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By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
May 26, 2020
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Child Health  

Keeping your child healthy and strong throughout their life is a top priority as a parent. This means making sure they have their immunizations at the right stages of life, they eat healthy meals, and that they receive plenty of exercise. Dr. Alan E Sheen is an allergist based in Metairie, LA. He specializes in immunizations and the treatment of allergies to keep your child as healthy as possible—read on to learn more.

Immunizations

Immunizations are important for your child to prevent them from catching many diseases that would otherwise be life-threatening. Because vaccines are given at different ages and some need regular booster shots, it can be confusing to know when it’s the right time to get your child immunized. Accordingly, parents in Metairie, LA, schedule their children’s vaccines with Dr. Sheen to ensure that they are always up to date.

Nutrition

A healthy diet is essential for your child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth. You can easily make healthy meals more fun by getting creative with colors and shapes. Make sure your child eats plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and has plenty of fiber in their diet. Additionally, make sure to avoid fast food and beverages that are loaded with sugar.

Exercise

Children age six and over need an hour of exercise at least three days a week. This is important for their growing bones and muscles and helps prevent obesity. Participating in outdoor activities with your child, whether it’s throwing a ball, riding bicycles, or going for walks, is a great way for both of you to get some aerobic exercise. On rainy days, break out some kid’s dance or exercise videos and make it fun.

If you are looking for a pediatric allergist or you want to update your child’s immunizations, you can contact Dr. Sheen at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 or at his Covington office at (985) 246-6077.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
April 09, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Vaccines are designed to prevent various types of diseases including deadly ones. This holds true for the young, especially infants. Without vaccines, it can be difficult for the immune system of these young children to fight off diseases. Here at the offices of Dr. Alan Sheen in Covington and Metairie, LA, you can learn more about immunizations during your consultation with him. In the meantime, learn how vaccines work to protect your child.

How The Body Fights Off Infection

To appreciate how vaccines protect children, we must first understand how a child’s immune system works to fight off infection. The immune system automatically steps in to fight any perceived infectious organism. Proteins known as antibodies are immediately produced by the white blood cells to seek out the infection and counter it. The infection usually gets the upper hand at first because it initiates the attack.

The immune system reacts only once the attack starts or when symptoms of illness start to manifest. The antibodies will eventually overpower the infection and terminate it. However, the antibodies will not die but rather remain in the bloodstream on guard for similar infections. In case the infection returns, the antibodies are ready to fight it off at once.

Accordingly, some diseases do not recur in your body because the antibodies are already active. The thing to understand with antibodies is that they are created to respond to a specific infection. There are also antibodies that are not specific to a certain infection, but rather to a type of bacteria.

Vaccination Schedule

Now that you have a better understanding of how vaccines work to protect your child, it is easier to appreciate the need to maintain vaccination schedules. Sometimes vaccines can take weeks to boost the protective mechanism of children and there are vaccines that need to be administered in separate doses. Essentially, maintaining the immunizations schedule means preparing your child against infection even before it happens. So make sure to come into our Covington or Metairie, LA, office as per your child’s immunization schedule.

 

Have Any Questions or Concerns About Immunizations?

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Alan Sheen by calling our Metairie, LA, office at (504) 456-1999 or Covington, LA, office at (985) 246-6077.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
February 19, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Immunizations   Child   Well-Child  

What Occurs During Well-Child Appointment

Allergies occur in many forms and can develop at all ages. From food to pollen to soaps, allergies can cause itching, sneezing, trouble breathing, and more, affecting your child's health and comfort in their day to day life. If your child is experiencing symptoms of allergies or is due for immunizations, its time to visit Dr. Alan E. Sheen in Covington and Metairie, LA, for a child-well visit.

How do I prepare for my child's well visit?

Its a good idea to keep a log of your child's symptoms and suspected triggers, as well as your family medical history, so your doctor has an idea of what to look for and what tests should be administered. Your doctor will examine your child's eyes and nose and listen to their lungs, likely followed by a breathing test. The test, during which your child will blow into a device, is pain free and quick.

Depending on the findings during your child's visit at our Covington or Metairie, LA, office, your allergist may take a skin or blood test so they can determine what foods, conditions or materials your child should avoid and create a treatment plan.
What should I know about child immunizations?
Up to date vaccines are advised for keeping your child healthy. Childhood immunizations are recommended through the age of 18, and children under 12 are especially susceptible to developing viruses and diseases as their immune systems are still developing.
Among the vaccinations offered at our office in Covington or Metairie, LA, are the vaccines for influenza, hepatitis B, rotavirus, measles, meningitis, tetanus, and human papillomavirus. You child's vaccination schedule will be determined by their age, with some vaccines administered at birth.

The specialists at office will help outline your child's vaccination schedule and remind you when their next vaccine is due.

Let us help you keep your child healthy. Call (504) 456-1999 for our Metairie office and (985) 246-6077 for our Covington office today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen
June 24, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations  

When you become a parent for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to all the vaccinations your child needs. There are vaccines to protect against about 14 different kinds of diseases and it doesn’t just protect your child but also the community by preventing the spread of infection. If it’s time to bring your child in for a vaccine, our Metairie and Covington, LA, allergist Dr. Alan Sheen is here to help.

Why are vaccines important for children?

The biggest benefit to keeping your child up to date with vaccines is that you are giving their bodies what they need to protect against certain viruses and diseases that could cause serious complications or sometimes, even death. It’s particularly important for school-age children to get the vaccines they need before school to reduce their risk for exposure to serious diseases. In most cases, schools will require proper documentation from our Metairie and Covington, LA, allergy doctor to make sure that all children are properly vaccinated before the school year.

Vaccines are preventive; therefore, this is one way to reduce the cost of your child’s health care. Vaccines prevent infections that if contracted could require certain treatments, procedures or even hospitalizations. By getting your child immunized, you can save on medical costs and prevent your child from having to undergo invasive procedures and treatments due to an infection.

Furthermore, there are some people within the community that cannot be vaccinated. Perhaps they have certain disorders, have weak immune systems or are too young for all their vaccinations (this is the case with newborns). By making sure your child is vaccinated, you not only protect your little one from getting sick but also your own family members and members of the community who may not be able to get vaccinated.

Are immunizations safe?

We know that some parents are concerned about the safety of childhood vaccinations. All vaccines undergo rigorous testing and must be approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. Of course, children who have known allergies to certain components within a vaccine will not get that specific vaccine. Serious side effects are rare; however, some children may develop minor side effects like a low-grade fever, headache, or swelling and soreness near the injection site. These symptoms will go away on their own and aren’t a cause for concern.

It’s time to protect your child against a host of serious illnesses. Call (504) 456-1999 to schedule an appointment at our Metairie, LA, allergist’s office or (985) 246-6077 to schedule an appointment at our Covington, LA, office. Schedule your child’s next series of immunizations with Dr. Sheen today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen
June 13, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Chicken Pox   Measles   Flu Shots  

Immunization in Metairie, LAImmunizations are an essential part of well-child care. Proper immunizations protect the health of the individual child and protect all children in the community as a whole. Many parents have concerns about immunizations and may choose to not immunize their children, but it is important to fully understand each immunization. As a parent, you are encouraged to talk to your pediatrician for more information on proper immunization scheduling for your child in the Metairie, LA area.  

Immunizations for Teenagers and Young Adults in Metairie, LA

Many parents only think of vaccines as something needed for infants and young children, and that they are less important later in life. However, teenagers and young adults often get a number of vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, German measles, and chickenpox. Teens and young adults need protection against infectious illnesses as well.  

Teenagers are encouraged to see their pediatrician or other physicians on a regular basis and should keep an updated record of their immunizations. Many will need more vaccinations as teenagers, particularly if they have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis B or chickenpox. Important vaccines for your teenager include:

  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A

As a responsible parent, it is important for you to be fully informed on the vaccines offered for your child in the Metairie, LA area. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with your pediatrician.