Perk up your ears, kids! Did you hear the good news about ear infections?
A new study of 615 kids showed that the rate of ear infections in kids under 3 years has dropped 3-fold over the past 10 years compared to the 1980's. This dramatic decrease in ear infections seems to be due to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which your kids get at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months when they come to Carolina Kids Pediatrics. Pneumococcal bacteria used to be the most common cause of ear infections, but we didn't start immunizing against pneumococcus until the 1990s. Although the vaccine was primarily designed to prevent meningitis and blood stream infections (which it has done beautifully), this seems to be a nice side benefit of the pneumococcal vaccine.
Less ear infections not only means less pain, fever, and night fussing for the kids, it also means less doctor visits, antibiotic prescriptions and antibiotic resistance!
A quick correction - our lactation consultant will teach our next prenatal class on Wednesday, August 30 from 6 pm to 7 pm (I had previously sent out a notification that the class would be from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm). I apologize for the error. The class is free, and open to all. If you are interested, please call our office to sign up!
Behavioral and developmental health is as critical to your child as physical health - and working with a pediatrician in Raleigh, NC that understands this is vital. Carolina Kids Pediatrics is firmly committed to serving your child's behavioral and developmental needs. If you have noticed that your child seems different than their peers, has different interests or is not keeping up with other kids in some way, it may be time to take a step back to dig a little deeper. Often, this starts with a behavioral or developmental consultation at Carolina Kids Pediatrics.
A few common reasons that families seek a behavioral or developmental consultation with us include delayed communication skills in toddlers and preschoolers, excessive or unusual tantrums or behavioral changes, difficulty with age-appropriate play or social interactions, and academic challenges in the early school years.
If you are thinking that your child is not on the same level as the other kids their age, consulting with the physicians at Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh could help. If you are worried about whether your young child is developing appropriately, my favorite website to provide you with some additional guidance is www.firstsigns.org. Although designed as a website to increase awareness of early signs of autism, it also provides great general information on normal early childhood development.
The public school system also provides some great resources for early childhood assessment. For kids under age 3, the school system provides free developmental assessment to determine if your child is on track, or if they need access to early intervention services because of specific developmental challenges. Your county's early intervention contact information can be found at http://www.beearly.nc.gov/index.php/contact/cdsa.
For preschool age children with developmental challenges (age 3 - kindergarten), please contact your county's Child Find office. Information about Wake County's process for evaluating preschool kids for developmental help can be found at: http://www.wcpss.net/Page/4310
Wake County offers an additional program that provides assistance to the parents of toddlers and preschool kids when it comes to common parenting challenges around behavior and development. The Project Enlightenment program offers both parent and preschool consultations, as well as a great series of parenting classes. Check out their website at: www.projectenlightenment.wcpss.net.
All of these resources are also listed on the "Community Resources" page of www.carolinakidspediatrics.com.
Regardless of your concerns, the first step is to seek help from a pediatrician in Raleigh, NC that has experience with behavioral and developmental challenges. Making sure that your child has the resources that they need is essential. A qualified pediatrician will be able to assess, diagnose and refer you to the resources that will put you on the right track for the future. If you have concerns about your child's development, call Carolina Kids Pediatrics today at 919-881-9009 to schedule an appointment.
Ask a child of any age what their favorite season is, and chances are pretty high that they won't hesitate to say summer. In addition to the obvious freedom from school and homework (unless, of course you're in year-round school!), the summer months are usually filled with sports and outdoor activities, camping, and long days spent with friends and siblings at the beach.
With the extra time spent outdoors comes the risk of sunburn, mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases, and heat stroke. But parents don't have to let fear get in the way of their children's summer fun. With a few common sense precautions, parents can both keep their children safe, and allow them to enjoy everything that the carefree summer months have to offer.
Summer Safety Tips for Parents in Raleigh, NC
The pediatricians at Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC recommend a few basic safety measures for children and adolescents when spending time relaxing and playing outside:
Contact a Pediatrician in Raleigh, NC
For more tips on keeping your children healthy and safe during the summer, or to schedule a check up, contact Carolina Kids Pediatrics at (919) 881-9009.