Seasonal Tips

Merry Christmas to all of our patients and families! On behalf of our entire team, we hope this holiday season is the merriest one yet. During this special time of year, we wish you health, happiness, and cherished moments with the ones you love. Thank you for choosing Promise Pediatrics as your family’s partner in health!

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.

Until the warm, sunny days of spring are upon us, chase away the winter blues by keeping kids active every day. Experts agree that aerobic exercise should make up most of the sixty minutes of recommended daily physical activity. Try ice-skating, swimming, rock climbing, sledding, dance classes, martial arts, or trips to the museum. Whatever you do, make sure you’re having fun as a family!

Nasty cold hanging around your child? A common cold usually lasts seven to ten days but an allergy can last an entire season. Allergy-sensitive children can be just as affected this time of year due to changes in temperature and humidity. If your child is struggling with these symptoms, we can help you to tell whether it’s a cold or allergies and put together an action plan to help your little one feel their best!

While there’s no way to avoid exposure to germs, there are many strategies to increase your family’s chances of staying healthy. Focus on a diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies, drink lots of waters and get plenty of sleep. Encourage regular hand washing and disinfect door knobs, remote controls, phones often. If you have any questions, give us a call.

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.