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By Surfside Pediatrics
June 23, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

As a mother, you've probably seen plenty of online images of a smiling woman breastfeeding her baby, gazing down at her infant as he or she nurses contentedly. For many moms, however, breastfeeding presents several challenges that can have a snowball effect on both their mental and physical health. The team of pediatric health specialists at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura CA understands these challenges and is ready to help new moms meet them head-on. Read on to learn more about breastfeeding problems and the solutions we offer. Talking to our breastfeeding Ventura experts is the first step!

Common issues with breastfeeding

Although it looks easy, many new mothers find breastfeeding difficult. You may feel like you're not producing enough milk, or a duct may become clogged, which can lead to a breast infection called mastitis. Nipple injuries, infections, or anatomical issues further complicate breastfeeding; it can be extremely painful as your baby attempts to latch on. Babies themselves may have a "tongue-tie" or other physical obstacles with the mouth or jaw that make suckling difficult. Combining all these problems with the hormonal changes that occur after giving birth, and breastfeeding can feel frustrating, isolating, and downright bleak. The good news is that your breastfeeding Ventura expert pediatrician has the experience and resources to help you navigate all of these challenges and work out a plan that is beneficial for both you and your baby.

Managing breastfeeding problems

As we mentioned, our providers at Surfside Pediatrics have extensive training in breastfeeding Ventura care for both mothers and babies. Oftentimes breastfeeding issues are managed with at-home treatments like warm compresses, massage techniques, regular pumping, or over-the-counter products like lanolin cream. Medications may be needed for conditions like mastitis or thrush. Your Ventura pediatrician can also refer you to breastfeeding experts, known as lactation consultants, who can coach you on the most effective ways to work through the problems affecting your breastfeeding. The most important step to fixing your breastfeeding issues is being honest and upfront; we are here for you!

If you're experiencing issues with breastfeeding, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura CA to discuss your concerns with one of our caring and experienced team members. We can be reached at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

Healthy children need to follow a nutritious diet. Too much fast and sugary food only leads to bad eating habits that follow kids into adulthood and often create chronic medical conditions. Read on to learn how you can maintain proper nutritional habits for your child, and contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, if you have any further questions.

Importance of Good Nutrition for Your Child

Making sure that your children eat a balanced diet has a multitude of benefits. Good nutrition helps kids:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Experience normal, physical development
  • Avoid cognitive and motor development delays
  • prevent depression, anxiety, and ADHD
  • Improve their moods

How to Improve Your Child's Nutrition

There are many things you can do to improve your child's nutrition. Ask your Ventura, CA, pediatrician to provide you with ideas, and consider the tips below:

  • Serve as a good role model by eating a healthy diet and exercising. Kids will more likely follow your example. In contrast, if you spend most of your evenings eating junk food and watching TV, your child will emulate your bad habits.
  • Serve your child breakfast each morning. It jumpstarts the metabolism and provides kids with the energy they need to face the day.
  • Avoid processed foods as much as you can. For example, instead of handing your kids a cup of applesauce, hand them an apple instead. While it may not be possible to avoid all processed food, read product labels before you buy something. If one of the ingredients is a word you can't pronounce, try to find another item that has more natural ingredients.


Speak With a Pediatrician

Helping your child eat a nutritious diet lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle as an adult, and aids in cognitive and physical development. If you would like more information on the topic, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at 805-643-7500 to speak with a pediatrician.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 19, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: Allergies  

Have you been noticing a seasonal change in your child's wellbeing? Allergies negatively impact children just as much as they affect adults, and if your child is struggling with this issue, we here at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, are here to help—read on to learn more.


Why Does My Child Have Allergies?

Allergies can develop at any age, and can potentially disappear over time. Kids can be allergic to the same substances adults are. Such as:

  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Fragrances


Is Your Child Struggling With Allergies?

If your child has adverse reactions through ingestion or inhalation, it's necessary to seek medical attention from our Ventura, CA, office. Contact one of our pediatricians if one or more of the following persists:

  • Postnasal drip and congestion
  • Itchy, watery, red eyes
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Headache associated with fever


How a Pediatrician Can Help

If your child experiences congestion, coughing, skin rashes, or trouble breathing, allergies could likely be to blame. To accurately diagnose and treat them, our pediatrician may refer your child to an allergist what allergens could be the cause. When symptoms worsen and begin to interfere with your child's sleep, diet, school, and overall health, we highly consider prescribing an allergy test for safety.


Concerned? Give Us a Call

We offer a wide range of services to help your child or teenager maintain good health. If you are feeling helpless because he or she can't seem to find relief from allergies, consult with a pediatrician at Surfside Pediatrics to discuss treatment options. For more information about conditions we treat and services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Kevin White Dr. Stacey Lowen at our Ventura, CA, office, please call (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
October 24, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

You've having a baby. Congratulations! At Surfside Pediatrics, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen and their team want you make a successful transition from pregnancy to newborn care, including breastfeeding. Here are some questions they often answer at their Ventura practice regarding this important experience for mom and baby.

Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding

How long should I nurse my baby?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you nurse your baby for at least six months. At first, your newborn will nurse every 1-1/2 to two hours each day (every 24 hours, in other words). As your baby grows and the stomach increases in capacity, the amount of time between feedings will lengthen.

Is breastfeeding a good option for me as a mother?

Yes, it is. Nursing establishes a strong bond between mom and baby. Additionally, the hormones which maintain your milk supply, and the calories you expend to make milk, return you to your pre-pregnancy size and shape more quickly.

How does breastfeeding help my baby?

Breast milk is the perfect food for your newborn. It delivers the right nutrients in proper balance, is the perfect consistency for little mouths and GI tracts and contains important passive immunity--antibodies which pass through the breast milk to protect the baby from contagious disease and allergies. Also, breastfeeding encourages a super-strong bond between newborn and mother.

Am I providing enough milk for my baby?

Most moms do. Your baby should wet at least six diapers a day and have several bowel movements, too. Also, you will come to know if your baby is finished feeding and seems satisfied. Most infants simply pull away from the breast when finished, have a relaxed posture or even fall off to sleep.

How can Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura help me with breastfeeding?

Our team is available to answer any questions or address concerns you may have at any time during your nursing experience. Some moms struggle a bit as their babies learn to latch on, or begin feeding. Another may worry her newborn is not getting enough as he seems fussy after feeding. Dr. Lowen has advanced training on lactation and provides valuable information and practical helps for nursing moms.

I need to pump my milk so I can return to work. Is this difficult?

Pumping may actually help your breasts feel more comfortable and less engorged, especially early on in your baby's life. Pumping in between feedings takes about 15 minutes. You should practice pumping and storing milk as soon as possible so that when your maternity leave is over, you know the technique, have established a consistent pumping schedule and have begun to store some milk in the refrigerator or freezer.

Find out more

Breastfeeding is so important. Learn all you can, and anticipate a good experience! Also, the staff at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, is eager to assist. Call us for an appointment or with any questions: (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
May 24, 2019
Category: Health
Tags: Conjunctivitis  

Conjunctivitis is commonly known as pink eye and is the result of infection or inflammation of the lining of the eye, which is known as the conjunctiva membrane. Conjunctivitis is contagious and children are especially susceptible to contracting it from one another so it is important to seek treatment from a pediatrician right away. Treatment can also help alleviate the symptoms of conjunctivitis, which can include eye itchiness. The doctors at Surfside Pediatrics are your Ventura, CA, pediatricians for the treatment of pink eye.

Causes and Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis if often caused by either a bacterial or viral infection, but it can also develop due to allergies. Some of the symptoms Pediatricianassociated with conjunctivitis include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Puffy eyes
  • Redness of the eye
  • Itchiness of the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Crusting on the lashes

It is best to seek treatment for your child right away if any of the symptoms of pink eye develop. The condition is extremely contagious and any contact with secretions of the affected eye(s) can result in the spread of conjunctivitis to others. To reduce the risk of infecting other family members, schedule an appointment with your child’s Ventura, CA, pediatrician as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime, washing the hands regularly can help prevent the conjunctivitis from spreading to others.


The best course of treatment for pink eye depends on the cause. Antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat pink eye caused by a bacterial infection, while antiviral eye drops can be used if the infection was caused by a virus. Antihistamines are a treatment option for conjunctivitis caused by allergies. Other medications, such as antibiotics or steroids, might also be recommended or prescribed by your doctor. It is possible for pink eye to eventually clear up on its own, but treatment will help speed up recovery.

Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye, regularly affects many children who might be exposed to the condition by another child at school. Treatments are available for speeding recovery and for soothing the symptoms caused by pink eye. For the treatment of conjunctivitis in your child, schedule an appointment with a Ventura, CA, pediatrician by calling Surfside Pediatrics at (805) 643-7500.

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