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Make an appointment or call the nurse? Guidelines to help your little ones when they're sick.

So your child is sick - do you make an appointment, or call the triage nurse for advice on how you can help your child at home or if it's the weekend - come to the walk-in clinic?

There are recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that help parents know when a well visit or annual check-up is due. Sick visits? They can be a grey area. How sick is sick enough to warrant a doctor visit? When is an illness minor enough that it can be treated at home with a little T.L.C. and patience?

Here are some some basic guidelines on what to do - and when to  do it.

Sick Child Taking Temperature

Is it a cold or allergies?

Changing of the seasons.  For some kids it also brings runny noses, itchy skin rashes and sneezes. Those pesky symptoms might just be a common cold but they could be a sign that your child has seasonal allergies.

Little girl sneezing

How to handle fevers in kids

A fever is usually caused by infections from viruses (such as a cold or the flu) or bacteria (such as strep throat or some ear infections). The fever itself is not the disease, only a sign that the body’s defenses are trying to fight an infection. A fever is one of the body’s protective mechanisms. It is not uncommon for a fever to last 2-3 days, usually peaking at 103-104 degrees. Fevers can be scary but they are usually not harmful. Learn more about fevers and how to treat fevers in your child.

Mother feeling sick child's forehead to check for fever

Tips for taking care of children: Diarrhea

It can be tricky to know the best way to take care of children when they have diarrhea. When that child is an infant it can be even harder to know the best treatment options. What foods and fluids are best? What should you do - and what should you avoid? Read on to learn how to help your kids when diarrhea strikes.

Mother with sick son

Using the latest vision screening technology

Vision problems can happen at any age but they can be harder to detect in infants and young children. Eye examinations and vision screening are important tools but when it comes to our youngest patients, they often aren’t effective enough. This is why the pediatricians at Northpoint Pediatrics in Indianapolis and Noblesville have started offering the Spot Vision Screener - a revolutionary tool that can detect vision problems in children as young as six months.

Spot Vision Screener - Detect vision problems in children

Healthy snacks for toddlers

Healthy toddler snacking
Toddlers are busy little people! Always on the move - climbing, running, exploring - they are just learning how to do so many things and often they don’t want to sit still to eat. If you’ve ever dealt with a hungry and consequently cranky toddler, you know it’s important to make time for healthy snacks! Looking for some healthy snacking guidelines?  Northpoint Pediatrics located in Indianapolis and Noblesville has some great tips for you.

Important milestones for your baby

Is my child developing normally?

This is one of the most common questions we hear from parents with infants. While each child develops at their own pace, there are some key milestones to watch for at certain ages. Let’s review those developmental milestones and how to handle any concerns with your child’s development.

baby milestones

Tips for new dads

Do an online search for newborn advice and you’ll find a lot of articles that address the mom. Dad’s are important too! Northpoint Pediatrics, an Indianapolis group with offices in Indianapolis and Noblesville has three tips for new dads as they get to know and love their newborn baby.

dad holding newborn baby

Tips for creating a baby registry

The baby shower. There may or may not be silly games but there will most certainly be fun, smiles and gifts!

Have you thought about what you want and need for your new baby? Walking into the store or studying the pages of Amazon can be overwhelming for a first-time parent. You might be asking, “How can you possibly choose when there are so many choices?” Indianapolis pediatricians seeing patients at Northpoint Pediatrics have some advice as you prepare for the birth of your new baby.

What do you need for new baby?

The importance of Baseline and Concussion (imPACT) Testing

As children get older, sports shift into more competitive mode. And when sports get competitive, injuries are more likely. Children can suffer a concussion in any sport - not just high impact sports such as football or lacrosse. Concussions can be very serious and advanced assessments - done before the season even starts - help doctors better treat and manage concussion recovery.

teen athletes from a variety of sports

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is used by thousands of high schools, colleges and professional teams to help medical providers better manage concussions. Northpoint Pediatrics offers Baseline ImPACT at both our Indianapolis and Noblesville offices.

Capturing memories of your new baby

Few things in life are as precious as those first few days with your new baby. These hours are just as special with your first child as they are with your fourth. There’s nothing quite like getting to know this new member of your family.

These newborn days are also fleeting. It’s amazing how quickly our children go from being tiny little things to wide-eyed babies soaking in the world around them. One of our favorite things at Northpoint Pediatrics is meeting your new baby. It's always a special moment. Over the years we’ve seen some great ways of capturing the memories of a newborn baby and we’d love to share them with you.

Photos with newborn baby

Tips for getting into a fitness routine

When you’re the parent of a newborn, toddler or preschooler, it can be hard to find time to exercise. Your schedule is no longer your own. But taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child. When you exercise regularly you are
  • being an active healthy parent
  • increasing your energy levels
fitness routine with baby
Whether you’re starting a new fitness routine or trying to get back on the exercise bandwagon, there are some great benefits to staying physically fit. So how do you get into a fitness routine when you have a baby to care for? Northpoint Pediatrics, an Indianapolis based group, has some great tips for parents who are ready to get moving again.

Teens: Ban the Tan!

Using tanning beds can harm your skin, eyes

    Are you feeling a bit pale after a long winter? Thinking about using a tanning bed before going somewhere warm for spring break? You might want to think again. Indoor tanning beds can be dangerous — or even deadly.
    People who use tanning beds before they are 35 years old are 75% more likely to get melanoma (skin cancer). Melanoma affects 68,000 people in the United States and kills one out of eight of those people every year. Those who start tanning when they are young also have a higher risk of other types of skin cancer. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and pediatricians tell anyone under age 18 that they should never use a tanning bed.
Tanning salons sometimes give out wrong information about safety. For example, tanning salon workers in Missouri allowed children as young as 10 years old to use tanning beds, according to a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics. Some customers were told that they should use a tanning bed before going on vacation somewhere warm to avoid sunburns (they shouldn't or that doctors recommend tanning beds (they don’t). Actually, the “healthy” glow on your skin after tanning is not healthy at all. It is a sign of skin damage.
Tanning beds do more than just hurt skin and cause cancer. The bright light can cause eye problems, itchy skin and make you more likely to get sick. Even teenage boys are at risk. In one study, boys who use indoor tanning often said they feel bad about how they look. They also were more likely to do other unhealthy things, like try weight loss tricks, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and steroids.
In many states, it is illegal for anyone younger than age 18 to use a tanning salon. Even if you are allowed to go with a note from your parents, think before you ask. It is healthier to be happy in your own skin.

Check out our app NP PEDS MD for further information and home care advice.

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© 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics - Trisha Korioth, Staff Writer

Baseline and Concussion (imPACT) Testing in Our Office!


What is Concussion (ImPACT) Testing?

Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is a computer-based test that objectively measures the function of the brain. Measuring attention, memory, processing speed and reaction time helps our certified ImPACT clinicians determine when it’s safe to play.

Who should have the test and when?

All athletes 12 years old and older should take a diagnostic ImPACT test during the preseason. With information about “baseline” brain function on record, your treating physician will have measurements to use for comparison and analysis should you suffer a concussion during the season. Whether an athlete has taken a pre-season baseline test or not, medical attention for a concussion is ALWAYS needed.
Northpoint offers baseline concussion testing for children 12 years and up that do not have access to testing through their local school district.  The test fee is $20 and is not billable to insurance.  
To schedule a Baseline ImPACT test call us at 317-621-9000.

How is a concussion treated?

An athlete who is diagnosed with a concussion is not allowed to participate in practice or games. Other mental and physical activity is often limited. The athlete may not resume sports activity until a physician trained in the treatment of sports concussions confirms symptoms have resolved, and the post injury test has returned to normal. Depending on the severity of the concussion, your activities may need to be resumed gradually.

Northpoint does ImPACT testing in our office.  
To schedule a Post Concussion ImPACT test call us at 317-621-9000.

Check out our app NP PEDS MD for further information and home care advice.

Top 3 family road trip travel hacks

Taking your family on a road trip is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll share together. The stories and memories made on those trips will last a lifetime. Cranky children tired of sitting still can make the trip itself feel like a lifetime too! Don’t despair! Road trips can indeed be fun for everyone with a little advance planning and creativity. Let’s review our top three family road trip travel hacks.

Boy in car
Baby girl with pony tail in white