Posts for category: Health

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
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.

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.


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