Posts for category: Child Health Care

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
January 25, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Newborn Care   Newborn  

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.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
January 11, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergies   Allergy  

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.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
September 15, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergy  

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:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face and tongue
  • Stomach irritation
  • Vomiting

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.

Treating allergies

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.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
September 13, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Asthma  

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.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
March 19, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: School Physicals  

Find out why your child should visit the pediatrician once a year.

So much can change when it comes to the health of your child that it’s important to keep tabs on it. The best way to do that is through annual school physicals with our Clearwater, and Westchase, FL, pediatricians. Through regular school physicals, our pediatric team can monitor your child’s health and development and provide early interventions when problems arise.

Why are school physicals important?

As your child grows by leaps and bounds, sometimes health concerns arise that need to be addressed. Not all children will show symptoms so you might not even realize there is a problem. This is why yearly checkups with your Clearwater, and Westchase, FL, pediatricians are crucial for kids of all ages, yes, even teens. By coming in once a year we can detect health problems and developmental issues early on.

During these school physicals, we also provide screening tools and vaccines to protect your child from disease. It’s important to ensure that kids feel at their best before the start of the school year. By making sure your child is up to date on their vaccines you can protect them from many potentially dangerous communicable diseases.

When should my child get a school physical?

We know that the summertime is when you’re thinking of vacations, BBQs, and all things anti-school, but it’s important that you’re also scheduling your child’s school physical before the school year begins. Back-to-school physicals are necessary for all kids in Westchase, and Clearwater, FL. Try to schedule your child’s school physical about six weeks before the start of the school year.

How should I prepare for my child’s upcoming physical?

Before coming into our Clearwater, or Westchase, FL, practice for your child’s school physical you may wish to write down all the questions or concerns you might have about your child’s health, whether it’s about their sleep routine, diet, or current fitness routine. We would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have.

It’s also important to let us know if there are any changes to your child’s medical history, any symptoms you’ve noticed your child displaying, or if there are any changes in the supplements or over-the-counter medications they are taking. It’s important to provide us with as much information as possible.

To schedule your child’s school physical, call your Clearwater, and Westchase, FL, pediatricians at (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543.