Last updated 7 days ago
Although circumcision was once considered to be a standard part of newborn care, more parents are actively deciding for or against the procedure. For many couples, religious or spiritual preferences factor heavily into the decision-making process. If religious inclinations aren’t a factor in your decision, you and your partner may wish to talk to a pediatrician to learn about the pros and cons of this procedure.
Occasionally, children who aren’t circumcised as newborns do require circumcision later because of medical reasons. This may be necessary if the foreskin fails to retract completely, limiting urine flow. Additionally, be aware that uncircumcised penises require additional cleaning. If your child fails to keep the foreskin clean, he could develop an infection. On the other hand, when your child is an infant, the foreskin can guard against irritation from diapers.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group provides compassionate newborn care and pediatric services. If you wish to make an appointment with one of our expert pediatricians, call our Lee’s Summit clinic at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.
Last updated 14 days ago
Stroke is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is obstructed. This often occurs as a result of a blood clot. Parents can teach their kids how to save lives by explaining the signs of stroke in others and instructing them to call 911 immediately if a stroke occurs.
You and your kids can learn about the classic signs fastof stroke by watching this video. These helpful kids explain the “F.A.S.T.” acronym, which is an easy way to remember the primary symptoms of stroke that affect a person’s face, arms, and speech.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group provides newborn care and pediatric care, along with Well Adult exams. To schedule a wellness checkup for you or your child, call our Lee’s Summit division at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.
Last updated 21 days ago
As every parent knows all too well, kids tend to believe they’re invincible. While it may be impossible to guard against every bump and bruise, parents can take a few steps to keep kids safer while they play outdoors this summer. If your kids plan to join a sports team or go to summer camp this year, consider bringing them to the pediatrician’s office to undergo a wellness exam and make sure they’re up-to-date with vaccines. Your pediatrician can also offer specific safety and health advice for your children’s unique needs.
Reduce the Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses
Young children have a higher risk of suffering heat-related illnesses. If it’s very hot outside, encourage your children to play outdoors during the morning and evening hours, rather than in the middle of the day. Have them take breaks from outdoor play to cool off in an air conditioned room. Additionally, make sure your children drink plenty of water throughout the day. Your pediatrician can recommend a specific amount of water appropriate for each child.
Teach Your Kids about Water Safety
During the hot summer months, pools are particularly attractive. Unfortunately, accidental drowning is a leading cause of death among young children. Make sure that your kids are supervised at all times near pools and other bodies of water. Teach your kids the basics of water safety, such as never running near a pool. You might also consider enrolling your kids in swimming classes. Research has shown that formal swimming instruction reduces the risk of drowning for children.
Protect Your Kids from the Sun’s Harmful Rays
Instill good skincare habits in your children from an early age. Help them apply liberal amounts of sunscreen before going outdoors to play and encourage them to wear a wide-brimmed hat. Sunscreen should be reapplied periodically—check the product label for specific instructions.
You can schedule a wellness exam for your child with a caring pediatrician at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. Parents are also encouraged to learn more about newborn care and our pediatric services by visiting our website. To reach one of our convenient locations, you can call Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700, or our Lee’s Summit office at (816) 524-5600.
Last updated 27 days ago
Oftentimes, sports teams require children to obtain medical clearance before joining the team. Even if your child’s school doesn’t require this, it’s still a good idea to bring your youngster to the pediatrician’s office before he or she takes up a new sport. During a sports physical, the pediatrician will assess your child’s health and consider the particular type of sport to determine whether it’s safe for your child. If the pediatrician detects a health issue, he or she may recommend sport modifications that can make it safe for your youngster to play.
Assessment of Health and Fitness
It’s important for your child to have a sports physical because it gives the pediatrician a chance to thoroughly evaluate your child’s health. The pediatrician will review your child’s medical history and ask about any illnesses, injuries, or hospitalizations that your child has had. Then, the physician will check your child’s vital signs, evaluate neurological function, check his or her height and weight, evaluate joint flexibility, and consider many other areas of health and fitness. Some of the health concerns the pediatrician will look for include dizziness, asthma, shortness of breath, heart problems, and eating disorders.
Evaluation of the Sport
Along with considering your child’s health, the pediatrician will evaluate the sport itself to determine if it’s safe for your child to play. For example, the doctor will consider the intensity level of the activity, level of competition, and type of safety equipment used.
Recommendation of Modifications
If your youngster does have a health issue, the pediatrician may make specific recommendations to make playing the sport safer, such as carrying an epinephrine auto injector to all practices and games if your child has an allergy. Your child might also benefit from specialized safety equipment.
Parents can schedule school or sports physicals with a pediatrician at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. For your convenience, you can visit the website of our pediatric clinic and fill out an appointment request form. Or, give us a call at our Lee’s Summit location at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.
Last updated 1 month ago
When you bring home your newborn, one of the biggest adjustments you make will be with sleep. As parents, you’ll probably get a lot less of it for some time, but more importantly, you’ll have to pay attention to safe sleeping habits for your newborn. Talk to your baby’s pediatrician for sound sleeping advice, and keep these tips in mind.
Choose Back Sleeping
Although advice has changed over the years, pediatricians now recommend that babies be placed on their backs to sleep. Stomach sleeping is associated with sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Since babies placed on their sides can easily roll onto their stomachs, side sleeping is considered to be equally dangerous. Be sure to discuss your preference for placing your newborn on his or her back for sleep with all caregivers.
Use a Crib or Bassinet
For your newborn’s first few weeks, it’s a good idea to have him or her sleep in your room, but you should never allow your baby to sleep in your bed with you. The risk of rolling over on your baby and smothering him or her is simply too great. Instead, set up a crib or bassinet in your room, within arm’s reach, so you can bond with and keep an eye on your baby without putting him or her at risk.
Keep Sleeping Area Clear
Although toys and blankets make your newborn’s crib look inviting, they should be removed when you put your baby to bed. Toys, blankets, and loose sheets can all turn into suffocation hazards for your baby. Instead of a blanket, opt for warm pajamas with feet and only leave a fitted sheet in the crib.
You can discuss safe sleeping habits during your next visit with the Lee’s Summit Physicians Group pediatric care team. Make an appointment by calling our Lee’s Summit location at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700. Our pediatricians offer care for newborns, children, and adolescents.