Posts for: August, 2017
A hit to the head during a soccer game or a hard fall from skateboarding may result in a serious head injury and even a concussion. The American Academy of Pediatrics describes a concussion as any injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function on a temporary or permanent basis. These injuries are typically caused by a blow to the head, most often occurring while playing contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, wrestling or skateboarding.
For some children, concussions only last for a short while. Other times, a person can have symptoms of a concussion that last for several days or weeks following the injury. Not all symptoms of concussions will be obvious, and in some cases take several hours to set in. Look for these signs of a concussion if your child suffers a head injury:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Memory loss or confusion
- Poor concentration
- Vision problems
- Irritability or changes in mood
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Seek Medical Attention
If your child injures his head or you believe he may have a concussion, it is important that the child discontinues play immediately and visits a healthcare provider for an evaluation. All concussions are serious and should be monitored right away. A pediatrician can properly diagnose the concussion and its severity, and then make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Rest from all activities is the best treatment for concussions. Your pediatrician can make appropriate recommendations for when the child should return to future play. Recovery time depends on the child and the severity of the concussion.
Preventing Head Injuries
Not all head injuries can be avoided, but you can do a few important things to prevent them.
- Buckle Up. Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a seat belt, car seat or booster seat.
- Safety Gear. If your child plays sports, make sure he wears appropriate headgear and other safety equipment.
- Awareness. Children should be taught how to play safe and understand the importance of reporting any type of head injury to their parent or coach.
All head injuries should be taken seriously. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent serious complications. It’s never a bad idea to contact your pediatrician when you have questions or concerns about your child’s head injury.
New Year , New opportunity! We all have had, hopefully, a lovely holiday season. Now that 2015 is underway, the American Academy of Pediatrics and all of us here at Pediatric Associates suggest these resolutions as teaching tools for your kids.
Kids under age 5:
I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating. I won't tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones.
I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or when I'm scared.
I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
Kids, 5 to 12 years old:
I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.
I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I'm playing sports.
I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week.
I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
I'll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
I will never encourage or even watch bullying and will join with others in telling bullies to stop.
I'll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
I promise to follow our household rules for video games and internet use.
Kids, 13 years old and older:
I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.
I will take care of my body through physical activity and eat the right types and amounts of foods.
I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities. I promise to follow our household rules for video games and internet use.
I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
Congratulations! Our Dr. Bill Davidson has been nominated for the 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award!
The nomination recognizes an HCA-affiliated physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond his day-to-day physician responsibilities. It is intended to recognize the physician who demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and has performed extraordinary acts of kindness, demonstrates a level of commitment to community service beyond the daily operation of the facility that parallels their involvement to quality patient care, and whose contributions may be overshadowed due to personal modesty and genuine humility.
We see these great qualities in Dr. Davidson every day and are so pleased others see them as well.
Starting May 18 Pediatric Associates will welcome Dr. Mary Kay Bartek to the practice.
Dr. Bartek is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and did her Pediatric Residency at the University of Tennessee's LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.
She enjoys biking and running as well as travel.
She will be accepting new patients starting in May.
You can now pay your bill with your iPhone! If you have the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch-compatible devices (iPhone 5 and later models), iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, swipe and go. Just another way to make your life a little easier.