Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

Sometimes babies cry and fuss at odd hours for reasons that may be hard to pinpoint. While there is no getting around the reality that your baby will cry, there are ways that you can learn to read their body language so you can help them feel more comfortable. Check out our tips that will hopefully give you the magic touch you need to soothe your fussy baby.

Are they hungry? It is often the first thing that comes to mind when a baby gets fussy. Other signs that come along with hunger can be nibbling of the hand or lip smacking.

When was their last nap? Overtired babies are often the fussiest. Some parents have found that putting their child to bed as soon as they see that first yawn has caused them fall asleep a lot quicker and without all the fuss.

Dirty diaper? This is an easy fix if it’s the cause of the fussiness. Some babies can tolerate a dirty diaper for a while, but others will let you know as soon as the time comes.

Still fussy, what could it be? Try mimicking life in utero. It is often beneficial in relaxing your fussy child as they are still adjusting to life. Hold your baby close to your neck or right against your chest, swaddle them in a blanket, and hum a song or simply let them listen to your heart beat. Babies love cuddling and they need a lot of it.

Some babies are just eager to see the world and need a lot of stimulation. When you carry them, whether it be in a carrier or in your arms, have them facing outwards so they can take it all in.

As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Understanding the Growth & Development of Your Child

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms for the first time, you understand the saying “babies don’t come with a manual”.  You’ll probably read a lot of books, blogs and articles on raising a happy and healthy baby, but who do you turn to when you have questions regarding growth and development?  For many new parents, the amount of information on the Internet can quickly become overwhelming and cause worry when it is not necessary.

From your baby’s first appointment with a Pediatric Health Associate Physician or
Nurse Practitioner, we will explain to you the different milestones, perform health and weight checks, and be there for you every step of the way during this new adventure in your life.

If your child is out of the newborn stage and you are looking for a new Physician or Nurse Practitioner, we will do everything in our power to make you and your child as comfortable as possible when visiting our office.  If you have questions regarding your child’s growth and development, we advise you to consult a Provider or Health Professional.  No matter the age of your child, consulting the Internet first will not give you the personalized and humanized experience you deserve.

The health and well-being of your child is of utmost importance to us.  Pediatric Health Associates prides itself on being readily available to you, please contact us today with any questions!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

 Special Delivery!
to Dr. Nishat Nasrullah on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Isra born Monday July 10th! She weighed in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and is 20 inches long. Along with mom and dad, Isra was joyously welcomed home by her two brothers and a sister.

Dr. Nasrullah returns from maternity leave in October.                                               

Friday, July 7, 2017

Treating An Injury With Heat or Ice?

If you or your child has been injured and it has been determined that emergency medical treatment is not required, would you know if the injury required a hot or cold compress?

Most people tend to reach right for the cold compress to soothe injuries, but there are some cases in which more relief would be provided if heat was applied to the area as opposed to ice. Here are some situations where ice or heat would be beneficial:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Slow down bleeding

  • Back spasms
  • Chronic ailments
  • Muscle aches
  • Helps to stimulate blood flow

Before treating any injury, make sure to assess the situation.  Does the area feel tight and stiff? Is the area inflamed? With any injury that does not require emergency medical attention, it is always best to do what feels right and does not cause more pain to you.  If heat or ice treatment is not helping the pain subside, it may be time to consult a physician. It is important to remember to only apply heat or ice for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time to reduce the risk of damaging skin. Also, always put a layer (towel, fabric, etc.)  between the cold or heat source and your skin.

The health and wellbeing of your child is of the utmost importance to us.  Pediatric Health Associates prides itself on being readily available to you, please contact us today with any questions!