Posts for category: Children's Healthcare

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
July 05, 2017
Tags: Sick Child   Fever  

FeverGenerally, a fever is brought on by an infection from a virus or bacterial infection. While many times a parent’s first instinct is to worry when their child has a fever, it’s not necessarily a sign that something serious is taking place. That’s because a fever is the body’s normal, infection-fighting response to infection and in many cases is considered a good sign that the child’s body is trying to heal itself.

When to Visit Your Pediatrician

Fevers are one of the most common reasons parents seek medical care for their child. Most of the time, however, fevers require no treatment.

When a child has a fever, he may feel warm, appear flushed or sweat more than normal—these are all common signs. So, when does a child’s fever warrant a pediatrician’s attention?

You should call your pediatrician immediately if the child has a fever and one or more of the following:

  • Exhibits very ill, lethargic, unresponsive or unusually fussy behavior
  • Complains of a stiff neck, severe headache, sore throat, ear pain, unexplained rash, painful urination, difficulty breathing or frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea
  • Has a seizure
  • Is younger than 3 months and has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher
  • Fever repeatedly rises above 104°F for a child of any age
  • Child still feels ill after fever goes away
  • Fever persists for more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years or more than 3 days in a child 2 years of age and older

All children react differently to fevers. If your child appears uncomfortable, you can keep him relaxed with a fever-reducing medication until the fever subsides. Ask your pediatrician if you have questions about recommended dosage. Your child should also rest and drink plenty of fluid to stay hydrated. Popsicles are great options that kids can enjoy!

For many parents, fevers can be scary, particularly in infants. Remember, the fever itself is just the body’s natural response to an illness, and letting it run its course is typically the best way for the child to fight off the infection. Combined with a little TLC and a watchful eye, your child should be feeling normal and fever-free in no time.

Whenever you have a question or concern about your child’s health and well being, contact your Clearwater pediatrician for further instruction.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
May 11, 2017
Tags: Allergies  

What your pediatricians in Westchase and Clearwater, Florida, want you to knowallergies

Do you notice your child sneezing or coughing frequently? Your child may have allergies. If you think your child may have allergies, don’t worry. Help is just a phone call away. Your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care and Clearwater Pediatric Care want to share the facts about children’s allergies. They have two convenient office locations in Westchase and Clearwater, Florida, to help you.

Allergic responses result when your child is exposed to a foreign substance, called an allergen or a trigger that your child is allergic to. Some common allergic responses to look for include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Itchy skin rashes
  • Stomach ache
  • Sore throat
  • Breathing problems

A more serious reaction, known as anaphylactic shock can also occur, and it can be fatal. During an anaphylactic shock episode, your child’s airway swells and blocks airflow. If you think your child might be having an anaphylactic reaction, call 911 immediately.

It’s important to notice what environment and what time of year your child has allergy symptoms. This might help identify the cause of your child’s allergies. Some common environmental triggers include:

  • Tree, grass, and plant pollen
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Pet hair or dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold and mildew
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume

Also, pay attention to foods your child eats to see if certain foods cause an allergic response. Common food allergies include:

  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Seafood

Chronic allergies can develop into infections of the eyes, nose, throat and ears. If your child develops a fever with allergies, an infection might be the cause. Infections are best treated by your pediatrician, often with a course of antibiotics.

Allergy treatment begins with allergy testing to determine the cause of your child’s allergies. After an allergy trigger is identified, your child can try to avoid the trigger. Fortunately, your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care offer several effective treatments for allergies, including:

  • Prescription strength antihistamines
  • Prescription strength decongestants
  • Steroid nasal sprays
  • Immunotherapy

Your child doesn’t have to suffer from allergies when a simple phone call will help get relief. Call your pediatricians at Westchase Pediatric Care and Clearwater Pediatric Care in Tampa, FL, for help with your child’s allergies. Allergy treatment is available at both the Westchase and Clearwater, FL, office locations so call today!

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
March 22, 2017
Tags: School Physicals  

Find out the importance of these physical examinations and why every child should have physicals

Your child is ready to enter school. You got their backpack and their pencils and all the notebooks they could possibly need, but did you forget something? Well, if your child hasn’t made a trip to visit one of our Westchase or Clearwater offices to see Dr. Raj Pai, Dr. Mary Ann Hicks, Dr. Pamela Kilbride or Dr. Sheila Mak for a school physical we are here to tell you why this should be on the top of your to-do list.

Visiting your children’s doctor regularly is a necessity and a vitally important part of keeping your children healthy. By establishing rapport with our doctors not long after birth, we can continue to track and monitor your child’s health and development so that if problems do emerge we can easily detect it.

Before your child even enters school, their school may want a list of the vaccines they have received. This is a major reason why visiting us routinely is especially important. Getting your child vaccinated is a crucial part of keeping them healthy and preventing serious and potentially deadly illnesses.

If your child is an aspiring athlete, it’s important that they are getting the care they need both on and off the field to prevent injury. By coming in for routine school physical examinations we can check for past injuries, injuries that didn’t heal properly or other health conditions that could affect their performance.

Growing athletes may also have very specific questions and needs regarding injury prevention, exercise regimens and nutrition. We can address all of your questions and concerns. Since children can often overtrain it’s important that you and your little one are taking the necessary precautions to prevent injury. These school physicals are just one way to ensure that your child remains healthy. Of course, you can also turn to us throughout the year for any questions you may have.

Call Westchase Pediatric Care in Westchase or our Clearwater office to get the quality care your child needs throughout their life. Call our office today to schedule their next physical.

By Clearwater Pediatric Care
November 30, 2016
Tags: Head Lice  

Head LiceTwo words parents dread hearing--head lice. Head lice are parasites that can be found on the heads of people, most common among preschool and elementary children. Each year millions of school-aged children in the U.S. get head lice. Though it may be a nuisance, the good news is that lice will not cause medical harm and in most cases can be effectively treated at home.

Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person, especially in group settings, such as schools, sporting events and slumber parties. Head lice spread mainly by direct head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice, but it can also be transferred indirectly when kids share combs, brushes, pillows or hats. Because children play closely together and often in large groups, all children can potentially be affected, and poor personal hygiene is not a significant risk factor for getting head lice. In other words, if your child is exposed to someone with head lice, they have a pretty good chance of bringing it home as well.

Does your child have lice?

The most obvious sign of head lice is an itchy scalp. If you notice your child scratching behind their ears or at the back of his neck, examine the child’s head for signs of lice. Lice are very small, but it is possible to detect them with the naked eye. Combing through the child’s hair with a fine-toothed comb can help reveal any eggs. If you are unsure, visit your pediatrician. An itchy scalp may also be caused by an allergy, eczema or dandruff.

Don’t Panic—Head Lice is Very Treatable

If your child has head lice, take action immediately once you’ve made the diagnosis as lice can spread easily from one person to another, putting other members of your household at risk. The most common treatment is an over-the-counter or prescription cream, lotion or shampoo. You apply it to the skin or scalp to kill the lice and eggs. In many cases, two treatments are necessary. If after two treatments you believe your child may still have head lice, contact your pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can recommend a different form of treatment.

You may be tempted to throw away bedding, clothing or other items in your household, but a simple wash will do the trick. Toss your child’s bed sheets, clothes, hats and other belongings in the washing machine in hot water, and dry on high heat to kill any remaining lice. Other members of your household should also be checked for lice.

To prevent kids from getting lice or becoming re-infested, tell kids not to share combs, brushes, hats or other personal items with anyone else. To prevent head lice, examine your child’s scalp regularly, especially during the school year, to detect lice early.

Remember, lice are very preventable and treatable. Be patient and follow the treatments and prevention tips as directed by your child’s pediatrician for keeping lice at bay and your household bug-free.