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Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL can help if your child needs a wart removed. Warts are benign but they can be unsightly or uncomfortable, and if your child wants one removed we can help.
What are warts?
Warts are harmless bumps that develop on the skin. They develop when the human papillomavirus, or HPV, penetrates the outermost layer of skin. Warts are common in children and they can develop almost anywhere on the body. Some of the most common places people want warts removed from are the feet and hands.
Warts are benign and may actually go away on their own, but that could take years. Some warts you may want to be removed because of the location. They can rub against clothing and be uncomfortable. Warts can also be contagious and spread to other parts of the body so you may want them removed. There are a few different options for wart removal for children and your Moline, IL pediatrician can help.
Removing your child's wart can be done in several ways. The best option will depend on the kind of wart, the location, and how many warts need to be removed. These are a few common methods:
- Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen
- Salicylic acid: A topical treatment containing salicylic acid can be applied repeatedly
- Laser therapy: In certain cases, laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
It can often take more than one treatment to get rid of a wart completely. After a wart removal, it could take up to two weeks for the skin to heal completely, depending on the location of the wart.
If your child has warts, give Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL a call at (309) 762-0777 to discuss wart removal options for your child.
Does it seem impossible to get your child to pay attention? Are they abnormally impulsive? Do they have trouble sitting still for even short periods of time? Do they seemingly have no control of this hyperactivity to where it's affecting them socially and academically? They may be suffering from ADHD; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, this condition is treatable and manageable, with some of the best pediatric expertise in Moline, IL. With specializations in behavioral problems and ADHD, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, of Franklin Pediatrics are more than qualified to treat, accommodate and help your child to better adjust to the world.
Attention deficit and hyperactivity
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a developmental condition characterized by predominantly inattentive or predominantly hyperactive behavior, often with a combination of both. Symptoms of inattention include difficulty following instructions, easy distraction, forgetfulness, inability to focus, and stay engaged in activities and trouble with organization. On the hyperactive end, children struggle with staying put or sitting still without excessive fidgeting and squirming, they are impatient, interrupting other's conversation and activities, have difficulty staying quiet, and engage in physical activity at inappropriate times. ADHD affects as many as 11% of children, more commonly boys between 4-17, and may be diagnosed as early as 3 years old, according to the A.D.D Resource Center.
Behavioral Therapy is the go-to method of managing inattention and hyperactivity. Both children and parents are taught techniques to help curb this behavior. Your Moline, IL pediatrician may prescribe some medication for extreme cases, while still applying behavioral treatments. Doctors at Franklin Pediatrics have a plethora of experience dealing with kids and understand them. They know how to tend to each child’s individual needs and how to make every visit a pleasant one, easing their worries and tensions about their treatment.
Consulting a Doctor
ADHD symptoms include many behaviors that are typical in children, which may be overlooked, and yet if ignored, this condition may lead to academic failure, social judgment by other adults and children, accidents and injuries due to non-attention, and increased risk of substance abuse. So, it's always worth visiting a professional, who can accurately diagnose your child to ensure they stay safe and on track. Request an appointment with Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL at http://www.molinepediatrics.com/ or by calling (309) 762-0777 for a consultation today!
Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.
Types of Warts
There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:
- Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
- Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
- Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
- Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands
While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.
Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.
Common wart removal options include:
- Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
- Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
- Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.
If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.
ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.
Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.
The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.
Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.
Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.
At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.
Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone.
What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?
When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals.
The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching.
What are the Treatment Options?
A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!