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By Ramesh Kadewari, M.D.
March 04, 2015
Category: Childs Health
Tags: Metabolic Disorder  

Metabolic SyndromesFind out if your child is at risk for developing this serious health condition.

Obesity has become a serious epidemic not only for American adults but also children, as well. In fact, about one in three children are now overweight or obese. With sports and physical activities being swapped for video games and television, it’s not hard to see what could be to blame for this serious issue.

If your Easton, PA pediatrician has recently told you that your child might have metabolic syndrome than naturally you are concerned for their health and wellbeing. Find out more about this condition and what you can do to make sure your child lives a healthy life.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome, which is different than metabolic disease, refers to a variety of problems that put children at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

What are the risk factors involved in developing metabolic syndrome?

Children who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome often have three or more of these risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • Excess abdominal fat
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol levels

While it can be surprising to hear about children dealing with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, poor diet coupled with lack of exercise is leading to more and more children developing metabolic syndrome.

What causes metabolic syndrome in children and how can I prevent this from happening to my child?

There are a multitude of factors that can cause children to develop metabolic syndrome, but luckily these are all causes that can be prevented with a little awareness. The first thing you’ll want to do is take a look at your child’s diet. If they are consuming a lot of fast food, sodas and lacking healthy nutrients then it’s time to change their diet. Incorporate lean meats, low fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables into their meals and avoid keeping junk food in the house.

Also, children are spending an excessive amount of time in front of the television. One study found that children between the ages of 6-11 spend approximately 28 hours each week watching television, and children ages 2-5 spend about 32 hours in front of the screen. Try to swap out the time spent playing video games and watching TV with after-school sports or even physical activity right in your own backyard.

If your child is overweight, inactive or an unhealthy eater then you may be concerned about metabolic syndrome. However, your Easton, PA pediatrician, Dr. Ramesh P Kadewari, MD can help. Schedule an appointment for your child at Pediatric Medical Center of Lehigh Valley and put their health first.

By Ramesh Kadewari, M.D.
January 28, 2015
Category: Childs Health
Tags: Sports Injury  

Childhood is full of bumps and bruises. However, sports-related accidents can be traumatic, especially if they are not properly managed at home.

With more options and specialized equipment and gymnasiumschildren who play sports are more involved than ever before. Unfortunately, this also means that sports-related injuries are on the rise. The problems may come from repetitive use of their Sportsshoulders (as in baseball or swimming) or knees (typically seen in gymnasts or dancers). Other injuries can be more accidental, such as an on-field collision in football or a jammed finger on the basketball court. Organized sports usually have a medical professional available to triage injuries immediately and make the determination if the child needs to be seen by a doctor. But after the diagnosis, what happens?

Recovery

For overuse injuriesyour pediatrician in Easton will typically recommend resting the affected limb or joint and possibly anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the characteristic swelling. Sometimes the injury is severe enough to require physical therapy. The doctor's orders must be followed to the letter to prevent recurrence or further damage, and the activity may have to be pared down or modified once the child returns to the sport.

Likewise, more serious trauma will require a period of rehabilitation, which will likely mean complete downtime from their sport. Broken bones need time to heal under casts, while concussions generally employ a "watchful waiting" approach after diagnosis. In any case, a slow return to normal activities is advised.

Prevention and proactivity

Parents will likely be hypersensitive to the possibility of further injury after their child returns to their activity. It is important to communicate with both your child and their coaches to make sure safety techniques and equipment are being utilized properly. Warming up, stretching and adequate hydration should be advocated as well to prevent another problem.

Although any physical activity has risk factors involved, children should be encouraged to play sports that meet their interest and skill level to maintain their health and social interaction. With proper safety measures in place and diligent parenting and coaching, injuries are much less likely to occur.

By Ramesh Kadewari, M.D.
December 17, 2014
Category: Childs Health
Tags: flu vaccine  

Your Lehigh Valley Pediatrician tells you how to protect your children from the flu.

With the winter winds already beginning to brew and flu season in full swing, your pediatrician in Easton and Lehigh Valley recommends following these tips for keeping your children healthy and happy this year.

Wash up!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many children (and even adults) don’t wash their hands properly or often enough. When flu season hits, hand washing is one of the most important habits anyone can adopt. Teach kids to wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, or teach them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song while they wash.

Also, washing up isn’t just for hands. It’s also vital to disinfect and clean toys, surfaces and remotes. Anything in the house that gets handled needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to decrease exposure to germs.

Adopt etiquette

Nothing is more annoying than having someone cough or sneeze around you and not cover his or her mouth. This is certainly a major way to share germs. Therefore, it’s important to teach your child to cover his mouth or nose with a tissue and to dispose of the tissue immediately after. Always make sure your child has tissues on hand so this can be an easy habit to adopt. Also, teach your child to wash his hands right after sneezing or coughing to keep germs to a minimum.

Practice a healthy lifestyle

One of the best ways to keep germs and infections away is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This means getting regular exercise, eating well, and maintaining enough sleep to keep your immune system strong. Toddlers should be getting around 12 hours of sleep a night and school children should be getting at least 10 hours. Also, incorporating healthier food choices like fruits, vegetables and milk will help keep their bodies strong.

Opt for the flu vaccine

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months old and over should get an annual flu vaccine. While these vaccinations do not completely prevent the flu, it can certainly shorten the illness and lessen symptoms. Plus, it also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and other serious health complications. Talk to your Lehigh Valley pediatrician about whether the flu vaccine is a good idea for your child.

If your child begins to exhibit fever, chills, body aches or other symptoms of the flu, do not delay; call our office today. Nothing is more important than the health of your child!

July 07, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Moving

We are moving as of Dec 15th 2014 to a new location. The new address will be 50 South 18th St Easton, PA 18042. For further details please contact us @ 610 252 3042.

Thank You.

By Ramesh P. Kadewari
November 06, 2013
Category: Childs Health
Tags: Welcome  

Welcome to Our Blog!

Ramesh P. Kadewari, MD would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about child health care and our practice.

At Pediatric Medical Center of Lehigh of Lehigh Valley, Inc., we believe that educated parents are better prepared to make decisions regarding their child’s health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest pediatric developments and child health care advice from our dedicated team. 

Ramesh P. Kadewari, MD  hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper child health care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

-- Ramesh P. Kadewari, MD





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