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Pediatrician in Downers Grove, IL

Our services

We provide compassionate care for the families of children and adolescents who would like to manage their weight and adopt healthier lifestyle practices.

Immunizations

Ear Piercing

Behavioral Health

Adolescent Care

Pre-Natal Visit

Routine Physical Examinations

Asthma Treatment and Prevention

Nutritional Counseling

Latest projects

Important work we are embarking on

Sickle Cell Trait Awareness

Sickle Cell Trait Screening

Sickle Cell Trait Screening Initiative We invite you to delve deeper into your child’s health and well-being. On this important journey towards better health and awareness, we are excited to announce the launch of our new Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) screening and education program. It is designed to identify and educate children, adolescents and young adults with sickle cell trait. What is Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) and who can it affect? Sickle cell trait is a blood disorder where the body makes an altered form of hemoglobin, a substance inside the red blood cell that delivers oxygen to all organs in the body. This abnormal hemoglobin causes the red blood cells to become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle. Sickle Cell Trait occurs when a person inherits one abnormal hemoglobin gene from one parent and one normal hemoglobin gene from the other. SCT is more common among people whose ancestors come from Africa, the Mediterranean region, Middle East, and South Asia, but anyone can have SCT Can my child get sick from sickle cell trait? Most people with sickle cell trait do not experience symptoms. However, in rare cases, extreme conditions such as high altitudes or extreme dehydration can lead to complications. The NCAA also requires SCT screening of certain student-athletes Why do I need to know if myself or my child has SCT? The most important thing to know about having SCT is that abnormal hemoglobin can be passed on to children. If you still plan on having a baby, you should know your sickle cell status. Also, when your child reaches reproductive age, this is an important piece of information to know. If both parents of a baby have an abnormal hemoglobin gene, the baby could be born with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). SCD is a more serious condition that can cause anemia, bone pain and many other complications Our goal is to promote early detection, education, and proactive management of sickle cell trait to ensure the well-being of our patients and their families. This will empower our patients and their families with the knowledge and resources they need to make informed decisions about their health. How can my child get tested for SCT? Can I also get tested? Our screening program will offer testing to identify individuals with sickle cell trait, followed by counseling and education on the implications of the trait. With our sickle cell trait screening program, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of our patients and the community at large. Call us today at 630-929-3009 for more information. Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs, and we look forward to serving you in our clinic.

Sickle Cell Trait Screening

Concierge Pediatrics

Concierge Pediatrics

Welcome to our latest offering- featuring Dr. Akin's Concierge Pediatric Practice. Our unique, patient-focused approach to pediatric care is led by the experienced and compassionate Dr. Akin. You'll see firsthand how we prioritize personalized care through Home Visits for your newborn, Home Visits for your sick child and specialized weight management and mental health services. We value our extended, unhurried child-centered visits. We'll also share insights on our commitment to holistic child development, and you'll hear from Dr. Akin about the principles that guide our practice. So, join us as we journey through our new offering, showcasing our dedication to nurturing the future generation. Don't forget to subscribe to stay updated on the latest in pediatric care.

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PROS

Pediatric Research in Office Settings

Partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we have been involved in research to improve the lives of all children. One project was the Flu2Text Study which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). It has been published in JMIR Formative Research at this site: https://formative.jmir.org/2023/1/e39576 and ACI open https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-0043-1763270 We are currently enrolling participants in another AAP study to help answer some questions we all have about Covid in children.

Pediatric Research

Balance Pediatrics

10 year anniversary

Balance Pediatrics has been in Downers Grove for 10 years! It has been a very rewarding decade taking care of your children, watching them grow in good health, and confidence. The last 3 years were no doubt challenging, but we pulled through, we beat the pandemic, and are ready to face the next 10 years with courage and renewed energy. Though the toll has been enormous, we stay strong and continue to support our children who also carried a huge burden. https://balanceweightcenter.com/

10 years and counting.....

What our Patients Say

"Dr. Akin has treated my two kids since birth. We love her gentle demeanor and attention to detail. She is great with the kids and has helped us treat a number of things from RSV to allergies."

"Dr. Akin is one of a kind! We are so very lucky to have been referred to her through another doctor when we had our first child. As first time parents of a preemie, our anxiety ran high in regards to our babies health, growth and development. Dr. Akin was there for us every step of the way."

"She is truly amazing. She is great with my kids and my kids love her. She is way to get a hold of and you can tell she truly cares. Highly recommend if your looking for someone you and your kids will love."

"Outstanding service! From the moment you walk in there's always a warm welcome and there's always a very small wait time. I can really rely on Dr. Akin with my children's health."

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