How to Make Your Child’s Bedtime Easy

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One of toughest parts of parenting is regulating your child’s sleep pattern (and your own). With newborns, there’s not much you can do to avoid disrupted nights and early mornings, but as your child gets older, there are a few things you can do to make his or her bedtime easier.

  • Make dinner early. Keep food and drink consumption to a minimum before bed if possible. The earlier your child can eat, the earlier his or her food will digest. Caffeine should be avoided up to 6 hours before bedtime and it’s best to stay away from sweets right before your child heads to bed as well.
  • Minimize stimulation. While children are usually full of energy, it’s a good idea to start winding things down a few hours before their bedtime. There is a time and place for playing ball or loud games, but before bed is not it. Electronic devices should also be put away as your child begins to get ready for bed.
  • Communicate often. Although most children are aware of their bedtime, it’s smart to give a friendly reminder frequently to put him or in the right mindset. Letting your child know bedtime is an hour away, thirty minutes away, ten minutes away, etc. will allow him or her to finish any projects or tasks beforehand.
  • Create a routine. Children need structure and this is especially important during bedtime. This routine should be enjoyable so your child does not dread going to bed each night. For a bedtime routine, 20-30 minutes is typical and may include bath time, story time, cuddling, etc. Reading to your child before bed is a great way to set the mood while teaching your child the importance of reading.

If you have concerns about your child’s sleep schedule or bedtime manner, consider talking with a medical professional at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check-in to minimize your wait in the lobby.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

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Preventing Injury During Kids’ Spring Sports

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Each year, more than 38 million children and adolescents join an organized sports team or compete individually in the U.S. Unfortunately, of that 38 million, more than 2.6 million children under the age of 19 will suffer a sports-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So how do you ensure your child is not one of those 2.6 million?

Because children are at a high risk of sports-related injuries, prevention is key. Most injuries happen as a result of muscle overuse or because your child’s body is still developing. Below are a few ways you can help prevent your child from suffering a sports injury.

  • Enrolling your child in an organized sports organization is important. Whether that organization is school, a community club or a recreation center, it’s essential that all coaches and volunteers involved are trained in first aid and CPR. They should also be educated in how equipment is used and be knowledgeable and rigid about the rules of the game.
  • Be sure your child uses proper gear for the sport he or she is enrolled in. Correct helmets, gloves, pads, etc. are essential in injury prevention.
  • Make sure your child is on time to practices and games so he or she has plenty of time to warm up. Warm ups and cool downs allow your child’s body tissue to become more flexible and for muscles to loosen properly.
  • Have water readily available to your child during practices and games. Constantly encourage him or her to drink and stay hydrated. Also, be sure to apply sunscreen for outdoor sports to avoid an overexposure of sun.

If you’re concerned your child has suffered a sports-related injury, contact Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

When to Seek Help for your Child’s Digestive Trouble

iStock_000034696976_Large.jpgAs an adult, it’s obvious when someone is suffering from a legitimate digestive issue. Not only can they identify stomach pain, they also can determine what food causes this pain and avoid eating it. However, children who suffer from digestive trouble can be harder to diagnose. Because children are generally picky eaters, it’s tough to know what may be causing them problems.

Knowing when to seek medical care about your child’s digestive issues is important in getting him or her back on the road to recovery and a healthy diet.

  • If your child’s digestive issues include vomiting or diarrhea, always call your pediatrician or a local urgent care center immediately. While there are many illnesses that can result in these symptoms, any time your child has vomited more than once, you notice blood or bile in their vomit or they can’t keep down liquids, you should call a doctor.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, constipation can also be means for a doctor visit. Symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, cramping of the stomach, painful bowel movements and obvious blockage of bowel movement.
  • Severe abdominal pain that is accompanied by bloating, cramping, nausea or general discomfort should be observed by a doctor, especially if it occurs for more than two weeks.
  • Pickier-than-normal eating is a major sign for concern. Because you know your child’s likes and dislikes, you should be able to pick up on increased food avoidance. Telltale signs of diet issues include difficulty gaining weight, heartburn after meals and abdominal pain.

If you think your child may be suffering from digestive trouble, it’s a good idea to get him or her checked out to be safe. For a full medical evaluation, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check in to avoid the waiting room.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.