By Surfside Pediatrics
August 09, 2022
Category: Health
Tags: Child Nutrition  

Want to learn more about how to improve your child's nutrition?

We know that getting your child to eat the healthy foods they need for optimal health can be challenging. Anything green seems like an immediate “no.” If you’ve been struggling with your child’s nutrition these days, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians can help you find ways to prevent mealtimes from feeling like a battle you won’t win.

Why Is Child Nutrition So Important?

We get most of our nutrients from the foods we eat, and we all know how important proper nutrition is for ensuring that our brains and bodies function optimally. Childhood is a time of immense growth and development, and a healthy, varied diet ensures they have everything they need to grow up healthy and strong. Practicing healthy eating habits can empower your child to make smarter decisions as they get older about the foods they choose to eat.

What Types of Nutrients Are Most Important for My Child?

Kids must eat a variety of foods to ensure they get the most vitamins, nutrients and minerals possible from their diet alone (this can also reduce the need for supplementation). This include,

  • Learn sources of protein such as wild-caught fish and free-range poultry
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy fats such as coconut, avocado and olive oil
  • Low-fat dairy (in moderation)

What Are Some Helpful Tips for Parents To Improve Child Nutrition?

When it comes to your child’s nutrition, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians know that it isn’t always easy. Here are some helpful tips that may make it easier for your child to make healthier food choices (and maybe even enjoy these foods, too!).

  • Portion size is just as important as what your child is eating. 50% of your child’s plate should be fruits and veggies.
  • Avoid processed foods and choose fresh, whole foods every time.
  • It’s important to limit sugars, refined grains (e.g., white rice), sodium and trans fats.
  • Opt for steaming or baking over frying or boiling, which can remove some nutritional value.
  • Make sure your child is drinking water. Avoid fruit juices and sports drinks, which are chock full of sugar and other additives.
  • Have your child shop with you to pick out the fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks they want.
  • Make cooking a family activity. Show your child how you prepare nutritious foods to make them taste good. If they get to play chef, they may also be more likely to eat the foods they helped prepare.

If you have questions about your child’s nutrition, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians are always here to provide support and advice. To schedule an appointment with us, call Surfside Pediatrics at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
April 27, 2022
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

How your pediatricians in Ventura, CA, can help you care for your baby

You want your baby to thrive, and an important part of this is meeting your baby’s dietary needs, especially when your baby is a newborn. That’s where breastfeeding comes in. Breastfeeding is the best way to make sure your baby thrives.

The pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, provide a wide range of children’s medical services, including counseling on breastfeeding.

There are many important benefits of breastfeeding. Let’s look at just a few of them:

  • Breastfeeding provides your baby with optimal nutrition, including the perfect balance of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Breast milk is digested easily and absorbed more effectively, with less stomach upset.
  • Breastfeeding is no cost to you; formula can cost 60-200 dollars per month, depending on the brand of formula.
  • Breast milk is ready anytime, with no preparation required. It also comes out at just the right temperature for your baby.
  • Breast milk contributes to a healthy immune system because it contains immunoglobulins from the mother.
  • Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby and can lead to a healthier, calmer baby.

Breastfeeding provides benefits for your baby, and it can also provide benefits for you too, including:

  • Helping lose the weight you gained during pregnancy
  • Helping to balance your hormone levels
  • Providing the convenience of on-the-go nutrition for your baby, so you can enjoy activities again.

Breastfeeding provides all the nutrients so your baby can thrive and grow. Breastfeeding can also give you peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your baby.

These are just a few of the many important benefits of breastfeeding. Your pediatrician can help you learn tips and techniques to make breastfeeding easier for you and your baby.

Your pediatrician can also help if you are having difficulty breastfeeding, or if you are experiencing soreness and discomfort while breastfeeding.

To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and more about children’s healthcare, call the pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at (805) 643-7500. Call today.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 09, 2022
Category: Pediatrics

Conflict is bound to happen at some point with your child, but it’s important that you can understand when it’s a normal conflict or a conflict caused by something your child is dealing with. Behavioral issues can show as a defiant personality that becomes a pattern or disrupts your child’s daily routine at home or at school. Your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, can help you understand certain child behavior problems and how you can help your child with these.

What to Know About Child Behavior Problems

It’s completely normal for your child to set boundaries and be defiant every once in a while, as they grow and begin to understand themselves better. When it starts to become a more consistent issue, you may need to speak with your child’s pediatrician so that you can both figure out what your child may be dealing with and how you can help.

If child behavior problems are left untreated by your pediatrician in Ventura, CA, it can take a toll on your child’s mental health, as well as your own. A common behavioral issue is an oppositional defiant disorder which usually starts to show between the ages of 8 and 12. Your child may be regularly defiant against you, other family members, or their teachers.

If your child is struggling with this, they may often get angry, be resentful, will argue with adults, and will blame other people for their own mistakes instead of taking accountability. An important part of treatment is being able to communicate with your child and their pediatrician and giving them a space to feel comfortable.

Contact Your Child’s Pediatrician Today!

If you think your child is dealing with behavioral issues, you should be sure to voice your concerns to their doctor. Contact your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, to talk about child behavior problems and how they can be treated. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
December 02, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Get the facts about ADD and ADHD.

Many people think that attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the same thing. Some people even mix the two up, but they are a bit different. Whether you have a child with ADHD or you are simply curious to learn more about ADD and ADHD, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians are always here to answer any of your questions at Surfside Pediatrics.

What is the main difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD refers to a single type of ADHD, mostly the inattentive type. Of course, ADD is an outdated term and is no longer considered a diagnosis. Now it’s simply that children and teens are diagnosed with ADHD; however, ADD may be used to refer to a specific inattentive type of ADHD known as Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD. ADHD also includes the Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type ADHD and Combined Type ADHD.

What are the symptom differences between the two?

When referring to ADD, this misses the hyperactivity aspect that is a common symptom of ADHD; however, kids do not need to have all three main symptoms—inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity— for our Ventura, CA, pediatricians to diagnose a child or teen with ADHD. Let’s break down these three main symptoms of ADD and ADHD a bit further.


A child who is inattentive due to ADHD is easily distracted. They may misplace items regularly or make careless mistakes on their homework. They may jump from one task to another never completing one before starting something new. They may also have trouble following instructions and may be called “daydreamers”.


A child with impulsivity due to ADHD will have trouble waiting their turn. They may cut in line or blurt out answers to questions before they are called on. They may also interrupt conversations frequently.


A child with Predominantly Hyperactive Type ADHD will often look like they have a ton of energy. They seem like they are “bouncing off the walls”, having trouble playing quietly or sitting still. They may squirm around in their seat or have to get up often.

If you are concerned about ADD or ADHD and your child, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians here at Surfside Pediatrics would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your concerns. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (805) 643-7500. We also offer telemedicine visits!

By Surfside Pediatrics
October 08, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Online Visits  

During the past 18 months, working from home, getting together with friends, and celebrating special events virtually became the new norm. Online medical visits also became much more common. Although life is gradually getting back to normal, telemedicine appointments with the providers at Surfside Pediatrics, Dr. Kevin White, Dr. Stacey Lowen, Dr. Gary Winston and Melissa Wilkey, NP remain a great option for both children and parents.

Telemedicine visits save time

Thanks to telemedicine visits, you won't have to worry about traffic jams, or come up with ways to keep your child occupied in the waiting room. Your child can rest in bed or on the couch until it's time for their visit, and you can get a little work done. If you're out of town, you won't have to worry about taking your child to an unfamiliar doctor or visiting an urgent care center. No matter where you are, your child will be able to be seen by Surfside Pediatrics.

Your child's visit is secure

The office uses HIPAA-complaint software to ensure your child's privacy during virtual visits. In fact, the appointment will be just as secure and private as it would be if you were actually in the office. On your end, you'll use your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to talk to the doctor. You'll need a device that has a camera and a microphone, as the medical provider will need to see your child during the visit.

Telemedicine is ideal for many medical issues

Although telemedicine can't be used for well-child visits, it's an effective way to diagnose and treat many conditions and symptoms, including:

  • Earaches
  • Fevers
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughs, colds, the flu, and other viruses
  • Stuffy noses
  • Headaches
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Joint or muscle pain

Virtual visits can be used to manage chronic health conditions or refill prescriptions. If you're not sure if your child needs to be seen in person or if tests are needed, your child's doctor can make the decision during a virtual visit. Virtual visits can also be helpful if your child is struggling with depression or mental health, learning, or behavioral issues.

Do you need to schedule a telemedicine visit for your child? Call (805) 643-7500 to make an appointment with Dr. White, Dr. Lowen, Dr. Winston, or Melissa Wilkey, NP at Surfside Pediatrics.

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