Childhood asthma is a serious lung condition. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says over six million kids in the US currently live with it. At Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care, your team of 5 pediatricians helps children live well with their asthma. In fact, this is a special interest of Dr. Raj Pai in Westchase, FL. Here's more on this important health topic.
What constitutes asthma?
Asthma involves both sudden and chronic respiratory symptoms of varying severity, including:
- Lung inflammation and spasm
- Coughing, particularly during the night
- Extreme fatigue
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Skin pallor
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Also, many asthmatic children experience allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, itching, and sneezing. But, whatever the symptoms, asthma can be life-threatening, and accordingly, it requires close monitoring at home and by your pediatrician in Westchase, FL.
Why do children develop asthma?
Asthma is something of a mystery. However, allergens, such as animal dander, mold, and pollen, seem to trigger it. Additionally, heredity, emotional stress, exercise, environmental pollution, and changes in the weather exacerbate a cascade of symptoms.
Can my child live well with asthma?
Of course, our physicians at Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care understand your concern for the well-being of your child. They'll work with you to identify symptoms and possible triggers and do a complete physical exam to rule out other health conditions.
Also, your pediatrician will prescribe medications. Most children use a short-acting bronchodilator (rescue inhaler) for sudden symptoms. Others benefit from an inhaled corticosteroid to reduce inflammation continuingly. We provide in-office nebulized medications to control severe episodes.
Finally, you and your child should employ an asthma care plan at home to recognize symptoms and to administer medications as needed. Bring teachers, daycare, and others into the information loop so everyone can help your youngster breathe well.
Find out more
Children have asthma more than any other chronic health problem. At Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care, we'll work with you and your child to treat asthma, allowing your family to function well together. For questions or concerns about childhood asthma, please call our Westchase, FL, office at (813) 818-1543 or in Clearwater, phone (727) 461-1543.
Urgent care clinics could ease your worries when your child needs urgent medical attention. Their primary goal is to provide urgent help in a timely and convenient way, making them an excellent alternative to your local emergency room or ER for issues that are not really true medical emergencies. They’re likewise great alternatives at times when you can’t visit your child’s pediatrician.
Here at Westchase Pediatric Care, we offer urgent care services in our Westchase, FL, and Clearwater, FL, clinics. In general, here’s what you should know about urgent care clinics so you know what to expect when you visit us.
Urgent Care DOES NOT Equal Emergency Care
Put simply, you should head to the ER for true medical emergencies, which are those that are life-threatening or very serious. Otherwise, you’ll be delaying the necessary treatment, as the urgent care clinic will just tell you to head to the ER.
That being said, urgent care clinics are capable of handling minor illnesses, including headaches, earaches, urinary tract infections, minor breathing issues, the flu, high fever, sore throat, and cough. They can likewise manage minor injuries like cuts that need stitches, minor burns, minor sports injuries, minor bone fractures, animal bites, and the like.
Ensure That You Have Sufficient Time
In most cases, urgent care clinics have a first-come, first-served policy. This means that your time will be dependent on how many people are ahead of you. So call in advance to check on the waiting time.
Prepare to Share Your Child’s Medical History
Unless you’ve visited our urgent care clinic in our Westchase, FL, or Clearwater, FL, location, we won’t have details about your child’s medical history, which is vital for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment of your child. In general, prepare to inform the doctor about any allergies, chronic conditions, past injuries or illnesses, as well as medicines your child is taking, including supplements, vitamins, OTC meds, and prescription meds.
Don’t Forget Your Insurance Card
Usually, major healthcare insurance places are honored in urgent care clinics. There’s a chance that you may need to shell out for a copay at the time of your visit, but visiting an ER is still way more expensive than going to an urgent care clinic.
Reach Out to Us To Learn More About Our Urgent Care Services
Walk-in here at Westchase Pediatric Care in our Westchase, FL, or Clearwater, FL, clinic or call us at (813) 818-1543 or (727) 461-1543 for more information. Dial our 24-hour number at (727) 346-4011 for more urgent concerns after business hours.
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.
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