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Why RSV is More Than Just a Cold

RSV or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, looks and sounds a lot like a cold, but it’s not. What is the difference? When should you be concerned enough to call your North Phoenix pediatrics office?

RSV is a respiratory virus which infects the lungs and breathing passages. It is highly contagious, and usually effects very young children and older adults. In children under the age of one, RSV is recognized as the leading cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

Healthy children that are infected will usually weather the symptoms well, and recover completely in a week or two.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Because RSV is a viral infection and not bacterial, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. There is no known vaccine yet. It is diagnosed by taking a swab of nasal fluids at your North Phoenix pediatrics office.

For high-risk infants, there is a shot to prevent RSV, but it is quite expensive and health insurance will only pick it up by following strict criteria.

Always provide your little one with plenty of fluids. Use a cool-mist vaporizer anyway, all during the winter months, to keep the air moist in their rooms. Make sure to blow little noses frequently or use a nasal aspirator.

Only give non-aspirin pain relievers, such as acetaminophen. Never give aspirin to babies as it causes dangerous side effects.

When to Call the Doctor

If your little one has difficulty breathing, whether they are very stuffed up or wheezing, or struggling for breath, visit your doctor or pediatrician immediately. This is the best time to call your North Phoenix pediatrics office.

Any yellow discharge from the nose or extreme tiredness should also be a sign all is not well with your child.

High fevers or bad skin color warrants a phone call to your Pediatrix office ASAP.

How is RSV Transmitted and Prevented

Anyone infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days. Anything they touch (a doorknob, schoolbooks, toys, etc.) can be a vector for spreading the disease.

RSV is also spread by coughing, which sends the infected air droplets into the air which can be breathed in by others.

Any touching or rubbing of eyes or faces can also transmit the infection.

The best remedy for preventing RSV is frequent handwashing. Children should be encouraged to do this often.

Following cold remedies for kids usually will be successful. Remember to cover their noses and mouths when sneezing and coughing, because this is another great way to help keep RSV from spreading.

Posted in Blog on December 15th, 2015

What to Do When Your Kids Have the Flu

Your child comes home from school and tells you he doesn’t feel well. He is is warm to the touch, and looks tired. There may be stuffiness and a dry cough as well. It is likely that your child is suffering from the flu, a respiratory infection which affects the nose, throat and sinuses.

Check them for symptoms. Flu symptoms include:

  • sudden high fever
  • headache
  • general overall achiness
  • fatigue and feeling weak
  • sneezing
  • coughing (a dry cough)
  • a stuffy runny nose
  • a sore throat

Generally, flu symptoms are mild but can turn severe. If your child demonstrates any of the above symptoms, then be sure they stay at home for at least the next 2-3 days. Bed rest and lots of fluids will be a big help. Any pain or fever can be treated with acetaminophen, but not aspirin. Don’t give them any cough medication if they are under the age of 6.

Children who become sick will usually have little to no appetite, and shouldn’t be encouraged to eat unless they want to. Just like us, they require lots of rest and sleep in order to fight off the flu infection and start feeling better.

Always monitor how your child is feeling. You may want to have them use a mild heating pad to reduce muscle pain or those generally achy feelings. Have them gargle with warm salt water to make their sore throat feel better. Use saline drops to soften nasal passages. Remember, never smoke around your children at any time, and especially not when they’re sick.

Occasionally, flu symptoms can go from mild to severe. Watch for certain signs:

  • an exceptionally high fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • vomiting but not eating
  • fussiness in very young children
  • skin color is turning blue
  • has trouble waking up
  • is not feeling well after 5 days and symptoms are getting worse

You’ll know how your child is progressing. If they are having a bout of sickness, you may want to try some home remedies for vomiting. Have them drink mint tea or take ginger root with a little honey to relieve the feeling of nausea. Certain other herbs such as cinnamon, cumin, or fennel seeds are also used for relieving nausea and vomiting.

Sometimes, other complications can arise from a bout with the flu. That’s why it’s always a good idea to contact Pediatrix, your North Phoenix pediatrics office with any questions you may have.

Posted in Blog on November 24th, 2015

How Eating Right Can Prevent the Cold and Flu in Children

Once summer comes to an end, school begins and lots of activities start up again. These are busy, fun days, except for when your child gets a cold or flu. It’s frustrating to deal with sickness in children, but there are things you can do to help lessen those sick days.

A great way to help fight off colds and the flu is by teaching children to eat healthily. With so many fast-food and on-the-go foods available, children miss out on important nutrients. Cereal may be a great substitute now and then; but it shouldn’t be the only thing your child comes to love.

Here are some foods that can boost your child’s immunity:

  • Yogurt. Because it’s rich in probiotic cultures, yogurt is essential for immune health. Probiotics help to fight off illnesses because they live where viruses reside.
  • Kiwi fruit. This fruit is full of Vitamins C and E which are powerful antioxidants. These also help to destroy the bad germs that find their way into our bodies.
  • Fruits. All fresh fruit should be on your child’s plate every day. Especially oranges and blueberries. And apples, too. They really do help to keep the doctor away!
  • Vegetables. Carrots and cucumbers are great immune boosters. All veggies play an important role in your child’s digestive health, so make sure they’re there.
  • Lean meats. Not all beef or meat is bad for children. Lean meats such as turkey burgers are a great substitute for chicken nuggets. Or try a ham and cheese rollup for something different.
  • Snacks. Yes, there are good snacks. Trail mixes or tortilla chips with a little avocado make delicious in-between food ideas.

Eating right will go a long way to preventing children from frequent illnesses. They probably won’t escape every sickness, that’s why it’s a good idea to know the flu symptoms in children and how to care for your child when they do catch a cold or flu.

You may already be very aware of just what to do should your child get sick. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to give our North Phoenix pediatrics office a call. We are more than happy to help you with whatever question you have.

Kids are our life. Let us help you help them.

Posted in Blog on November 3rd, 2015

Feed the Flu and Other Treatment Options for Kids

Fall and winter may seem like such fun months for children. They love getting outdoors to play in the snow with sleds and snowmen and everything else that goes with it. It isn’t so much fun when they get colds or the flu.

Colds and flu are very common in the colder months, and chances are your child will come down with one or both before warmer weather starts setting in. As a parent, you may be wondering what treatment options are available to you when your child is sick with the flu.

Flu symptoms in children are much like those in adults. There is usually the sudden onset of a fever and chills, followed by a general all-over achiness, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough, and extreme tiredness. Your child doesn’t look right and you want to do all you can to make them as comfortable as possible.

Here are some treatment options for kids when they have the flu:

  • Ensure they get lots of rest. Initially, they may feel too sick to do anything else anyway, but keep them in bed, where they can best fight off the infection.
  • For sore throats, have them gargle with warm salt water. It’s an old remedy, but a very effective one. Don’t drink the water, have them spit it out.
  • Give your kids lots of fluids to drink. Again, they may not want much of anything; when they do make sure it’s 100% juice, herbal tea, children’s juice or clear soups.
  • If they are throwing up, there are home remedies for vomiting. If they’ve been going through a bout of vomiting, don’t give them any solid foods for a while. Keep them drinking, but in small amounts. Keep them lying on their stomach or side if possible.  If your child looks very listless or has a high fever, call your North Phoenix pediatrics office and let them know.
  • Only use medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Never give your children aspirin.
  • Soft foods are best. Puddings and clear soups will do for when they are sick.
  • Use nasal drops or saline spray to moisturize their nasal passages.

The flu will eventually weaken and your child will be up and playing before you know it. Until then, ensure they are comfortable and warm until they are feeling better once again.

Posted in Blog on October 27th, 2015

Cold Season is Here and So Are We – Pediatrix

If there is one thing everyone has experienced it is the common cold. You know that the minute colder weather hits, here come all of the colds. It’s just a fact of life, but there are ways to give your children the best care when they come down with a cold.

You may be wondering how to choose a family doctor. Now that cooler weather is just around the corner, you want to know you have someone to call when questions arise over your child’s health. There may be a doctor’s office on every corner, but how good are they, and how do you know who to call?

Wonder no more. At Pediatrix, a North Phoenix pediatrics practice, we are your child’s medical professionals. That’s all we do. We take care of your child from the moment they are born, and watch them grow from infants to toddlers to preschoolers right along with you.

Our medical staff is trained to treat young children. We are affiliated with many hospitals in the valley. We look on each child as a special individual; someone who’s needs and concerns are just as important to us as they are to you, their parents.

Here at Pediatrix, a North Phoenix pediatrics practice, our medical professionals know every new medical treatment and procedure. We also have an on-site lab for blood work and other basic tests when you want to know right away what’s ailing your little one. It’s because of all of our expertise, that we can give you and your child the finest in knowledge, resources, and caring.

From newborn care, to well child issues such as seat belt safety, sun protection and car seats, you can call us for the best recommendations. We handle all common concerns that you may have; constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, teething, food allergies, colds and so many others.

Looking to travel out of the country? We will recommend which vaccine your child will need. We’re always here to help you with your insurance questions and needs. And of course, you can see what’s new by visiting our blog and reading all about the latest concerns in children’s healthcare.

We know kids. And we love them. They are our first and only concern. Whatever your question is, don’t hesitate, give Pediatrix a call right now. We have the answers you’re looking for.

Posted in Blog on October 13th, 2015

Benefits of Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activity has lots to offer, helping healthy kids stay that way and encouraging valuable quality time for every member of your family. North Phoenix pediatrics professionals regularly see the benefits of outdoor activity for promoting healthy kids and healthy families. Rather than spending time inside, head outdoors and see what positive changes take place!

When healthy kids head outside they are bound to be physically active. It’s hard to sit still when you’re in the great outdoors. Even kids with physical disabilities may have more options for moving around outside, and for those whose physical disabilities restrict movement, just being in the fresh air and sunshine has positive effects. Getting outside helps healthy kids burn off their energy, leading to better sleep and an overall calming effect, something most parents are happy to see.

Social Benefits

North Phoenix pediatrics professionals have also seen social benefits for healthy kids who head outdoors. Playing outside opens children up to a bigger social circle, allowing them to meet friends and make connections with other healthy kids. Team sports and outdoor activity groups can help foster these social benefits, and there are some groups specific to children with physical disabilities. The social benefits can also extend to family members, as spending time outside together lets parents, kids, and other family members enjoy one another’s company without distractions like televisions and cell phones.

A Relationship with Nature

One of the best benefits of outdoor activities is the lifelong connection with nature that can develop. If you bring your children outside and encourage physical activity from an early age, your healthy kids will develop into healthy adults with an appreciation for all of the benefits of being outside. Helping kids see the benefits of outdoor activities at a young age makes it easier to send your kids outside on a regular basis as they grow older, because they will already know how much fun playing in the sun and fresh air can be.

If you have questions bout the benefits of outdoor activities in developing healthy kids, or are wondering how to find outdoor activities that suit your child with physical disabilities, talk to your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic for advice. There are outdoor activities that work well for any type of family, and your North Phoenix pediatrics professionals are sure to have some great suggestions for your particular situation.

Posted in Blog on June 16th, 2015

How to Be Sure Your Child’s Summer Camp is Safe Enough

For healthy kids, summer camp might seem like an awesome stretch of fun and freedom, but as a parent, you may feel worried about the safety of your child at camp, including child care and nutrition regulations. Parents likely care more about the details of child care, nutrition, and safety at camp than their children might, but this concern is valid. There are ways to find out just how safe your child’s summer camp is, which should set your mind at ease.

Injuries and Emergency Services

Healthy kids need lots of activity and fresh air, something that most summer camps provide in great quantities! That physical activity, however, can sometimes lead to injuries, especially at camps that focus on athletics. Scrapes, bruises, and small injuries are a routine part of summer camp and should not be something healthy kids and their parents stress out about, but you should know what steps your child’s summer camp takes if and when injuries take place, both minor and in an emergency.

Policies and Staff Training

Every summer camp has policies regarding child care, nutrition, and first aid. This information should be easy to find, and will help answer questions you may have. Look for a summer camp with clearly laid out regulations, including proper staff training for health, safety, child care, and nutrition.

Does all camp staff have first aid certification? Is there easy access to North Phoenix pediatrics care in the event of an emergency? How does the camp dispense medications to campers? Make a list of every child care, nutrition, and health-related question you have, and make sure the answers are satisfactory before signing your child up for camp.

Dietary Planning

Beyond child care, nutrition is a key aspect of safety at camp. Food is not just for fuel, it can pose big risks for campers with allergies or other nutritional needs that require adjusting the standard camp diet. Make sure that your child’s camp can make accommodations so that all campers are healthy kids with good nutrition and access to healthy food.

If you are not sure where to start, ask your North Phoenix pediatrics care provider for summer camp recommendations. As someone who works with children and their parents, your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic staff likely know of a good camp, where child care, nutrition, and safety are a top priority.

Posted in Blog on May 12th, 2015

Water Safety Tips to Keep Your Children Safe

Water play can be a ton of fun for children, especially on hot Arizona days. But North Phoenix pediatrics professionals are careful to remind parents that when children are in or near water, parents should take extra safety precautions. Nobody wants a fun water day to turn into a tragedy, especially those involved in pediatrics care.

Teach Your Children How to Swim

Any child who will be exposed to water should know how to swim and know their limits. North Phoenix pediatrics experts encourage parents and guardians to give their children the skills and confidence needed to swim. This may involve swimming lessons, whether formal or informal.

Use Flotation Aids for Younger Kids

Floating devices can help younger kids or those with physical disabilities stay safe, but pediatrics care practitioners caution parents not to rely on these devices as life-saving aids or in lieu of proper supervision. Floatation aids can help a tired kid stay afloat longer, but can also get a kid out into deeper water than he or she would have been able to get to alone.

Learn Lifesaving Techniques

You do not need to be a lifeguard, but you should know what to do if something goes awry in the water. Have a plan for what you will do if you encounter water danger — this will help calm heads prevail in the case of an emergency, because you won’t waste time wondering what steps to take.

Always Keep Watch Around Water

Do not let your children out of your sight around water, even for a moment, say North Phoenix pediatrics experts. A lot can happen in a matter of seconds, with tragic consequences. If your children are in or near water they should be well supervised by a capable, responsible adult.

Take Extra Precautions for Children With Physical Disabilities

Physical disabilities can make it harder for children to swim, so parents should take extra precautions, according to North Phoenix pediatrics experts. If your child has physical disabilities, you may need to invest in special equipment, and/or always join your child in the water as a support person. Talk to your pediatrics care provider about how your child can safely swim.

Kids should have fun in the water, but parents must ensure their safety. Ask your pediatrics care provider how you can ensure water safety.

Posted in Blog on April 21st, 2015

What to Expect During a Sports Physical Appointment

School sports physicals have become a routine part of student athletics, so if your child is involved with school sports or extracurricular activities that require athletic exertion, you will likely be making appointments for school sports physicals with North Phoenix pediatrics experts on a regular basis. The idea of school sports physicals can be mystifying for parents who have not booked this type of evaluation with their North Phoenix pediatrics clinic in the past, but the process is quite straight forward.

Two Main Functions

Most school sports physicals conducted in Phoenix pediatrics clinics involve two parts, a verbal taking of your child’s medical and physical history, and a physical evaluation. The medical record part of school sports physicals is designed so that Phoenix pediatrics clinicians can properly understand and evaluate your child’s potential medical risks based on past experiences and issues.

Your North Phoenix pediatrics practitioner will find out about your child’s family history, particularly any diseases or hereditary heath issues that could impact physical performance and wellbeing. A predisposition to asthma, for instance, can pose problems for student athletes involved in high-energy sports. Your Phoenix pediatrics clinic will also make note of past injuries, any allergies, and similar concerns that could affect your child’s athletic abilities.

The next part of school sports physicals is the actual physical examination, which gives North Phoenix pediatrics practitioners a full understanding of your child’s physical wellbeing. Phoenix pediatrics professionals focus on the health of bodily functions and systems, including blood pressure, heart rate, vision, lungs, and other things affected by the demands of sports.

Put together in school sports physicals, these examinations enable North phoenix pediatrics clinics to deem your child fit to participate in student athletics, or can point to health problems that should be addressed if your child wants to be involved in sports. Phoenix pediatrics professionals may prescribe certain medications, conduct further evaluations, or suggest adjustments such as a lower impact sport, or modifications to certain moves and exercises.

Ultimately, the goal of school sports physicals is to ensure that your child is safe and protected from medical maladies while participating in student athletics. Getting the expertise and advice of a North Phoenix pediatrics professional is the best way to know that students are fully capable of playing sports, without taking any unnecessary health and safety risks as a result.

Posted in Blog on March 24th, 2015

A Guide to School Shots

School shots, or immunizations, are required in Arizona, so North Phoenix pediatrics clinics are well prepared to provide school immunization services to patients. There are many school immunization shots required by the state, so it’s a good idea to consult with your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic to find out exactly what your child needs in terms of school shots.

Age and Health

School immunization requirements depend on the age and grade of each student in Arizona.

A DTaP dose is required at every level, from under age 7, ages 7 to 10, and age 11 and older. A meningococcal school immunization is required for students age 11 and up. Some school shots are set up with a dose requirement – for example, polio school shots are required in the form of three to four doses from age 7 up. MMR, hepatitis B, and varicella are also requirements for K-12 school shots.

What Your Child Needs for School

You will need to provide proof of school shots to your child’s school, and the school immunization record has to have all of the required information including the date of the school shots and the name of your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic or doctor.

School immunizations may also be required for students attending college or university, based on the policies of each school.

Start Young

You may think school shots only apply to K-12 students or those pursuing higher education, but school shots are also a must-have for Arizona children in daycare. School immunizations applying to daycare children include hepatitis B, DTaP, polio, HiB, MMR, and varicella.

Information is Available

While it may seem confusing to have to know what school shots are required when, and what school immunization information you must have to prove your child’s eligibility, your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic can help you sort out the information. Most North Phoenix pediatrics clinics are able to keep school immunization records on file so you will be able to access your child’s personal records if you need to. North Phoenix pediatrics experts can also give you a good schedule for school shots, which will meet school immunization requirements and keep your child safe from common childhood illnesses.

School immunization is an important aspect of keeping all students safe and healthy. Talk to your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic about what steps you may need to take in order to properly immunize your child for school in Arizona.

Posted in Blog on February 27th, 2015