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What a Developmental Screening Can Tell You About Your Child Sep 6th, 2021

As a parent, you watch your child develop new skills on an almost daily basis. In the early years of life, your child starts to talk, walk, and learn, while growing at an impressive pace. As your child grows, it’s important to notice whether they’re meeting these exciting milestones at...

How Can I Help My Child Manage Their Allergy Symptoms? Aug 5th, 2021

It isn’t easy to watch your child struggle with the symptoms of allergies. Allergy symptoms can make your child’s life unpleasant for months out of the year, and in some cases, can cause severe or life-threatening reactions if they don’t avoid the allergen. To help minimize your child’s struggle with...

The Importance of a Well-Child Exam Jul 6th, 2021

When you imagine visiting the pediatrician with your child, you might think of your child having symptoms of an illness. Board-certified pediatrician Rainilda Valencia, MD, and our team are here for your child when they get sick, but it’s just as important to take your healthy child to well-child exams...

Help for Your Child's Autism Jun 17th, 2021

Learning your child has autism can be a shocking experience for any parent, but getting a diagnosis is the start to helping your child access the support they need. Autism is a developmental disorder that means your child has various complex needs that need to be addressed to help them...

How Your Child's Pediatricians and School Can Work Together May 5th, 2021

It can be overwhelming when your child has a medical or developmental diagnosis that makes attending school more difficult. Making sure your child with special needs is succeeding in school involves advanced planning, regular communication, and staff awareness. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the task of supporting your...

Warning Signs Your Child Has ADD Apr 1st, 2021

If your child is having problems academically or socially at school, it might be that a condition is impeding their ability to progress. Attention deficit disorder, or ADD, is a common diagnosis in children that can make school and home environments more challenging. Getting an early diagnosis helps children with...

Common Health Issues in Children Mar 3rd, 2021

For most children, occasional health issues are a part of growing up. Children are still developing their immune systems, so even with the best health practices and lifestyle choices, you can expect your child to develop minor illnesses and health conditions at points during childhood. The best thing you can...

How to Choose a Pediatrician for Your Child Feb 7th, 2021

When you’re expecting a new baby, choosing the right pediatrician is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure they start their life healthy and strong. You might also need to make this important choice for your toddler or older child after you relocate, your child’s current...

Start the New Year Off Right With a Well-Child Exam Jan 1st, 2021

Children change quickly as they grow up, and watching your child develop is one of the most exciting parts of being a parent. As your child gets older, it’s important to make sure they’re continuing to thrive. The easiest way to ensure your child is healthy and on track with...

Managing Asthma in Children Dec 1st, 2020

If your child has asthma, unmanaged symptoms like wheezing and gasping for air not only sound scary, they can also lead to missed days of school, athletic practices, and even hospitalization. While untreated asthma can be dangerous, your child can flourish with proper management of their asthma symptoms. Allergies and...

My Toddler Isn't Walking Yet. Is That Normal? Nov 1st, 2020

When you see other children your toddler’s age starting to walk, it’s understandable if you feel worried that your child hasn’t joined in yet. The good news is, young children can hit developmental milestones like walking later than their peers without necessarily having a developmental delay. By getting regular pediatric...

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Child This Flu Season Oct 5th, 2020

Autumn is here, and it brings joys like colorful leaves, pumpkins, and cozy evenings by the fire. This time of year also is the start of flu season, when the influenza virus begins to circulate more actively through the air. This increases your child’s chances of catching the flu. The...

How Can I Help My Child With ADHD? Sep 3rd, 2020

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is different from parenting other children. Your ADHD child’s brain works differently from children who don’t have ADHD, which can make school and home life more difficult without support measures in place. Our team at Valencia Pediatrics in Victorville, California, appreciates...

Treatment Options for Your Child's Allergies Aug 9th, 2020

When allergies kick in, it can be a frustrating and even miserable experience for you and your child. Allergies can cause your child to experience all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms and, without proper management, can even be life-threatening. Rainilda Valencia, MD, a board-certified pediatrician practicing at Valencia Pediatrics in Victorville,...

Assessing Your Child's Speech Delays Jul 20th, 2020

Every child’s development is a little bit different, and some variation is normal. That said, if your child is hitting certain milestones significantly later than other children, it’s possible your child has a developmental delay. The most common developmental delays are speech and language delays, which impact as many as...

Pediatrics and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jun 11th, 2020

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has made this time an anxious one for families. Along with monitoring your child’s typical health and development, you’re coping with school and daycare closures and keeping children entertained at home, all while doing everything possible to keep your family safe and healthy. We...

Does Your Toddler Have Allergies or a Cold? Here's What to Look For May 13th, 2020

With their increasing curiosity and loquaciousness, toddlers are usually a joy to raise. But when they start feeling miserable with symptoms like a runny nose, a cough, and a sore throat, it can be stressful for parents and hard to diagnose what’s wrong. With many symptoms in common, it can...

Understanding the Signs of Autism (Autism Awareness Month) Apr 1st, 2020

If your child’s development is not progressing as expected, he or she might have a developmental delay. April is Autism Awareness Month, and with 1 in 59 children being identified as having autism spectrum disorder, autism is a commonly diagnosed developmental disorder. Autism expert and board-certified pediatrician Rainilda Valencia, MD,...

Beginning a Spring Sport? Here's Why Your Child Needs a Physical Mar 9th, 2020

Spring is an exciting time of year. With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time for your child or teenager to get involved in spring sports. Playing a sport is an excellent way to help your child stay active and start lifelong healthy habits. Many sporting teams and programs...

Benefits of Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Child Feb 1st, 2020

When you have a new baby or move to a new area with your child, choosing the right doctor is an important decision. Along with choosing an experienced and caring professional, you’ll need to find a doctor well versed in children’s medical needs. Rainilda Valencia, MD, and her compassionate, skilled...

What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD? Jan 1st, 2020

It is often difficult to diagnose attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in your own child. Dr. Rainilda Valencia and her knowledgeable, compassionate associates, Micaela Marin-Tucker, PA-C and Megan Reynolds, C-PNP, can help you assess your youngster at Valencia Pediatrics in Victorville, California. What do ADD...

Why Are Childhood Milestones Important? Dec 2nd, 2019

Your baby’s first step, chuckle, and word are events you’ll always cherish. The amazing transformations that accompany each phase of your child’s growth are thrilling to experience for both you and your child.    Consider the fact that an infant enters the world typically weighing less than 10 pounds and completely...

Parenting a Child with Autism Nov 1st, 2019

Autism is a confusing diagnosis, and you may be overwhelmed and not sure what you should do. There are resources that can help you understand what’s going on with your child, and how to best manage any problem behaviors your child is displaying. Autism is more common that many people...

Childhood Vaccines: Which Are They and Why Your Child Needs Them Oct 1st, 2019

Contrary to what you may read on the internet, childhood vaccines don’t cause autism. An infant’s immune system can handle all the recommended vaccines, and vaccine-acquired immunity is safer for your child than building immunity naturally. Vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration carry no toxic doses of any...

Set Your Kids Up for A Healthy School Year With a Back to School Physical Sep 1st, 2019

The start of every school year holds promise for new things and new beginnings. From new school supplies to clothes, there are many ways you can set your child up for success. The back to school physical is another way you can prepare your kids for a better year. Dr....

What's a Well Child Exam? Aug 6th, 2019

You’ve heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that saying is especially true for children. When your child is a baby, you take them to a doctor to get vaccinations to prevent diseases such as hepatitis B, measles, and polio. You also take them...

Is Your Child an Athlete? Consider a Sports Physical Jul 24th, 2019

As summer flies by, it’s time to start thinking about school sports and fall recreational leagues — are you excited for Pee Wee Football? Before you fill out the paperwork and get your little ones out on the field or court, make sure they’re in good health.  Most sports organizations...

Why Should Your Child Have Developmental Screenings? Jun 14th, 2019

Your child’s growth, challenges, and needs change quickly in the early years of childhood. Keeping up as a parent can be overwhelming — it’s tough to understand baby babble sometimes. Scheduling regular developmental screenings to assess your child’s progress is essential to staying on track and detecting any developmental issues,...

Help Your Child Avoid Asthma Triggers While Traveling This Summer May 14th, 2019

Vacations may be fun for everyone, but for kids, there’s a special thrill in leaving behind the routines of daily living (and the memories of school) and heading out for new adventures. Unfortunately, for kids with asthma, all it takes is one flare-up or asthma “attack” to throw a wrench...

Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed Apr 17th, 2019

Symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be as individual as each child. The many subtypes can cause issues ranging from poor motor skills, repetitive movements, and speech delays to difficult social interactions, sensitivities to sights and sounds, and more. Severity also varies from mild to severe. Early intervention is...

Get a Jump Start on Managing Your Child’s Spring Allergies Mar 15th, 2019

As a parent, you hate to see your child suffer, and it seems like every spring their allergies kick in a little earlier and are more severe than the previous year. Fortunately, you can take steps to manage your child’s seasonal allergies and protect them from the worst of their...

Can Children Outgrow ADHD? Feb 1st, 2019

It’s estimated that nearly 10% of all children in the United States — or approximately 6 million preschoolers, grade schoolers, and teenagers — have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurobehavioral condition that limits the brain’s ability to regulate important executive functioning skills. While all young children and many adolescents are...