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Chronic Disease Management from Expert Pediatricians

Chronic Health Issues

If your child has or develops a chronic health issue, it's essential to find a healthcare provider that not only understands their medical needs but also has an established relationship with your family. With a deep understanding of your child's medical history and needs, the experienced team at Beittel-Becker Pediatric Associates offers personalized care plans tailored to your child's specific condition. This continuity in care is crucial because it allows our team to work closely with you and your child throughout their healthcare journey.

As your child's condition evolves or changes are needed in their care plan, our providers can quickly and efficiently make informed decisions, leading to better outcomes. By fostering a strong relationship with your family, our team offers a level of care that goes beyond just treating symptoms and instead gives special focus to improving your child's overall health and well-being.

With a family-centered approach, our pediatricians and healthcare professionals are committed to providing comprehensive care for children with chronic health issues, ensuring the best possible outcomes. We believe in empowering families with the knowledge and resources they need to manage their child's chronic health condition effectively. If your child is facing a chronic health issue, trust the team at Beittel-Becker Pediatric Associates to provide the comprehensive care you and your child need to navigate the challenges of living with a chronic health condition.

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Chronic Issues

Beittel-Becker: Child Specialists in Lancaster, PA

Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health & ADHD Treatment For Kids

In addition to treating a number of chronic issues that affect physical health, Beittel-Becker Pediatric Associates also helps provide support for children who have mental health issues or mental disorders. Our team of specialists is experienced in diagnosing and searching for signs of these disorders, including:

  • Anxiety: There are several kinds of anxiety disorders, from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder to social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These disorders are all characterized by persistent, excessive worry, fear, and stress that can interfere with a child's daily life.
  • Depression:  Depression, marked by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and low self-esteem, is a disorder that can interfere with sleep, appetite, and a child's ability to function in everyday life.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): ADHD is one of the most common childhood mental disorders. Typically, ADHD is first diagnosed during childhood, though symptoms often persist into adulthood. ADHD is characterized by difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity, all of which can affect a child's ability to perform well at school and maintain relationships.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): Autism is a complex neurological and developmental disorder that typically appears during childhood. Children with ASD may experience difficulty communicating, forming relationships, and understanding social cues.

If your child has been showing signs of any of these disorders, our team is here to provide you with the compassionate care and support you need. Whether you have noticed your child having issues at home or in school, or if your child's pediatrician identifies signs of these issues during an appointment, our team can help your family get the support you need. From referring your child to trusted specialists to providing resources and education, we can guide you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some common causes of chronic disease?

For children, chronic diseases are commonly caused by genetic factors. Some children inherit genes from their parents that make them more susceptible to certain conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or cystic fibrosis. If chronic diseases run in your family, it is essential to let your child's pediatrician know so that early preventive measures can be taken. 

Nutrition and environmental factors can also play a role in the development of chronic diseases, such as allergies or obesity. Exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, and allergens can trigger or worsen conditions like asthma and allergies. Plus, consuming high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods can cause weight gain and increase the risk of developing health-related problems.

How can I tell if my child has a chronic illness?

Though every child and every disease is different, common chronic illness symptoms include:

  • Frequent fatigue or exhaustion 
  • Unintended weight gain or loss 
  • Recurrent pain, swelling, or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Increased frequency of colds, ear infections, and other illnesses 

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to their pediatrician. They will be able to provide a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that's tailored to your child's individual needs.

Do you offer OMT therapy for kids?

OMT, or osteopathic manipulative therapy, is a type of manual physical therapy that uses gentle hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat disorders in the body’s muscles, joints, and connective tissues. 

At Beittel-Becker Pediatric Associates, we offer OMT therapy for kids with musculoskeletal disorders in order to help alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and improve mobility. Our team of healthcare professionals is experienced in working with children to provide gentle, effective treatments that help our patients achieve the best possible outcome. 

What is the best way to manage a chronic illness?

The most important thing to remember when helping your child manage a chronic illness is that communication and collaboration are key. At Beittel-Becker Pediatric Associates, our team of healthcare professionals works closely with patients and their families to create personalized treatment plans that take into account both medical and lifestyle factors.

 By taking your child to their pediatrician on a regular basis, following any recommended treatment plans, and voicing any concerns or questions you may have, we can work together to manage your child's chronic illness in the best way possible.

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