What is the best well check schedule for your children?
Children should be seen by their physician routinely at Birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years then yearly after that. It is important to keep up with yearly visits as your children grow older, so that we may track or pick up anything that could be of concern as they grow into adulthood and reinforce preventative healthcare.
What are the scheduled Immunizations & Vaccinations?
Heritage Pediatrics believes in the accepted vaccination schedule for children not only in order to protect your child but also our community. Click here for the CDC’s recommended Birth-18 Years Immunization Schedule.
Does breastfeeding make a difference in my child’s health?
Yes, breastfeeding will make a difference for both mom and baby. For mothers, breastfeeding may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, may lower the risk of breast cancer and helps build strong bones. It also is known to increase bonding between mom and baby and helps shed the remaining pregnancy weight.
For baby, breastfeeding helps to help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Breast milk boosts immunity and helps protect your baby against certain diseases and infections, including ear infections, pneumonia, allergies, and wheezing.
That being said, breastfeeding isn’t for every new mom and for a variety of reasons, some may be looking for other choices. An acceptable alternative to breastfeeding is infant formula.
What are ways to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?
SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants up to age 1, with 2,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. On a positive note, The National Center for Health Statistic has reported that since 1990 there has been more than 50% drop in SIDS deaths. Ways to reduce your baby’s risk are:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep for naps and at night.
- Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, keeping soft objects, such as toys, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of their sleep area.
- Making sure there is no smoking around a newborn
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding and immunizing your baby in accordance with CDC guidelines as additional ways to prevent SIDS. Furthermore, following the above has led to a decrease in stomach sleeping from 70% to 15%. This drastic decrease has led to the saving of more than 3,500 American infants each year.
How can I prevent my child from getting sick at school or day care?
There is no foolproof way to keep your child from getting sick at school or day care, but you can make a difference with certain precautions. The first make sure your child regularly washes their hands. With warm water and soap, rub hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds (about the times it take to sing “Happy Birthday).
When looking for a day care, check their hand-washing policy, and the availability of sinks. Also ask questions, like, “What’s your hand-washing practices?” and “Are surfaces cleaned regularly?”
What is the recommended amount of exercise my child should get?
It depends on your child’s age. For children under five, who can walk without help, should get at least three hours of physical activity every day. That can be indoors or outdoors and spread out through the day. It’s recommended children 5 to 18 years old get at least 1 hour of aerobic activity daily. This physical activity should be a mix of moderate-intensity activities (activities that raises heart rate and breaks a sweat) and vigorous-intensity (activities that makes them breath hard and fast with their heart rate rising). They should also include strengthening activities for their muscles and bones in their 60 minutes of exercise.