At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, our pediatrics staff receives many inquiries about children's nutrition. Therefore, we are giving you answers to frequently asked questions from our parents and caregivers. Knowledge empowers, and we want families to be informed on good nutrition and how it benefits children and adolescents.
I worry about my child becoming overweight. How can we avoid this problem?
Childhood obesity is a big problem in the US. In fact, the AAP reports that one in three American children are clinically obese. As such, parents must safeguard eating habits at home by:
- Modeling nutritious food choices (low-fat, high protein, high-fiber)
- Limiting sugary sodas and snacks
- Increasing outdoor activity/exercise and restricting screen time
At Blackhawk Medical Group, we carefully track your child's height and weight and other indicators of health, growth, and development through the annual well-child exam.
How much dairy does my child need?
The calcium in dairy products improves bone and dental health, as well as critical physiological function. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publishes guidelines on the number and size of servings of milk, yogurt, and other calcium-rich foods.
Remember, as your youngster becomes a quickly growing teen, he or she will need more calcium. For those who have milk allergies, offer calcium-fortified OJ, cereals, and supplements as recommended by your Danville pediatrician.
When should my baby start solid foods?
Start offering iron-fortified cereal and pureed meats, vegetables, and fruits at six months. This is when your baby is able to sit in a high chair and likely has a baby tooth or two erupting. Also, breast milk does not have sufficient iron and zinc for babies of this age, says the AAP.
How helpful is water to my growing child?
Yes, hydration is good for oral health and physiological function. So, provide plenty, particularly when your child is very active and when the weather is warm.
Ask us any question!
At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA our professional team includes an on-staff pediatrician, Dr. Denise O'Riordan. She is passionate about your child's health and is available for telehealth appointments: (925) 736-7070.
How your primary care physicians in Danville, CA, can help you stay healthy
Your healthcare team is not complete unless you have a primary care physician. That’s because a primary care physician is focused on YOU. When you are sick, it’s a great comfort to know that there is a doctor available that knows all about you and is concerned that you receive the best care possible. Read on to learn how the primary care physicians here at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, can help you stay healthy.
What our primary care physicians can do for you
A vital part of primary care is well-visit checks and routine physical examinations. These regular visits help ensure potentially serious illnesses or medical conditions are diagnosed early, and quickly, so you can begin treatment to feel better.
During these regular visits, your doctor will check your weight, heart sounds, blood pressure, and other factors to determine your overall level of health. Your doctor will listen to your heart and respiration to check for any abnormalities.
Primary care doctors can also order any laboratory tests required such as cholesterol and triglycerides to help determine your risk of diabetes, atherosclerosis, and other conditions.
A major focus of your primary care physician is the prevention of disease. This why it’s common for your primary care physician to recommend vaccinations for conditions such as the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and others. Vaccinations are a cornerstone of excellent preventive healthcare to keep you from suffering serious, and even fatal, diseases.
One of the most important roles of your primary care physician is providing education about current health trends, treatments, and other vital information. There is a lot of conflicting healthcare information out there on the internet, in magazines, and what people tell you. The truth is, your primary care physician is a voice you can trust to give you the right information, right when you need it.
Time for a checkup? Give us a call
Call the primary care physicians at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, today by dialing (925) 736-7070.
When was the last time you saw your doctor for a routine checkup?
Unfortunately, there is a decline in the number of people visiting their doctor once a year in the US. Only 20 percent of American adults have visited the doctor within the last year. Getting an annual physical exam is important for everyone, even those who are relatively healthy. Here are some of the benefits of visiting the primary care physicians at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, at least once a year for a regular physical exam:
Save Time and Money
One of the major benefits to visiting your doctor for screenings and annual preventive care is that you actually save money in the long run. Instead of waiting until you have to spend a lot of money on treatments, surgery, or hospitalizations, you can spend a little bit of time and money upfront for regular checkups and care to preserve your health.
Diagnose Problems Early On
While disease prevention is the goal for regular checkups, these checkups also allow our doctors to be able to pinpoint health problems early on when they may be reversed through simple lifestyle changes. By catching problems early on they wreak less havoc on your long-term health, and they are usually easier to treat.
For example, if our doctors determine that you are prediabetic there are simple lifestyle changes (e.g. diet; exercise; smoking cessation) that could actually reverse this and prevent prediabetes from turning into full-blown diabetes.
Gain Helpful Health Tips and Advice
From providing recommendations on how to eat healthier to what exercise regimen will work best for you, the medical team here at Blackhawk Medical Group can provide you with the proper guidance to help you lead a healthier life. We can also help you pinpoint problems and bad habits that could be affecting your health.
Time for a Physical Exam? Give Us a Call
If you don’t remember the last time you visited the doctor, then it’s time to schedule your next appointment. Prevent health problems from happening to you—let the caring medical team here at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, provide you and your family with comprehensive and preventive medical care to lead fuller, healthier lives. Contact our main office today by dialing (925) 736-7070 and Pressing 1 to make an appointment.
10/9/19 Power shutdown!
At 11am today, we were told the power would go out at noon. We prepared and even called to cancel our patients for the afternoon, BUT now we have been told there will be a delay until this evening at 8pm. Feel free to call if you'd like to come to the office this afternoon, or drop in at our walk-in clinic. If PG&E shuts down power in our area tonight, it has been reported that we likely will not have power tomorrow morning either. If you have an appointment tomorrow or Friday, please call before coming. If we are closed, your call will be answered by our answering service. Thank you for your understanding!
The BMG Walkin Clinic will be closed on Christmas and New Years. On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve we will be open from 9am to 1pm. Happy Holidays!
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