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By Surfside Pediatrics
August 01, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Breastfeeding offers so many benefits for both you and your growing baby.breastfeeding

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.

Reduce Illnesses

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.

Prevent Allergies

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.

By Surfside Pediatrics
May 11, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Behavior Problems  

Temper tantrums and boundary testing are typically normal rites of passage in childhood and adolescent development. From mood behavior problemsswings to attitude problems that can seem to come out of the left field for often unsuspecting parents, even perfectly healthy and well-adjusted children can display irregular behavior as they adjust to the developmental and environmental changes around them and try to navigate the complex emotions that accompany growing up. But in some cases, excessive or prolonged disruptive behavior and drastic changes in personality can be a sign of a deeper issue. If you are worried or concerned by outbursts, attention problems or academic performance or socialization issues at school or other disruptive behaviors in your child that have started to affect overall family life, a pediatrician at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, can help you determine the cause, the appropriate treatment and proper course of action.

Evaluation and Treatment for Childhood and Adolescent Behavior Problems in Ventura, CA

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, some of the most common signs of a disruptive behavior disorder include:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Physical aggression/attacking other children
  • Defiance of/resistance to authority (such as being excessively argumentative, lying, or stealing)

Like adults, children can suffer from a number of emotional or mental conditions that can manifest in disruptive and aggressive behavior, as well as depression, learning and social difficulties, and mood problems. Some of the most common childhood and adolescent behavior disorders include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression

The severity and range of symptoms can vary from child to child, and some children can experience more than one condition at a time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you have noticed changes in your child's personality or disruptive behavior that seems excessive, consult with a pediatrician to help determine whether a behavioral disorder is to blame.

Find a Pediatrician in Ventura, CA

For more information on when to seek professional help and treatment for disruptive behavior, contact Surfside Pediatrics by calling (805) 643-7500 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 02, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Wellness Visits  

Children grow very quickly and one of the best ways to ensure that you keep ahead of any potential health issues is with regular wellness well child examsvisits. Life is busy and it can be difficult to fit everything into your schedule each day can be challenging. Many people only seek medical attention when there is already a problem. Wellness visits with a Ventura, CA, pediatrician at Surfside Pediatrics can help you avoid some emergencies and illnesses. Waiting could mean the difference between long-term good health and illness for your child.

A qualified Ventura pediatrician that visits with your child regularly will become familiar with his or her health and will be able to see changes that are concerning. This can often give them the edge in early detection of problems and treatment. The regular visits with the pediatrician also help to keep track of milestones in growth and overall health. These are beneficial indicators of how well a child is progressing. The visits often include discussions about vaccinations, overall health condition, growth and eating habits. This is an excellent opportunity for the pediatrician to address any concerns that you might have as well. This is also important for many school records to indicate that your child is healthy and able to attend school.

Seeing a Venture, CA, pediatrician at Surfside Pediatrics can provide you with the peace of mind that you need as well as help you keep your child healthy. They can tell you if they see any possible issues with growth or if your child is healthy and doing well. Getting the most of your visit can start by being prepared and scheduling well in advance. Don’t ignore the wellness visits because your child seems healthy. Take the time to call our professionals at (805) 643-7500 for an appointment. We look forward to helping your child stay healthy and educating you on the many ways you can do the same at home.

By Surfside Pediatrics
November 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Find out what makes these two attention-related disorders different from one another.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder are two terms that get bandied about a lot. They may often seem like the same thing from what you hear from those around you or read in articles, but our Ventura, CA pediatricians are here to clear up a few misconceptions surrounding these two conditions.

While both ADD and ADHD are brain-related conditions that affect how someone concentrates, the one big difference between the two is that those children who have ADHD are also hyperactive. Children with ADHD are often fidgety and can’t sit still. They may not be able to sit in their seat while at school and they are more likely to cause disruptions to a classroom.

On the other hand, children may have ADD without parents or teachers even noticing since there are no outbursts of energy or disruptions. Instead, they may be prone to daydreaming or being in a world of their own most of the time.

Of course, while ADD was once considered a subtype of ADHD, it seems as if things have changed a bit and even little ones with ADD are being placed under the blanket term ADHD. This has caused a bit of controversy with doctors and psychologists who believe that they truly are two different conditions.

Fortunately, regardless of whether your child has ADD or ADHD, the treatment options are the same. While your child will be prescribed medication from one of our Ventura children’s doctors, they will also need to go through behavioral modifications, which we can discuss more in depth during your visit. These modifications help your child implement different ways to cope to lessen their symptoms and make it easier for them to concentrate.

Is your child displaying symptoms of ADD or ADHD? If so, Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA is here to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to schedule your child’s next appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you. 

By Surfside Pediatrics
July 28, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Infection  

Being a new parent is a difficult job, especially when illness in a very young child is suspected. Many parents contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA concerned that their baby may have an infection that needs treated with antibiotics. Our providers - Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacy Lowen - have compiled some information for parents about infections and how they are treated.Infection

Bacterial infections

These infections are caused by microscopic organisms and can affect virtually any part of the body. Babies can pick up bacterial infections from a variety of sources. For instance, newborns are susceptible to transmission of a mother's bacterial infection during childbirth. Babies with bacterial infections can display elevated or reduced body temperatures, difficulty eating or rapid breathing. Fortunately, expectant mothers are screened for many bacterial infections that could put their unborn children at risk. If a bacterial infection passed during childbirth but is caught quickly, newborn babies typically respond very well to treatment, which includes IV antibiotics and careful monitoring by our Ventura pediatricians.

Viral infections

Viruses are organisms that are even smaller than bacteria and attach themselves to healthy cells to reproduce. Viruses cause the common cold and flu infections that are passed around during the colder months. The usual means of transmitting a virus, especially to an infant, is through the airway; when someone coughs or sneezes, droplets are released into the air and inhaled by others nearby. The symptoms of a virus often mimic that of a bacterial infection, which is why medical treatment is necessary to determine the best course of action. Since viruses do not respond to antibiotics, our Ventura pediatricians typically offer supportive care such as oxygen and methods to prevent or treat dehydration. More serious viral infections, such as herpes or HIV, may be treated with antiviral drugs to strengthen the immune system or suppress the reproduction of the virus.

If you suspect your baby has any kind of infection, please contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA right away. Our mission is to help you and your child maintain the best health possible!

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