By Clearwater Pediatric Care
October 05, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergies   Allergy  

Have some questions and looking for some answers regarding allergies? Unfortunately, allergies are a common problem that affect children. We’ll cover some of the most common questions, but if you live in or near Clearwater or Westchase, FL, and want to learn about allergies, stop by Clearwater Pediatric Care.

What Are Allergies?

Often, when people say they have “allergies,” they mean season allergies caused by pollen, or regular allergies caused by pet dander. However, allergies are, in general, allergic reactions. You can have allergies to specific foods, clothing materials, so on and so forth.

Why Do Allergies Occur?

Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a foreign body within your body. The immune system mobilizes to destroy what it sees as foreign invaders and threats. While the immune system works hard to protect us from real threats, such as viruses, it can overreact to things like pollen, causing an allergic reaction.

If your child is suffering from allergies, contact Clearwater Pediatric Care.

What Are The Common Symptoms of Allergies?

With seasonal allergies caused by pollen, you’ll often suffer frequent sneezing and itchy eyes. You may also suffer from a runny or congested nose, coughing, an itchy throat, and various other things. Allergies to pet dander typically exhibit similar symptoms. With skin allergies, you’ll often experience hives or rashes.

What Is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis refers to allergies that affect your nose and breathing. This includes seasonal allergies caused by pollen. Pet dander allergies also frequently qualify as allergic rhinitis. Ultimately, the allergic rhinitis diagnosis is one of the most common allergy diagnoses.

How Many People Suffer From Allergies?

Allergies are very common. It’s believed that 60 million or more Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, including seasonal allergies and allergies to dander. Roughly 32 million Americans suffer some type of food allergy. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illnesses in the United States.

Are Allergies Dangerous?

Seasonal allergies and allergic reactions to pet dander typically are not life-threatening. However, they can gravely impact your quality of life. Some people can also suffer severe allergic reactions to some things, such as peanuts. In some cases, these allergic reactions can be life-threatening. In worst-case scenarios, an allergic reaction can cause anaphylactic shock, which can produce greatly restricted airways and can even cause cardiac arrest.

Can Allergies Be Treated?

Yes! Allergies are treatable. In some cases, Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications are enough to provide relief for seasonal allergies. With severe allergic reactions, more advanced treatment is needed and time is of the essence.

To learn more about allergies and how your pediatrician can help, call the pediatricians at Clearwater Pediatric Care in Clearwater, FL, at (727) 461-1543. You can also reach them at Westchase Pediatric Care in Westchase, FL, by calling (813) 818-1543, so call today.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
July 26, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Newborn Care  

How your pediatricians in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, can help with newborn care

When you have a newborn, it’s only natural to lose a little sleep and be overwhelmed occasionally. The truth is, you can manage having a newborn and enjoy life too. It just takes a few simple steps to make your life a lot easier, and your pediatrician can help.

The pediatricians at Clearwater Pediatric Care in Clearwater, FL, and Westchase Pediatric Care in Westchase, FL, provide comprehensive medical care for children, including newborn care.

Let’s look at a few simple guidelines about newborn care:

Feeding your newborn–if you are breastfeeding, your baby will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours. If you are feeding your baby formula, your baby will feed every 3 to 4 hours.

Sleeping habits–newborns sleep at least 16 hours each day for the first few weeks. You should try to sleep when your baby sleeps, so you are well rested to care for your child. Remember to place your baby on his or her back for sleeping, to protect against breathing difficulties and sudden infant death syndrome.

Changing your newborn–your baby’s first bowel movements will be black and tarry, changing to dark green and then to yellow. This is normal. Talk with your pediatrician if your baby’s stool is red, because this could indicate blood in the stool.

Bathing your newborn–you should avoid bathing your baby too often because this can cause skin dryness. Use only mild soap and lukewarm water. Thoroughly cleanse your baby’s skin, including the folds of skin where bacteria can hide.

Remember that taking care of your newborn and taking care of yourself are the two most important activities you should be doing. Housework comes later. Don’t hesitate to seek out help from family and friends.

To learn more about caring for your newborn and how your pediatrician can help, call the pediatricians at Clearwater Pediatric Care in Clearwater, FL, at (727) 461-1543. You can also reach them at Westchase Pediatric Care in Westchase, FL, by calling (813) 818-1543, so call today!.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
May 13, 2022
Tags: School Physical  

Find out why all children need a back-to-school physical.

It might be hard to think of back-to-school physicals right now, but before you know it, summer will be flying by, and you’ll be getting your kids ready for another school year. Don’t forget about your child’s school physical, especially since these physicals book up quickly with our Westchase, FL, pediatricians.

What is a school physical?

Sometimes referred to as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), this simple checkup is essential for evaluating your child’s health as a whole and pinpointing any potential issues they may have, such as changes in vision or other health problems that could impact their ability to participate in school or certain activities including physical activity.

But my child goes in once a year for a doctor’s checkup. Isn’t that enough?

While it’s important for your child to see their doctor at least once a year (or more often, depending on their age), this won’t take the place of this physical. A back-to-school physical is explicitly focused on the parts of their health. If your child is going to play sports, they must undergo a comprehensive school physical with our Westchase, FL, pediatrician.

What happens during a school physical?

Several things will occur during your child’s checkup. First, our nurses will come in to check their vital signs (e.g., heart rate; blood pressure) and record their height and weight.

After this, your doctor will go through your child’s medical history. It’s important to document any past illnesses, hospitalizations, surgeries, injuries, or current symptoms they are experiencing (e.g., abdominal pain; wheezing). Any information you provide can help our doctor identify possible problems that may require treatment.

Lastly, our pediatrician will perform your child’s physical exam. During this exam, every area of the body is thoroughly examined, from head to toe, to make sure everything is healthy and functioning correctly. We will listen to the heart and lungs, check your child’s reflexes, examine their posture, test their reflexes, and check everything we need to protect your child from potential health problems.

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s school physical. All it takes is a quick call to our Clearwater or Westchase, FL, office. Call Clearwater Pediatric Care at (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543 today.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
March 31, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Immunizations  

Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care is your expert pediatrician in Clearwater, FL, and Westchase, FL. Our skilled team of dedicated pediatricians is here for you and your child when you have any health concerns, and we recommend keeping up with regular annual physicals and all the recommended immunizations.

What is a vaccine?

Vaccines boost the body’s natural defenses by an injection of a dead or weakened form of the infection. The injection is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing antibodies without causing an infection. The shot is administered in your pediatrician’s office and you can stay with your child. Once your child builds up their immunity (within a few weeks of the shot) the body can maintain its defense and prevent future infections.

Why are immunizations important?

Some parents have concerns about vaccines, but vaccines are thoroughly tested and must pass very rigorous testing and approval by the FDA before they are administered to the public. It’s normal to worry about your child having to get a shot but vaccines are entirely safe, and often required for school enrollment. Children have a higher chance of being exposed to viruses when they're at school around other kids who aren't always hygienic, but immunizations are a safe and effective way to help stop the spread of disease.

When a majority of the population is vaccinated we achieve what's called herd immunity and there's less chance of disease being spread. Immunizations help protect others, like those with weakened immune systems or new babies who can’t be vaccinated.

Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care is here for you with a team of expert pediatricians in Clearwater, FL, and Westchase, FL. If your child needs to be vaccinated, contact us for an appointment in Clearwater, FL, at (727) 461-1543, and in Westchase, FL, at (813) 818-1543.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
March 23, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Asthma  

How your pediatricians in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, can help you and your child manage asthma symptoms

If your child has asthma, you may feel powerless to stop an asthma attack. Having an asthma action plan can help you and your child feel safe and in control. Your pediatrician can help.

The pediatricians at Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care provide a wide variety of medical services for children, including diagnosis and treatment of asthma.

Your asthma action plan should start with prevention. An asthma attack can be brought on by allergies, so be sure to:

Know what your child is allergic to; you can do this by having allergy testing performed by your pediatrician

Have your child undergo allergy treatment, which can be in the form of allergy shots, or sublingual immunotherapy

Look out for environmental allergies, including:

  • Dust; vacuum and dust frequently and use hypoallergenic linens
  • Pollens; keep doors and windows closed in spring and summer
  • Pet dander; keep pets off of furniture and out of your child's bedroom

In addition to treating your child’s allergies, your pediatrician may recommend several ways to protect your child from an asthma attack. These include:

  • Short-acting rescue inhalers, to help your child with an acute asthma attack
  • Long-term asthma medication, to provide constant relief from an asthma attack

Make sure to have your child keep these medications on hand to manage an asthma attack.

A severe, acute asthma attack can be life-threatening, so call emergency services if your child is:

  • Unable to speak due to breathing difficulties
  • Severely gasping and wheezing, even with medications
  • Breathing so deeply the chest gets sucked under the ribcage

You and your child can take control of asthma, so it doesn’t control you and your child. To learn more about asthma and why it’s important to have an asthma action plan, call the pediatricians at Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care. You can reach them in the Clearwater, FL, office at (727) 461-1543, or in Westchase, FL, at (813) 818-1543, so call today.

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