Doctors will look at weight, blood pressure, diet, exercise, even school and family life to assess whether a child is healthy.
“Are they happy? Are they sad? Are they anxious? And I think these are things that we see issues with those across the board, about socioeconomic status over the centuries,” explained Dr. Cvijanovich out. “I think, you know, we see problems with anxiety, even in the younger kids.”
dr. Cvijanovich said some of that has to do with younger kids not getting vaccinated yet seeing their older siblings get the vaccine. All in all, the past year has been tough for everyone.
After a year of virtual learning, pediatricians notice weight gain and changes in vision in their patients.
“Sometimes with parents, they may not notice subtle changes in their children, especially these days with COVID, when everyone is together 24/7,” said Dr. Cvijanovich. “Sometimes it’s a little harder to notice subtle changes in their kids.”
That’s where the doctor comes in. There is also a push to have children vaccinated against long-standing diseases, such as measles. With kids out and about, it’s a good idea to make sure their tetanus shot is updated as well.
“If we had a major measles outbreak right now, on top of what’s going on with COVID, I think it would be devastating to tackle these vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Cvijanovich.
Another concern is getting sports physics before you hit the field.
“Sometimes we find that kids have high blood pressure, and that’s not only important for us to know and treat, but that can pose risks if they exercise, if they have high blood pressure, if you do exercise, they can be at risk.” runs into serious events, you know that even something like a heart attack, kids can have a heart attack,” said Dr. Cvijanovich.