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February 25, 2013
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Gastroenteritis

What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, is an infection of the stomach and intestines.

What causes gastroenteritis?

Bacteria, parasites, or viruses may cause gastroenteritis. Rotavirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children.

What are the signs & symptoms of gastroenteritis?

* Diarrhea or gas

* Nausea, vomiting, or decrease appetite

* Abdominal cramps, pain, or gurgling

* Fever

* Tiredness, weakness, or fussiness

* Headaches or muscle aches

How is gastroenteritis treated?

Gastroenteritis typically resolves on it’s own. The goal of gastroenteritis is to prevent or treat dehydration.

Infants should continue to feed by formula or breast milk. Children should gradually have bland, easy to digest foods, such as bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Children should also include complex carbohydrates (e.g. rice, wheat, bread, cereals), lean meats, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables in their diet. Children should avoid juices, sodas, dairy products, and candy as they may worsen diarrhea. Increase your child’s fluid intake by offering frequent small amounts of Pedialyte (Prescilla, 2008).

Resource:

Prescilla, R. (2008). Pediatric gastroenteritis. Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/964131-overview  


    We at Champions Pediatric Associates strongly feel that Trampolines are unsafe. The American Academy of Pediatrics (2012) addresses some frequently asked questions regarding trampoline use.

How do most injuries occur on trampolines?

  • About 27% to 39% of injuries happen when kids fall off the trampoline. Another 20% are injured when they contact the springs or frame.
  • Somersaults and flips tend to be the cause of the most serious injuries.
  • Most injuries happen when there are multiple jumpers, and usually the smallest child is injured.
  • One-third to half of injuries happen under adult supervision.

What types of injuries are most common on trampolines?

  • lower body sprains (especially ankle sprains), strains or soft tissue injuries
  • leg, upper extremity, sternum and other upper body fractures
  • head and neck injuries
  • cervical spine injuries

Don’t pads and nets make trampolines safer to use?

  • While netting and padding help prevent some types of injuries, they do not prevent injuries on the trampoline mat, according to the AAP.

What can be done to make trampolines safer?

  • Place the trampoline on a level surface free from surrounding hazards.
  • Inspect protective padding and the net enclosure often, and replace any damaged parts.
  • Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
  • Prohibit users from doing somersaults or flips.
  • Have an adult supervise those using the trampoline and enforce rules.
  • Check homeowners insurance policy to ensure it covers trampoline-related claims. If not, a rider may be needed.

What if my child is invited to a friend’s house that has a trampoline or to an event at a commercial trampoline park?

  • Commercial trampoline parks and other places with trampolines may not always enforce AAP-suggested safety rules. Tell your child not to do somersaults or flips while on the trampoline and not to go on the same trampoline as another person. Ensure that an adult will be enforcing safety rules.

  


    We at Champions Pediatric Associates value the importance of showing love & affection to children, to promote a healthy parent-child bond throughout their development. This Valentine's Day take the time to tell your child you love them.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (2012) promotes the following 14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child This Valentine's Day and Every Day.

1. Use plenty of positive words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm. Children often don’t understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction.

2. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary. Be available to listen to your child when he/she want to talk with you even if it’s an inconvenient time.

3. Make an extra effort to set a good example at home and in public. Use words like "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you."

4. When your child is angry, argumentative or in a bad mood, give him a hug, cuddle, pat, secret sign or other gesture of affection he favors and then talk with him about it when he’s feeling better.

5. Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should institute both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help prevent trouble during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rule violations.

6. Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys. Send a Valentine’s Day card to your older child or teen. Make Valentine’s Day cards together with your preschool or younger school age child.

7. Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can be together. Put a different family member's name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.

8. Owning a pet can make children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by stimulating physical activity, enhancing their overall attitude, and offering constant companionship.

9. One of the best ways to familiarize your child with good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you. Let him get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. It is wonderful when families eat together as much as possible. Good food, good conversations.

10. As your child grows up, she'll spend most of her time developing and refining a variety of skills and abilities in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the equipment and instruction she needs. Start reading to your child beginning at six months. Avoid TV in the first two years, monitor and watch TV with your older children and use TV time as conversation time with your children. Limit computer and video games.

11. Your child's health depends significantly on the care and guidance you offer during his early years. By taking your child to the doctor regularly for preventive health care visits, keeping him safe from accidents, providing a nutritious diet, and encouraging exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his body.

12. Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community.

13. One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and encouragement to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and praising his accomplishments are all part of this process.

14. Don't forget to say, "I love you" to children of all ages!

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2/12
 


February 07, 2013
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We are happy to announce our grand opening to our new location on Feb. 18, 2013 at 18607 Kuykendahl Road Spring, TX 77379. 

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