Spring is the biggest of the allergy and asthma seasons. The best way to avoid severe attacks is to treat early. Be sure to refill your seasonal allergy medications before symptoms are severe.
At Serenity Pediatrics, we have an Asthma Prevention Program, led by Dr, Alsahlani and local Pulmonologist. To find out more about this program, please call us.
Winter sports on snow and ice now continue into the spring depending on the weather. With warming weather, the snow and ice change consistency. Be exceptionally careful of ice skating on outdoor ponds and lakes and be aware that turning on skis in spring snow is more difficult. Many skiing injuries occur on that last run of the season and could be avoided.
Sports injuries are more common at this time of year. After a winter of decreased physical activity, we suddenly need to prepare for baseball and soccer. As with adults, children should slowly increase activity to allow muscles to rebuild and adjust to a greater level of activity. Encourage children to play sports "lightly" at first and "harder" as their muscles become more accustomed to the sport.
Children outgrow bike helmets and roller blade gear; check that these items still fit and are in good condition. Tune the bike and check that its brakes are working. Make sure roller blades have working wheels and brakes.
From age 3 through 18, we recommend that your child have an annual physical exam, also called a well visit or check-up. Schools and summer camps usually require a report of your child’s most recent physical exam and immunization status. The physical exam should have been done within the last 12 months. You can request this report, or health form, at the time of your child’s check-up.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Dr. Alsahlani LOVES little babies !! She is eager to see your newborn and will be there to see your newborn within 24 hours of the birth of your bundle of joy. As your pediatric care providers, we are dedicated to providing your newborn infant with outstanding medical care. Our Alsahlani offers 24-hour telephone coverage, continuity of care, and physician and nurse accessibility. We have admitting privileges at Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak and Providence Health in Southfield.
Caring for your young infant is a full time responsibility and is very rewarding. Common sense, humor, and patience are needed to get you through the occasional rough times. Dr. Alsahlani is excited to help you through this exhilarating and stressful time – she understands as a mother of 4 that having a newborn can be very overwhelming. We are available to help during those difficult times. Regularly scheduled well baby check-ups are the time to get your routine questions answered. We offer advice and anticipatory guidance as well as examining your infant’s growth and development. We encourage new parents to call with questions or concerns that can’t wait until the next visit.We offer the following advice to guide you through the first few weeks with your new baby:
For those who are breast-feeding, we suggest a semi-demand schedule of approximately every 2–4 hours. Wake the baby during the day to feed if the infant has slept more than 4 hours. If the baby has nursed well but wants to suck for prolonged periods, you may offer a pacifier. Use a pacifier judiciously in the first two weeks while your baby is learning to breastfeed. This will help satisfy the baby’s "nonnutritive" sucking urges. Your breasts need time to replenish the amount of milk the infant just drank. On the first day, let the baby nurse for 5 minutes on each breast. Each day increase for 1–2 minutes on each side until nursing is well established. Breast milk usually takes 4-6 days to "come in." As your milk comes in some babies may have cluster feeding periods where they feed more frequently, every 1 1/2 hours. This is normal but should not necessarily continue the whole day. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend breastfeeding for 6-12 months. We support this recommendation but realize that this is not possible for every family. Serenity Pediatrics would like to support every mother, breastfeeding or formula feeding. We have developed a list of resources that may be helpful.
If you are feeding with formula, a schedule of every 2–4 hours is usually effective. By two weeks of age, most infants are taking 2–4 ounces per feeding. Wash the bottles and nipples with hot, soapy water. It is not necessary to boil the water. Please do not heat bottles in a microwave oven as it can result in hot spots and burn the baby’s mouth.
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention. We are happy to discuss any issues, concerns or questions about vaccines at your child's visit.
Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site for more information on immunization.
We accept many insurance plans. Call the office to confirm our participation with your plan. It is important to Serenity Pediatrics and Dr. Alsahlani that we work together to accept your insurance so we can provide optimal care for your child.