Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog
A new baby needs a lot of things. From bottles and car seats to high chairs and baby monitors, an expectant parent has a lot of decisions and purchases to make before baby’s arrival. Considering your baby will spend a great deal of time here, a crib is one of the most important things a parent will buy.
Whether you’re shopping for a brand new crib or receiving a hand-me-down from a relative or friend, remember to evaluate your baby’s resting place carefully to ensure it meets all of the safety guidelines. You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for information regarding all of these important safety standards.
There are many types of cribs available today, and parents will want to be educated about safety features and guidelines before choosing one for their baby. Here are a few helpful tips from the AAP:
- Make sure the crib meets current safety standards before purchasing it. As of June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. The standards also require stronger hardware and increased durability.
- If you have a crib that was manufactured before the new safety standards were enacted, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer hardware to keep the drop side from being raised or lowered. Consider buying a new crib that meets the stronger standards, if possible.
- Read and follow the directions carefully for setting up, using and caring for the crib.
- Regularly inspect your crib’s screws and hardware, and tighten them as necessary.
- The mattress should fit snugly in the crib to prevent the baby from slipping between the mattress and the crib sides. As a general rule, no more than two of your fingers should fit between the mattress and the side of the crib.
- Do not use the crib if there are any missing, damaged or broken parts, and never substitute original parts with pieces from a hardware store. Always contact the crib manufacturer for replacement materials.
- Be sure to inspect every crib your child uses—from grandma’s house to the day care center—for safety.
- Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if your crib has been recalled.
- The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 3⁄8 inches apart, as widely spaced slats can trap the infant.
- All surfaces of the crib should be covered with lead-free paint, and the wood should be smooth and free of splinters.
Remember, your baby will spend many hours in his or her crib. Take special care to ensure that your baby’s sleeping place offers very little opportunity for injuries and problems. You can learn more about crib safety standards, as well as safe bedding practices by visiting www.healthychildren.org and www.cpsc.gov, or by contacting your pediatrician for more information.
Your child’s health is important, and that’s why well-child visits with your pediatrician can give you peace of mind and help your child stay healthy. The pediatricians at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, North Carolina Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra offer pediatric services including well-child visits to help make sure your child enjoys a healthy life.
Regular visits can help prevent illness and make sure your child’s development and growth are normal. It’s also a great way to make sure your child is current on immunizations.
Your child should receive an initial well-child visit within 48-72 hours of birth, at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
At the well-child visit, your pediatrician will measure your child’s height, weight, and other essential information. This provides an important baseline for future visits, to make sure your child is on a healthy, normal growth and development track. To find out more about child healthcare recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can view or print this handy guide, by clicking on this link: https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/periodicity_schedule.pdf
These visits provide a great opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you have about your child’s eating, sleeping, or behavioral issues.
One of the most important ways well-child visits help your child is by ensuring your child is current on immunizations. Immunizations protect your child from serious diseases like meningitis, hepatitis, or the flu. Immunizations also protect you and other children and adults your child comes into contact with. They are also required for your child to attend daycare or school. For more information about the current immunization schedule from the Centers for Disease Control, please click on this link to view or print a handy list of recommendations:
Regular visits are important to protect your child’s health and give you peace of mind. Don’t wait when it comes to your child’s health. Schedule a visit today by calling the pediatricians at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, North Carolina. Call today!
How your pediatricians in Raleigh, NC, can provide help when you need it
Drs. Jay Ozturk and Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, offer a wide range of pediatric services including same day sick visits to help relieve symptoms and help your child get well.
Treatments Available During a Same-Day Visit
There are many common illnesses which can make your child miserable and could potentially develop into a more serious condition. When your child doesn’t feel well, you feel stressed too. At Little Oaks Pediatrics, these are just a few of the common illnesses treated during a same-day sick visit:
- Colds and flu
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach aches and diarrhea
At a same-day sick visit, your pediatrician can also prescribe necessary antibiotics and other medications to reduce symptoms and eliminate bacteria which can cause infections like these:
- Strep throat
Immediate care services also include treatment of injuries due to sports, accidents, and other causes. At Little Oaks Pediatrics, your pediatrician can help if your child suffers from:
- Burns or bites
- Sprains or strains
- Tendonitis or bursitis
One of the scariest conditions your child might experience is difficulty breathing. Your pediatrician can help with that too by treating:
These are just a few of the many illnesses and conditions which can be treated during a same-day sick visit. For a complete listing of same-day sick visit services please visit the Immediate Care page on the Little Oaks Pediatrics website at http://www.littleoakspediatrics.com/immediate-care.html
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Immediate care including same day sick visits can help your child heal faster, feel better, and get well sooner. If you think your child needs immediate care, don’t wait for your them to get worse—early treatment means a better outcome. To find out more about immediate care for your child, call Drs. Jay Ozturk and Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, today! Our number is (919) 720-4876.
Children can become ill or sustain an injury at any time without warning. In such cases, you want to make sure your child receives the needed medical care in a timely manner. When accidents or illness happens after regular business hours, often the only option for immediate medical care is the Emergency Room, which can be inconvenient and involve a long wait. At Little Oaks Pediatrics, we provide immediate care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Dr. Ceyhun “Jay” Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra are your child’s immediate care doctors in Raleigh, NC.
Immediate Care Services
The Raleigh immediate care medical staff at Little Oaks Pediatrics are able to treat a wide range of conditions, including various illnesses and different types of injuries. When you bring your child in for immediate care services, a thorough examination will be carefully performed to identify and diagnose the exact problem. Tests will be performed, if needed, and can include x-rays, blood tests, and urine tests. Examples of some of the conditions for which immediate care services are available include:
- Sports injuries
- Lacerations or cuts
- Burns and abrasions
- Colds and the flu
- Sore throats
- Ear infections
- Other conditions
Immediate care services are also available for a variety of other conditions, including insect, animal, or human bites; allergies; strep throat; and both bacterial and viral infections. Other conditions that can be treated through immediate care services include stomach aches, gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract infections, tendonitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and respiratory infections.
Immediate care services at Little Oaks Pediatrics can give you peace of mind when your child has come down with an illness or has sustained a sudden injury. For specific questions about our immediate care services in Raleigh, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ozturk or Dr. Guerra, call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876.
A happy healthy baby begins with the very best prenatal care in Raleigh, NC.
Once you find out you’re pregnant, you want to find a pediatrician who can help make sure both you and your child get the care you both need. Our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians, Dr. Ceyhun “Jay” Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra, are here to answer your burning questions about what goes into prenatal and newborn care and how we can help.
Q. When should I bring my newborn in for their first checkup?
A. The first two years of your baby’s life are full of developmental milestones, so it’s important that you are bringing them in regularly for checkups and exams to make sure they are reaching these milestones and remaining healthy. Their first checkup should happen within five days of giving birth.
Q. How often should my little one see a pediatrician?
A. You will want to follow this guideline for wellness checkups, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). While these appointments are designed to monitor the health of your little one as they grow up, these visits are also a great opportunity for parents to ask any questions or address any concerns they might have about the health of their child.
Q. How soon into my pregnancy should I choose a pediatrician?
A. It’s a good idea not to wait until the last minute to choose a pediatrician in Raleigh that you trust. In fact, you should choose a children’s doctor while you are still pregnant. It’s a good idea to strongly consider your pediatric options between 28 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy.
Q. How can a pediatrician help expectant parents?
A. While we don’t provide prenatal care to expectant mothers this doesn’t mean that our children’s doctors can’t still provide some help. Whether you have questions or medical concerns regarding your unborn child or your pregnancy, you can come into our office for free so we can answer any questions you might have. And, if you choose to have us as your child’s pediatrician, you’ll be able to see firsthand the kind of individualized and compassionate care we will provide your little one.
Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, is here to answer any of your questions and concerns throughout your pregnancy, as well as provide friendly and trustworthy care to your little one. Your child’s health is our top priority. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.
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