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Sporting activities are a great way for children to stay active while having fun. Ranging from school teams to community-organized sporting events, most kids are physically active. These include children who love to skateboard, hike, and climb, as well as participate in the school musical. These keep them on the go, and we need to make sure that children are healthy and fit enough to take part in these activities.

At White Oak Pediatrics, Raleigh, NC, our team of pediatricians provide comprehensive sports physicals, for children looking to participate in sports or other physically demanding activities.

Some people may wonder what the differences are between a sports physical and an annual physical, and while they can be combined during the same visit, they both cover different aspects of the child's health.

What are Sports Physicals?

Sports physicals, also called pre-participation exams, are used to:

  • Assess the child's overall health and fitness levels, paying attention to heart health, blood pressure, muscle tone, bone health, flexibility, and strength. Previous history of any injuries or concussions is also discussed.
  • Screen the child for illnesses and injuries, while ensuring that any chronic conditions are managed.
  • Help detect underlying conditions that may increase the chances of the child getting injured while playing.
  • Address unique concerns faced by female athletes or those with disabilities
  • Provide helpful tips or strategies, customized to each child's activity and fitness levels, so that they can participate safely.

Children require a documented pre-participation exam to be conducted by an authorized healthcare provider before they are allowed to take part in sporting activities. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents screen their children 6-8 weeks before a sports season.

Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, the pediatrician deems the child eligible or ineligible to take part in the activity, while some kids may be recommended to undergo further testing before a decision is made. According to data obtained from the Cleveland Clinic, 10% of student-athletes may have conditions that require interventions before being cleared to play. Rarely, 1% to 2% may not be allowed to participate due to health issues.

Our team of doctors at White Oak Pediatrics is happy to help the community in Raleigh, NC, by providing sports physicals for children.

What are Annual physicals?

In addition to the child's physical health, annual visits will also focus on their developmental, emotional, and social well-being. This is one of the main differences between a sports physical and an annual physical. A detailed medical history, including vaccinations, nutrition, and sleep patterns, provides an evaluation of the child's health. Pediatricians may choose to conduct behavioral and developmental screenings or give advice on adolescent issues if needed.

While the two types of visits can be scheduled together to make things easier for parents, there are still marked differences between a sports physical and an annual physical.

Are you looking to get your child a sports physical before their activities begin? Let our experienced team of pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics, Raleigh, NC, help you easily tick one more item off your to-do list! Call (919) 787-0266 to make an appointment or visit our offices at 4414 Lake Boone Trail Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27607.

By White Oak Pediatrics
March 22, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Discover some of the wonderful perks that come with breastfeeding.

Choosing to breastfeed your baby is a personal choice that only you can make. If you want to discuss breastfeeding with our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians, we can answer your questions about what to expect and how to make breastfeeding easier for new moms. If you do choose to breastfeed your baby, here are just some of the awesome benefits:

Breast milk is incredibly nutritious

Breast milk contains all of the nutrients your baby needs, which includes the ideal combination of proteins, fats, and carbs. Breast milk also contains hormones, growth factors, probiotics, and antibodies that support healthy growth and development, and even protect your little one from certain infections. You’ve probably heard the quote “breast is best”. If you want to give your baby all the nutrients they need, but you’re having trouble getting the hang of it, our Raleigh, NC, breastfeeding consultants can help make this process easier for you and your baby.

Supports a healthy digestive development

Breast milk contains colostrum, which is incredibly important for the healthy development of the digestive tract, particularly in newborns. Colostrum is only found in breast milk during the first few days after birth because its sole purpose is to help with your baby’s GI development.

Protects against illnesses

Babies are particularly susceptible to viruses and infections, especially because they don’t have all their inoculations yet. Fortunately, the colostrum that’s found in the very early stages of breastfeeding also contains antibodies that can help protect your baby and boost their immunity. Unfortunately, baby formula doesn’t contain antibodies, so children that are formula feed may be more at risk for developing certain infections or digestive issues. Breast milk may even reduce your baby’s risk for developing the following:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Bowel disorders
  • Gut problems
  • Diabetes

Breast milk may prevent obesity

Some more controversial, studies have found that breastfeeding for more than four months did reduce a baby’s risk of becoming overweight or obese. While we don’t fully understand the reasons, it may have something to do with the gut bacteria that develop as a result of breastfeeding.

If you have questions about breastfeeding that you’d like to address with our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians know that we can also provide advice, recommendations, and even breastfeeding consultations. Call White Oak Pediatrics at (919) 787-0266 today to learn more.

By White Oak Pediatrics
January 29, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Asthma  

Here are some helpful tips to manage and reduce asthma flare-ups in your child.

We know how scary it can be when your child starts wheezing and having trouble breathing. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t hesitate to visit our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians if your child is showing signs of asthma. While there is no cure for asthma, our pediatric team can provide you with medications, as well as lifestyle recommendations, to help you get your child’s asthma under control. Here are some tips to help better manage your child’s asthma symptoms,

Follow Medications to a Tee

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma then chances are good that our Raleigh, NC, doctors are going to prescribe medication to help reduce inflammation of the airways and to prevent an asthma attack from occurring. Most children will be prescribed a long-term control medicine that they will need to take every day to keep airway inflammation down, as well as a quick-relief medication to use only when symptoms start to appear.

Know Your Child’s Triggers

It’s important to recognize what triggers your child’s asthma symptoms so you can prevent exposure as much as possible. Common asthma triggers include,

  • Changes in weather
  • Viral infections (e.g. common cold)
  • Sinus infections
  • Stress
  • Pollen, mold, pet dander and dust mites
  • Exercise
  • Smoke and other air pollutants

Knowing your child’s triggers can give you valuable insight into what steps you can take to reduce your child’s exposure both inside and outside your home. Steps include using a HEPA filter, maintaining pet-free bedrooms, cleaning the home regularly and using allergy-proof bedding.

Have an Action Plan in Place…

And stick to it! An asthma action plan can be created with our pediatric team and will include detailed instructions on your child’s medications, dosages, and when to take them, as well as triggers, warning signs of a flare-up, and when your child may need emergency medical attention. This plan should also be given to your child’s school nursing staff, so they know what to do if your child has an asthma attack while at school.

If you want to sit down with our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians to discuss your child’s asthma treatment plan, then simply call White Oak Pediatrics at (919) 787-0266 today.

By White Oak Pediatrics
December 16, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  

According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6.1 million have been diagnosed with ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If you suspect that your child has ADHD, you can consult with your pediatrician here at White Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, for an ADHD diagnosis and early intervention.

Despite the increasing cases of ADHD, however, it’s still a very misunderstood condition that’s gaslighted by myths like “adults can’t have ADHD” and “you are not hyper, so you cannot have ADHD." The fact is that ADHD is a very complex condition with various symptoms that can persist or morph throughout adulthood. With that said, below are some ADHD FAQs to help you learn more about the condition.

What Exactly is ADHD?

According to the DSM-V, ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a chronic pattern of impulsivity or hyperactivity and/or inattention that significantly impacts development and executive functioning. Its symptoms typically manifest in several settings, like home, school, and work, or in relationships, which interfere with occupational, social, personal, and/or academic functioning.

What Are The Symptoms and Types of ADHD?

  • Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD: Individuals who have this ADHD type usually squirm, fidget, and greatly struggle to stay still. They typically have a hard time controlling their selves, often blurt out answers, and interrupt others. Likewise, they seem to act like they’re driven by a motor so they move/run and/talk incessantly.
  • Primarily Inattentive ADHD: Individuals who have inattentive ADHD commonly make mistakes since they struggle to maintain attention, organize activities and tasks, and follow detailed directions. They’re excessively forgetful, usually lose things, and are distracted easily by external stimuli.
  • Combined ADHD: Individuals in this category present six or more characteristics of impulsivity and hyperactivity as well as characteristics of inattention.

What is The ADHD Diagnosis Like?

Although there’s no single test used for diagnosing ADHD, your pediatrician in Raleigh, NC, will perform several interviews, evaluations, and assessment tools to determine whether or not an individual has ADHD.

Is ADHD Curable?

ADHD isn’t curable, but is treatable and manageable, given the right supports and accommodations. This means that even if your child is under treatment, he or she will still have ADHD, but will be able to control the negative symptoms of ADHD. In this light, a proper and continuous treatment that involves stimulant prescription medicines, proper therapies, and lifestyle modifications is a must.

Reach Out to Us For More Details, Concerns, Questions, or Advice on ADHD

Book an evaluation here at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, by calling (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
November 25, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Newsweek reports that breastfeeding is invaluable, providing infants important immunoglobulins, a natural defense against communicable disease. At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our five pediatricians and their staff encourage moms to continue nursing through the age of six months and beyond. Here's what you should know about nursing your newborn so you feel confident and your baby content and thriving.

Nutrition and overall health

Breast milk provides your baby nutrition practically perfect for his or her developing brain and body. It simplifies newborn digestion and, according to the US office for Women's health, protects against a myriad of health problems, including:

  • Communicable diseases, such as the common cold and flu
  • Allergies and eczema
  • Ear infections
  • GI problems, such as diarrhea
  • Childhood obesity

Additionally, as mom produces a milk supply and feeds her baby, her uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size, and she sheds excess "baby weight" more easily and quickly. Even emotional and mental health improves as nursing moms experience less postpartum depression.

Bonding

Healthline cites research which indicates that both pre-term and full-term infants experience less learning and behavioral problems when they are breastfed. Scientists attribute this developmental boost to the increased touch and face-to-face contact between mom and baby on a consistent basis.

Nursing can be easier

Breastfeeding frees parents from the financial expense of formula. Milk supply is continuous and always available. There's no need to run to the store, track how much the baby consumes each day, or warm bottles when you're on the go.

Other important information

At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our pediatricians advocate breastfeeding. However, they understand that many parents have many questions or concerns about how to successfully breastfeed, how to overcome problems with latching on or continuing to nurse when returning to work or other commitments outside the home.

We're here for you

At White Oak Pediatrics, we wish you the best as you embark on breastfeeding your baby. We have a nurse triage phone line to answer your questions, educational resources on nursing, and of course, the care and wisdom of our experienced pediatricians and their team.

Call White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC with any questions or concerns you may have in at (919) 787-0266.





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