Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
May 04, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Newborn  

Any new parent will tell you that a newborn brings with it just as much concern and confusion as it brings love and joy. As the saying goes, raising a baby takes a village, including your pediatrician. Learning the basics of newborn care before your little one comes into the world can help you feel confident and sure when caring for your newborn. Find out more about newborn care by visiting Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra are here to help you prepare for caring for your newborn. 

Caring For Baby: The Basics

  • Food: Whether you feed your child formula or breastmilk, they will get all of the nutrition they need from their bottles. Feeding differs slightly between the two methods, but both formula-fed and breastfed babies’ main source of nutrition throughout their first six months of life is milk. Breastfed babies often feed “on-demand” and eat more frequently than their formula-fed counterparts, who often go longer without eating.
  • Sleep: Every baby is different and some may sleep much more than others. Newborn babies sleep upwards of 17 hours a day, but not all at once. Newborns often only sleep for a few hours at a time, meaning that new parents are often up several times a night. Infants should always sleep on their back in an empty crib free from blankets and pillows. Once a baby rolls over on its own, it can safely sleep on its stomach or side. Safe sleeping standards drastically reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
  • Bathing: Newborns do not necessarily require a bath every day so long as you thoroughly clean their diaper area throughout the day. A sponge bath can help keep your baby clean between baths every day or two, especially between the folds of the thighs and neck.
  • Diapers: Your baby’s first stool will be a substance called meconium. This sticky, tarry stool will change in color and consistency over the first few days of your baby’s life. If you notice white or bloody stool, you should consult with your child’s doctor immediately. Otherwise, there is a wide range of normal when it comes to coloring, frequency, and consistency of a newborn’s stool.
  • Well-Child Exams: Keeping up with your child’s well-child examinations and vaccinations throughout their first year of life will ensure their growth and development is on track and they are up to date with their vaccination schedule. Well-child exams occur at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 15, and 18 months and 2 years.

Newborn Care in Brookline, MA

Caring for a newborn is hard work and can only be accomplished if the parents take care of themselves as well. Feel free to contact your child’s pediatrician with any questions or concerns about breastfeeding or if you or your partner show symptoms of postpartum anxiety or depression.

For more information on newborn care, please contact Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 720-4876 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra today! 


By Little Oaks Pediatrics
February 08, 2021
Category: Pediatrics

Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra are here for you at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, for your vision and hearing screening needs.

Why does my child need a screening?

Children and adolescents should be screened for vision and hearing issues every year as part of their checkup appointment. This is an opportunity for your provider to assess if your child has a vision or hearing problem. An untreated vision problem or hearing impairment can be very detrimental to a child's development, and these screenings prevent further and more serious issues. Contact the pediatricians at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, if you're concerned about your child's hearing or vision.

What is the pediatrician looking for?

Common eye conditions in children include nearsightedness, lazy eye, and misalignment of the eyes. When left untreated, these conditions create further complications later in life. We screen for these issues and more at a routine vision screening.

Newborns typically have blurry vision, but as their vision develops you want to screen for possible issues. Vision screenings start with an exam of the eyes themselves, and a series of tests for the eyes. For newborns, these are simple blink and pupil response tests. As a child gets older and can read a vision chart, we test the sharpness of their vision.

Most newborns have their first hearing screening in the hospital, shortly after birth. It's important to continue with regular screenings because a hearing impairment can impede a child's development in many ways, including language and speech development. Older children are screened with a pure-tone test, which involves wearing headphones and indicating when you hear beeps.

What happens if the pediatrician finds something?

If a screening shows a possible vision or hearing problem, the child will be referred to either an ophthalmologist or audiologist for a full evaluation. Begin treatment for any issue your doctor finds as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Screenings are an important preventative measure and should be conducted for your child every year.

Come see Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics for vision and hearing screenings. Give us a call at (919) 720-4876.

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
January 29, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: well-child visits  

Discover the top three reasons why well-child visits are not to be missed.

From the moment your child is born you may feel as if you are always in the pediatrician’s office. So, when these scheduled trips to see our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra roll around you might just think about skipping out; however, it’s important that you don’t. Even though we provide treatment and care to sick children, our goal through these well-child visits is to prevent diseases and injuries from happening in the first place.

Here’s why these well-child visits are so critical,

Prevent health problems

One of the main reasons to bring your child in for well-child visits is to make sure that they are getting the care they need to prevent acute and chronic diseases from happening in the first place. In fact, something as simple as providing tips on best handwashing practices can go a long way to preventing the spread of germs and to keep your child healthy.

Our team of pediatricians is a wellspring of advice and information that can all be customized to your child’s lifestyle and particular needs. We also provide additional preventive measures including screenings and vaccines to protect your child against communicable diseases.

Catch medical conditions early

From developmental delays to heart conditions, coming in to visit our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians for regular checkups means that we are also able to catch health problems sooner. This means that your child gets the treatment they need faster, which can prevent further complications and issues from happening as they continue to grow. Here at Little Oaks Pediatrics, we are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, as well as provide referrals to top-notch cardiologists, allergists and asthma specialists, psychologists and other specialists.

Provide helpful and tailored advice

Everything from injury prevention to sleep habits can also be addressed and improved through simply visiting your child’s pediatrician. Your pediatrician is instrumental in making sure that your child’s lifestyle is conducive to a healthy life. Some of the topics we may discuss during your child’s visit include,

  • Diet and proper nutrition (as well as maintaining a healthy weight)
  • Getting regular exercise (as well as which activities are best suited to your child based on their health)
  • Injury prevention
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Vaccinations

If you are looking for award-winning pediatricians here in Raleigh, NC, that can provide your newborn with the medical care they need to grow up healthy and happy then it’s time to call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876 to schedule your child’s first appointment or to book a consultation with us.

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
November 16, 2020
Category: Prenatal Care
Tags: Prenatal Visit  

Find the perfect pediatrician to fit your growing family’s needs.

There is a lot to think about before your baby is born, and one of the things to put at the top of your to-do list is to find a pediatrician. Instead of rushing around trying to find the perfect doctor for your baby at that last minute, it’s a good idea to start the search early (about 3 months before your baby’s due date). Here in Raleigh, NC, our pediatricians Dr. Jay Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra provide free prenatal visits to expectant parents.

What is a prenatal visit?

Not to be confused with prenatal care, which you will need to get from a qualified OBGYN, the free prenatal visits we offer at our Raleigh, NC, office are for parents to be able to sit down with our pediatricians beforehand to ask any questions they may have about caring for their baby once they are born.

This one-on-one appointment with our pediatricians can provide a lot of comfort to parents, particularly first-time parents who may have a lot of questions. Plus, it also gives you a chance to get to know our team to see if we’re a good fit for providing medical care to your baby once they are born.

What should I consider when choosing a pediatrician?

There is a lot to think about, and we know choosing a pediatrician is no easy task. Many parents ask family and friends for recommendations. If you’re doing your own independent research online, looking at patient reviews of a practice is especially important.

Other factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician include,

  • Location: How close is the practice from your home, school or work? Is it in a convenient location?
  • Hours of operation: Does the practice offer a wide range of hours that work with your schedule?
  • Urgent care: Does your pediatrician offer same-day visits when your child is sick, so they can get the immediate care they need for non-life-threatening health issues or injuries?
  • The staff: Is the staff welcoming and friendly whenever you call or come into the office? Are they helpful and ready to answer your questions?
  • Ease of appointments and scheduling: Are you able to easily schedule appointments for your little one when it’s convenient with your schedule?
  • The pediatrician’s qualifications: What are your pediatrician’s qualifications? Be sure to ask during your free prenatal visit to learn more about our pediatricians’ experience, expertise and background to see if we’re a great fit for your family.

We understand how important it is to find the perfect pediatrician. To schedule a free prenatal visit with our Raleigh, NC, pediatric team please call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876.

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
September 03, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

It can be stressful and overwhelming when your child is feeling ill or has sustained an injury. The last thing you need in those moments is to experience difficulty accessing medical care because did not have an appointment scheduled in advance. That is why we offer immediate care services so your child can receive prompt medical treatment when needed. We provide immediate care at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, where Dr. Jay Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra can diagnose and treat whatever illness, ailment, or injury affecting your child.

Immediate Care vs. Emergency Services

Immediate care involves the delivery of medical services to individuals in urgent need of treatment, but who are not experiencing a life-threatening condition. The emergency room is the best place to seek treatment for life-threatening injuries, illnesses, or conditions. Immediate care makes it possible to receive quality medical care quickly for other situations, such as stomach aches or minor cuts that require stitches. An advantage of immediate care is that prompt treatment is available without the long wait and higher expense often associated with the emergency room.

Our Immediate Care Services

At Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, our immediate care services are available for a wide range of medical needs. Whether your child woke up feeling sick or sustained minor injuries while participating in sports, we can help. Our doctors can perform a variety of essential tests when needed to aid in diagnosing the exact problem. Whether your child needs x-rays, culture samples, blood tests, or a urine test, for example, our medical professionals have access to numerous diagnostic tests and tools.

Examples of some of the illnesses, injuries, or conditions we can diagnose and treat as part of our immediate care services include:

  • The cold or flu
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Respiratory infections
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Sprains

We offer immediate care services to help your child receive essential medical care promptly. You have to be a patient at Little Oaks Pediatrics to take advantage of the same day appointments. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ozturk or Dr. Guerra for immediate care, call Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC at (919) 720-4876.

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