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By Surfside Pediatrics
May 05, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Your pediatricians in Ventura, CA, can help your child stay healthy.

When you have a baby, it’s a wonderful event. Having a baby also comes with a lot of responsibilities and decisions. One important question is whether you are going to breastfeed or feed your baby formula in a bottle. Your pediatrician is an expert at newborn care and can help you decide what's best for you and your baby.

The pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, offer comprehensive pediatric medical services to help your child stay healthy.

When you make your decision about whether to breastfeed or feed your baby formula, you need to have all of the facts. Let’s take a look at how breastfeeding stacks up against formula, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Breastfeeding offers a high level of nutrients that are balanced and digested easily. Formula nutrient levels are not consistent, and they are not absorbed as efficiently as breast milk. In fact, some babies experience digestive issues with formula.

There is no cost to feeding your baby breast milk, however, formula can cost anywhere from $60 per month to $200 per month, depending on which brand you choose.

Breast milk doesn’t require any preparation and is always at the right temperature. Formula requires preparation to get the correct consistency and temperature.

Breast milk contains important substances like immunoglobulins to help ensure your baby develops a healthy immune system. Formula does not have these substances, so formula does not help your child develop immunity.

When you choose to breastfeed, it helps promote a strong bond between you and your baby because oxytocin is released.

Your baby deserves to enjoy great health, and breastfeeding provides important benefits for your baby. To find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding and other children’s healthcare topics, talk with an expert. Call the pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at (805) 643-7500 now!

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 09, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Flu  

The seasonal flu can be especially dangerous for older persons above the age of 65, but young children are also at high risk for flu-related complications. This doesn't mean that your child for sure will suffer from these, only that they require an extra level of care, both in prevention, and treatment. If you'd like to learn more get in contact with Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA.

Symptoms and Treatment

The flu shares a lot in common with the common cold so it can, at first, be difficult to know which you are dealing with. They are both brought on by different viruses and the flu brings with it more severe symptoms and they come on more suddenly than the flu.
Muscle aches, dizziness, and chills, for example, typically signal the presence of the flu.

But be on the lookout for headaches, decreased appetite, a worsening cough, and a fever, among others. Consult with their pediatrician to learn more about the warning signs, and bring in your child as soon as possible if they appear sick. Babies in particular should be examined by a professional if you suspect the flu.

If you've taken your kid to the doctor and their symptoms worsen don't think twice about bringing them back in.
At home, what's most important is allowing your child to rest and make sure they drink plenty of fluids. As mentioned above, they may not be as hungry, but they should still stay hydrated, as dehydration is one of the more dangerous complications from the flu.

Your Local Pediatrician in Ventura, CA

The flu can very easily transmit between people, from just talking, or sneezing, and coughing. Also by touch as it can remain on surfaces for up to 24 hours.

So it's important to encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands regularly and to cover their nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, as well as to clean everything regularly handled or touched.

The flu shot is also recommended for everyone in your home, 6 months or older. Children younger than 8 may need two vaccines, one prepares their immune system for the second.

Regular checkups should also be part of your battle plan against the flu so you and your doctor can be prepared. Make your appointment today, call Dr. White and Dr. Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, by dialing (805) 643-7500.

 

By Surfside Pediatrics
December 29, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Here’s what parents should understand about childhood ADHD.

Is your child just a little rambunctious or flighty at times or are these behaviors that they display regularly? Are they struggling in school because they are often disorganized, forgetful, or have trouble waiting their turn? If so, you may be concerned that they could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If so, our Ventura, CA, pediatricians can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether your child could have ADHD.

Are ADD and ADHD the same thing?

Have you heard some people call it ADD while others call it ADHD? Let us explain…when this neurodevelopmental disorder first started to gain recognition, the medical community often referred to it as ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. These days ADD is a little outdated and we now refer to it as ADHD.

How will I know that my child has ADHD?

Most parents start to notice behavioral differences in their child before the age of 12, with many children exhibiting telltale signs of ADHD by the age of three. Common signs of ADHD include,

  • Interrupting others
  • Trouble waiting their turn
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Fidgeting or trouble sitting still
  • Prone to outbursts and temper tantrums
  • Careless mistakes
  • Often misplacing items
  • Jumping from task to task but never completing anything
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing when someone’s talking

Yes, we know that these are behaviors that all kids and teens will exhibit at some point; however, it’s a concern for our Ventura, CA, pediatricians when these behaviors persist for months on end and they negatively impact every aspect of your child’s life, from school to social life. If this is something that you’re concerned about, then it’s worth seeing our pediatric team to determine whether your child could benefit from proper ADHD testing.

After all, these behaviors can also be indicative of other problem such as,

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Neurological disorders
  • Life stressors

If your child is showing all the signs of ADHD and it’s affecting everything from their schoolwork to their social life, then it’s time to turn to our Ventura, CA, pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics for an evaluation. Call us today at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
August 20, 2020
Category: Health

Knowing a little about children’s developmental signs and stages can help you to recognize childhood behavioral problems should they arise. Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen are pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA who are here to help you with your child’s behavioral problems. Here are some general signs that your child may have a behavioral problem.

Warning Signs that Your Child May Have Behavioral Issues

Ventura, CA parents should talk to a pediatrician if they notice any of the following warning signs:

Difficulty Managing Emotions

Temper tantrums are not uncommon in preschool children. But as your child gets older, they should be able to handle their feelings in a socially acceptable way. If your child is having difficulty controlling disappointment, frustration, or anger in a manner that is appropriate for their age, they may have an underlying behavioral problem.

Impulse Control Issues

Signs of poor impulse control include aggression in school, yelling at teachers, and pushing to the front of the line. You can help your child with impulse control by suggesting alternative behaviors and encouraging mindfulness.

Difficulty in School

If your child’s behavior is hurting her school life, this should not be ignored. Issues such as getting into fights in class, getting sent out of class, or being suspended can be signs of an underlying behavioral problem.

Difficulty with Social Interaction

It’s quite normal for children to have occasional disagreements with their peers, but if your child’s behavior is interfering with social interaction, this needs to be addressed, particularly if her behavior is making it difficult for her to make friends.

Self-harming Behavior

If at any time, your child self-harms or talks about suicide you should talk to a mental health professional to have your child evaluated before she causes serious self-injury.

If you live in or around Ventura, CA and you would like to discuss your child’s behavior with a pediatrician, call Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen of Surfside Pediatrics at (805) 643-7500.

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.





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