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Childhood Diarrhea: Common Causes and When to Seek Medical Care Oct 1st, 2020

If your child is suffering from diarrhea, it’s not usually a cause for serious concern. Most cases of loose, watery stool resolve on their own within 1-2 days. However, loose stools that persist for several days or that are accompanied by other worrisome symptoms require evaluation by a medical professional....

Telltale Signs of Strep Throat Sep 7th, 2020

Your child is complaining of a sore throat and you begin to wonder, “Could it be strep throat?” Most sore throats aren’t a result of this bacterial infection, but if your child does have strep throat and it goes untreated, it can lead to serious complications. At Penguin Pediatrics, our...

The Benefits of Fluoride Treatment Aug 18th, 2020

You know a quality toothpaste features fluoride, but getting extra treatments can help your children’s teeth grow strong and healthy. Fluoride treatments are safe, and Dr. Umesh Kodu of Penguin Pediatrics recommends children have them as needed.. Here’s what you should know about fluoride treatments and how they can benefit...

3 Common Vision Conditions in Kids Jul 21st, 2020

Vision issues affect your child’s behavior and performance in school, but often go unnoticed by parents, caregivers, and even some pediatricians. Kids may not tell you they’re having trouble seeing, or they may not even realize it. After all, this is the way they’ve always seen the world. At Penguin...

Myths and Facts About ADHD Every Parent Should Know Jun 24th, 2020

The myths about ADHD can prevent your child from getting the compassion, care, and treatment they need to flourish at school and in life. At Penguin Pediatrics, our pediatrician Dr. Umesh Kodu understands that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very real medical condition that has to do with differences...

How to Help Your Child Through Doctor's Office Jitters May 26th, 2020

Although we strive to make our offices as inviting and friendly as possible, your child may still worry about visiting Penguin Pediatrics. It’s normal for a child to get the jitters before heading to the doctor.  Visiting our office is an unknown. The fear of shots or other pain is...

Here's Why Children Are So Prone to Ear Infections Apr 24th, 2020

Ear infections make your child fussy, irritable, and sometimes feverish. In severe cases, pressure from the buildup of fluid can cause their eardrum to rupture. Older kids may complain of pain while babies and toddlers just cry more and may refuse to eat or have trouble sleeping. At Penguin Pediatrics,...

The Three Types of ADHD and How to Manage Them Mar 4th, 2020

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), usually shows up in childhood but can persist into adulthood. The condition involves inattention and concentration problems and sometimes hyperactivity, which usually presents by time the child reaches age 7. You may not notice the inattention and concentration issues, however, until your child is in elementary school...

How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu Feb 3rd, 2020

The flu is serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the flu (influenza) has caused 9-45 million illnesses each year over the past 10 years that resulted in many hospitalizations with between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths per year.  Those vulnerable to serious flu complications are usually the very...

Vision Screenings for Kids: What You Need to Know Jan 9th, 2020

The vision system of babies and young children isn’t yet fully formed, so it’s important that your children get regular screenings to ensure that their eyes and vision are developing properly. How often should you schedule vision screenings for your child and just what can you expect during these exams? ...

Myths and Facts about Vaccines Dec 1st, 2019

There is possibly no bigger controversy surrounding children’s health right now than the battle over vaccine safety. If you spend any time online, you’ve probably seen plenty of myths about vaccines. Sadly, many infectious, life-threatening diseases are on the brink of returning from near eradication due to unfounded fears and...

Signs Your Child Could Have a Hearing Problem Nov 1st, 2019

A child’s ability to hear impacts so many other things, including cognitive skills and later performance in school. Hearing screenings are performed on newborns, which can detect congenital problems such as deafness.  An estimated 1 to 3 children per 1,000 have hearing loss. Every state in the United States participates...

What Makes Kids More Susceptible to Strep Throat? Oct 2nd, 2019

Anyone can get strep throat, a common bacterial infection caused by a germ known as group A Streptococcus. However, it’s more likely to occur in children than in adults. In fact, strep throat is most likely to develop in children ages 5-15. It only rarely occurs in children under age 3....

If Your Child Is an Athlete, They Should Have a Sports Physical Sep 1st, 2019

School is here, and that means it’s time for lots of sports. Whether your child participates on a team in school or in the community, you want to be sure he or she is properly prepared. Of course, you have to make sure you get your child the right uniform...

What's a Well-Child Visit? Aug 1st, 2019

As a parent, you want to do all you can to help your child stay healthy. And it certainly makes sense to take your child to the doctor at the first sign of illness. But what many parents don’t realize is just how important it is to see the pediatrician...

The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses Jul 19th, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/opinion/sunday/hospitals-doctors-nurses-burnout.html

Helping Your Child Cope With ADHD Jul 8th, 2019

As a parent, it’s very hard to manage your child’s ADHD symptoms. It goes without saying that you just want to help them feel better, function at their best level, and socialize safely. Yet, even in the most ideal situations, children with ADHD need to adjust their coping mechanisms (as...

Traveling This Summer? Make Sure Your Kids Are Up-to-Date on Their Vaccinations Jun 1st, 2019

It is not uncommon to spend days and weeks making plans for a vacation. Taking a trip can be the perfect break from your normal routine, and it lets you see the world and have some fun, too. Yet, if you are planning to take the kids on a trip this summer, you...

Why Annual Hearing and Vision Screenings Are Vital for Your Child's Development May 7th, 2019

Annual hearing and vision screenings are one of the best ways to spot potential problems before they become lifelong struggles. When your child comes in for an appointment of any type, a basic hearing and vision screening should be done. Yet, a full annual hearing and vision screening, which is...

Best Treatment Options for Warts Apr 2nd, 2019

Many kids have warts — about 10 percent, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But just because they’re a relatively common childhood ailment, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with, especially for your child. Warts can cause embarrassment, especially when a child has several visible warts. They...

5 Signs Your Child Could Be Suffering From ADHD Mar 1st, 2019

About 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to current data from the Centers for Disease Control, marking an increase over previous years for all age groups. One of the reasons why the numbers have increased is because parents, teachers and caregivers have become more cognizant of the...

Why Scheduling an Appointment If Your Child Is Sick Is Always a Good Idea Feb 11th, 2019

Last year, we had the largest number of children's flu deaths in a single flu season, a sobering reminder that even the healthiest child can be at risk. To understand the importance of why children, and even teens need to see a doctor when sick, we first need to understand how a...

How a Fluoride Treatment Can Help Protect Your Children's Teeth Jan 9th, 2019

No one likes to get cavities — or worse, lose a tooth due to decay. If you have children, one of the best things you can do is establish a good oral care routine while your kids are still young so they can start life with strong, healthy teeth. Regular...

7 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy During Holiday Travel Dec 13th, 2018

Carry hand sanitizer in your purse (and use it often) Encourage your children to wash their hands (and wash your own) after eating, using the bathroom, or navigating through high-traffic areas like airports and shopping malls. When hand-washing isn't possible, hand sanitizer in the next best thing (just keep it...

Is Your Child at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Nov 28th, 2018

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and a good time for parents to consider whether their child is at risk for this chronic illness. People associate type 2 diabetes with aging and retirement, but a surprising number of children are diagnosed each year. Just one decade ago, type 2 diabetes...

How Long Is Strep Throat Contagious? Oct 31st, 2018

Strep throat is an illness that is common in childhood, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging for parents — and their kids — to deal with. Strep throat comes with a number of unpleasant symptoms, and you’ll need to keep your child home from school or daycare. What causes...

Why Your Child Needs a Flu Shot Every Year Sep 28th, 2018

Fall has arrived, and your children are back in school. That means flu season is just around the corner. If your son or daughter was vaccinated last year, you might wonder whether another shot is needed again now. The answer is a resounding yes. Fellowship-trained pediatrician Umesh Kodu, serving the Ashburn...

Lawn Mower Safety Jul 27th, 2018

During landscaping season, one of the biggest threats to children are lawn mowers. Throughout the average year, an astounding 800 children are ran over by a lawn mower or other heavy lawn equipment. Around 600 of these incidents result in amputation for the child. While the death statistics are much lower, 75...

How to Ensure a Child Receives a Nutritious Diet Aug 10th, 2015

With most American children who are overweight and have diets that are laden with sugars, fats, and unhealthy substances, you want to make sure that your own child remains healthy and on track. By encouraging your child to eat a healthy diet that is full of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, and...

Does Your Child Suffer from Asthma? Aug 10th, 2015

There are many different ailments that can happen during childhood, but the most common one is asthma. It is estimated that millions of American children suffer from asthma every year and in many cases, there is an overwhelming amount whose asthma is not recognized. Children shoes asthma goes unrecognized often suffer...

Does My Child Have a Concussion? Signs/Symptoms Jun 24th, 2015

The brain is an organ and serves as the center of the nervous system. It is made of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid. It sits inside the skull, so if the brain bangs against it, the blood vessels could be torn and the nerves can be damaged....

Add Omega-3s to Your Child’s Diet Jun 24th, 2015

Omega 3 fatty acidsThey are bioactive molecule that selectively concentrate in the brain and have profound effects on all parts of the body and is very important for maintaining good cardiovascular health and healthy immune system. These are remarkable fatty acids for the fact that they cannot be made by...

Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of Doctors Jun 8th, 2015

Overcoming FearJust like adults, many youngsters respond with fear to the prospect of visiting a physician. A child may have experienced a painful medical procedure in the past, such as the administration of an injected vaccine. Many children also associate past traumas with the medical profession after making an unexpected trip...

Does Your Child Have ADD? Jun 8th, 2015

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, are disorders characterized by hyperactivity, lack or focus and concentration, and other disruptive behaviors. Children with ADD or ADHD are especially vulnerable to the effects of the disorders. Often these children are behavior problems at school, frustrations at home,...

Benefits of Vaccinations For Children Jan 23rd, 2015

If the recent measles outbreak in California has taught us anything, it’s the importance of vaccinations. Vaccinations have gotten an unfair shake lately, thanks to some unwarranted media attention. All parents want to do what is best for their children. The truth is that vaccinating your children is one of...

Flu Symptoms in Toddlers Jan 23rd, 2015

IS IT THE FLU OR JUST A COLDThis is any parent’s worst nightmare. Your child gets sent home feeling sick and yucky. Does your child have the flu? Does your child have a cold? This is a common question which every parent asks. Before you begin to worry and panic,...