- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.
What do immunizations do?
Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.
Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.
We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.
If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that is one of the most common disorders in children. This disorder affects around 8.4% of children, and although it tends to affect boys two or three times as frequently as girls, it can affect every age and socio-economic background. Dr. Anita B. Henley of Royal Oak Pediatricsis a board-certified pediatrician located in Marion and Abingdon, VA, that specializes in behavioral health and managing ADHD in children.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapeutic intervention that can help you and your child understand harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and be able to positively change them. It is usually a short-term form of therapy that focuses on one or more specific issues.
CBT is based on the understanding that emotions and thoughts play a significant role in the way people behave. For this reason, the goal of this behavioral health therapy is to help children with ADHD learn to develop skills to help them interpret and positively deal with their environment.
How is CBT Used to Treat ADHD?
For ADHD sufferers, the primary aim of CBT is to help them overcome negative emotions and behaviors, replacing them with positive coping strategies. During each CBT session, the therapist will help your child to understand how their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors are all interconnected. CBT for young children is largely done using positive reinforcement such as praise. For older children and adults, the therapist will also teach the patient techniques they can use to change the way they think and respond to different situations. CBT is particularly useful for people who are unable to take medication, or for whom medication alone is not enough.
Why is CBT so Effective for ADHD?
CBT is effective because it can help ADHD sufferers improve their concentration, attentiveness, and organization. One of the main benefits of CBT is that it works on a very practical level. It can help parents, teachers, and sufferers of ADHD learn and practice new skills and apply them to improve ADHD behaviors and situations. CBT sessions usually take 12 weeks, though some families may continue for several months.
If you live in Marion or Abingdon, VA, and you’re looking for a behavioral health expert to help you and your family live well with ADHA, contact Royal Oak Pediatrics :
- Marion - (276) 783-8183
- Abingdon - (276) 525-4603
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