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What image comes to mind when you think of being a nurturing parent? Is it swaddling and soothing your sweet newborn when she’s fussy? Or bandaging your toddler’s scraped knee after he fell on the playground? Maybe it’s consoling your third grader after a tough day at school. We often think of nurturing younger children, but what about our teens? Teenagers still need, and want, to be nurtured by their parents, even if it sometimes feels like they want nothing to do with you.

So how can you show your teen you care? Below are 5 practical tips to continue to nurture your relationship with your teen.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be more common than you think. According to statistics from the CDC in 2013, 11 percent of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed at some point with ADHD. The average age for diagnosis is 7 years old.

ADHD is a mental health disorder that may affect your child’s interpersonal relationships and the ability to succeed in academic settings. Each individual symptom of ADHD by itself may actually be normal in an individual child and therefore the variance and complexity of the symptoms as a whole must be taken into account to properly diagnose the condition.

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Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms observed in children with ADHD are poor attention and lack of focus, impulsivity, easy distractibility, hyperactivity (most commonly manifesting as fidgetiness), inappropriate emotional turmoil or outbursts, unfinished tasks, careless mistakes due to lack of planning or the inability to execute a plan, and at times lack of involvement with others due to nearly constant distraction.

Similar Conditions

There are other medical conditions with similar symptoms to ADHD so it's imperative that a professional with training and experience in the diagnosis of these disorders be involved. As with all medical conditions, a clinician will consider alternative explanations. For example, other common conditions that may mimic ADHD in some children include certain anxiety disorders and dyslexia.

Treatment

Accurate diagnosis and treatment are important, especially in developing children. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you will understandably be concerned with how to help them succeed both now and in the future. It’s important to remember that ADHD is manageable and that there are numerous treatment options available. For the best outcome, the parents and caregivers, teachers, health care providers, etc must work as a team to assist the child and ensure success. Options for treatment, whether individually or in combination, may include medication, behavior therapy, parent training, and/or school accommodations. Your PAL provider will discuss the various treatment options available as well as answer any questions you may have in order to pursue the best course of action for each individual child.   

At PAL, it’s our mission to help your child succeed by helping to create a healthy environment for the entire family. If you have any questions or concerns about diagnosis or treatment options for ADHD , please be sure to call 770-277-6725 for an appointment with your provider today.

As a new or expecting mom, you may have a few questions about what to expect during your first week of motherhood. Each and every child is unique, but if you are planning on breastfeeding, we hope these tips and list of expectations will help you have even more confidence early on. Untitled design 2

Nursing

It’s impossible to nurse too often, you can only nurse too little. Frequent nursing helps to encourage a good milk supply and also alleviates engorgement.

You should be nursing at the first signs of hunger. If you use signs such as stirring, rooting, or hands in mouth as signals to initiate nursing, you can reduce crying. If your baby is excessively sleepy, it is best to wake them for nursing after 2 hours of daytime napping or 4 hours of nighttime sleep.

Dirty & Wet Diapers

An easy way to track diapers in the early days is to relate it to their days of life. Babies should typically have one dirty diaper and wet diaper for each day of their life. For example, 1 dirty & 1 wet diaper on day 1, 2 dirty & 2 wet diapers on day two, etc. It’s also normal for babies to stool each time they nurse, or sometimes even more. You can expect 5-6+wet diapers within 24 hours once your milk has come in. Between weight checks, you can use these goals to identify if your baby is getting enough milk.

Medication

Please review any medications for you or your child with your doctor, midwife, and/or your lactation consultant prior to use.

Signs to Watch for

If you’re not sure what it means for your milk to “come in”, read on. Between days 2 and 5, you can expect the quantity and consistency of your milk to change from colostrum to mature milk. Engorgement may become uncomfortable. So, if you need to alleviate discomfort, simply use cold compresses in between feedings. Before resorting to the use of cabbage leaf compresses, we recommend you consult with your provider.

If you are experiencing sore breast(s) with a fever, chills, or flu-like aching or if your baby is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should immediately contact your doctor, midwife, and/or your lactation consultant.

Symptoms include:

  • Complete lack of wet or dirty diapers

  • Dark colored urine after day 3

  • Dark colored stools after day 4

  • Variance from the goals listed above

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns before or during your first week, please give us a call to set up a consultation with one of our lactation consultants, Harriett Wellborn, RN IBCLC or Marcia McBrayer. With a passion for promoting health and wellness in both mother and child, Harriett has been counseling nursing mothers for over 30 years.

 

Exciting things are happening at PAL, and we want to share some important news with you. We have broken ground for our brand new office building to be located directly across the street. We plan to open the doors of our new location during Spring 2017! 

ENews PALs Spring Moving

We are looking forward to serving you even better with more space, improved technology, better amenities, and more. For example:

Brand New & Larger Space

Upgraded Electronic Medical Record System

Nutrition Clinic

Convienent Compounding Pharmacy for Prescription Pickup

Private Breast Feeding Space

Better Parking

These are just a few of many exciting developments. So, make sure to follow our Facebook Page, sign up for our ENewsletter, or follow our Google+ page to stay up to date on more exciting details. 

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