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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
June 21, 2021
Category: Child Health
Pediatric Urinary IncontinenceWhile children under 3 years old will not have control over their bladders, older kids that still have issues with bladder control may have something known as urinary incontinence or enuresis. As a pediatrician, we understand that this issue can be distressing for kids and their parents. Here’s what you should know if your child is dealing with daytime or bedtime enuresis.
 
When to See a Pediatrician

Accidents happen, but if bedwetting or daytime enuresis is becoming quite frequent in older children then it’s worth seeing your pediatrician for a closer evaluation. Girls happen to gain bladder control a little faster than boys. Girls are often diagnosed with enuresis if they continue to have bladder control issues past the age of 5, while it’s often diagnosed in boys after age 6.
 
The Causes of Enuresis

There are many reasons why your child might be dealing with enuresis, which is another reason to see a pediatrician for answers. Whether your child is dealing with nighttime or daytime enuresis, or both, gives us some idea of what the cause might be. Common causes of nighttime or daytime enuresis include:
  • Overactive bladder
  • Small bladder
  • Intense deep sleep
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Caffeine
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders (often obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Structural issues within the urinary tract
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
Treating Enuresis

Sometimes enuresis goes away on its own without treatment, while other causes may require treatment. For example, a urinary tract infection will require medication to treat the infection and alleviate the enuresis. Underlying health problems such as diabetes will also require proper treatment and long-term maintenance and care.
We will evaluate your child and ask a series of questions about their symptoms, including their fluid intake, whether they drink caffeine, issues with constipation, trouble or pain with urination, and stress levels. This is will give us clues as to what might be causing your child’s symptoms. From there, we can recommend the best course of action.
 
If you have any concerns about your child’s health, whether it’s bedwetting or immunizations, your pediatrician is the first person to turn to. If your child is wetting the bed or having issues with bladder control, don’t hesitate to talk with your child’s doctor to determine the cause.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
June 08, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: breastfeeding  

If you’re expecting soon or you’ve just had a baby, you may have questions about breastfeeding and how to start as a beginner. Your pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, can help you identify if breastfeeding is right for you and how to easily get started!

Breastfeeding and Your Child

When it comes to taking care of your child, your pediatrician knows that you want what’s best for you and your child. Breastfeeding is a natural way of getting nutrients to your child and if you’ve ever worried about getting criticism when feeding, your pediatrician in Nashville, TN, is here to support you every step of the way and help you feel confident when caring for your child.

Once you start breastfeeding, you’ll be able to develop a sense of understanding when to feed your baby whenever they’re hungry and your body will be able to determine when your child is in need of feeding. On average, you may be feeding your child at least eight times a day in the first six months.

Not only does breastfeeding help give your child the nutrition that they need, but it can also help establish a connection with your child and help your child feel closer to you, as well as help you feel close to your child. It’s important to establish skin-to-skin contact at a very young age to help start the relationship and give your child the comfort they need. Breastfeeding can also help protect your child from illness by giving them the antibodies needed to fight off sickness.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

To learn more about breastfeeding and how it can help keep your child healthy and how you can get started, be sure to contact your pediatrician as soon as possible! Call Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, today at (615) 329-3595.