Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog
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!
Being pregnant, especially for the first time, can be very scary. You or your partner may have several questions and may not know where to begin or what you should even be expecting. It is for that reason that the Dr. Ceyhun “Jay” Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics, in Raleigh, NC, provide expecting parents with free prenatal visits. This step is important, not only for your personal health but for your child's health as well. Choosing a future pediatrician for your child is crucial.
- What is your medical background and how long have you been practicing as a pediatrician?
- Are you certified by the American Board of Pediatrics?
- If there is a medical emergency, how does your office handle them?
- Do you provide well-child care visits?
- What tests does your office handle, such as blood tests or x-rays?
- What sort of lifestyle changes should I make? (This includes exercises you should or shouldn’t be doing or foods and beverages you should or shouldn’t be ingesting as well. Vitamins and supplements also fall into this category)
- What should I expect during different trimesters? How my child should be developing during each phase?
- How often should I be making prenatal visits and what should I be expecting during each visit?
- What should I be wary of and what I should consider a medical emergency to be?
- What should I do if I do experience an emergency?
It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!
This fall, when you see signs reading “Get Your Flu Vaccine,” you might ask “Isn’t it too late to get vaccinated?” No, it’s not too late! CDC recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season. While the sooner you get vaccinated the more likely you are to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in your community, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons.
View CDC’s influenza summary map for a weekly update on flu activity in the United States. “Flu season most often peaks between December and March, but activity can occur as late as May,” says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Director of the Influenza Division at CDC. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now.” It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to develop in the body, so it’s best to get vaccinated early. For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year. There is a vaccine that can help prevent flu. While the vaccine varies in how well it works, there are many studies that show that flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. This season, CDC recommends the use of injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) is not recommended for use this season because of concerns about effectiveness. “We are looking into the situation with the hopes that the nasal spray flu vaccine will once again be an option for some people,” says Dr. Jernigan. “In the meantime, this flu season, CDC recommends the flu shot and not the nasal spray flu vaccine.” Flu shots work and can keep you from getting sick!
After giving birth, the urge to go home and start your new life together with your baby may be strong, and your stay in the hospital can seem like a lifetime. However, there are several important questions that you should have the answers to after your discharge from the hospital.
Is it normal for my infant to sleep so much?
Since infants’ digestive tracts are so small, they often only sleep around 2-4 hours before they become hungry or need a diaper change. Though there are frequent breaks in their sleeping patterns, babies end up sleeping an average of 16 hours a day. It is common for new parents to be overwhelmed during the first few weeks of their baby’s life. Many pre-birth classes are available to teach soon-to-be parents techniques for swaddling, diapering, soothing and bonding.
When can I bathe my baby?
The umbilical cord usually stays connected to the baby’s stomach for about 1-4 weeks. It will slowly change color from yellow to brown or black before it falls off completely. It is very important that the umbilical cord not be completely submerged in water until it falls off, meaning that you should give your baby sponge baths with a soft, clean washcloth and unscented, mild baby soap and shampoo until the cord calls off completely.
When should my newborn see the doctor?
During the first year of your baby’s life, you will become well acquainted with check ups from your pediatrician. The first appointment should be scheduled 3-5 days after birth, then additional appointments are usually scheduled at or around 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 24 months.
What happens at these appointments?
At every appointment, measurements in length and weight will be taken. These numbers allow your pediatrician to monitor your baby’s growth, ensuring they are properly gaining weight and growing normally. Behavioral and physical assessments will also be taken. Tests, screenings and immunizations will be given intermittently throughout these appointments.
No matter what questions you may have, Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk, MD and Dr. Maria Guerra, MD at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC can help. If you are expecting and need to schedule your baby’s first appointment, call (919) 720-4876 today!
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