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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.
- Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
- The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
- The cut is around their eye
- The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
- The cut is gaping open
- There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
- The cut is spurting blood
When should I call the pediatrician?
If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
- The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
- There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
- The child has been bitten by an animal
- The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
- There is still severe pain after a few hours
If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.