Find out why children should get a regular hearing and vision screenings
From the moment your child is born, doctors will begin to provide them with vaccines, screenings, and care they need for a healthy beginning. Some of those tools include hearing and vision screenings, which help our Westchase and Clearwater FL pediatricians detect problems early on before they even present challenges. Since hearing or vision problems can often lead to learning delays, your child must be getting a regular hearing and vision screenings done. Contact Clearwater Pediatric Care or Westchase Pediatric care to learn more.
When should my child get hearing and vision screenings?
Your newborn will have their first vision and hearing screening performed before one month old. This test may either be performed in the hospital after birth or by your board-certified Westchase pediatrician. Once your child is three months old, they should come back into our office for a full vision and hearing screening, particularly if the results from their first test weren’t conclusive.
Once your child is between the ages of 2 and 2 ½ years old, they will also need to get another round of comprehensive hearing and vision screening tests. While these screenings usually take just a few minutes, the screening performed around the 2-year mark will be a bit more detailed and can take longer than the other screenings. Even children without problems should still get their hearing and vision checked every year after they’ve reached 2 years old.
Why are hearing and vision screenings so important?
We often associate hearing and vision problems with older adults; however, the fact remains that anyone (even children) can develop or be born with hearing and vision problems. In fact, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the US are born with hearing problems or are deaf.
The majority of children with vision or hearing impairments also deal with developmental delays and disabilities, so the sooner our Westchase pediatricians can detect a problem the better since we can address these developmental or learning disabilities early on. We can also provide them with ways to correct and improve their vision and hearing.
Hearing and vision screenings for children is crucial and our Clearwater and Westchase FL pediatricians are happy to provide your child with these comprehensive screenings and more. Please call Clearwater Pediatric Care today at (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543 for Westchase Pediatric Care to schedule your child’s next upcoming checkup.
Could your child's lingering cold actually be a sinus infection? Your child's pediatricians at Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care can offer a diagnosis and provide treatments that will help your son or daughter feel much better.
Is it a cold or sinus infection?
it's not always easy to tell whether your child has a cold or sinus infection, particularly as sinus infections can occur after your son or daughter has had a cold or other viral infection.
Cold symptoms usually start to improve after seven to 10 days. If it's been 10 days or longer, and your child is still suffering, a sinus infection may be to blame.
What are the symptoms of sinus infections?
Common signs and symptoms of sinus infections include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Pain and pressure around the nose, eyes, and forehead
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore throat and coughing caused by post-nasal drip
- Green or yellow nasal discharge
- Pain or pressure in the ears
- Swelling around the eyes
- Pain in the upper teeth
- Fatigue or disinterest in usual activities
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Loss of smell or taste
How are sinus infections treated?
Warm compresses and over-the-counter pain medications and decongestants can be helpful if your child has a sinus infection. If your child cooperates, you may also use a saline solution to rinse away mucus in the sinuses.
Since sinus symptoms can be caused by viruses, your pediatrician may not immediately recommend antibiotic treatment during your trip to the Clearwater or Westchase office. Antibiotics are only helpful if the symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection. If your child doesn't begin to feel better in a few days, antibiotics may be needed.
Stronger prescription decongestants or corticoid nasal sprays that decrease swelling and inflammation in the sinuses may also be prescribed in some cases.
Are you concerned about your child's sinus symptoms? Your child's pediatricians in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, can help. Call the Clearwater office at (727) 461-1543, and the Westchase office at (813) 818-1543.
At Clearwater Pediatrics in Clearwater, Tampa and Westchase, FL, our pediatricians provide urgent care for children when severe acute and/or chronic health problems can longer be ignored.
What is urgent care?
Urgent care is one of the many services our pediatricians provide our patients, but what's urgent care? Urgent care deals with health issues like sprains, a child's asthma symptoms and ear pain. It is not emergency care. If you're dealing with a life-threatening condition, like heavy bleeding, chest pain, or head injuries, you need to go to an emergency room as soon as possible.
Any time you have a question about a health concern, you should contact Clearwater Pediatrics. You can also expect to receive care at our Clearwater and Westchase locations if you are suffering from urgent problems like:
- Mild to moderate lacerations
- High fever
- Persistent vomiting persistent cough, congestion and diarrhea
- Sinus infections
- Sprains and strains
- Asthma, hives, rashes, and allergic reactions
- Insect and animal bites
- Back pain
- Urinary tract infections
- Sore throats
- Mild to moderate burns
- Eye problems (irritations, discharge)
- Ear pain
What happens during urgent care?
The advantage of urgent care at Clearwater Pediatrics is dodging long waits, like those in an emergency room. Our pediatricians perform a full exam that assesses:
- vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature)
- updates medication and surgical history
- assess symptoms, diagnosis patients and treats the problem
Would you like to consult your doctor about urgent care?
Urgent care is vital. People can't always wait around in emergency rooms when they need medical attention. So, if your child needs immediate medical care, Clearwater Pediatrics is the place to go. For more information call us today at (727) 461-1543 for our Clearwater, FL, office or (813) 818-1543 for our Westchase, FL, office. We are now offering telehealth visits from both our locations. If your child is sick please ask the office staff if your child's symptoms can be evaluated and treated with a telehealth visit only. Many symptoms can be and we may be able to save you a face to face visit. Most insurance companies have waived some of the requirements and are covering telehealth visits.
Find out why every child will need to undergo a physical before the new school year.
By the time your child is old enough to go to school they will need to visit our Westchase, FL, pediatricians for annual back-to-school physicals to make sure that they are healthy. This doesn’t just protect your child’s health but also the health of others. If this is the first time your child is coming in for a school physical then it’s normal to have questions. Here’s what to expect at routine school physicals.
Reviewing Your Medical History
Since genetics often plays a key role in the development of certain health problems, it’s important to know the details of your child’s medical history including family history of certain chronic conditions including heart disease, asthma, and high blood pressure.
By understanding your child’s genetic makeup and medical history, our Westchase, FL, children’s doctor can provide more thorough and tailored school physicals to assess your child’s risk for developing these health problems. With conditions that are preventable, we can help your child reduce their risk by helping them make certain lifestyle changes.
Checking Height, Weight, and Vital Signs
When you come into the office we will also want to record your child’s height and weight, as well as check their heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Nearly one in every three children or teens in the US is overweight or obese, which can have a serious impact on your child’s health. From hypertension (high blood pressure) to high cholesterol, these issues need to be monitored. We can also provide you and your child with tips for how to get regular exercise and improving their diet to help them maintain a healthy body weight.
Performing a Physical Exam
The main purpose of a school physical is for our Westchase, FL, pediatrician to be able to examine all parts and areas of your child’s body to be able to check for past injuries, issues, symptoms, developmental problems or abnormalities. Since many kids are undergoing physicals in order to participate in sports, we will also want to make sure that they are healthy enough for their chosen sport and that certain conditions such as asthma are being properly managed through medication to prevent complications and issues from arising.
Children and teens will also need to follow a strict immunization schedule. Florida law states that there are certain vaccines that children and teens will have to get before they can go to school. Check Florida’s vaccine requirements and make sure that your child is up to date before the school year begins.
Clearwater Pediatric Care provides comprehensive pediatric medical care to children living in and around Clearwater and Westchase, FL. Call us today at (727) 461-1543 for our Clearwater, FL, office or (813) 818-1543 for our Westchase, FL, office to schedule your child’s upcoming school physical.
When your child is fussy and feeling unwell, you should make a decision quickly: Where should I take my child? While many parents opt to go to the emergency room or ER, you should know that we here at Westchase Pediatric Care provide urgent care services in both our Tampa, FL, and Clearwater, FL, clinics. But how can you really know if your child needs to go urgent care?
When Should I Take My Child to Urgent Care?
As a general rule of thumb, if your child can still speak, walk, play, and interact, chances are that whatever’s ailing her or him doesn’t require urgent or emergency care. With that said, however, you should consider bringing your child to our urgent care clinic in Westchase, Tampa, FL, or Clearwater, FL, under these circumstances:
- Your child has been vomiting and passing loose stools (diarrhea) without blood, but is not showing any signs of dehydration and has no stomach pain.
- Your child has a moderate temperature along with cold symptoms and you feel that he or she has the flu.
- Your child is complaining about sore throat and is having difficulty eating because of it.
- Your child has infectious conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.
- You think your child has an ear infection; telltale signs include ear pain, ear drainage, and constant ear pulling.
It’s very understandable for parents to have that “just to be on the safe side” mentality when it comes to young kids. In reality, however, plenty of situations don’t really require a trip to the ER and the extra burden on their finances that come along with it. With this in mind, however, “just to be on the safe side”, consider taking your child to urgent care instead.
Does your child need urgent medical care? Westchase Pediatric Care offers urgent care services for kids at our Tampa, FL, and Clearwater, FL, clinics. Walk-in or contact us at (813) 818-1543 or (727) 461-1543 for more details. You can also call our 24-hour number at (727) 346-4011 for more urgent concerns after business hours.
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