What are the symptoms of mono?
Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.
Classic mono symptoms include,
- High fever
- Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
- Body aches
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
- Sore throat
When should I turn to a pediatrician?
As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.
You should call your pediatrician right away if,
- Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
- Has seizures
- Displays changes in behavior
- Has a very high fever over 104 F
- Is dehydrated
- Develops a rash
If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold
Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away
- Resting as much as possible
- Staying hydrated
- Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
- Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you have a baby, toddler, child, or adolescent, you know their medical needs are different than yours as an adult. They require more frequent immunizations, smaller size blood pressure cuffs, and friendly care that a kid's doctor provides.
At Pediatrics of Central Florida, with locations in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, we understand your child's special medical needs and are here to oversee them every step, and year, of the way.
If your child needs to be caught up on vaccines, requires a physical for school sports, is feeling under the weather, or if you want to make sure they are meeting their milestones, it's a great idea to schedule an appointment with a kid's doctor.
From birth through age 18, your child will need a series of immunizations to protect them from diseases such as measles, rubella, and rotavirus, along with an annual flu shot. Vaccinations will be more frequent for babies and toddlers and become more spaced out as your child ages. Our kid's doctors will make sure your child stays on schedule with these important shots.
If your child is enrolling in sports, their school or recreational group may require a physical. Some schools require a general physical prior to the start of each school year.
During a physical, your child's doctor will take basic measurements of height and weight and perform a general examination to ensure your child is in good health and progressing well. They will also go over your child's medical history and ask you if you have any concerns or if your child is displaying any adverse symptoms.
At our Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud offices, we are uniquely prepared to treat your child for any illness they may be experiencing, from colds to the flu, or provide treatment for chronic conditions like asthma. Be sure to reach out as soon as your child displays symptoms so we can provide treatment before their illness or condition progresses.
No two children are the same, but there are general guidelines for height, weight, motor skills, physical skills, and verbalization. Your kid's doctor can see if your child is properly tracking and provide care or recommendations if they seem to be behind schedule.
Trust the kid's doctors at Pediatrics of Central Florida for all your child's needs. Call our Kissimmee offices at 407-846-3455 or 407-933-5985, our Orlando office at 407-857-2816, or our St. Cloud office at 407-891-0479.
This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
- Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
- Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
- If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
If you notice head lice in your child there’s no way around it: you have to treat the lice. They will not go away on their own. It might give you the heebie-jeebies but it’s important to find a treatment that will get rid of these little critters quickly. You should also check all members of your family to make sure they don’t have lice too, as this problem can spread quickly.
The good news is that you can often treat lice from the comfort of your own home. While there are certain hair salons that may cater to the treatment of lice, it’s worth it to try and treat the problem yourself. There are a variety of over-the-counter shampoos and rinses that can kill lice and their eggs (also known as nits). You may want to talk with your pediatric doctor about the treatment process, which products to use and whether or not you should reapply the shampoo or rinse days after the first application.
Still seeing lice? This is a literal head scratcher for some parents, but don’t worry. This is when a pediatrician can prescribe a much stronger treatment option such as shampoos containing benzyl alcohol, or lotions containing either ivermectin or malathion (both pesticides), or spinosad (an insecticide).
Since some of these products work differently from others, it is important that you read and follow all instructions. Some products will require more than one application while others will only require one. Again, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s lice treatment don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician.
Treating Your Home After Lice
The good news is that lice need blood in order to survive so they won’t live very long if they don’t have a human host. However, you will want to wash all bedding, towels and clothes that may have lice or nits on them. Make sure to wash them thoroughly in hot water that is higher than 130 degrees F. If you can’t wash these items immediately, promptly bag them until you can clean them properly.
Head lice can be annoying, but turning to a qualified pediatric doctor can help you get the answers you need to tackle this hairy little problem. Call your pediatrician to learn more.
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