Posts for: December, 2018
Even the most confident parents usually have a few questions during the first days or weeks of their newborns' lives. Your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics offers the care your newborn needs for a healthy start.
How much should my newborn drink at each feeding?
Newborns generally drink about two to three ounces of breast milk or formula per feeding. Don't be concerned if your baby occasionally drinks a little less or more. Your son or daughter may not be very hungry during one feeding but will drink more during the next feeding.
You can tell if your son or daughter is getting enough milk by the number of wet diapers he or she produces. By day five or six, you should be changing about six wet diapers per day. In some cases, producing fewer wet diapers can be a sign that your child isn't receiving enough milk and has become dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration in newborns include sunken eyes or soft spots, dark yellow urine, no tears when crying, irritability, sleepiness, or skin that doesn't immediately bounce back when you gently pull it up. If you notice any possible signs of dehydration, call your child's doctor in Friendswood, TX, immediately.
Does my newborn need daily baths?
Daily baths can dry or irritate your baby's skin. Luckily, newborns don't generally move around enough to become dirty. In fact, you'll only need to bathe your child every few days. Use sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off. When you begin bathing your child in a bathtub or sink, make sure that the water is only lukewarm. Don't leave your child alone, even if he or she is supported by a bathtub seat. Babies can slip out of the seats and drown very quickly.
Can I put my baby to sleep on his or her stomach?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleeps on his or her back only. Babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs are at increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Don't put stuffed animals, blankets, or pillows in the crib, as those items can pose a suffocation risk.
Whether you have questions about specific symptoms or it's time for your child's next vaccine, visits to the pediatrician play an important role in your son or daughter's health. Call your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics at (281) 534-9355 to schedule an appointment.
Maintaining an optimum weight is important for the health of your little one.
It’s never too early to make sure that your child is adopting the best habits for maintaining a healthy weight. After all, with obesity on the rise among our children and teens, it’s so important that we are doing everything we can to keep kids healthy and to prevent serious health problems that can arise as a result of obesity. These habits, along with visiting a pediatrician for regular care and advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can keep your child feeling their best.
If your child is overweight there are certain things you can do to help them lose the weight and to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index),
Lead by Example
Children pick up a lot of their habits from their parents, and it’s certainly much easier to eat in an unhealthy fashion if everyone in the family is. This is the time to truly evaluate the family’s eating habits as a whole. Are your meals healthy, balanced, and nutritious or do you find yourself going out for fast food or heating up prepared meals? If parents make healthier eating choices children are more likely to, as well.
While we all seem to be glued to electronics these days, it’s important to power down and to get some regular physical activity. This can include joining a school sports team, community sports, or even going out in the backyard and kicking a ball around. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Choose Healthy Snacks
When your child comes home from school are they rushing to grab cookies, potato chips, or other unhealthy snack items? While these foods can certainly be fun and enjoyable in moderation, they shouldn’t be the norm. Instead of stocking the house with junk food, opt for things like peanut butter or hummus on apples or veggies. If you aren’t sure which kinds of healthy snacks to get, talk to your child’s pediatrician for recommendations and advice.
Get Some Shut Eye
It’s important that your child is getting enough sleep each and every night. In fact, children that don’t get enough sleep may actually be more likely to become overweight or obese. Making sure that your child regularly receives eight hours a night is a great way to set them towards a healthy lifestyle.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If your child is having challenges with their weight it’s important to turn to a pediatrician who can provide you with the most effective and safest methods to help shed the excess weight and to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care
As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?
Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:
Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
Rash, especially with a fever
A cough or cold that lasts several days
Large cuts or gashes
Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg
Ear pain with fever
A severe sore throat or swallowing problems
Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain
Blood in urine
Blood in stool
Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours
Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old
Fever and vomiting
Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours
While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.