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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
April 13, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Mono   Kissing Disease   Mononucleosis  
MononucleosisMono, nicknamed the “kissing disease” because of how easily it spreads from person to person, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Pediatricians most often see this infection in teens and it may be mistaken for the flu. While most cases of mono will go away on their own, it can take months for a child or teen to fully recover. It’s important to be able to recognize the differences between the influenza virus and mono.

What are the symptoms of mono?

Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.

Classic mono symptoms include,
  • High fever
  • Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  • Body aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Headache
Symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and muscle weakness may be severe and can last for several weeks.

When should I turn to a pediatrician?

As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.

You should call your pediatrician right away if,
  • Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
  • Has seizures
  • Displays changes in behavior
  • Has a very high fever over 104 F
  • Is dehydrated
  • Develops a rash
While teens and adults can often be diagnosed through a standard physical examination, your pediatrician may need to perform blood tests to detect the Epstein-Barr virus in babies and young children.

If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.
By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
April 05, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Child Care   Newborn  

Caring for a newborn can be a little overwhelming, even if you spent months reading everything you could find on newborn care. Taking a look at these common concerns just may answer a few of your questions. Your child's Nashville, TN, pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County can offer recommendations and advice that will help you ensure that your baby is growing and thriving.

How often should my baby eat?

Bottle-fed babies usually need feedings every three to four hours, while breastfed babies feed every two to three hours. Of course, the ideal feeding schedule depends on your baby. If your newborn no longer seems interested in the bottle or breast, he or she is probably full.

Signs that your baby may not be getting enough milk or formula may include crying when feeding stops or fussiness. Failing to wet six to eight diapers daily after five days may also indicate that your baby isn't eating enough.

What can I do if I'm having trouble breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding sounds fairly straightforward, but it can be much more complicated than it seems. If you're having trouble with latching on, sore nipples, or are concerned that your baby isn't getting enough milk, get in touch with the Nashville, TN, pediatrics office. The pediatricians and physician assistants can offer suggestions that will make breastfeeding easier.

Is co-sleeping a good idea?

Sleeping with your baby is certainly more convenient for feeding, but the practice can be dangerous. If you fall asleep, you may accidentally roll over on your baby. It's best to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation and place a crib or bassinet in the same room with you rather than sleeping with your child.

When should I call the pediatrician?

You know your baby better than anyone else and can spot subtle differences in his or her appearance or behavior that may indicate a health problem. Give the office a call if you have any concerns or notice that your child has trouble breathing, their eyes or skin look yellow, or there are no bowel movements in the first two days after you bring your baby from the hospital.

Be sure to call the office if your baby produces fewer than three wet diapers per day, has a fever of 100.4 or higher, has diarrhea, is vomiting, or you see pus or swelling around the umbilical cord.

Do you have a question or concern about your newborn? Call (615) 329-3595 to reach your child's pediatrician in Nashville, TN, at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
March 31, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: breastfeeding  

Is breast actually best? Here are some things to consider before deciding if breastfeeding is ideal for you and your baby.

If you’re about to become a mom, there are a lot of decisions to make. Is your baby going to sleep with you? What kind of car seat should you get? Will you breastfeed? Breastfeeding is a delicate topic for most moms. If you are wondering whether to breastfeed or formula feed, our Nashville, TN, pediatricians would be happy to sit down with you to discuss the pros and cons of each option so you can do what’s best for you and your child.

Pros: Breastfeeding offers health benefits for the baby and you!

Breastfeeding provides health benefits for both of you. For the mom, breastfeeding can help to produce the hormones needed to contract the uterus and return it to its regular size, which can aid in a faster post-delivery recovery process. Breastfeeding may also reduce your risk for certain chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and ovarian cancer.

Breastfeeding your baby provides the following health benefits for your newborn:

  • All of the vital nutrients your baby needs in one source
  • Fewer ear infections, colds, and respiratory infections
  • Reduced risk for obesity, asthma, allergies, and type 2 diabetes as they get older
  • Fewer sick days, which may result in fewer trips to the doctor or hospitalizations

Pros: It’s Free

An obvious reason why breastfeeding may be a great option is the fact that it’s free. You don’t have to spend money stocking up on formula or have to make an emergency trip to the grocery store because you ran out. You also won’t have to worry about washing a bunch of baby bottles every night, which we know no new mom has time for.

Cons: It Might Be Stressful

Look, breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for many moms and their newborns. It gives them time to connect and the oxytocin that’s produced from these feeding sessions can certainly help you two bond. When breastfeeding doesn’t go as planned and your baby has trouble latching or you’re dealing with sore, painful nipples, then these are signs that you need help. You do not need to do this alone. Our Nashville, TN, pediatricians can provide breastfeeding and lactation support and consultations to address and conquer these challenges.

If you’d like to schedule a breastfeeding consultation with our Nashville, TN, pediatricians, or if you’re having trouble breastfeeding and need advice, simply call Pediatric Associates of Davidson County today at (615) 329-3595. to schedule an appointment with us

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
March 26, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Whooping CoughPertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. The nickname comes from the “whooping” sound that occurs when a child breathes. While many people assume that whooping cough is an infection that no longer exists, it’s actually more common in the US than we’d like to admit. In fact, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of whooping cough cases over the last couple of decades.
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold

You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.

Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough

While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away

If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
Until the body clears whooping cough, some of the best ways to manage your child’s symptoms include,
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Staying hydrated
  • Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
  • Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you want to fully protect your child against many dangerous communicable diseases, one of the best ways is through vaccinations. Your child must be up to date on all of their vaccines. Talk with your pediatrician to find out when your child should get the whooping cough vaccine.
By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
March 16, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Pediatrician   Thumb-Sucking   Pacifier  
Thumb SuckingReflexively, your baby is born with the ability to suck. It makes sense. After all, your little one must be able to suck to get nutrients, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Thumb sucking also has the ability to soothe and calm your little one. However, there are moments as your child gets older where thumb-sucking may become a problem. Your pediatrician can provide you with the tips and tricks to help your little one grow out of this habit.
Thumb-Sucking Tendencies

This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
When to Consider a Pacifier

Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
It is safe for children to use a pacifier while sleeping, whether at bedtime or when they go down for their naps. Just prepare for babies to wake up fussy in the middle of the night when the pacifier falls out of their mouths, as they aren’t able to place the pacifier back in their mouths themselves. Make sure that you do not try to place the pacifier on a string around your baby’s neck or tie it to the crib, as this can lead to a serious and potentially deadly injury.
How to Phase Out the Pacifier
There will come a point when your child will need to give up their pacifier. While the medical community has different age ranges, The American Dental Association recommends that children stop using a pacifier by age 2, as going beyond two years old could alter the alignment of your child’s teeth or impact the shape of their face.
Here are some tips to phase out the pacifier,
  • Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
  • Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
  • If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
Even if you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking, it’s important to know that most children do grow out of it not long after starting school. While you can provide them with helpful ways to ditch the habit it’s important not to put pressure on them. With the help of your pediatrician, your child can and will outgrow this habit.

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