The Doctor Is In: You Ask, Pediatricians Answer
Dr. Dwight Reynolds started Lexington Pediatric Practice in 1987. The original office was located on Old Chapin Road and Dr. Reynolds was the only pediatrician in Lexington at the time. For the first three years, Dr. Reynolds was the sole physician at the practice. Like its patients, Lexington Pediatric Practice grew up big. Over the years, new physicians joined. Today, it’s home to Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Lillie Bates, Dr. Caroline Webber and Dr. Caleb Wheeler, and is located inside a spacious, kid-friendly office at LMC-Lexington, located at 811 West Main Street, Suite 204.
In honor of the silver anniversary milestone, its four physicians are sharing their answers for some of the most common questions they are asked at their practice
Dr. Lillie Bates
Q: How can we help to keep our children from becoming overweight?
A: We’ve seen more overweight children because we’re not moving enough. We’ve even seen high blood pressure and early onset diabetes in teenagers. The key is for the whole family to live a healthy lifestyle. Take a walk or jump rope together. Switch to skim milk. Remember that convenient foods are not always healthy foods. The Midlands is a great place to raise healthy kids – we have a lot of opportunity for activity.
Dr. Dwight Reynolds
Q: What are your best summer tips for parents?
A: Babies need sunscreen with a recommended SPF of 30. Don’t trust that it’s waterproof or sweatproof – reapply throughout the day. Also, roll-on deodorant can be great first aid for mosquito bites. A deodorant with aluminum salt, which most have, will keep a fresh bite from flaring up and becoming infected. And, meat tenderizer is a good remedy for fire ant bites. Mix some meat tenderizer with a few drops of water and rub it on the bite to help the area heal faster.
Dr. Caroline Webber
Q: How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?
A: Put your baby in his room at night as soon as you are comfortable – definitely by 2 to 3 months old. If your baby cries when you put him to bed, give him 10 to 15 minutes to calm down on his own. If he’s still crying after that, go into his room, reassure him and give him a pacifier, if he uses one. Then, give him 15 to 20 minutes before going back. It’s important for a baby to learn how to fall asleep on his own without help from things like a rocking chair or bottle.
Dr. Caleb Wheeler
Q: What milestones should a baby reach by the first birthday?
A: The first birthday is the biggest time of change in a child’s life. They start walking, talking and eating real food. Everything they know is changing and all kids handle that and develop differently. At age 1, a child should show an effort to talk, say a few words including mama and dada, show their personality, express their needs and show some affection.
Lexington Pediatric Practice is accepting new patients. You can reach them at 803-359-8855. www.lexpediatricpractice.com