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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.
When it comes to asthma, close monitoring at home, at a school physical and by your Westchase pediatrician, is key to managing this serious respiratory disease. At Clearwater Pediatric Care, Drs. Raj Pai, Mary Ann Hicks, Sheila Mak, Emily Jones and Seema Kubarek want parents and children fully informed for the best possible health outcomes. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions they encounter regarding asthma.
FAQs about asthma
What is asthma, and how did my child get it? Asthma is a chronic lung disease. Influenced by heredity, allergies, stress and environmental factors asthma is the most serious chronic health condition suffered by children, says the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Asthma is not communicable, as is a cold or the flu, but expresses itself over time, particularly as a triggers, such as pollen, exercise, tobacco smoke or cold weather, cross a child's path.
What are the symptoms of asthma? Coughing, particularly at night, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness are typical symptoms. They vary in severity and thankfully, may be controlled by avoiding known triggers and using prescribed medications.
How is asthma diagnosed? Your pediatrician in Westchase, you as the parent, or perhaps a nurse during a school physical may notice symptoms. Your child's doctor will listen to his or her breath sounds with a stethoscope and perform lung function tests such as spirometry. The pediatrician may order lab work and allergy tests, too.
Since asthma cannot be cured, can it be controlled? The answer is a definite yes. In fact, most children with asthma lead full and active lives. Medications--both rescue inhalers for sudden symptoms and long-term control prescriptions--increase lung function, allowing for full excursion of air, less coughing and fewer episodes of fatigue.
What is an asthma action plan? As reported by Kids Health, an asthma action plan is a written tool which helps parents and children manage symptoms as they occur. Formulated with the guidance of your pediatrician, the plan outlines how to respond to escalating symptoms, what medications to administer, when to go to the doctor's office or hospital ER and more. This tool accompanies a child to school, daycare, camp and other areas outside the home so that everyone who plays an active role in your child's day to day life knows how to help him or her with asthma symptoms.
Know more for better health
The Centers for Disease Control states that 8.3 percent of American children deal with asthma. At Clearwater Pediatric Care and Westchase Pediatric Care, the doctors and their support staff work diligently to education parents and children about this chronic lung problem. The result is active, happy, healthy kids. If you have questions about childhood asthma, please contact one of our two offices. We'll be happy to help. In Clearwater, FL, phone (727) 461-1543, and in Westchase, FL, call (813) 818-1543.
Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night. In many cases, the nighttime bedwetting incidents will gradually decrease until they have completely ceased around the age of five or six.
So, when should parents worry about their child’s bedwetting behaviors? Most pediatricians agree that it’s quite normal for children to experience occasional “accidents” and that most children will outgrow it on their own.
When to Visit Your Pediatrician
Bedwetting is rarely a serious problem. In fact, wetting up to a year after the child has successfully been toilet trained is normal. Children gain bladder control at different ages, and while most kids quit wetting at night by the age of 6, others may take a little longer. In the majority of cases, wetting does not have a medical cause.
According to the AAP, you should contact your pediatrician if your child continues to have frequent “accidents” or if you notice any of the following signs:
- Wet clothing and bed linens, even when the child uses the toilet frequently
- Unusual straining during urination, a very small or narrow stream of urine, or dribbling after urination
- Cloudy or pink urine
- Abnormal redness or rash in the genital area
- Trying to conceal wetting by hiding clothes or underwear
- Daytime wetting in addition to nighttime accidents
Parents should remember to be sensitive to their child’s wetting behavior so not to cause additional embarrassment or discomfort. Never punish the child for bedwetting. Instead, show support and encouragement by reassuring the child that it is not his or her fault and that the problem will get better.
Remember, even though childhood wetting is frustrating, it is very normal. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s bedwetting behaviors.