Wondering whether to breastfeed or bottle feed your soon-to-come newborn? Sometimes, breast vs. bottle is an emotionally charged issue. So, at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen and their team want to give you basic facts to help you decide what's best for you, your baby and your family.
The advantages of nursing
Family health organizations typically endorse breastfeeding in Ventura as the optimal option for your baby's health and well-being--and yours, too. The American Pregnancy Association cautions, however, that if you feel ambivalent about it, talk to your pediatrician, lactation specialist, local hospital, or breastfeeding support group.
In general, nursing creates an intense bond with your infant. Face-to-face contact helps your baby recognize you quickly, and as a mom, your physiological and emotional well-being improves during early postpartum weeks as you breastfeed.
Nutritionally, nothing is as complete and as well-tolerated as breast milk. It confers substantial natural immunity against a variety of diseases as it transfers immunoglobulins to the baby. The medical professional calls this process passive immunity.
In addition, your baby self-regulates his or her intake, taking as much as is needed to feel full. Also, breast milk costs nothing; requires no bottles, measuring, or preparation; and is always available.
The advantages of bottle feeding
While your pediatrician highly recommends breastfeeding, some moms cannot nurse their babies because of a medical condition, family situation, or medication they are taking. That's where bottle feeding comes in as a wise alternative.
Bottle feeding has some distinct benefits, including:
- A caregiver or family member can feed the baby
- Ability to "stretch" time intervals between feedings
- Easier to keep a baby on a regular feeding schedule (as opposed to demand feedings when you nurse)
- No difficulties feeding the infant if mom is suddenly ill or gone in an emergency
The best trend
Women all over the world breastfeed their babies for six months to one year, says the World Health Organization. They see a quicker return to their pre-pregnancy weight and shape and later in life, enjoy lower rates of breast and uterine cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Babies grow more quickly and have fewer allergies and ear infections when they are nursed--even for short periods of time. Truly, mom's breast milk is a "high test" fuel.
If you wish to know more about feeding your newborn, please contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, for more information. We want you and your baby to experience a great first year and beyond. Call (805) 643-7500.
Do you think that your child's behavioral problems may be caused by attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Our Ventura, CA, pediatricians, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics, discuss the disorder and share common symptoms.
What are ADD and ADHD?
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a chemical imbalance in the brain. Although the term ADD was used for years, it's been replaced in recent years by ADHD. ADHD encompasses several sub-categories of the disorder, including primarily inattentive, which some people still refer to as ADD. Other sub-types of ADHD include primarily hyperactive-impulsive and a form that combines both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types.
How can I tell if my child has the disorder?
The symptoms your child exhibits will vary depending on the type of ADHD but may include:
- Difficulty focusing on small details, which can lead to careless mistakes
- Boredom or trouble paying attention if lessons or activities aren't considered enjoyable
- Doesn't always respond to questions or requests due to daydreaming
- Trouble completing multi-step instructions, organizing work, or meeting deadlines
- Difficulty controlling impulses or taking turns with other children
- Failure to turn in homework, even it's complete
- Inability to stop fidgeting, which may make it difficult to stay seated at school
- Easily sidetracked when completing a task
- Loses homework, clothing, pencils, eyeglasses, and other essential objects
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Interrupts conversations or talks over other people
- Trouble making friends and keeping them
What treatment options are available in Ventura for ADHD?
Because every child who has ADHD has different challenges, it's important to develop a treatment option that addresses your son or daughter's unique needs. Behavior and talk therapy can be very effective in helping your child control behavior that's considered inappropriate by other people.
Participation in a social skills group may be recommended if your child has trouble with relationships. During group sessions, your child will learn how to successfully interact with other children, recognize social cues and manage their emotions.
Medication might also be helpful, although it may be possible for your child to control his or her symptoms without medication, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Children who receive medication are closely monitored by our office to ensure that the drug prescribed works well and doesn't cause troubling side effects.
ADD and ADHD treatment can help your child manage his or her challenges. Call our Ventura, CA, pediatricians, Dr. White and Dr. Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics, at (805) 643-7500 to schedule an appointment.
What your pediatricians in Ventura, California want you to know
Making sure your child eats a healthy diet can sometimes be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of misconceptions about what a healthy children’s diet should look like. You as a parent, probably have a few questions too. Your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California want to help answer some frequently asked questions about children’s nutrition.
How many cups of water should children drink each day?
If your child is between the ages of 4 and 8, 7 cups of fluid need to be consumed per day, in the form of water, other liquids or foods.
What are some healthy snacks I can feed my child?
There are many healthy snacks perfect for children including nuts, an apple or banana along with peanut butter.
What’s so bad about sugar?
Sugar is empty calories which can make your child gain weight but provide no nutritional value. Sugar intake also affects your child’s teeth, causing tooth decay and other dental issues.
Are juices good for my child?
Juices often contain lots of sugar, along with lots of calories. They do provide some vitamins, but eating fruit instead of drinking juice is far better for your child. Eating fruit provides all the same vitamins along with fiber, which is essential to keep your child healthy.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions about children’s nutrition. To view and print a handy Children’s Food Pyramid Coloring Page, please visit https://cdn.education.com/worksheet-image/280995/food-pyramid-coloring-page-life.gif
For more detailed information about children’s nutrition, please visit the Children’s Nutrition page on the Surfside Pediatrics website at https://www.surfsidepeds.com/child-nutrition.html
Your child deserves a long and healthy life and it all starts with good nutrition. To find out more about nutrition and other pediatric topics call your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, California today!
Ear infections are a common childhood illness; in fact, the National Institute of Health has estimated that five out of six children will have had one or more ear infections by the time they turn three. Ear infections can be caused by either viruses or bacteria. The cause of your child's ear infection will determine how it's treated at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, which is why it's important to make an appointment with one of our providers any time your child is exhibiting the following signs of an ear infection.
Pain and drainage
Pain originating in your child's ear can be a clear sign to both you and your Ventura pediatrician that an ear infection is present, especially if it follows a cold or other viral illness. The pain may be worse when lying down due to the increased pressure from the change in position. Fluid may also drain from the ear; it can be clear to yellowish and may contain blood depending on the type of infection and where in the ear it's located.
Other physical signs
Younger children who have ear infections but can't articulate how they feel or where it hurts may show their symptoms to you or your Ventura pediatrician in other ways. They may pull or rub their ears or be unable to hear as well as normal. They may also seem off-balance due to the pressure within the inner ear. Some children with an ear infection will run a fever, typically over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Irritability and crying more than usual can also accompany other symptoms of illness, including ear infections.
If your child is showing signs of an ear infection, or you're concerned about any other illnesses, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA to make an appointment with one of our skilled, caring pediatric health providers.
Breastfeeding offers so many benefits for both you and your growing baby.
When you find out you’re pregnant there are so many things to consider with regards to how you will raise your new addition. Of course, one of the first things you may think about is whether or not you should breastfeed. While this choice is a personal one and different for each mother and her unique situation, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians are here to provide a little information regarding the benefits that come along if you choose to breastfeed your little one.
You will be hard pressed to find anything like breast milk to provide your growing baby with the nutrition they need. Breast milk contains all the essential nutrients they need for the first few months of their life to help build up their immune system and protect them from illness. In fact, breastfed babies are less likely to get sick than formula-fed babies. Since your breast milk is uniquely designed to provide your baby with exactly what they need, it’s impossible to find anything that can duplicate that.
Studies have actually discovered that breastfed babies are less likely to develop allergies than babies who drink formula. While this isn’t fully understood it’s believed that the immunoglobulin in breast milk actually helps to coat the intestines and protect against inflammation caused by eating certain foods. As you can imagine, babies who drink formula will not receive this same protection against intestinal inflammation and certain allergies.
Improve Your Mood
Okay, moms! Our Ventura children’s doctors are also here to tell you why breastfeeding can also be great for you. After giving birth, a lot of women experience anxiety and postpartum depression. Of course, the National Institutes of Health found that women who breastfed experienced lower anxiety levels and were less depressed. Whenever you breastfeed, a hormone known as oxytocin is released. This hormone is sometimes nicknamed the “cuddle hormone” for its ability to provide relaxation and bonding between you and your baby.
Do you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding? Then turn to Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, today to put your mind at ease. We also provide a full range of pediatric services for your little one.
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