Posts for category: Children's Health

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
March 18, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health  

While everyone knows that it’s important to take care of your child’s physical health, it’s important to know that it is just as necessary to care for your child’s mental health. It’s crucial that you address any behavioral issues that your child might be experiencing because they may be a sign of something more severe that your child is dealing with. Your pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon, VA, can help you care for your child’s behavioral health and identify any problems they may be dealing with.

Caring for Your Child’s Behavioral Health

When your child has undiagnosed behavioral issues, they can follow your child into adulthood and cause issues throughout their life. It will help your child in the long run if you’re able to address their behavioral health with their pediatrician in Marion and Abingdon, VA, as soon as possible so that they can be treated and given the proper care that they need.

Some common causes of behavioral health issues include:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Severe phobias

Symptoms of most of these issues may look like sudden outbursts from your child and a lack of concentration in their normal activities. These symptoms can start as early as in their toddler years and should be addressed early on. Your pediatrician can help you determine which form of treatment may work best for your child. This could be through therapy or medication, depending on what your child might be dealing with and how they may handle their emotions.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

Make sure that your child is receiving care for their physical well-being and their mental well-being. Contact your pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon, VA, to take care of your child’s behavioral health. Call for more information today at (276) 783-8183 for the office in Marion, VA, and (276) 525-4603 for the office in Abingdon, VA.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
February 23, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health  

Mental health concerns in children are a more common concern than previously considered. Many adults often come forward to discuss their difficulty in dealing with undiagnosed disorders from childhood. It is why it's important to monitor your child's behavioral health at home just as it is their physical, and with the help of their Marion, VA, pediatrician these concerns can be diagnosed and treated. Learn more by reaching out to Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter of Royal Oak Pediatric Associates.

Physical Changes

Physical changes are typically the most easily noticeable and can often have a behavior reason as the cause. But whether it is a physical or behavioral malady that could be to blame your child's pediatrician will be able to help.

If your child is constantly complaining of headaches or stomachaches, these symptoms can be a result of new sources of stress. Something may in turn lead to loss of sleep that in turn could bring on other physical ailments.

Similarly, if you notice in your children a loss of appetite, weight loss, or perhaps sudden weight gain, there might be a cause for concern.

Behavioral Changes

Children, as they grow, may experience behavioral changes that are very common. So while vigilance is important, not every change is necessarily caused by an underlying behavioral problem. But if these changes are interfering with their school, their relationships, and just their everyday life, it's important to seek professional help.

Significant changes to mood or behavior are worth examining, whether these changes are severe or persistent and if they occur in all settings.

Less outward signs of change are also worth mentioning to their doctor, such as a sudden and drastic change to their grooming, or a loss of interest in things and activities that once excited them.

Behavioral Health in Marion, VA

Take advantage of every visit to your child's pediatrician to discuss any changes of concern, be they physical or emotional. Both their physical and behavioral health can be treated by their Marion, VA, pediatrician. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Henley, Dr. Lawrence, and Dr. Etter of Royal Oak Pediatric Associates by dialing 276-783-8183.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
December 17, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Constipation  
Your Infant and ConstipationIt’s not typically common for infants to have issues with constipation; however, sometimes it happens. While many babies won’t deal with constipation they may have irregular bowel movements as their bodies naturally try to adjust to a set schedule. If you are concerned it’s always best to talk with your child’s pediatrician. Recognize the real signs of constipation in your infant.

Know the Warning Signs

For your child to truly be dealing with constipation, here are some of the warning signs:
  • Stools that are hard to pass
  • Infrequent stools
  • Excessive straining or straining more than normal
  • Swollen belly with gas
  • Painful stomach cramps
  • Stools that resemble small hard pellets, as well as stools that are too soft
  • Diarrhea-like stools
Treating Constipation in Infants

For an adult, they may simply take an over-the-counter laxative to help them go, but treating constipation in infants is different. You never want to give them an over-the-counter laxative or suppository unless otherwise told by your pediatrician. If your child is old enough to eat solid or strained foods, you may want to increase their fruits and vegetables to increase fiber intake.

If your infant is too young for strained food, give them just a couple of ounces of prune or apple juice each day to see if that helps soften the stools. If the stools are too loose, lessen the amount of juice you’re giving them.

When to See a Pediatrician

It’s important that you call your pediatrician if you are ever concerned about your infant’s health. No question is a silly one, especially when it comes to your child. You should call your pediatrician if you notice blood in your baby’s stool, if home remedies do not improve their constipation, or if your baby is fussy due to stomach cramping or pain.

If your little one is having trouble going to the bathroom, a pediatrician will be able to provide you with the answers you need, as well as tips for how to best address the issue. A pediatrician is going to be invaluable, especially for new parents, as they navigate parenthood. Talk to your pediatrician today.
By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
November 29, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health  

If you have concerns about your child's behavioral health in Marion, VA, contact the team at Royal Oaks Pediatrics, and Abingdon, VA. Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and the skilled practitioners and nurses are ready to help with any developmental problems, including social, mental, or physical problems.

Know the Signs of Mental Health Problems In Children

For many parents, behavioral health isn't easy to identify as a problem. Some parents may think their children are just acting out or doing what kids normally do. However, a child who "acts out" is often masking underlying mental health problems.

Sadly, many parents don't see the symptoms and warning signs of serious behavioral problems. What makes it even more difficult is children lack the developmental ability or vocabulary to accurately express what they're feeling.

So, here are some common warning signs of behavioral problems with children.

  • Sudden changes in mood such as withdrawal or sadness
  • Overwhelming feelings or sudden, intense fear for no apparent reason
  • Struggling to concentrate or losing focus
  • Loss of appetite
  • Physical symptoms like weight loss or vomiting
  • Substance abuse among older children or teens

Treatment Options

Counseling or therapy is a common treatment option used by pediatricians. In many cases, a child or teen just needs someone to listen. Cognitive-behavior therapy is also a common treatment option that teaches parents how to interact with their children. In some instances, a doctor may prescribe medication to help children adjust and cope with their problems.

Sometimes a child benefits from a combination of treatments. Start a consultation today about your child's behavioral health in Marion, VA, and Abingdon, VA, with Dr. Henley, Dr. Lawrence, Dr. Etter, and the professional staff.

What You Can Do to Help Your Child Cope

You might feel anger, sadness, helplessness, or frustration over your child's mental health struggles. However, now is the time to give your child struggling with mental health all the support you can. When you receive your consultation, ask how you can interact with your child today if the behavior is getting more problematic.

If your child does have a behavioral issue, consider joining a support group or seek family counseling outside of the doctor's office. Also, inform a child or teen's teachers about their difficulties. Finally, don't avoid seeking help. Fear or shame isn't an excuse for not getting the help a child needs to thrive. 

Explore how behavioral health in Marion, VA, and Abingdon, VA, can have a lasting impact on a child's emotional well-being by calling Royal Oaks Pediatrics and Dr. Henley, Dr. Lawrence, and Dr. Etter at (276) 783-8183 or (276) 525-4603.  

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
October 04, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Potty Training  
Potty TrainingPotty training is a big moment for your child and is something that may challenge them in many ways. Unfortunately, many young ones do struggle during this process and may find it very hard to understand. Is your child struggling, and you're at your wit's end? If so, a pediatrician can help you and your child overcome this frustrating situation with relative ease and understanding.

Reasons Why Some Children Struggle With Potty Training 

Most children after the age of 18 months or so should have little trouble acclimating to potty training. But if your child is struggling, and you aren't sure why there are many potential reasons. Let's take a look at a few of the most common causes of potty training difficulties with children:
  • Their Bodies are Just Not Ready — Before 18 months, your child may not have the ability to control when they "go." So putting pressure on them too early may just frustrate them. 
  • They May Not Have the Developmental Abilities — Some children just progress slower than others and may need more time in a diaper before they're ready to potty train. 
  • The Idea of Potty Training is Boring or Scary — Many children find potty training boring or even scary and may struggle to get used to the idea of "going" outside their diaper. 
  • Fear of Accidents May Develop Early — Your child wants to make you happy, and if they have accidents or fear them, they might struggle with potty training. 
You may also run into situations where a child just doesn't want to learn and refuses. Even though the child knows what you want them to do and could do it, they just don't want to listen. Any of these situations are very frustrating. As a result, you might need to work with a pediatrician who understands this situation and who can help your child start "going" when the time is right. They can help:
  • Assess while your child is struggling 
  • Talk with the child to understand their concerns 
  • Find a solution that makes sense for them 
  • Work with you and your child to get great results 
  • Adjust their care methods, as they need
Give Your Child a Helping Hand 

If you think you need help getting your child to use the potty, it might be time to reach out to a professional you can trust to help. A great pediatrician and medical team can provide you and your child with a better understanding of why they don't want to use the potty. And it can also take some of the load off your back as a parent. Frankly, you deserve some rest and relaxation.