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.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 28, 2019
Category: Health
Tags: Nutrition  

One of the best ways to maintain your child’s health and wellness is to ensure that he or she is eating the right foods. The USDA provides nutritiontips for helping young children at healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinner. Necessary nutrients include fiber, protein, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. Children need to get these nutrients all the more because they are still growing and developing. Read below to gain a basic understanding on why good child nutrition is important, and to get personal guidance from a trusted pediatrician, call Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, today!

Importance of Nutrition
For your children to remain healthy, strong, and resilient, it is essential that they receive the recommended level of nutrients, vitamins, and nourishment. Unfortunately, the average American diet includes a lot of processed foods that don’t always provide a sufficient amount of nutritional value. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 12.5 million American children are obese. This is largely due to the habit of eating too many fats, sugar, and refined carbohydrates, and not enough vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Making Better Child Nutrition Choices
The first step to take if you want to help your child get better nutrition is to examine the foods and beverages that they have been regularly consuming. When you learn more about nutrition with the help of your Ventura pediatrician, you can select better, whole foods the next time you shop. Here are some ways you can start to make better nutritional choices:

- Include more fiber and whole grain-based cereals or breads.
- Provide small trays or bags of vegetable and fruit bites that are kid-friendly and easy to grab when on the run.
- Aim to include green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale, and broccoli) in more meals.
- Ensure that your child is getting ample protein from foods like egg yolks, beans, and meats.
- Check sugar content on foods and minimize sugar consumption.
- Newborns should be breastfed for at least six months to ensure the best nutrition.

Ask Your Pediatrician for Help
It’s not always easy to make child nutrition changes, and when in doubt, seek the advice and guidance of your Ventura pediatrician. It’s important to talk to your child’s doctor about good nutritional choices, from their first appointment as a baby, and throughout their developmental stages. You’ll work together as a team to ensure that your child stays healthy, active, and fit!

Improve Your Child’s Nutrition
Take the first step towards improving your child's health by contacting Dr. Kevin White or Dr. Stacey Lowen at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA. Call (805) 643-7500 today to schedule your visit at a time that’s convenient for you!

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