As a parent, your first concern is often your child’s health and safety. When you take your child to a pediatrician, you want someone like Dr. Guirguis with specialized training in the health issues of children from infants to adolescents. Often pediatricians serve as the primary care physician for their young patients. We not only provide routine childhood preventative examinations, but also infant care exams and services like vaccinations and injury assessments.
Often parents have concerns about vaccinations for their children. Vaccinations, such as vaccines for measles, flu and others are easily provided during a routine office visit. We will also provide you with vaccination records, so that your child can enroll and meet your school’s criteria.
During the flu season, flu vaccinations are a good idea for children. Chicken pox vaccinations are also very helpful for children, especially once they begin attending school or if they have siblings who might become infected at school. We always follow the AAP and CDC Guidelines for vaccinations. We will work with you on the immunization schedule.
Obesity and Weight Issues
Weight issues have become a problem in the United States. Children who are obese in childhood have a much higher possibility of developing type-2 diabetes in adolescence or in young adulthood. This can result in heart problems, high blood pressure and other significant health issues.
Regularly scheduled health evaluations can help identify concerns about weight before they become a problem. Dr. Guirguis can help you and your child identify ways to develop healthier eating habits and methods of keeping weight under control. Your entire family may benefit from implementing an exercise program and a healthier relationship with food. Dr. Guirguis and Staff will help devise a health program that can actually include fun activities; like dancing to video games, bike riding, hiking, gardening and more.
Asthma is also a large concern for many parents today. Dr. Guirguis and his staff can help identify if your child has this illness, but can also teach you and your child how to manage their respiratory needs.
Asthma and allergies are the most common illnesses in children in the United States.
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that approximately five million children in the United States are affected by Asthma. Asthma can make it difficult for your child to attend school, participate in sports and enjoy the many activities of childhood. If your child has Asthma, we will work with you to find ways to manage this common chronic illness.
There are several different kinds of Asthma. Identifying what triggers an Asthma attack can be extremely helpful in managing your child’s illness. Triggers can include allergic reactions, seasonal allergies, stress, and physical activity. Recognizing your child’s precise triggers can help prevent Asthma attacks and help your child learn to avoid situations that may cause an Asthma attack.
The Allergy Skin Test is now available in our office; please do not give your child any antihistamine medication (like Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc) at least 3 days prior to the skin test.
Behavioral Problems and ADD/ADHD
Many parents are concerned about persistent behavioral problems that may appear in their children. Some children will outgrow their behavior issues as they mature. However, for others behavioral issues can remain an issue throughout their entire childhood and even into adulthood.
Working with Dr. Guirguis, parents can help identify potential sources for behavioral problems. ADD/ADHD is a behavioral issue that often appears in early childhood and ranges from mild to severe.
Medication is one way to help children manage their symptoms and be able to focus and concentrate in school and other settings. Some parents choose to only have their children take medication when school is in session. Other parents see significant improvement of ADD/ADHD symptoms when their child begins to take medication and choose to have their child continue medication without interruption. The most effective treatments use a combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps teach your child strategies to manage their ADHD, coping skills and how to identify their symptoms and triggers.
While many parents are reluctant to treat this condition with medication, children with severe ADD/ADHD can suffer greatly if the condition is not addressed. Research has shown that the medications for treating ADHD are both effective and safe. Children can have difficulty learning in school, they can have problems socializing and making friends and experience emotional disturbances such as depression and anxiety. The use of medication and healthy coping skills to recognize and manage their ADD/ADHD symptoms can make a major difference in your child’s life.
Working closely with Dr. Guirguis, you can identify which approach might work best for your child if they are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.