General Pediatrics

While we focus on assisting our families with keeping their children as healthy as possible; unfortunately, children will be sick occasionally. Though it isn’t a pleasant experience, when your child is sick; frequently, they recover without any intervention. During this time their little immune systems are building to tackle bugs and germs they will frequently encounter. There are times you will need to bring them to the office to ensure they don’t require medicines and other healthcare interventions. Please ensure you give us a call if you are ever concerned about your child’s health. Below you will find some tips and information on common illnesses.

Fever

Fever is one of the most common problems parents face, and it can be scary. However, fever is the bodies most natural way to kill off viruses and bacteria. So, remember fever isn’t your enemy. It is one of the bodies most natural defenses. However, as your child’s body temperature rises, he/she will possibly start to feel uncomfortable. We typically treat fever due to your child’s discomfort. There are some conditions which require treating fever to prevent a worsening illness. A common question for many families is the actual temperature which constitutes a fever. A fever is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Below this temperature frequently represents the bodies natural fluctuations in temperature throughout the day. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are used to treat fever. Consult your doctor for questions about your child’s fever and dosages of medications. If your child has a persisting fever, please call the office so that we can schedule an appointment. See the link below for more information on fever.

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Ear Infections

Ear infections occur most frequently in infants, toddlers, and young children. Due to their ear anatomy, they have difficulty with draining mucus. Additionally, small children aren’t able to effectively blow their nose or cough up mucus. So, the mucus sits like a puddle of water and gets dirty. Some ear infections are caused by viruses while others are caused by bacteria. Those infections, which are concerning for bacteria, require antibiotics. If you are concerned your child has an ear infection, please call the office to schedule an appointment. See the link below for more information on ear infections.

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Allergies

Allergies come in several different forms. Allergies are typically  due to foods or things in the environment. Determining your child’s allergies can help in managing his/her congestion, rash breakouts, asthma, ear infections, and eczema. There are some severe cases of allergies which require a life-saving medication. Discuss with your doctor if you are concerned your child has allergies. Please see the link below for more information on allergies.

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Eczema

Eczema is a dry rash that comes and goes as a result of the skins increased sensitivity to various exposures, including foods, things in the environment, cold weather, hot weather, and many other types of triggers. Staying well moisturized is the hallmark of treating eczema. Typically, moisturizing 3-4 times daily is necessary. Utilizing well moisturized soaps and avoiding fragrant-filled products is very important. Steroid creams are sometimes needed to treat bad eczema flares. Contact your doctor today if you are concerned your child might have eczema. Please see the link below for additional information on eczema.

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Colds

Colds or upper respiratory infections are the most common illnesses seen in children. They are usually characterized by fever, cough, runny nose and sometimes a poor appetite. Viruses cause colds and therefore, we are unable to give you any medicines to cure the illness. The body has to fight off the illness. During this time, we understand you want to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible. Utilizing saline nasal spray, suctioning your child’s nose, and using humidifiers are frequently very helpful. Sometimes your child’s cold may progress into other illnesses, like an ear infection. If you are concerned or your child has been ill for a few days, please call the office so we can schedule your child for an appointment. Please see the link below for additional information on colds.

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Strep Throat

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat. It requires antibiotics to avoid complications and the spread of the illness to other children. It is usually characterized by sore throat, fever, headache, and occasionally stomach pain. If your child is complaining of these symptoms, he/she should be seen in the office. Remember your child will need to be out of school for 24 hours once being treated for the illness. Please see the link below for additional information on strep throat.

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Diaper Rash

Diaper rashes are very common in infants and toddlers. Frequently, the moisture generated from wearing the diaper and the frequent wet diapers increase the chances of diaper rash. There are many different over-the-counter products which help to alleviate diaper rashes. However, occasionally the rash will develop into an infection, which requires prescription medication. Please schedule an appointment with the doctor if your child’s diaper rash is concerning, worsening, or not improving. Please see the link below for additional information on diaper rashes.

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Roseola

Roseola is a common childhood illness caused by viruses. It usually starts with 2-3 days of high and frequent fevers. The fever subsides and a rash immediately appears over the body. The rash usually resolves without any intervention. Your child may have cold symptoms during the time of the illness. Please schedule an appointment with the doctor if you are concerned your child has Roseola. Please see the link below for additional information on Roseola.

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Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFM) is caused by a virus. It is characterized by fever, poor appetite, a rash on the palms and soles of the feet, and bumps in the mouth. Children are usually fussy and not as playful. The major concern with HFM is dehydration due to the painful bumps in your child’s mouth. If this is a concern, please inform your child’s doctor at the office visit. Sometimes a medication can be prescribed to help with the pain making it easier for your child to take fluids. Please see the link below for additional information on HFM.

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Pink Eye

Pink eye is an illness due to viruses or bacteria. Children have a “pink eye” and lots of green or yellow mucus in the eye. Their eyes usually itch and are uncomfortable. Typically, children will require eye drops to treat the infection. However, be aware allergies can sometimes cause some of the same symptoms. Ensure you schedule an appointment with the doctor if you are concerned about pink eye. Please see the link below for additional information on pink eye.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are infections of the bladder or kidneys. Usually children will urinate more frequently, complain of pain with urination, have difficulty urinating, or have fever. They will require antibiotics to treat the infection. Sometimes children require imaging after having a UTI. If your child is having symptoms of a UTI, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to avoid any complications. Please see the link below for additional information on UTIs.

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Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection inside of the mouth, which is usually seen in infants. It is characterized by white patches on the inside cheeks, lips, roof of the mouth, and sometimes the tongue. Your child will require medication to treat the infection. He/she might have a drop in appetite due to the severity of the illness. If you are concerned for thrush, please call the office to schedule an appointment. Please see link below for additional information on thrush.

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Gastroenteritis (Stomach Bug)

Gastroenteritis “stomach bug” is an infection characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. It is most frequently due to viruses. However, there are bacteria and other organisms which can trigger an infection. Preventing dehydration is key in treating the illness. Using oral re-hydration solutions, as advised by your child’s doctor, is very important. Occasionally, starting a probiotic is recommended. If you are concerned your child has a stomach virus, please contact your child’s physician. Please see the link below for additional information on stomach viruses.

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Ringworm

Ringworm is a rash due to a fungal infection. The rash is usually circular and may itch. It can occur on the body and sometimes on the scalp. When it occurs on the scalp, it may cause flakes in the location of the rash. A cream is typically used to treat ringworm when it occurs on the body. However, when it is on the scalp, children need to take medication by mouth and use a special shampoo. If you are concerned your child has ringworm, please schedule an appointment. Please click the link below for additional information on ringworm.

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