There are perhaps few things in the world that are as stressful as being a parent. Your whole life changes and you’re suddenly responsible for the life of one or more human beings. When it comes to their health, this job can be especially worrisome. An ill infant who won’t sleep through the night or a toddler who can’t communicate his pain is enough to make any parent frantic. While talking to other parents and reading books can be helpful, when it comes to your child’s wellness, your pediatrician may be your best friend.
The Pediatric Services at Osceola Regional Medical Center are available 24/7 with a dedicated Pediatric In-patient Unit and Pediatric ER. In addition to a tenured team of pediatric and family practice physicians, the hospital has partnered with Pediatrix Medical Group to provide onsite care to admitted children and newborns. We caught up with Pediatrix pediatricians, Matthew Seibel, MD and Dr. Dianna Broznya, MD, to get answers to some of parents most frequently asked questions. See what they had to say!
What are the best prevention tips to keep my child from getting sick at school/daycare?
Wash your hands and their hands. They will go in their mouth no matter what you do or say. They are going to get sick and the fewer children in the daycare, the less illnesses your child will contract. Exposure to illness is not always a bad thing and must be managed well.
How do I know if my child has ADD/ADHD?
When they are little, an appropriate diet and an outlet for the release of energy are helpful. Active children and children inattentive to adult issues are not necessarily hyperactive. Parents should discuss with their child’s teachers and pediatricians other methods to assist with attentiveness and other causes for hyperactivity and lack of attention that may appear as a hyperactive child.
What are three serious symptoms a parent should never ignore?
There are obvious ones such as bleeding and seizures but also remember fever in a child under two months, vomiting without diarrhea, breathing difficulties and altered mental status.
When is a child too young for sunscreen? How much should be used and how often? Sunscreen should not be used under 6 months. Too much sun is not healthy and parents should be careful when at the beach and water parks with young children. Where a hat and remember that the sun is reflected off water and sand. Sunscreen should be used liberally in older children, reapplied frequently and should be applied before they go into the sun.
How do I know if it’s a cold, allergies or something more serious?
A cold and allergies can appear very similar. The cold will resolve and the allergies will not. Allergy medication should be primarily used at bedtime because the most severe allergic symptoms occur in the middle of the night. Ineffective treatment and symptoms associated with prolonged fevers may need further medical attention.
How are pediatric hospitalists different from other pediatricians, what advantages do they provide? Pediatric hospitalists are experienced with dealing with children that require in hospital care. They are in the hospital and available all the time. They are not intended to replace but merely supplement the care provided by the child’s primary care pediatrician.
How do I know if my child is eating enough or well-balanced?
Children will learn to eat how they are fed by their caretakers and parents should limit fast food and pre-prepared foods. Diets should include fruits and vegetables and have a healthy balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Children are eating enough if they are following a normal growth pattern that is measured by ones primary care pediatrician.
For more information about Osceola Regional’s Pediatric services please visit www.OsceolaRegional.com. If you need help finding a physician, would like to make an appointment or would like answers to your healthcare questions, you can contact Consult-A-Nurse ® 24 hours a day at 1-800-447-8206.