Posts for: October, 2018
Even though you try as hard as possible to keep your child safe while they are playing sports, accidents still happen. At these moments, it’s important that you know whether these are injuries that can easily be treated from the comfort of your own home or whether you need to turn to a pediatrician for proper medical attention.
Pediatricians have seen a lot of sports-related injuries over the years and while we also focus as much of our attention on prevention, we know the importance of being able to get immediate and comprehensive care when your child does sustain an injury.
Common sports-related injuries include:
- Dislocations (particularly in the shoulder)
- Traumatic injuries (this includes cuts, sprains and strains, and broken bones)
- Stress fractures
- Tendinitis (often in the hand or wrist)
When a dislocation happens many times it is accompanied by an audible popping sound at the moment that the injury occurred. This unnerving sound is often followed by sudden and intense pain. It’s important that you turn to a pediatrician who can put the shoulder or any other area of the body back in place. The joints of a child’s body are looser than adults, so it makes shoulders and other areas more prone to dislocations.
Minor cuts, sprains, and strains can often be handled with at-home care. In most cases, the RICE method is a great way to ensure that your child gets the rest they need to heal properly and to stay off of the injury until it fully heals. Icing and elevating the injured area can also reduce pain and swelling. Of course, if you suspect that your child has a broken bone, this will need to be evaluated by a medical professional right away.
Children who are serious or long-term athletes are more likely to experience overuse injuries. These injuries occur over time rather than suddenly and they are often the result of performing repetitive movements. Overuse injuries include stress fractures and tendinitis. If your child feels pain whenever they move a certain area of the body or if they notice pain or swelling in a certain area it’s important that they get checked out.
Wearing a helmet is crucial for protecting your child’s head while playing sports. Of course, if your child has received a blow to the head and is experiencing dizziness, fatigue, frequent or severe headaches or just seems out of sorts it’s crucial that you bring them in right away to see if they’ve incurred a concussion.
When in doubt, pick up the phone and talk to a pediatrician about your child’s injuries and symptoms. They will be able to determine whether or not they should come in for proper care.
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.
Learn more about the medical care your newborn should receive to stay happy and healthy.
The moment your child is born is often the most important moment in a person’s life. You are now a parent. Of course, you want your little one to be as healthy as possible, and our Arlington Heights, IL pediatricians couldn’t agree more. Here are some steps you should take to make sure that your little one is healthy.
Most parents have already chosen their children’s primary doctor before the baby is even born. This is an important step because you and your baby will be spending quite a bit of time there during the first year of their life. You will want to have a doctor you can turn to and trust for all of your baby’s needs. After all, the relationship you establish with your newborn’s doctor will be important when it comes to handling illness, late-night fevers and other concerns that require a children’s doctor you can trust.
The first exam your little one will ever go through will most likely occur right after their birth. The hospital will take their vitals and measure weight and length. They will also continue to monitor your baby to make sure they are healthy and happy until they are discharge from the hospital.
The first visit with our Arlington Heights, IL pediatrician will usually be within the first 24 hours after your child is born. This visit is the perfect time to get to really know each other and for you to address any questions or concerns. For first-time parents this first visit is often a crucial and helpful one.
A small amount of blood will also be taken from your baby to screen for certain health problems that should be treated right away if detected. Even if a doctor doesn’t see your child within 24 hours it’s a good idea to make sure they visit within three to five days.
The First Medical Visit
Besides taking your baby’s measurements and vitals we will also check their reflexes, hearing and eyes. A full physical exam will also be performed. We will talk to you about things to expect and how to handle certain situations as they arise. Bring your questions with you so that we can address any of your concerns about sleeping, eating or other habits.
Whether you need to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or you have questions about caring for your newborn, know that your Arlington Heights, IL children’s doctor is always here to answer your questions and provide you and your baby with the care necessary throughout their life. Give your baby the gift of good health!
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