs, hearing, and vision. Your child’s first battery of health screenings will occur while you are still in the hospital. If everything checks out just fine then you’ll be good to go until you need to visit the pediatrician in the coming week. Of course, if we discover that there is an issue with their vision you may need to visit your child’s pediatrician sooner.

Of course, not all pediatric eye problems occur at birth. They can also happen as your child continues to develop over the years. This is why it’s so important that you are visiting your pediatric doctor regularly to ensure that if there is a problem with your child’s vision that they get the proper care they need to prevent more serious issues from happening.

Here are just some of the most common eye problems that children face:

  • Nystagmus: A condition that causes involuntary and repetitive eye movements, which results in a reduction in vision.

  • Strabismus: Sometimes referred to as crossed eyes, this is when the eyes are not aligned with one another.

  • Amblyopia: Colloquially referred to as a “lazy eye”, this condition occurs when vision is one eye doesn’t develop properly, resulting in reduced vision.

  • Congenital cataract: While most people associate cataracts with older individuals, it is possible for a child to be born with this condition that causes clouding of the ocular lens.

Some eye problems can be caught at birth; however, it’s important to understand that babies aren’t born with all of their visual capabilities. This is something that is learned over time as their eyes continue to develop and send signals to their brain. A baby’s vision isn’t as clear as ours; however, in the first few months, you’ll begin to see them focus on objects close up, develop eye-hand coordination as they grab for things they want or follow moving objects.

Of course, you will have a pediatrician schedule to follow, which ensures that your little one is getting the proper care, checkups, vaccinations, and screenings they need to check off certain developmental milestones. If your pediatrician detects vision problems they will most likely refer you to a pediatric eye doctor who can provide you with the best treatment options.

If at any time you become worried about your child’s vision, then it’s important that you make an appointment with your pediatrician to have their vision tested. Your pediatrician is here to make sure that your growing child gets the care they need throughout the course of their developing life so they can become a healthy, happy adult.

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