Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog
It’s important that your growing child is following a healthy, balanced diet.
With staggering childhood obesity statistics, more and more parents are taking an active and vested interest in making sure their children are healthy and active. Of course, our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra know that it isn’t always easy to understand what your child’s nutritional needs are. Here are some of your most popular questions about childhood nutrition answered.
Q. What should my child’s diet consist of?
A. When in doubt, turn to the Dietary Guidelines of Americans to help you determine whether your children are eating the right things and getting the proper nutrients from their diets. The amount of calories your child should be consuming each day will depend on their age and activity level. By and large your child’s diet should consist of lean protein (e.g. poultry; fish), eggs, fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, and dairy. Limit foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, as well as added sugar.
Q. Is snacking okay?
A. It can be, just make sure that when you child is snacking that they are eating something that will not just satiate their hunger but also provide them with vitamins and nutrients. It’s normal for young, developing children to need food about every three or four hours. Instead of letting them reach for the potato chips or cookies opt for healthier alternatives such as cheese and slices of turkey, fruit and yogurt, peanut butter, or raw vegetables and hummus.
Q. How much water should my child drink every day?
A. It’s important that your child is getting enough water each and every day, especially if they are physically active. A good rule of thumb is:
- 5-8 year olds should drink 5 glasses of water/day
- 9-12 year olds should drink 7 glasses of water/day
- Children 13 years old or older should drink 8-10 glasses of water/day
Q. Is my child overweight?
A. If you are concerned that your child is overweight or obese it’s important that you schedule a consultation with a pediatrician in Raleigh, NC, who can determine the ideal body weight for your little one. If your child is overweight we can work with you and your child to create a specialized nutritional and exercise plan that will help promote a healthier weight and lifestyle.
Little Oaks Pediatrics is dedicated to providing children and families all over the Raleigh, NC, area with comprehensive pediatric care. Whether you have questions about your child’s nutrition or you need to schedule their yearly sports physical, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician today to schedule your child’s next visit.
When your child comes down with a sudden illness such as the flu, bronchiolitis or a high fever that requires immediate care, you don't have the luxury of waiting days or even weeks to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician. From sports related cuts, scrapes and sprains to asthma attacks, the pediatricians at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra, offer immediate care services to get your child the care they need, when they need it.
Immediate Care in Raleigh, NC
Same day sick visits make it possible for your children to see a pediatrician on short notice. Because many childhood injuries and illnesses are sudden and unpredictable, Little Oaks Pediatrics offers same day care for situations that often require immediate care, such as:
- Allergic reactions/bee or insect bites/poison ivy
- Asthma attack/symptoms
- Ear infections
- Sports injuries (fractures/tears/cuts/sprains)
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Cold and flu
- Rashes (eczema/psoriasis)
- Sore/strep throat
- Upper respiratory infection/bronchitis
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Cold or canker sores
When to Seek Immediate Care
Same day sick visits are designed to provide timely care for non-life threatening conditions and injuries that require immediate care. If the nature of your child's condition is life-threatening, call 911 or seek emergency medical treatment at your local hospital. If your child is suffering from a non-life threatening condition but you are unsure of whether they require immediate care, call Little Oaks Pediatrics to speak with a member of our medical team.
Please call us early in the morning since same day appointments usually fill up quickly. Even though we do accept walk-ins from our established patients, waiting times can be longer than scheduled appointments.
Find a Pediatrician in Raleigh, NC
For more information about immediate care and the pediatric services at Little Oaks Pediatrics, contact us today by calling (919) 720-4876 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ozturk or Dr. Guerra.
The goal of the team at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC is to keep your child feeling well and healthy. Regular well-child visits are a crucial part of achieving that goal. Find out what is done during a well-child visit and when you should bring your child into the office for a checkup.
What Is a Well Child Visit?
A well-child visit is an appointment with your pediatrician to check on the child’s development and overall health. In many cases, parents and their children only visit the doctor when there’s a problem, such as a cold or fever. But a well-child visit is when the child is feeling fine yet needs a basic checkup and possibly immunizations. It is preventative care for young children.
What to Expect At this Visit
At a well-child visit your Raleigh, NC pediatric doctor will check the vitals of the child and discuss his or her health history. The doctor takes a record of the child’s height, weight, and other pertinent details. This information will be checked at future appointments. A wellness doctor will also ask questions about behavioral development and how the child is doing at school. Potential health concerns can be identified and treated promptly at well-child visits.
Keeping Your Child Healthy and Happy
The ultimate goal of a well-child visit is to ensure that your child continues to be healthy and happy as he or she develops. It is a positive experience that will help you and your child avoid health problems in the future. Expect to take your child to approximately one wellness visit per year after the age of two. Before age two, plan for multiple visits per year, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If there’s a health concern that needs to be monitored, schedule more frequent checkups with your child’s doctor.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Pediatric Visit
If it’s time for your child to see a pediatrician for a well-child visit, get in touch with Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Call 919-720-4876 today to schedule a convenient time for you and your child.
Are you worried that your child's extreme inattentiveness could be signs of ADHD?
While we know that children often go through their energetic moments and may try your patience at times, most parents know when something more serious is going on. Are you concerned that your child’s daydreaming, inability to listen or jitteriness may be due to ADHD? If so, our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians, Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra, are here to help you decide whether it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
So, what are the most common signs of ADHD in children? The most obvious one and the one that’s often most discussed, is a child’s inability to stay focused on what they are doing. You may find that your child gets distracted often and can’t seem to finish a task before starting a new one. Your child may have trouble following directions and, as a result, they may miss crucial instructions either at school or at home.
Most people think of ADHD and immediately assume that their child has to be flying off the walls at all times, but this is simply not true. Our Raleigh children’s doctor can tell you that children with ADHD may not seem more active than any other child but the true problem is their inability to be attentive and focused on the task at hand.
Children with ADHD may also have moments where they are more irritable and quick to be angry, hostile or frustrated. They may interrupt conversations or cut in line. Be on the lookout for any mood changes that could be a potential indicator of ADHD.
If you find that your child fidgets all the time and can’t sit still, if your child stares into space most of the time or if your child’s teachers have described impulsive behaviors then it’s time to seek a consultation for ADHD. There are so many other conditions that could be to blame for these symptoms, so it’s best to come in so your child can be fully evaluated for ADHD as well as other potential issues, whether developmental, behavioral or psychological.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s behavioral or physical health don’t forget that you have compassionate, trustworthy doctors at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, who are here to help. Call us!
Keeping their child safe and healthy is one of the most important tasks of any parent. The best and most effective way to do this is to commit to your child’s recommended schedule of regular checkups. These important pediatric visits ensure your child grows as they should and develops in a way which benefits them. Find out more about regular pediatric checkups and what you can expect from them with Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC.
Why are regular pediatric checkups important?
Seeing the pediatrician regularly is crucial in monitoring your child’s growth and development. In addition to tracking these important factors, regular appointments will allow you as the parent to raise any concerns you may have. This helps with prevention of certain conditions and allows your child’s doctor to catch and treat any potential issues early, in their most treatable stages. Finally, seeing the pediatrician often helps develop a solid relationship between your child, you as a parent, and their doctor.
What can I expect from regular pediatric checkups?
The American Academy of Pediatrics set out a recommended schedule for children to see their pediatrician. This includes appointments at 2-5 days old, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, and 2.5 years old, then every year after that until age 21. This schedule will ensure that your child meets their growth and developmental milestones on track.
Medicaid in Raleigh, NC
Little Oaks Pediatrics is happy to accept patients covered by Medicaid. Medicaid allows patients to receive high-quality medical care without the worry of the financial burden that comes along with it. Medicaid allows children and teens to keep up with their normal checkups and preventative care, along with getting any additional care they may require.
If your child is sick or exhibiting certain symptoms, you should not wait until your next checkup to take your child in to be seen by a doctor. If you feel as though your child requires medical assistance, schedule an additional appointment with your pediatrician. If your child has a fever alongside other symptoms like lethargy or stiff neck, severe vomiting, trouble breathing, or an injury, you should seek immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency clinic.
For more information on pediatric checkups, please contact Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 720-4876 to schedule your child’s appointment with their pediatrician today!
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