Questions About Your Child's Health Answered

Published 07/02 2014 10:17AM

Updated 07/02 2014 10:55AM

Nicea sits down at the table with Dr. Zak to answer the questions you posted on Facebook about your child's health.

        Is there anything you can do for young kids with seasonal allergies? It seems like there is no over the counter medicines for kids under 2. -- Chelsey

Dr. Zak's Answer:
        There aren't a lot of medicines for young kids so it's tricky. However, Zyrtec can be used for children as young as six months. The recommended dose is a half teaspoon and it is safe to use. More importantly, it's good to prevent allergy triggers. There are several things you can do at home to eliminate some of the allergens that are there. Kids get a lot of allergens in their hair if they are outside, so washing your child's hair before bed is a good idea, as well as changing their clothes and bed sheets often. If your child is prone to allergies, you can use the allergy medicine on a regular basis. But it is still okay to use after they have a reaction.

        My son has a condition where his rib cage on his chest is caved in naturally. What should I look for to be concerned? -- Julia

Dr. Zak's Answer:
        We see this in about one in every five hundred births. It is quite common. Most of the time it is a cosmetic issue and it doesn't have to be corrected for medical reasons. On a rare occasion it can cause problems, especially with exercise because there is extra pressure on the heart and lungs. If it does impede your ability to breathe or exercise, it should be surgically corrected.

        Eczema: It's bad all year. We don't use fragrance in our soaps and my kids still suffer. Is there anything we can do? We've tried fish oil, steroid creams, hydrocortisone...Help, please! -- Corrinne

Dr. Zak's Answer:
        A lot of people use lotions that just aren't good quality. Your standard lotion is not good for eczema. Use lotions like Alveno that are high quality and will really moisturize the skin. Putting lotion on right after bath time is crucial. The wetting and drying is what causes the eczema to flare up so moisturize at least twice a day.

        My two-year-old wakes up at least once, sometimes three to four times, a night. She needs comforting then goes back to sleep. Sometimes she has night terrors. I have been thinking her acid reflux is back from when she was a baby. Can this be possible? How do I help her? This tired mommy needs some sleep! -- Terran

Dr. Zak's Answer:
        The most important thing you can do is to keep good sleep hygiene. Help them to put themselves to sleep. If they wake up, they need to know how to fall asleep on their own again. They start to rely on their mom or dad if you comfort them all the time.

        What are some of the signs of Juvenile Diabetes? If a parent has Type 1, should their children be tested? If so, when? Should it be by a specialist or famiy care doctor?

Dr. Zak's Answer:
        Going to the bathroom a lot, drinking a lot of water, weightloss and fatigue are some signs of Juvenile Diabetes. A child whose parent has diabetes might have a 1% to 5% chance of having diabetes as well, so it is still pretty low. Most of the time your regular doctor can test for Type 1 Diabetes with a urine test. Type 2 Diabetes is usually associated with obesity and that definitely runs in the family.

For more answers to your questions, visit Family First Pediatrics' website.

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