Last updated 10 months ago
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, affects a child’s ability to focus and remain attentive to a single task for long periods of time.
Children with ADHD often ignore others when they are spoken to, lose items such as toys, and make careless mistakes. ADHD also causes children to act extremely energetic. You may get reports from your child’s teacher that he is leaving his seat unnecessarily or being excessively energetic, even for a young child. This video explains more of the symptoms of ADHD and when to schedule a visit to your child’s pediatrician.
If you have concerns about your child’s health, schedule a checkup by calling Kerrville Pediatrics at (888) 927-4691. Our board-certified pediatricians provide complete care for children and adolescents throughout the Kerrville area. Click through our blog to learn more about common health concerns for children.
Last updated 10 months ago
When your child returns home from school, does he ask for a snack? Snacks are an excellent way to help your child maintain energy and bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. Keep reading for Kerrville Pediatrics’ favorite selection of healthy and delicious snacks your child can enjoy this school year.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and C. They also contain calcium and iron, important nutrients for a child’s growing body. Try this healthy twist on a fast food favorite by slicing and baking sweet potatoes with two tablespoons of olive oil and a dash of chili powder and kosher salt.
Easy Cheese Crackers
Combine one and a half cups of grated cheddar cheese with four tablespoons of butter, three quarters of a cup of all-purpose flour, half a teaspoon of coarse salt, and a tablespoon of milk. Roll the dough out flat and use a pizza cutter to create long strips, then bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy fresh, warm cheese crackers.
Jell-O is a childhood favorite and easy for little hands to help you create. You can make healthy and tasty Jell-O snacks using three boxes of your child’s favorite Jell-O, one can of sweetened condensed milk, and two envelopes of unflavored gelatin. You’ll need to let this snack chill overnight, so it makes an excellent weekend activity for you and your kids.
Carrots with Peanut Sauce
Carrot sticks provide a great way to ensure that your child gets some crunchy veggies in his diet. You can create a tasty and healthy dipping sauce for added flavor using three tablespoons of peanut butter, one tablespoon of honey, a splash of soy sauce, and a few drops of sesame oil.
Healthy snacks, regular exercise, and checkups with your pediatrician will ensure that your child is healthy and happy this school year. Kerrville Pediatrics is a full-service pediatric clinic, offering healthcare services for newborns through adolescents. You can learn more about our team of board-certified pediatricians by calling (888) 927-4691 or visiting our website.
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As the school year begins, so do many sports and other physical activities for your child. Sports are excellent for the body and mind, but it’s important to remain aware of the risk of injury during play. If your child does experience an injury that you don’t know how to treat, contact your pediatrician for assistance.
Risk Factors for Sports Injuries
Children of different ages and ability levels face different risks when playing sports. Young children below the age of eight are often less coordinated than their older counterparts and may suffer injuries caused by failure to catch or hit a ball. Older children, while more coordinated, are at greater risk from blows and falls during sports. Because older children weigh more, such accidents involve more force and are more likely to cause injuries.
Common Sports Injuries
Overuse injuries are common among children who play sports that involve repetitive actions, such as baseball, swimming, and tennis. Examples of overuse injuries include pain under the kneecap, shoulder inflammation and irritation, shin splints, and lower back pain caused by overextending the back muscles. Overuse injuries require rest from the activity to allow the tissues to heal. Exercises to promote improved strength and flexibility are often prescribed to prevent recurrence.
Reasons to Call the Pediatrician
Although most injuries suffered by children are mild, sometimes pediatric care is needed. If your child suffers a broken bone, seek medical assistance immediately. Head injuries should also be evaluated by a pediatric doctor, even if your child does not lose consciousness. Consistent complaints of pain or soreness should be brought to the attention of your doctor as well, as your child may be suffering from an overuse injury.
If your child is getting ready for an exciting sports season, don’t forget to schedule a sports physical at Kerrville Pediatrics. Contact us by calling (830) 257-1440 to speak with a board-certified pediatrician about your child’s health and safety this sports season. Click through our blog to find more tips on preventing and treating sports injuries.
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An allergy occurs when the body identifies a food as a foreign invader that must be defended against. This causes the body to produce antibodies and mount an attack. Food allergies can range from mild to severe. Your child’s pediatric doctor can guide you on how to manage your child’s food allergy for healthy eating.
Peanuts are a common allergen that often causes severe reactions. If your child is allergic to peanuts, it’s important to ensure that his food neither contains peanuts nor was processed in a facility or kitchen where cross-contamination was possible. Food packaging is required to list whether cross-contamination with nuts is a possibility, so avoid packaged items with this warning.
A child who is allergic to cow’s milk cannot have milk or any product that was made with milk. Soy milk and almond milk are popular alternatives for children who are unable to drink cow’s milk. Talk to your pediatrician about ensuring that your child gets enough calcium and vitamin D, which are important for bone health, elsewhere in his diet.
Egg allergies often arise from a reaction to the eggs’ protein structure. An egg allergy may cause your child to feel ill or uncomfortable simply at the smell of cooking eggs. Eggs are a common ingredient in many foods, particularly cakes and pastries, so it’s important to check the ingredient list of all packaged foods and ask your server about food preparation while in restaurants. If your child has an egg allergy, he may also need to avoid certain vaccines that contain egg proteins.
Fish and Shellfish
Allergies to fish and shellfish can cause severe reactions including vomiting and trouble breathing. Shellfish allergies in particular are often lifelong, meaning your child may not outgrow them. If you aren’t sure about the type of seafood served in a particular dish, such as a gumbo, seafood soup, or sushi, avoid it to prevent adverse reactions.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s health, contact a board-certified pediatrician by calling Kerrville Pediatrics at (830) 257-1440. Your pediatrician will work with you to identify and treat your child’s allergies so you are prepared to handle any situation. Check out our website for more pediatric health information.
Last updated 11 months ago
Immunizations protect your child against diseases that once were widespread and often fatal. There are a number of vaccines recommended for most children and a standardized schedule for their administration. Your pediatrician can explain which vaccines are necessary for your child and when they should be given to provide the best protection.
HAV and HBV
These immunizations protect against the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses. Hepatitis A causes jaundice, fever, and vomiting. It is extremely contagious and can spread quickly. Hepatitis B is a chronic disease that affects the liver. Those who contract hepatitis B are lifelong carriers and can infect others at any age.
The DTaP vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis. Diphtheria and acellular pertussis can cause serious respiratory distress; acellular pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough. Tetanus is a disease that affects the nervous system and can be contracted from bacteria that enter a scrape or cut.
Haemophilus influenzae type b can cause meningitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. This vaccine protects your child from meningitis by preventing bacterial infection.
IPV prevents polio, which once was a serious affliction in the United States. Polio can cause muscle paralysis, crippling, and even death in severe cases. Thanks to the development of this vaccine, polio is extremely rare today.
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine provides your child with immunity against infection by the pneumococcus bacterium. Pneumococcal infections can cause a variety of diseases, including meningitis, pneumonia, and blood infections.
The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine protects against this triad of once-common childhood diseases. In recent years, a resurgence of diseases such as measles indicates the importance of receiving this essential vaccine.
If you have questions about your child’s vaccination or healthcare schedule, you can talk to a board-certified pediatrician at Kerrville Pediatrics. Call (830) 257-1440 for the important answers you need about your child’s health. You can find a full listing of our pediatric services in Kerrville by clicking on our website.