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    What to Expect from Your Final Trimester of Pregnancy

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The last third of your pregnancy may seem like a waiting game. During this part of pregnancy, your baby is experiencing important progress, including rapid weight gain and sensory development. You too will be going through some changes, as the following information highlights. If you have any questions about your final trimester of pregnancy, consult your baby doctor.

    Fluid Retention
    The weight you gain during the final part of your pregnancy can be attributed in part to fluid retention. This aspect of pregnancy often presents in the extremities, which is why you may find that your shoes no longer fit. Your fingers and ankles may also swell during this time. Fluid retention is a normal component of pregnancy, though an abruptly swollen face may indicate a blood pressure problem that demands professional treatment.

    False Labor
    Before your baby is ready to make his arrival, you might occasionally feel contracting sensations around the abdominal region. Baby doctors often refer to these sensations as Braxton Hicks contractions, which are different than actual labor contractions. In many cases, false labor will be sporadic and subside on its own. Contractions that persist and increase in occurrence may signal the beginning of true labor.

    Body Pain
    Given the 20 to 30 pounds of weight that most women gain during pregnancy, it makes sense that many experience some pain.  Weight gain typically increases pressure on the hips, knees, ankles, and back, the areas where many expecting mothers have discomfort. If you are about to enter your third trimester of pregnancy, you might experience more frequent bouts of body pain.

    Let the baby doctors at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Blue Springs Pediatrics, and Raintree Pediatrics guide you through each stage of your pregnancy. To learn more about common changes that can occur while you await your new baby, call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at 816-525-4700. You can also visit our website for additional details on our pre-natal and newborn care services. 

    How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Getting your children to eat nutritious foods often depends on what you do rather than what you say. This video offers healthy eating tips for the whole family.

    The eating habits your children form will be based largely on your own. When they see you enjoying fruit and vegetables instead of cookies and chips, your kids will be more inclined to make the same choices. They will also be more prone to eating nutritious foods when you give them several options. As much as your children may like particular dishes, they can grow tired of them, which is why it’s important to keep your mealtime choices fresh and diverse.

    Are your kids due for their pediatrician checkups? Then make an appointment today by calling Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at 816-525-4700.

    The Importance of Keeping up with Your Child's Well Visits

    Last updated 19 days ago

    The Lee’s Summit Physicians Group is dedicated to providing top-of-the-line wellness services for children in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Independence. Our services include well-child visits, during which we evaluate the health of our patients and ensure that they become healthy adults. Read on to gain a better understanding of the importance of well-child visits.

    Administering Vaccines
    Over the last century, scientists have developed a number of vaccines that have prevented millions of children from unnecessary suffering. As a parent, it’s your duty to vaccinate your children and prevent the spread of diseases such as polio, measles, and mumps. When you take your child in for a well visit at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, your child will be given one or more vaccines. Vaccines must be administered on a set schedule in order to be their most effective.

    Identifying Abnormalities
    Every well-child visit involves a thorough physical examination by a skilled pediatrician. During the exam, the pediatrician will record the child’s weight, height, blood pressure, and other pieces of information. Your child may also have his vision, hearing, and reflexes tested. Visiting the pediatrician on a regular basis is important because it allows the pediatrician to create a record of your child’s health. If the pediatrician identifies a sudden change or abnormality, he can recommend treatment as soon as possible.

    Promoting General Wellness
    The whole purpose behind well-child visits is to make sure your child is healthy. The pediatrician will not only identify potential abnormalities, but make recommendations on how to prevent certain conditions from occurring. For example, if your child is slightly overweight, the pediatrician may suggest how you can get your child to exercise and eat better.

    At Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, your child’s wellbeing is our chief concern. Our pediatricians have been helping raise healthy children in Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Independence for over 30 years. To schedule an appointment at one of our facilities, call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700.

    Symptoms of Strep Throat

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Strep throat is a common bacterial infection caused by group A streptococcal organisms. School-age children and teenagers are the most susceptible to strep throat, which is highly contagious. To reduce the spread of strep throat, it’s important that you identify the symptoms and have your child’s pediatrician prescribe antibiotics.

    If your child experiences a sudden and severe sore throat, and finds it painful to swallow, there’s a good chance that he has strep throat. Other symptoms include a fever of over 101 degrees and swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. Perhaps the clearest symptom of strep throat is a bright red throat and the presence of white and yellow spots. Some children also experience a headache, rash, and loss of appetite. Within a day of receiving antibiotics, your child will cease to be contagious; if he doesn’t receive antibiotics, he may be spreading strep throat for weeks.

    If you suspect that your child has strep throat, call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700. Our pediatricians are proud to serve the youngest residents of Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and Independence.  

    Understanding Croup in Your Infant

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Croup is a cold virus that attacks the vocal cords in infants. The most distinctive symptoms of croup are raspy breathing and a loud cough that sounds like a barking seal.

    In this video, a pediatrician discusses the basics of croup and what you can do to alleviate your baby’s symptoms. Babies with croup tend to cough at night more than they do during the day. If your baby starts coughing, consider taking him outside for 20-30 minutes so he can breathe the cold, humid night air. You might also open a window in his room and turn on a hot steam vaporizer.

    If your baby’s symptoms aren’t getting better, consider seeking professional newborn care in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, or Independence. You can reach Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700.  

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