Caring for a newborn is often simultaneously rewarding and overwhelming. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter share a few newborn care tips that new parents may find helpful.
Many, but not all, babies enjoy being swaddled. Swaddling increases your baby's sense of security and may even prevent startling, a common phenomenon that can wake your son or daughter from a sound sleep. Make sure your infant has plenty of room to bend his or her legs when swaddled, and discontinue swaddling if it seems to upset your baby rather than calm him or her. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents stop swaddling babies at two months of age.
Make hand washing a priority
Newborns can easily catch colds and illnesses because they haven't yet developed immunities or haven't received the full schedule of vaccinations. Wash your hands before you handle your baby, and ask visitors to do the same. Although family and friends will be understandably excited about seeing your new baby, ask them to stay home if they're ill.
Keep up with newborn visits
Newborns need to see the pediatrician much more often than older children. Your baby's first appointment in our Marion office should occur just a few days after you return home. Follow up visits during the first year are usually scheduled at two weeks, one month, two months, four months, six months, nine months and one year. During those visits, we'll make sure that your child is receiving adequate nutrition and that there are no feeding issues. Growth and development are also charted, and vaccinations are provided to protect your child from a range of diseases. The visits offer an opportunity to share your concerns with the pediatrician and receive support and encouragement.
Are you looking for a newborn care provider for your baby? Call Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter at (276) 783-8183 to schedule your child's first appointment.
ADHD is becoming a fairly common condition in young children and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over six million children between the ages of 4 to 17 have been diagnosed, and the rates continue to rise. Treatment for ADHD varies from child to child, but a combination of therapy and medication is commonly used to help manage the condition. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD or having behavioral problems at home or at school, the first step is to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician for an evaluation. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA, Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter recommend that you have your child evaluated as soon as possible in order to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Pediatric Behavioral Health Services in Marion, VA
There are many misconceptions and myths about ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and other childhood behavioral health issues. For example, many people assume that all children with ADHD are also hyperactive, but that is not always the case. According to the CDC, there are a few categories of ADHD with specific symptoms:
- Fidgety, inability to sit still for long periods of time
- Frequently interrupts conversations, or appears unable to "wait their turn" in conversations or games, etc.
- Difficulty remaining quiet
- Constant movement or physical activity like running or jumping at inappropriate moments
- Easily distracted and forgetful
- Difficulty paying attention and following through on tasks like schoolwork or chores
- Appears not to listen
- Easily loses focus and fails to complete tasks, or makes careless mistakes
The CDC recommends regularly monitoring your child's symptoms and behavior, and to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician if they persist for six months or longer.
Find a Pediatrician in Marion, VA
For more information about treatment options for ADHD and other childhood behavioral health issues, contact Royal Oak Pediatric Associates by calling 276-783-8183 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today.
Well-child visits play an important role in the health of your children. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, explain how your kids can benefit from the visits.
Hearing and vision problems are detected
Signs of hearing and visions problems can be very subtle in young children. For example, your child may not be ignoring you when he or she doesn't follow your instructions, but might not be able to hear you clearly. Vision loss can often be mistaken for coordination or balance problems or even learning disorders. If vision and hearing issues aren't diagnosed and treated early, school performance can be affected, as can your child's abilities to excel at games or sports.
Hearing and vision screenings conducted as part of well child visits will ensure that any issues that your child has will be promptly diagnosed and treated.
Visits ensure children are up-to-date on immunizations
Is your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations? Immunizations prevent your son or daughter from developing a range of common childhood illnesses and diseases, including:
- Chicken pox
- Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis
- Human papilloma virus
- Hepatitis A and B
- Pneumococcal disease
- Haemophilus influenza type B
Vaccinations protect your child from developing the diseases, but also prevent the spread of the illnesses to children who are too young to receive immunizations or children who can't receive the vaccines due to health conditions.
Well child visits track development and growth
When your child receives regular well-child exams in our Marion office, we can track their growth and development from visit to visit and note any issues of concern. Early intervention is the key to ensuring that your child doesn't suffer lasting effects from developmental delays. Visits also provide the opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have about your child's development, behavior or health conditions.
Protect your child's health with regular well-visits. Call Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, CPNP at (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment.
Behavioral issues can affect your child's ability to make friends and do well at school. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter discuss several common behavioral health issues.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Hyperactivity isn't always a symptom of the ADHD. If your child has the inattentive form of the disorder, he or she may be easily distracted or have trouble concentrating, but won't exhibit any signs of hyperactivity. Children who have the hyperactive/impulsive form may have difficulty sitting still, waiting their turn or staying silent. Some children have a combination of both forms.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
ASD is a developmental disorder that can make it difficult for your child to interact with other people. Children may be mildly, moderately or severely affected by the disorder. Signs of ASD often appear when your child is young and may include:
- Trouble making eye contact
- Language delays
- Obsession with certain topics or toys
- Motor skill difficulties
- Lack of empathy
- Difficulty making friends
- Repetitive language
- Hand flapping
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
No child likes to be told what to do, but children who have ODD are continually disobedient or defiant. In addition to angry outbursts, signs that your child may have ODD include constant arguing when asked to do something and frequent arguments with adults and other children. Children who have ODD are often irritable and tend to blame others for any problems they encounter.
How a pediatrician can help
If you suspect that your child has a behavioral issue, it's important to schedule an appointment with our Marion office. In addition to performing a thorough examination to rule out health conditions that may cause behavioral changes, your child's pediatrician can recommend therapy or counseling to help you and your family manage your child's disorder. In certain situations, medication may be prescribed.
Are you concerned about a behavioral issue? Call Marion, VA, pediatricians of Royal Oak Pediatric Associates at (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment.
When your child needs to try out for a sport in school, it is likely that they school will require a sports physical. This protects the school, but also your child to ensure that they are capable of this activity safely. Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, or Becky Ewald at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA, can perform this important medical examination.
About Sports Physicals
This exam clears a child for sports activity. During the physical, your Royal Oak pediatrician takes a close look at your child’s medical history and looks for any new conditions or illnesses that may prevent them from safely participating. Our office also will ensure your child has a full physical asks is up to date on vaccinations. Physicals dine through the school system are unable to provide this as they do not have access to your child's medical history and records.
A sports physical is important because a school takes on a risk when they allow a child to participate in sports. These exams allow the school, school nurse and coach to be aware of any medical conditions your child has that may affect their performance or put them at risk for injury. Some things evaluated during this exam include (and are not limited to):
- Blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Joints, muscles, posture, scoliosis
- Ears, nose and throat
- Heart and lungs
- Iron level
Other tests may be required depending on your child’s health and the state you reside. After the physical is complete, your Royal Oak pediatrician will provide you a note confirming whether your child is cleared to safely play sports.
A yearly physical, whether a sports one or not, is important for school-age children, and a Royal Oak pediatrician can perform these important tests to keep your child as healthy as possible. Don’t allow your child to miss out on being a part of a team. Call and schedule an appointment with Royal Oak Pediatric Associates today at (276) 783-8183.
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