Monday, June 08, 2015

Summer--time to think about your kid's physical

Parenthood--the job is never done. I even know people who think their responsibilities end when the child reaches 18. Ha ha, good one!

Heidi Renner, MD, a primary care doctor at Loyola, reminds us that now is the time to schedule the back-to-school checkups.

Some topics you will want to cover:

Growth
                                                      Sleep
                                                     Allergies
                                                     Development

And yes, your child may need shots--vaccines are a part of keeping your child--and your community--safe. Common childhood diseases are popping up again because kids are not getting vaccinated.

Before kindergarten:

Measles, mumps, rubella--MMR vaccine
Polio
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis--DPT
Chicken pox

Around 11 or 12 yrs of age:

Chicken pox booster (if the child has not had two by now)
Pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, and tetanus booster (Tdap)
Meningitis (not a booster)--but a booster is given at 16

Don't be stupid about vaccines. We need the kids to be immune so these sometimes very serious diseases don't spread to other children--and to adults.

Many decades ago, I recall balking at the DPT for my daughter. My pediatrician, an older German woman, said she needed it to get into school--but how about splitting it in two doses--which we did. She did get a lump at the injection site, but it went away and she was fine.


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