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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.
Finding out you’re pregnant is a wonderfully exciting and whirlwind time. There are so many decisions to make as you watch your bump grow: What color should I paint the nursery? Do I want my little one to sleep with me? What do I need to childproof around the house? Of course, one of the most important things to think about is the health of your little one throughout the course of your pregnancy and once they are born. It’s never too soon to choose a pediatrician, and taking the time to find one you trust is important not just for your baby but also for you.
Once your little one is born they will be spending a lot of time with their pediatrician, so this is why it’s crucial that you find out that provides gentle, compassionate care and really takes time with you and your baby. The first two years of your baby’s life are so very important because this marks a significant developmental time for them, so it’s essential that you have a pediatrician that will be there to monitor their progress and detect any developmental delays or health problems right away.
The first pediatric visit will occur a few days after the birth. This first visit is vital, as it allows your children’s doctor to make sure everything functions as it should. This includes everything from reflexes to alertness to their hearing. Measurements are also taken to check their height and weight and to begin recording their development. Besides performing a physical exam to check the overall health of the baby this is also a time to answer any questions you might have about feeding schedules, habits, developmental milestones, etc.
After this initial visit, you should expect to bring your little one in for visits at:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months (2 years old)
- 30 months
- 3 years old
Once your child turns 3 years old they will only need to visit a pediatrician once a year, unless there are any health problems or concerns in the interim. These visits are imperative for every child as they are key to preventing certain illnesses through immunizations and physical checkups, tracking their growth and development, and also providing you with answers and support to help you properly care for your little one along the way. Call a pediatrician to schedule your child’s first appointment today.
Being a busy parent means having many things on your plate, including work, sports practices for the kids, the school science fair, or scheduling medical appointments for the family. While a school physical may seem like it is low on the list of importance, it is necessary in many situations. Why would your child need a school physical and how can you easily incorporate that into your schedule? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV.
What is a school physical?
School physicals are routine examinations which give your child the once-over and monitor the health, development, and growth of your child. These yearly checkups are a way for you as a parent to touch base with your child’s doctor and ensure that you address any questions or concerns you may have. Additionally, yearly physicals allow your child’s pediatrician to keep up with immunization schedules and make sure that your child is up to date on these important vaccinations.
When is a school physical necessary?
Depending on the state, region, and district, your child’s school may require that they have school physicals once a year. This makes the ideal time to visit the pediatrician for a physical just before the start of each school year, toward the end of the summer. Some schools may not require yearly physicals for all students, but require that athletes have a physical before the start of their sports season.
What can my child expect at a school physical?
During the physical, the pediatrician will visually examine the child and investigate any abnormalities or symptoms. Doctors usually check the eyes, ears, nose, and weight of the child. They will also analyze the child’s family and medical history, any medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, they take, and compare the child’s health to that of their last physical.
School Physicals in Las Vegas, NV
If your child’s school requires a yearly physical, you can rest assured that LaCanada Pediatrics has you covered and will strive to make your experience easy, fast, and friendly. For more information on school physicals, please contact Dr. Majid and Dr. Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV. Call (702) 796-1820 to schedule your child’s appointment for a physical today!
Are you concerned about how your child functions either at home or in school? Is he or she lagging behind his peers or older siblings at a similar age? Are typical developmental milestones related to walking, language or fine motor skills missed or delayed? Then consult with your pediatrician in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Nasreen Majid or Dr. Susan Hirata. Their expertise in diagnosing and treating chronic and acute illness and in tracking your children's mental, physical and emotional development help you care for your youngster as he or she navigates the challenges of childhood.
Types of learning disabilities
Researchers at the National Institute of Health state that simply because a child struggles with a learning task or area of study, this necessarily does not indicate a learning disability. However, if the problem continues over time, your pediatrician in Las Vegas, NV, may recommend additional testing from the school psychologist or an independent expert, such as an audiologist or neuropsychologist.
Typical learning disabilities affect how a youngster speaks, listens, moves, pays attention, calculates and reads. You may have heard of many of the following disabilities:
- Dyslexia affects handwriting, math computation, telling time, sequential memory and reading comprehension.
- Dyscalculia expresses in handwriting that is illegible for the child's age.
- Dysgraphia is a math/arithmetic disability.
- Dyspraxia involves noise and touch sensitivity, poor coordination and task organization and balance issues.
Some lesser known disabilities are Central Auditory Processing Disorder, in which a child struggles to interpret the sounds and ideas he or she hears, and ADD and ADHD which combine behavioral abnormalities with learning problems. Difficulty concentrating and completing tasks along with hyperactivity are common to both Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in varying degrees.
Types of developmental disabilities
Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and hearing/vision loss rank high in prevalence among American children. Crossing socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial boundaries, these disabilities vary from mild to profound and affect a full 15 percent of young Americans, says the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Similar to learning disabilities, developmental issues may change how a child learns, speaks and processes the world around him, but additionally, these disorders impact mobility, independent functioning and the ability to earn a living. Many experts in academia, medicine and psychology link these disabilities to birth defects, prenatal stress, nutritional deficits and environmental toxins (such as lead).
What you can do
Does your child have a sports injury? Physical activity is good for kids, but sometimes they can injure themselves when they play sports. A pediatrician can get your child back in the game. Dr. Nasreen Majid and Dr. Susan Hirata at LaCanada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, NV, offer treatments for sports injuries.
Causes of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. Boxing, basketball, martial arts, hockey, and football carry the highest risk, but non-contact sports carry risk as well. Sports injuries can be caused by a number of different factors. Poor training methods, accidents, and improper gear can cause injuries. Not stretching enough or warming up can also lead to injuries.
Types of Sports Injuries
The most common sports injuries are dislocations, fractures, strains and sprains, and knee injuries. Acute traumatic injuries include things like sprains, cuts, strains, and fractures. They usually happen after a blow or force— like wiping out on a skateboard or getting tackled in football. Overuse injuries include things like stress fractures. These injuries happen over time, usually from repetitive training, like throwing or serving a volleyball.
Sports Injury Diagnosis
Your child's pediatrician will start with a physical examination, with attention given to the area of complaint. In addition to the exam, you will also go through your child's medical history with the pediatrician, and he or she may order x-rays or other imaging tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Treatments for Sports Injuries in Las Vegas
Your child's doctor will develop a treatment plan that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your child's personal needs. Treatment for a sports injury may an orthopedic cast, splint, ice and heat, medication, physical therapy, and range of motion exercises.
A sports injury can affect your child's daily activities and make life frustrating and miserable. If your child has a sports injury, call LaCanada Pediatrics at 702-796-1820 right now to schedule an appointment in Las Vegas, NV. We will get your child back on the field in no time!