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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.
Children often need a physical for school or sports, but they should have one every year even if it isn’t required. Physicals offer many benefits, such as ensuring your child is in good health and is growing and developing within the standard range for their age. It also provides an opportunity for the doctor to identify potential concerns and address them right away. The skilled pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Orlando, FL provide physicals for school, sports, or as part of an annual well visit.
What to Expect During a Physical
Physical exams can include several components. In addition to taking physical measurements, such as height and weight, your child’s medical history will be reviewed, including any allergies, injuries, and current medications, if any. Relevant family medical history might also be discussed. This is also a good time to mention any unusual symptoms your child has recently experienced, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or chest pain. If your child has an undiagnosed condition, such as asthma, the doctor can develop a treatment plan.
A major aspect of a physical is an examination of your child’s overall physical health and development. As mentioned, measurements of your child’s height and weight will both be taken. Blood pressure and temperature will also be checked. Other items that are typically examined include:
- Pulse and heart rate
- Ears, nose, and throat
- Vision and hearing
- Lungs and breathing
Benefits of a Yearly Physical
There are many benefits to scheduling a yearly physical for your child. The experienced pediatricians who perform physicals at our office in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Orlando are here to help your child maintain optimal health. A physical exam gives the doctor the chance to check for the development of a potential health concern or medical condition, such as allergies, diabetes, or cancer. If you child does have a condition, then a treatment plan can be implemented right away to help your child manage symptoms, heal, and recover.
If your child needs a physical to play sports, there are additional benefits beyond simply being cleared for participation. Injury prevention strategies, such as wearing a mouthguard or protective gear, can be discussed during the physical to help keep your child safe while playing sports. Another benefit to having a physical is that the doctor can spot an undiagnosed condition, such as asthma, that could potentially interfere with your child’s ability to safely participate. Such issues can be treated so your child can stay healthy and safe while playing.
If your child has not had a physical in over a year, it might be time to schedule one. For more information about childhood physicals, call Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee at (407) 846-3455 or (407) 933-5985. We have two locations in Kissimmee, as well as offices in St. Cloud, (407) 891-0479, and Orlando, (407) 857-2816.
How can I tell that it’s chickenpox?
- Sore throat
- Stomach upset
- Body aches
- Loss of appetite
How is chickenpox treated?
- Applying calamine lotion
- Making sure that your child is drinking enough water and staying hydrated
- Soaking in a bath with baking soda for 20-30 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain
- Applying cold compresses to the rash
- Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine (talk with your pediatric doctor first before giving your child any medication)
If your child is experiencing the typical symptoms of chickenpox, then chances are good that you won’t have to bring them into the office. The only thing you can do is wait. You should call your pediatrician if:
- Your newborn is showing signs of chickenpox
- Your child’s fever goes away and then comes back
- Your child has a high fever
- Some areas of the rash are getting larger or are painful (signs of infection)
The good news is that children today can be protected against chickenpox with a simple vaccine. The chickenpox vaccine is administered in two doses: the first vaccine is administered when your baby is 12 to 15 months and a second vaccine is administered at 4-6 years old.
If you want to protect your child against the chickenpox, then talk to your pediatrician about getting them vaccinated. Your child has enough to worry about, without chickenpox being one of them.
What is a wellness visit?
While you should bring your child into the doctor’s office when they are sick, this isn’t the only time that they should be visiting a pediatrician. Regular wellness visits allow your child’s doctor to continue to monitor their health and development throughout their childhood and teen years. A wellness or well-child visit typically involves:
- Recording your child’s height and weight
- Providing a detailed medical history of your child
- Checking vital signs
- Hearing and vision screenings (depending on the age)
- A full physical examination (painless and non-invasive)
- Additional testing or blood work, if necessary
- Vaccinations, as needed
- Answer any questions that the parent may have about their child’s health and provide information and advice on ways to keep your child healthy
Furthermore, children will need to go through a series of vaccines during the first few years of life. Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect your child from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as polio. By keeping up with your child’s wellness and vaccine schedule you ensure that you are providing your child with everything that they need to stay healthy.
Why are wellness visits so important?
As you can probably assume already, these checkups are the best way to prevent health problems from happening in the first place (which we can all agree is so much better than just treating the problem once it comes along). Other benefits of wellness visits include:
- Providing parents with support, peace of mind, and advice regarding everything from sleep schedules and diet to medications and behavioral concerns.
- Catch problems early on, whether physical, mental or behavioral, when they can easily be managed and treated through simpler and less invasive treatment options
- Having a doctor that becomes an important part of your family; someone you can trust and rely on to always be there for your child. After all, knowing that you have a doctor that you can turn to in an emergency is invaluable.
Getting Regular Check-ups
These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.