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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.