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By Champions Pediatric Associates
February 03, 2015
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: New Born Care  

Whether you're a brand new parent or you're going through the process of bringing another beautiful bundle of joy into your home, it's important that you're educated on the proper care of new born babies. Learn the basics of baby care from the qualified pediatricians at Champions Pediatric Associates in Spring, Texas.

The Newborn Is Here!
Having a new born baby in your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You may feel as if you have to watch his or her Childrenevery move. Well, it is important that you keep a close eye on the child to ensure his or her healthy development—even if it’s just days or weeks after leaving the hospital. 

Caring for Your New Born
There are a number of daily duties that you’ll have to get used to as the proud parent of a newborn, but there are a few that are imperative to the proper growth and development of your young baby. These are:

Feeding. It is highly recommended that you feed new born babies breast milk during the first six months of their life with store-bought formula as a second runner up. The nutrients in breast milk are designed by Mother Nature to give your baby exactly what his or her little body needs. It is common for a baby to demand food every two or three hours.
Diaper changings. Bowel movements will be frequent in the first month or so after birth, then become more management. It’s important to keep the baby clean and dry to avoid diaper rash and also to monitor the color of the stool and let your Spring TX pediatrician know ASAP if anything looks strange.
Sleep patterns. New born babies sleep twice as long as adult humans—up to 17 hours per day—but sporadically. It’s important that you lay the baby on his back to avoid problems. Report any sleeping problems to your Spring pediatrician immediately.

Pediatric Care
In addition to caring for your baby at home, it's important that you keep up with early appointments with your Spring pediatrician. It’s recommended that new born babies see a doctor within a few days after leaving the hospital delivery room. After that, keep up with well-visits throughout the initial two years: one, two, four, six, nine, 18 and 24 months.

Your Baby's First Doctor
Make it a priority to see your baby's new doctor soon after the birth for his or her first appointment. The pediatricians at Champions Pediatric Associates in Spring, TX are passionate about caring for new born babies to ensure their ongoing health and wellness.

December 19, 2014
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Medicaid  

Find out more about Medicaid in Spring, TX and whether you qualify.

We always hope our children stay healthy. However, does your child have healthcare coverage to protect against those times when he does become ill? If health care is too expensive, you still have options. Your Spring, TX pediatrician is here to tell you everything you need to know about Texas’s Medicaid program:

Q. What does Medicaid in Texas cover?

Medicaid can cover your child’s medical bills including doctors, hospitals and medications. The Medicaid services you receive will depend on where you live in Texas and if your child has any medical conditions.

Q. Does Medicaid offer different medical plans?

Yes. STAR is one of the Medicaid programs from which most children in Texas get coverage. Once your child is approved for Medicaid, you can chose from different plans and pick the plan that is right for your child. Then you need to choose your child’s primary care provider, who will become your child’s main pediatrician.

Q. How does Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) decide if my child gets Medicaid?

HHSC looks at several things to determine if your child can qualify for Medicaid. They examine the amount of money you make, how many people are in your household, what you own and the bills you pay. Your child’s age is also a determining factor. Younger children with a higher income level are more likely than older children to get Medicaid. If a child is not able to get Medicaid, then they will find out whether the child is then eligible for CHIP.

To find out more about Texas Medicaid program, check out their website. To find out whether you should apply for Medicaid, take the online questionnaire now. And, as always, if you need to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians in Spring, TX, call us today.

Flu ShotSPRING, TX—The CDC recommends that everyone including children receive annual influenza vaccinations to fully protect themselves from the flu; however, while this health organization advises that children from six months to 18 years old receive an annual flu shot, only about 40 percent of children received vaccinations in 2012-2013. About 90 percent of the pediatric influenza cases reported that year occurred in children who had not received the vaccination, and about 107 pediatric flu deaths occurred during last year’s flu season. Spring, TX-area pediatric medical center, Champions Pediatric Associates, is trying to raise awareness about the importance of having child vaccinated this flu season.
 
Champions Pediatric Associates follows the CDC’s guidelines and believes that children should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Children under the age of nine who have never had a flu shot before will typically receive two doses. These doses will be given four weeks apart; therefore, Champion Pediatric Associates encourages parents to plan ahead to ensure that their child is protected before the flu season begins.
 
For children over the age of nine who have already received a flu shot, one dose will be enough to protect them against the virus. However, parents must still plan accordingly, since it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to fully protect a child against the virus. This means scheduling your child’s next vaccination appointment as soon as possible.
 
Champions Pediatric Associates also advises parents and those working around children to get yearly flu shots to protect themselves, their families and others from this potentially fatal virus. This pediatric medical facility is now offering flu shots at both their Spring and Tomball locations, which are open from 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday. Call (281) 370-1122 to schedule your child’s annual flu shot, or schedule an appointment online.
 

Call Champions Pediatric Associates Today!

About Champions Pediatric Associates: Champions Pediatric Associates provides quality health care to children from birth to 19-years-old who are living in the Spring and Tomball areas. The practice is run by Drs. Sham Nandwani, Lisa Lau and Sadiya Jamal. This pediatric team offers knowledgeable, caring treatment with vast expertise and a passion for continuing education. Dr. Nandwani has been a practicing pediatrician for over 20 years, Dr. Lau has earned Fellow status with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Jamal offers her medical services to mission trips abroad.
 
Are you a patient of Champions Pediatric Associates? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!
August 09, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Back to School Tips-2013 

We hope that your summer was relaxing, and filled with wonderful memories with your children! The time is almost near to send them back to school, and we want you as parents to be prepared for their first day of class. Here at Champions Pediatric Associates, we support the following health and safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

MAKING THE FIRST DAY EASIER

  • Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun! She'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.

  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride on the bus.

  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.

BACKPACK SAFETY

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.

  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.

TRAVELING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Review the basic rules with your youngster:

School Bus
  • If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have lap/shoulder belts, encourage the school to buy or lease buses with lap/shoulder belts.

  • Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.

  • Do not move around on the bus.

  • Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.

  • Make sure you walk where you can see the bus driver (which means the driver will be able to see you, too).

  • Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.

Car
  • All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.

  • Your child should ride in a car safety seat with a harness as long as possible and then ride in a belt-positioning booster seat. Your child is ready for a booster seat when she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat.

  • Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age). This means that the child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her legs bent at the knees and feet hanging down and the shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat; the lap belt is low and snug across the thighs, and not the stomach.

  • All children younger than 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles. If you must drive more children than can fit in the rear seat (when carpooling, for example), move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts do not fit properly without it.

  • Remember that many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. You should require seat belt use, limit the number of teen passengers, and do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations,  texting or other mobile device use to prevent driver distraction. Limit nighttime driving and driving in inclement weather. Familiarize yourself with your state’s graduated driver’s license law and consider the use of a parent-teen driver agreement to facilitate the early driving learning process. For a sample parent-teen driver agreement, see www.healthychildren.org/teendriver

Bike
  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.

  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.

  • Use appropriate hand signals.

  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.

  • Wear bright-colored clothing to increase visibility. White or light-colored clothing is especially important after dark.

  • Know the "rules of the road."

Walking to School
  • Make sure your child's walk to school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.

  • Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.

  • If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them the first week or until you are sure they know the route and can do it safely.

  • Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

  • In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider organizing a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.

EATING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

  • Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.

  • Try to get your child's school to stock healthy choices such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, water and 100 percent fruit juice in the vending machines.

  • Each 12-ounce soft drink contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child's risk of obesity by 60%. Restrict your child's soft drink consumption.

BULLYING

Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or through mobile devices like cell phones.

When Your Child Is Bullied

  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
    1. Look the bully in the eye.
    2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
    3. Walk away.

  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice.
    1. "I don't like what you are doing."
    2. "Please do NOT talk to me like that."
    3. "Why would you say that?"

  • Teach your child when and how to ask for help.

  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.

  • Support activities that interest your child.

  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.

  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child's safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

  • Monitor your child’s social media or texting interactions so you can identify problems before they get out of hand.

When Your Child Is the Bully

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.

  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child's aggressive behavior.

  • Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.

  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.

  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

 

When Your Child Is a Bystander

  • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.

  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.

  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

  • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE

  • During early and middle childhood, youngsters need supervision. A responsible adult should be available to get them ready and off to school in the morning and watch over them after school until you return home from work.

  • Children approaching adolescence (11- and 12-year-olds) should not come home to an empty house in the afternoon unless they show unusual maturity for their age.

  • If alternate adult supervision is not available, parents should make special efforts to supervise their children from a distance. Children should have a set time when they are expected to arrive at home and should check in with a neighbor or with a parent by telephone.

  • If you choose a commercial after-school program, inquire about the training of the staff. There should be a high staff-to-child ratio, and the rooms and the playground should be safe.

DEVELOPING GOOD HOMEWORK AND STUDY HABITS

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.

  • Schedule ample time for homework.

  • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time.

  • Supervise computer and Internet use.

  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her.

  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.

  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren't able to help her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child's teacher first.

  • Some children need help organizing their homework.  Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help  overcome homework problems.

© 2013 - American Academy of Pediatrics

 
June 14, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Please take a look at our Summer 2013 clinic hours. We will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00p.m., and we wil be closed for the next 6 Saturdays. We will resume our late hours, and Saturday clinic in 6 weeks. Please start scheduling for your children's well child exams and sports/camp physicals as appointments are filling up quickly! Have a great Summer, and enjoy spending time with your children!





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