Posts for: February, 2018
By West End Pediatrics
February 20, 2018
Category: Child Care
When your child experiences ear pain, it can take a toll on their irritability and daily activities. Understanding your child’s ear pain is key in determining the treatment needed to relieve their pain. Ear pain is
never fun and it can really stop your child in their tracks, which is why it is important to visit your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and care.
According to your pediatrician, the most common cause of ear pain in children (and adults, too) is blocked Eustachian tubes. When functioning normally, the Eustachian tubes keep the air pressure even on both sides of the eardrum. This ear pain is typically worse at night because the tubes cannot drain naturally when you are lying down.
Other causes of ear pain include:
- Acute infections of the middle ear
- Enlarged adenoids
- Bacterial, fungal or viral infection in the external part of the ear
Your child can also develop swimmer’s ear, even if they are not a swimmer. This infection occurs when water gets in the ear, most often while showering, and it can’t be expelled. This then leads to ear pain and transient deafness, but by visiting your pediatrician, your child can receive proper treatment.
If your child experiences ear pain, contact your pediatrician for more information on ear pain and how to help your child.
By West End Pediatrics
February 07, 2018
Category: Children's Safety
When you are not able to watch your child closely, many moms or dads will place their child in a playpen. While you might think this is a safe place for your child, think again. A playpen can also pose risks
for your child and be dangerous under certain circumstances. With the guidance of your pediatrician, lets take a look at ways you can prevent mishaps from occurring with your child while they are in a playpen. According to your pediatrician, make sure that:
- Netting has a small weave without any tears.
- The drop side is up and securely locked.
- The rails and padding are in good condition.
- Toys are not strung from the playpen
- You don’t use an accordion-style fence as a play yard.
Playpens are popular because they allow parents to put their baby down with the knowledge that their little one can’t wander off. By understanding how to protect your baby, playpens can remain a safe place. Your pediatrician offers helpful tips to help keep your baby safe at all times.