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Watching children play is one of the greatest joys of being a parent. You can see the creativity light up in your child’s eyes as she builds mighty structures and imagines entire worlds. Understanding the way your toddler plays can go a long way toward helping her develop her imagination, dexterity, and social skills.
Playtime isn’t the same for toddlers as it is for adults—for toddlers, playtime is all about learning about the world around them. Toddlers are constantly problem solving as they figure out which blocks match which shapes and how to balance building materials. Playtime is also a great time for toddlers to become more familiar with their senses and social interactions. To encourage playtime stimulation, consider asking your toddler questions, such as “What are you drawing?” or, “What color is that?” Some great toys for toddlers include puzzles, stuffed animals, and building blocks.
Your child deserves a great pediatrician to help her stay happy and healthy. If you’re looking for a pediatrician in the Kansas City area, call 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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School sports aren’t just fun; they also help kids get plenty of exercise and develop valuable life skills, including working with team members and problem solving. However, engaging in sports comes with a few risks. That’s why it’s important for parents to make sure their kids are adequately prepared to participate in school sports.
Deciding on a Sport
First, there’s the matter of deciding which sport to play. Your child should already have a good idea of which sports he wants to play—either from his own experience or from watching professionals play on TV. If not, try playing catch, tossing the pigskin, and kicking the soccer ball with your child until he finds something he really responds to.
Going in for a Physical
Once your child decides which sport he wants to play, you’ll likely need to take him to the pediatrician. Beginning around middle school, most school sports teams require that participants undergo a sports physical and obtain doctor approval. During a sports physical, a pediatrician will evaluate your child’s past and present health, then determine whether your child can safely participate in his sport of choice.
Getting the Right Gear
Once your child gets the OK from his pediatrician, it’s time to get the necessary equipment. The pediatrician will likely have an opinion on which items to purchase—for example, a mouth guard can help prevent dental injuries during contact sports. If you’re unclear of which kind of gear to get, ask other parents or the team coach for recommendations. Take your time when shopping for sports gear to ensure that everything fits comfortably and provides adequate safety.
If you’re looking for a skilled pediatrician you can trust with your child’s health, contact Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Blue Springs Pediatrics, or Raintree Pediatrics. We’re happy to provide sports physicals and numerous other pediatric health services. Call 816-524-5600, 816-554-6520, or 816-524-4700 to speak with a representative.
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Many parents are so worried about their children’s health that they forget to enjoy watching their children grow up. While no amount of technology can completely eliminate a parent’s worry, there are ways to alleviate it.
With the WebMD Baby iOS app, you can have easy access to hundreds of articles, tips, and videos that will help you take great care of your bundle of joy. The app also comes with growth, diaper, feeding, and sleep trackers. Lastly, WebMD Baby is great for capturing all your baby’s important milestones, including coming home from the hospital and taking his first steps.
To keep your child healthy throughout his childhood, trust the pediatricians of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Blue Springs Pediatrics, or Raintree Pediatrics. You can reach these facilities at 816-524-5600, 816-554-6520, and 816-524-4700, respectively
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Potty training is all about patience for parents and kids alike. There’s no right age or right way to do it. In fact, there’s been very little research into potty training at all. The only right time for your child is when he or she is physically—and emotionally—ready to take it on. This infographic from Lee’s Summit Physicians Group explains the facts about potty training. As you start transitioning your little one out of diapers, remember to stay positive and calm through all the ups and downs. Accidents are normal, but if you have concerns, discuss them with your Lee’s Summit pediatrician, who can provide training suggestions. Please pass this helpful advice along to as many parents as possible.
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In the fall, children have returned to school, the weather has gotten cooler, and cold and flu season looms just around the corner. To keep your young children healthy and active this fall, follow these simple guidelines for the changing season.
Include healthy fall foods in family meals
During the fall you might see an abundance of apples, pears, squash, and sweet potatoes at the grocery store. These foods are all excellent for your family’s health, and they have a variety of kid-friendly applications to explore. For example, acorn squash and sweet potatoes can be added to traditional mashed potatoes for a vitamin-rich side dish that your kids will love.
Reduce allergens in the home
Allergens like ragweed and mold are high in the fall, so you might do a little fall cleaning inside your home if these irritants are causing your family to sneeze and sniffle. To combat mold, keep your home relatively dry, paying close attention to water traps along the edges of kitchen and bathroom floors. Regular vacuuming and dusting will be helpful in eliminating airborne allergens from the outdoors like ragweed pollen. If your child has severe allergies, consult your pediatrician to learn about the best medication for your child’s symptoms.
Stay prepared for seasonal illnesses
Even with proper hand washing and a healthy diet, your child may still come home sick when the cold and flu viruses are spreading rapidly through the late fall and winter. You can prepare by keeping an illness kit on hand that includes tissues, medicine, and a humidifier to avoid the need for a visit to the drugstore once your child begins to feel ill. You might also prepare a large batch of chicken noodle soup and keep frozen individual servings ready to soothe your child’s stomach when he or she is sick.
At Lee’s Summit Physicians, Blue Springs Pediatrics, and Raintree Pediatrics, you can find readily available care for your child with night and weekend hours. To schedule an appointment or learn about preventive measures to keep your child healthier this fall, call 816-524-5600, 816-524-4700, or 816-554-6520.