Seasonal Tips

Can you guess how fast the average human sneeze travels? The human sneeze can travel at about 100 miles per hour – just one more reason to cover your mouth when you sneeze or to duck out of the way when you hear one coming! As we approach flu season, have children wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and remind them to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Of course, the flu vaccine is always the best way to prevent the flu and its complications.

If you’re the parent of a child who uses a car seat, you’re probably familiar with the LATCH safety system which can safely support 65 pounds in most cars. But what you may not know is that the 65-pound weight limit includes both the weight of your child AND the weight of the car seat itself. That means if your car seat weighs 25 pounds, your child would need to weigh under 40 pounds to safely use the LATCH system. Once your child has reached capacity, check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you’re installing the car seat correctly using a seat belt and tether.

Promise Pediatrics is now scheduling sports physicals! We’ll make sure your little athlete is in good health with a comprehensive evaluation. Please bring any necessary paperwork with you to your appointment.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! Cooked pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds are packed full of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A & C. And while we wish pumpkin flavoring delivered the same benefits, all of those pumpkin spice lattes and seasonal favorites are loaded with sugar, calories, and artificial flavorings. Try healthy pumpkin recipes for your kids like pumpkin puree stirred into vanilla yogurt, roasted pumpkin seeds tossed with cinnamon and sugar, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soups, and pumpkin smoothies.

While spring is most commonly associated with seasonal allergies, the same can happen in the fall. Signs to watch out for include chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a couple of weeks-such as a runny nose, congestion and sneezing. You may also notice sniffling, itchy or runny eyes, or itchiness in the mouth and throat. If allergies are suspected, plan for outdoor activities in the morning when pollen counts are lower. Before going to bed, give your child a shower and wash his or her hair. Keep all windows and doors closed and consider an air purifier to relieve symptoms. We can also discuss allergy testing and medications.

Is your child groggy throughout the day? Takes naps at an age that most children don’t nap? Problems falling or staying asleep? These could be signs of a sleep disorder- which may have a physical cause such as sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, or acid reflux. Abnormal sleep behaviors can also be caused by night terrors, sleepwalking, and bedwetting. With treatment, most childhood sleep disorders can be successfully managed. Please schedule a checkup with us to discuss your concerns.