Whether you've just given birth to your first child or your third, Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care can help you take care of your new and precious gift. The best newborn care in Westchase, FL, and Clearwater, FL, requires life changes and various wellness checks with your pediatrician. Here's what you need to know about this process and how you can take better care of your newborn after their birth.
Prepare for Their Daily Care
The best way to help your newborn child is to understand what steps you need to take when caring for them daily. The following three steps are just a few things you need to consider, including feeding your child properly and ensuring that they get burped after every meal:
- Diapering: Find diapers that you enjoy using and which are simple to put on and take off. Buy enough to last your child for at least a month or two: you'll probably use 3-4 per day, depending on the child.
- Cleaning: Make sure that you have enough wipes, ointments, and baby shampoos to help prepare your baby for daily care. These items keep them healthy and clean.
- Learn to Hold Your Baby: If you're taking care of a newborn the first time, you need to practice various holding techniques to keep them safe. Your pediatrician can teach you a few of these methods.
These simple methods can help prepare you for the unique challenge of caring daily for your baby. Beyond these steps, you also need to schedule wellness checks with your pediatrician to track your baby's development. These checks come at various times throughout your baby's life.
Schedule Wellness Checks
Your doctor can help schedule your newborn care visits in Westchase, FL, to ensure that your child is properly handled. These checks will occur every few months when your child is freshly born and will track various elements of their progress, including:
- Cognitive abilities and general physical health
- Developmental concerns, such as a slowly-growing body
- Early warning signs of potential bone or muscle issues
These wellness checks help track your baby's progress and make it easier to spot potential diseases. For example, your child may show early warnings signs of developmental problems that careful therapy and treatments may help correct slowly over time.
You Can Take Better Care of Your Baby
At Clearwater & Westchase Pediatric Care, we can provide newborn care in Westchase, FL, or in nearby Clearwater. Call our Clearwater office at (727) 461-1543 or Westchase at (813) 818-1543 to learn more. Our team of professionals will schedule you and your child for a visit, teach you the various steps you need to take when caring for your child and make sure they are healthy and safe.
Does your child suffer from itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms? Making a few changes in your home and visiting your Clearwater and Westchase, FL, pediatricians at Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care will help you keep your son or daughter's allergies under control.
6 ways you can reduce or prevent allergy symptoms
Reduce your child's exposure to allergens, substances that trigger allergy symptoms, by following these suggestions:
- Wash soft items regularly: Allergens can collect on any surface, including clothing, pillows, sheets, and towels. Washing these items often keeps allergens under control. Covering pillows and mattresses with mite-proof covers can be helpful if your son or daughter is allergic to dust mites.
- Close the window: Opening the windows and letting a little fresh air in your home is an excellent idea - unless your child has allergies. Open windows make it easy for allergens to enter your home, even if you only open a window for a brief time. Using your air-conditioner is a better option. Air-conditioners not only cool your home but contain filters that trap allergens. HEPA filters also offer a good way to trap allergens.
- Vacuum and mop often: Mopping floors and vacuuming floors and upholstered furniture will keep allergens from building up on these surfaces.
- Take off your shoes: Allergens also accumulate on your shoes. If you take off your shoes as soon as you enter your house or apartment, you won't track allergens throughout your home.
- Give your pet a bath: Baths remove allergens and make living with pets more comfortable. In between baths, wipe your pet's coat with a moist washcloth or wipe to remove allergens.
- Check out the allergy forecast: Spending time outdoors isn't a good idea if a particular allergen is high in your area. Many weather websites include allergy forecasts that make it easy to decide the best time for a trip to the playground or a picnic.
If these suggestions don't help, talk to your child's pediatrician in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, about other ways to control allergies. Your son or daughter's doctor can offer a variety of treatments, including prescription decongestants, antihistamines, oral corticosteroids, nasal steroid sprays, or immunotherapy.
Allergies don't have to make your son or daughter uncomfortable. Your child's pediatricians in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, offer helpful allergy treatments. Call (813) 818-1543 to make an appointment at the Westchase Pediatric Care or (727) 461-1543 to schedule a visit at Clearwater Pediatric Care.
At Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care, our skilled team of pediatricians can help your child find relief if they are suffering from allergies in Clearwater, and Westchase, FL. Allergic reactions can be scary, but we are here to help, and it's possible for your child to live a full and happy life managing their allergies.
What is an allergy?
An allergic reaction happens when a normally harmless substance is introduced and the body's immune system reacts as if it's a threat. Some of the most common allergies are environmental like pollen and grass, certain foods, and pet dander. Symptoms of allergies are:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face and tongue
- Stomach irritation
Any of these symptoms after being exposed to or consuming an allergen could mean your child is allergic. If you think your child has allergies in Clearwater, and Westchase, FL, contact us for an allergy test.
Testing for allergies
When your child has had allergic reactions or allergy symptoms, your doctor will recommend an allergy test. An allergy test involves exposing a patch of skin to an allergen to see how the skin reacts. This is done multiple times with different allergens across tiny patches of skin. Once you know how your child reacts to certain substances, you can start avoiding their allergens.
Your child can live a normal and healthy life with allergies. Your doctor's recommendations will include avoiding your child's allergens and may involve medication. There are several medications available that help control reactions to allergens that are hard to avoid like environmental and animal allergies. If your child has severe allergic reactions, your doctor could recommend an EpiPen as a precaution. Carrying an emergency injection has saved the lives of children with allergies.
Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care are here for you and your child to help you manage allergies in Clearwater, and Westchase, FL. Contact us for an appointment at (813) 818-1543, or (727) 461-1543.
It’s important to know the warning signs so you can act fast.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children here in the US. Despite being quite common, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that asthma can be dangerous and even life-threatening (particularly if it isn’t properly controlled); however, it isn’t always as easy as you might think to detect asthma symptoms in your child. Here are the warning signs that should bring your child in to visit our Westchase, FL, pediatrician Dr. Raj Pai for an evaluation:
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness and/or pain
- Frequent coughing (that often gets worse at night)
- Easily tired or fatigued after exercise or physical activity
Some children may have difficulty sleeping due to chest tightness or wheezing. You may also find that these symptoms intensify when your little one catches a cold or respiratory infection. In some cases, asthma may also hinder your child’s ability to play sports or be involved in more strenuous activities without feeling easily winded or having trouble catching their breath.
Since symptoms do vary greatly, it’s important that if your child is displaying any of these asthma symptoms (no matter how minor they may seem) that you call our Westchase, FL, pediatrician right away.
Treating Asthma in Children and Teens
As you might imagine, the sooner we treat your child’s asthma the better, as we can help your little one control not just day-to-day symptoms but also prevent future asthma attacks. The overall goals of asthma treatment are to lessen and even prevent the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, reduce and even eliminate day-to-day symptoms and make sure that the medications we prescribe are managing their symptoms effectively enough to enjoy activities and exercise without issue.
There are a couple of ways in which we will help your little one treat their asthma. First and foremost, we will prescribe a long-term controlled medication that will be used every day to reduce inflammation within the airways to prevent attacks. We will also give your child a fast-acting medication for when asthma attacks flare up, as the long-term controlled medication will not be able to treat attacks once they start. This fast-acting medication is only to be used when your child feels the symptoms of an attack coming on.
Clearwater Pediatric Care provides general and urgent health care to children and teens in the Clearwater and Westchase, FL, areas. Whether your child is displaying symptoms of asthma or you need to discuss better treatment options to control your child’s asthma, call (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pai.
When your child falls ill, you shouldn’t have to wonder where to go for medical care.
If your child has a fever that doesn’t seem to be getting better or they are dealing with a stomachache that is getting worse, who do you call? Instead of turning to a local urgent care center where they don’t know your child and their medical history, you can turn to our Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, pediatricians, also serving Westchase, FL, for all of your urgent care needs.
Thinking of the ER? Think Again!
While there are situations that are critical and do require emergency care, oftentimes an emergency room visit isn’t necessary. Unless your child is dealing with a serious traumatic injury such as a concussion or a critical or potentially life-threatening condition, the ER is usually not where you need to turn.
When you turn to most ERs, one thing you may realize is that they don’t typically have a dedicated pediatric staff that understands the specialized care that kids and teens need, particularly for more minor injuries and illnesses. This means that you may leave not fully satisfied with the care your child received, and you may still need to come to our practice for additional treatment and follow-up care.
When to Turn to an Urgent Care
We understand that in the heat of the moment it can be tough to know where to take your child for care when all you know is that you want to make sure that they are treated right away. We understand! Here at our Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, offices, also serving Westchase, FL, we offer urgent care to all of our patients. No appointments, no waiting. Our urgent care is great for treating:
- Minor respiratory issues or breathing issues
- Stomachaches and abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Allergies and asthma
- Urinary tract infections
- Sore throat
- Headaches and migraines
- Widespread or painful rash
- Ear or eye infections
- Sprains and strains
- Minor fractures and other sports-related injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Removal of foreign objects
Why Turn to Clearwater Pediatric Care?
Here at our practice, we put kids first. After all, our highly regarded pediatricians have worked extensively with critically ill children in the Pediatric ICU, as well as working in the ER. They have wide-ranging knowledge about how to handle and treat a variety of urgent health matters in kids and teens of all ages.
Clearwater Pediatric Care provides urgent care to children and teens in Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, also serving Westchase, FL. To schedule an immediate appointment with our team, simply call (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543.
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