When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care
As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?
Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:
Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
Rash, especially with a fever
A cough or cold that lasts several days
Large cuts or gashes
Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg
Ear pain with fever
A severe sore throat or swallowing problems
Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain
Blood in urine
Blood in stool
Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours
Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old
Fever and vomiting
Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours
While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.
Are you worried that your child may be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)? Pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, can help diagnose the disorder and provide the care your child needs.
More on ADHD:
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that debilitates a child's ability to focus on a single task. Children who suffer from ADHD can't concentrate because their brain tells them to do multiple tasks at the same time.
Not every child that displays symptoms actually has the behavioral disorder—sometimes, actions perceived as hyperactive are simply the result of kids being kids. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 do struggle with ADHD. That's about 6.4 million kids!
Children with ADHD display the symptoms listed below in all circumstances, although it should be noted that boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls. ADHD signs are:
- Overly rambunctious, hyperactive, disruptive, and impulsive behaviors
- Strained relationships with siblings and peers
- Talking too much and at inappropriate times
- Inability to follow directions
- Laziness or procrastination
- Forgetting or misplacing items
- Constant fidgeting
- Difficulty listening or focusing on conversations
Your Moline doctors at Franklin Pediatrics are trained to detect the symptoms mentioned above. They take other factors into consideration as well, including developmental disorders and disabilities.
After confirming your child has ADHD by a pediatrician, the following steps will consist of:
- Speaking with your child's doctor about managing ADHD
- Learning about different medications, that'll help manage behavioral symptoms like impulsivity and lack of focus
- Setting a plan for scheduled, individualized behavioral therapies that control symptoms and improve school and home life
- Changing your child’s diet, eliminating sugar, and providing more vitamins
If you think your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL. Call (309) 762-0777 today!
Cold Vs. Flu
Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.
What is a cold?
A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:
- Watery eyes
- A runny nose
- Low-grade fever
- High fever
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Severe headache
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Stay well-hydrated.
- Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
- Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
- Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
- Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.
At Franklin Pediatrics, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker offer a great preventive service: the well-child examination. Assuring parents and patients alike that health, function and growth are "on track," these routine check-ups look at a variety of physical, emotional, mental, family and lifestyle factors. Prevention of long-term problems is key and your pediatricians in Moline, IL, urges you and your family to see them regularly.
What is a well-child exam?
It's a simple, head-to-toe assessment of your child's present physical condition, growth, development and function within the school, home and social environment. Dr. Khan, Dr. Bunker and their team adhere to the well-child exam schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The check-ups begin at birth and continue through age 19.
Well-child exams offer families the opportunity to prevent disease and other factors which affect health, growth and development, to track vital signs, height, weight, puberty, reflexes, joint health, vision and hearing. Additionally, your pediatrician in Moline, IL, encourages parents and patients to raise questions and concerns about acute or chronic problems, learning, behavior, safety--in short, anything which impacts the child's well-being.
Additionally, your Moline, IL pediatrician administers vaccinations at well-child visits. The doctors follow the immunization schedule set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and believe that vaccinations prevent serious communicable diseases and their devastating complications.
Records, shots and more
And speaking of immunizations, your doctor will update your child's health record at his or her well-child visit. This record includes height and weight percentiles, immunizations, referrals for special services outside Franklin Pediatrics and more. Because Franklin Pediatrics is your child's medical home, this record is coordinated, maintained and distributed as required.
Additionally, well-child visits are the perfect opportunities for children and parents to discuss important health and developmental concerns. For instance:
- Is your child struggling at school?
- Does he or she have nutritional or weight issues?
- Does your child exhibit signs of depression or anxiety?
- Is his or her car seat installed properly?
Come see us
At Franklin Pediatrics, the whole team wants to know your family well. We're not just here for sick visits but wish to partner with parents in caring for their kids all the way through to adulthood. For your next well-child visit, please call the office at (309) 762-0777.
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