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By Nimisha Shukla, M.D.
May 22, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Allergy  

Has your child been sniffling for weeks now? That runny nose may not be caused by a cold but by allergies. Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. allergiesAparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran in Woodbridge, NJ, share several signs that may indicate that your child has an allergy.

Cold symptoms that last longer than two weeks

If your child has a runny nose, congestion, watery eyes and other common cold symptoms for longer than two weeks, suspect an allergy. Allergies are particularly common in the spring and fall but can occur year-round.

No fever

Colds and other viruses may be accompanied by a low-grade fever. Lack of a fever can a sign that the problem is caused by allergies, although it is certainly possible to have an illness without a fever. If you're not sure if your child's problems are caused by a virus or an allergy, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office.

Fatigue

It's exhausting to deal with allergies. If your child seems to be more tired than usual, allergies may be to blame. The problem can be worsened if your son or daughter can't get enough sleep at night due to nasal congestion.

Loss of Appetite

Allergies can cause post-nasal drip, which can cause nausea when your child first wakes up. If your child complains that they feel sick in the morning and doesn't want to eat, an allergy could be the cause.

Ear infections

Some children experience ear inflammation when they have allergies. Unfortunately, the inflammation can cause fluid to build up in the ear, which may increase the risk of an infection.

A Change

Has your child suddenly developed troubling symptoms after a change to their environment? For example, many times, parents don't realize that their son or daughter has an allergy to pet dander until they adopt a dog or cat. When symptoms develop in the spring or fall, seasonal allergies may be the cause. Carefully consider any changes to your child's environment that could have triggered an allergy. Typical allergens include grasses, pollen, mold, dust, pet dander and certain foods.

If your son or daughter exhibits any of these signs and symptoms, let us know. We can ease his or her discomfort with medications and also offer suggestions that will help you limit allergen exposure. Call your Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians, Dr. Shukla, Dr. Bhamidipati and Dr. Ramachandran, at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment.

By Nimisha Shukla, M.D.
May 16, 2017
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Medication Safety  
When it comes to your children, we want to make sure they are always healthy and happy. Any type of medicine or vitamin can ultimately cause harm to you and your child if it is taken improperly. Yes, even over-the-counter medicine. With help from your pediatrician, you can review your family’s home and medication safety measures often. By visiting your pediatrician, you can also learn more about safe medication: 
  • Storage
  • Dosing 
  • What to do in an emergency

Food and Medication Interactions

Medical treatments can affect the way your child digests and absorbs food, just as what children eat can influence the effects the medications have on the body. Talking to your pediatrician will help with this confusion. 
 
For example, griseofulvin, which is an anti-fungal medication, needs to be taken with a fatty meal otherwise, it will not be absorbed properly. Additionally, iron supplements for anemia should be taken with a mild acid like orange juice because the use of milk will cause it to not be absorbed properly. 
 
The use of medication can affect your child’s nutrition in four different ways. They can:
  • Stimulate or suppress appetite
  • Alter the amount of nutrients and rate of absorption
  • Affect the way the body breaks down and uses nutrients
  • Slow down or speed up the rate food is digested

Visit Your Pediatrician

When taking any medication or vitamin, always ask your pediatrician first. Your pediatrician can explain whether a medication should be taken with meals or on an empty stomach. With thousands of possible drug-food interactions, it is vital that you speak with your pediatrician for further information and instructions for your child. 
 
Remember to check every prescription with your pharmacist and pediatrician, as well as read the package insert for the best care for your child. 
By Nimisha Shukla, M.D.
May 01, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: ADHD  

We all want the best for our children. It’s only natural to hope your child succeeds in school, enjoys social activities and leads a happy life. Yet, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can prevent that from happening. The three main symptoms of ADHD are:

  • Inattention ­- The child has a hard time paying attention. They are easily distracted, often daydream, and are not very organized.
  • Hyperactivity - The child can’t sit still, has a hard time staying seated, and talks without stopping.
  • Impulsivity ­- The child appears rude, interrupts when others are talking, is impatient, and acts without thinking.

Don’t All Kids Act That Way?

Yes, all children behave this way from time to time. This is normal, and not cause for alarm. When a child has ADHD, however, this behavior pattern happens more often, is more severe and it gets in the way of leading a normal life. Sometimes children can go through a phase that resembles this disorder. Other times behavior modification can correct the issue

When to See a Doctor

Since many children do behave in ways that are similar to a child who has ADHD, you will need professional help to make certain they have the disorder. A pediatrician will put the child through a series of tests. The doctor will also get information from your child’s school and daycare. Your child will get a physical examination to rule out anything that might be causing the behavior.

ADHD is Not an Imaginary Disorder

There are still people that believe ADHD is an imaginary condition used to explain an unruly child. If you have any doubts at all, you can talk with any elementary school teacher to hear the truth. If they have taught for more than a year, they have most likely worked with students who have ADHD. The teacher can tell you first hand the dramatic difference that is made when a child with ADHD begins getting the treatment they need.

Don’t rely on anyone other than a medical professional to determine whether your child has ADHD or not. Getting the help of a pediatrician can only lead to a better outcome and a happier outlook for your child!

By Nimisha Shukla, M.D.
April 18, 2017
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Pets   Infections  

Find out the best ways for your children and pets to cohabit without risking illness.

No matter whether you had pets before your children came along or your kids begged you to finally get a dog, pets are a wonderful addition kids and petsto any family. While it can be great for children to be around animals, pets still carry germs that cause infection. However, there are some easy steps you can take to make sure your child is protected against your pet’s germs.

Instill pet-friendly habits early

As soon as the pet is around your child, it’s important to start teaching them how to properly handle them. Teach them how to respect the pet’s space, and not to pull or hit the animal. The sooner your little one knows how to play nicely with your pet, the less chance there is of dealing with a germ­-infested bite.

Keep dog treats out of reach

A pet’s treats can often look just as yummy to a toddler or child. Couple that with the germs that live in your dog’s food, snacks and bowls, and your child could catch a nasty infection. Therefore, try and keep all bowls and pet food out of reach of your child, or have them wash their hands immediately after handling any of your pet’s food.

Avoid kitchen feedings

It might seem natural to put your pet’s water and food bowls in the kitchen; after all, it’s where you eat! However, some dry pet food can contain salmonella. In fact, a child is more likely to develop an infection if your family pet eats in the kitchen. Therefore, consider moving your pet’s food source to a different location in the house.

Let sleeping dogs lie...in their own bed

While it might just seem like the perfect picture having your little one and their furry companion fall asleep next to each other, most doctors will recommend that your dog have its own bed to sleep, so your child’s bed isn’t contaminated by harmful germs.

Wash hands thoroughly

Children should always wash their hands after playing with their pet. Make sure your child gets in the habit of washing hands often and thoroughly anytime they play with or touch an animal.

Following these tips will help ensure that your child and pet can live together safely and happily. If your child does start to develop symptoms that are indicative of an illness, then it’s time to call our pediatric office for an appointment. If you have any questions about your child’s health as it relates to family pets, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

By Nimisha Shukla, M.D.
April 04, 2017
Tags: Antibiotics  

Find out when it’s appropriate for your child to take antibiotics and when you should just let nature take its course.

It seems that wherever we turn we are hearing more and more news stories about emerging,antibiotic­-resistant infections. Repeated use of antibioticsantibiotics is one of the main causes for the increase in drug-­resistant bacteria; however, sometimes antibiotics are crucial to fighting an infection and increasing resistant germs within our bodies.

While it’s true that our country does often prescribe antibiotics to treat many different kinds of infectious diseases, it’s also important to know when antibiotics are necessary and when your body will do the work to get rid of an infection. This is especially important for growing children. Find out when it’s time to visit your pediatrician and when all that’s needed to fight an infection is time.

Q. When are antibiotics appropriate for children?

A. There are a variety of cases in which a child may need a dose of antibiotics to fight infection:

  • If your child’s fever lasts two or three days
  • If a cough doesn’t go away after two weeks
  • If a child has been diagnosed with a bacterial form of whooping cough or pneumonia
  • If a sinus infection doesn’t clear up in 10 days
  • If your child has been tested and diagnosed with strep throat

One important thing to acknowledge is that antibiotics often fight bacteria, not a virus; therefore, colds, flus and sinus infections usually don’t respond to antibiotics, unless the sinus infection is caused by a bacteria. Viral infections tend to clear up on their own with rest, plenty of fluids and sleep.

Q. What can a parent do to prepare for a potential pediatrician visit?

A. We highly recommend tracking or recording information about your child’s illness including a list of symptoms, when the symptoms began and if they developed a fever (and how high it was). Having this information is particularly helpful for us to determine the type of infection and whether a course of antibiotics is required.

Of course, if your child starts to display severe or new symptoms it’s always best to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. The next time you are in our office feel free to ask any questions you might have about antibiotics or the medications we prescribe to your children. We would be happy to sit down and discuss this with you!





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