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When your child is sick, the first place you usually turn to is your doctor’s office. You know that you can trust your doctor to do everything he can to help your child find relief from his or her symptoms. But what about when your child is well? Do you think about taking your child to the doctor? You should! Well check-ups, otherwise known as routine visits, are vital to your child’s health!
Routine visits serve as a preventative! At your child’s check-up, it allows the doctor to do a full check of your child’s overall health instead of just focusing on the symptoms as they do when your child is sick. This helps the doctor detect problems early on, sometimes before any symptoms have even arisen. This puts you and your child at a great advantage! The earlier that a problem is found, the sooner treatment can be started which usually makes for a must faster and easier recovery. In addition to this, it is also customary for children to receive any vaccinations that are due at their routine visits. Doctor Solari says, “Vaccines have been one of the most important preventative health measures available to physicians throughout modern history. Vaccines have saved more lives than any other single medical advance.” Vaccines prevent children from getting deadly diseases before children even come in contact with the disease!
Routine visits provide opportunities for open communication between doctors and their patients. When you bring your child to their routine visit, Dr. Solari always allows for any questions that you may have about your child, whether it be questions regarding discipline, eating habits, or even medical concerns you may have from the media. Alternately, it gives Dr. Solari the opportunity to give you advice specific to the age of your child. The check-up visits give him an opportunity to talk about things that don’t come up at sick visits such as appropriate car seat information or what types of responsibilities your child is ready to take on. As your child matures, Dr. Solari takes the opportunity to begin to talk to them one-on-one. Beginning at your child’s 13-year check-up and through their teen years, Dr. Solari will have your child come into the exam room alone to give your child a chance to have open communication with him about things that they may be uncomfortable discussing in front of mom or dad. After a few minutes of this one-on-one discussion, Dr. Solari will then call the person accompanying the patient to the back to complete the exam. This gives your teen a chance to practice independence and prepare him or her for adulthood when they will no longer need someone to accompany them to the doctor.
Finally, routine visits allow Dr. Solari to give what medical experts refer to as “anticipatory guidance”. This is the term used to describe the advice given to parents to prepare them for the upcoming stages in their child’s life. First, Dr. Solari will check your child and give advice on his/her current health and stages. Before the visit is over though, Dr. Solari will begin to give advice in preparation for what is soon to come. For new moms and dads of babies, this appears as the advice given for what baby food will be next and when you should begin feeding your baby more solid foods. For children, this can be things such as when they may begin chores at home or how to handle temper tantrums. For parents of teenagers, Dr. Solari prepares them for the challenges they may face while making sure their teens are always wearing their seatbelt and making sure that they are getting plenty of rest at night. This can serve as a form of comfort for parents because we don’t always think about what’s ahead. Then, when the situations arise, parents can then put into practice what Dr. Solari prepared them for months in advance.
Routine visits are commonly overlooked and neglected as many people don’t see much of a correlation between their healthy children and the doctor’s office. In all reality, our children’s check-ups should be some of the most important visits we keep with our pediatrician! Mark their next routine visits on your calendar, teach your children to prioritize their doctor visits, and determine that your family will maintain a healthy lifestyle by keeping their well-visits. The medical care and information given at these visits are invaluable.
As we all know, babies do not come with an instruction manual. Oh, don't we all wish they did? It would be so much easier if we had a book we could reference that told us what each different-sounding cry means or how long you can hold your baby without spoiling her or even what some of the best health options are for him! Being a new parent is sometimes hard, especially when you just wish someone was there to even give you some kind of guideline to follow. Well, after speaking with Dr. Solari, we can offer a guideline for one of the common questions new parents have: "What should my baby eat and when?" When should a baby start on real foods? How long should I breast feed? When can a child start drinking regular milk? The following is a guideline to these question and more!
Newborns: Newborns should have a strict diet consisting only of breast milk, formula, or a combination of the two. "Breast is best," says Dr. Solari, but if you are unable to do so, formula is the next best thing. Don't get discouraged if you must formula feed or even supplement by feeding your newborn breast milk and formula. She is still getting all of the nutrition she needs to grow healthy and strong!
3-4 Months: Let the fun begin! You can start to introduce infant cereal. When first introducing cereal to your baby, create the mix to mostly be breast milk/formula (giving it more flavor). By making it more liquid to start, this will help your little one eat it a bit easier. As the days go by, slowly begin making the cereal a bit more "mushy" instead of "watery". Cereal, however, should not go into a baby's bottle, but rather be spoon-fed to get them used to eating from a spoon. A bottle of breast milk/formula may be in addition to the cereal as adults take drinks with their meal.
Despite the rumors, giving a baby infant cereal before 3-4 months of age will not help them "sleep through the night" or affect their sleep in any way. This is simply an old wives tale.
4-5 Months: Time for new flavors! At this age, while still drinking breast milk/formula, a baby can also start to try stage 1 foods. Put simply, these are just foods that have been pureed to almost liquid. At the beginning, only indroduce one food at a time. For example, give your child stage 1 carrots for 2-3 days. If he shows no signs of being allergic to carrots, then introduce green beans, giving him carrots and green beans for 2-3 days. If no allergies noted, continue with other foods in the same manner. Before long, he will be enjoying many different kinds of food!
6-8 Months: Getting better at this eating thing! Your growing baby can now start stage 2 foods. As you will see, these foods have a bit more texture to them. Not quite as "watery", but still not "chunky" - just somewhere in between. She should also still be getting plenty of breast milk/formula and can also now begin receiving finger-foods such as puffs and orginal Cheerios, and she can start trying very soft table foods like mashed potatoes!
9 Months: Well on their way! This is the time babies can begin stage 3 foods which contains whole pieces of food such as the small pieces of noodles in the Spaghetti Stage 3. He is now ready to begin trying more whole pieces of table foods that are softer and easy to "chew" even without any/all of his teeth. Remember to be giving your child breast milk or formula along with all these fun and exciting food adventures!
12 Months: Continue allowing them to try new foods and very slowly increasing the firmness as your toddler starts getting more teeth and getting used to chewing her food. When she turns one year old, her body will be abe to process whole milk.While it is perfectly healthy to stop breast milk/formula at this age and make the complete switch to whole milk, it is also perfectly healthy to continue with breast milk/formula. The main thing to avoid at this age is 2% milk or 1% milk. A toddler needs whole milk until she turns 2 years old, at which she can begin drinking whatever kind of milk the rest of the family drinks!
Hopefully having this general feeding guideline will take one less worry off of new parent's plates. Introducing new foods and discovering your baby's favorite tastes are a fun adventure for children and parents alike! Sometimes feeding time can be messy as they first learn how to eat while most of it rolls down their chin, then trying to begin feeding themselves, but always enjoy meal time together. They won't be little for long!