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By Pediatrics of Central Florida
December 29, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Strep Throat  

How your pediatricians in Kissimmee, Florida can help if your child has strep throat.

If your child is suffering from a sore throat that doesn’t go away, it could be something more. It could be a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcal bacteria. Your child could have strep throat.

Your pediatrician can help cure strep throat so your child feels better fast. The pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida offer comprehensive pediatric care including treatment for common conditions like strep throat. They have several convenient office locations in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, Florida to help your child feel better.

So, how do you know if your child has strep throat? There are a few signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:

  • Throat soreness that comes on suddenly and is severe
  • Swallowing that is painful and difficult
  • A high fever of over 101 degrees
  • Lymph node swelling and swollen tonsils
  • White or yellow patches on the back of your child’s throat

Strep throat does not go away on its own, and it is highly contagious. If you think your child might have strep throat, you need to protect yourself and others from the infection too. Remember to:

  • Minimize your child’s contact with others
  • Avoid sharing glasses, dishes, or utensils that your child has used
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down commonly touched areas like doorknobs and water faucets with disinfectant

If you think your child might have strep throat, seek out the help of your doctor right away. Your doctor can perform a rapid strep test, which will confirm the presence of streptococcal bacteria within a few minutes.

If your child does have strep throat, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of antibiotics to clear up the infection. It’s important for your child to take all of the required doses in order to fully eliminate the bacteria.

In addition, you may also want to give your child Children’s Tylenol to help reduce fever and pain. Be sure to follow your pediatrician’s recommendation on how long to keep your child out of school and away from others.

Remember to get your child a new toothbrush to avoid re-infection with the bacteria, and thoroughly wash all bedding, dishes, and utensils your child uses.

Having strep throat is miserable for your child and for you. Your pediatrician can get your child back on track to good health. To find out more about strep throat symptoms and treatment, call the pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida. You can reach them at their offices by calling:

  • (407) 846-3455 for Oak Street Kissimmee
  • (407) 933-5985 for Orange Blossom Trail Kissimmee
  • (407) 857-2816 for Orlando
  • (407) 891-0479 for St. Cloud
By Pediatrics of Central Florida
December 21, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Broken Bone  
Does My Child Have a Broken Bone?Accidents happen. Perhaps your child hurt themselves falling off their bike or taking a rough tumble down the stairs. In these instances, the first thing you’ll probably do is check your child over for bumps, bruises, and possibly broken bones. It’s important to recognize whether your child could be dealing with a broken bone so that you can bring them in to see their pediatrician right away.
 
The warning signs of a broken bone include,
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • A popping or snapping sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • Trouble straightening out the limb or affected area
  • Unable to put weight on the area
  • Limited range of motion or unable to move normally
If the bone is visible through the skin, you must call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room for care. If there is no bone visible but your child is still experiencing the symptoms above, then call your pediatrician right away. This problem should be treated on the very same day by your child’s doctor.
 
The most common fractures that we see in kids often affect the bones of the elbows, ankles, and wrists. Falling off monkey bars and other injuries on the playground are incredibly common and can lead to wrist and elbow fractures.
 
How is a broken bone treated?

First, your pediatrician will run X-rays to determine the location and severity of the break. Your doctor will place a splint or cast around the broken bone to provide support and stabilization and to restrict certain movements that could impede healing.
 
Your doctor may also recommend certain exercises that your child should do at home every day to help ease symptoms such as pain, limited mobility, and swelling. Your doctor may also refer your child to a pediatric orthopedist for physical therapy, depending on the type and extent of the injury. You will also need to bring your child back into the office in a few weeks to see how the broken bone is healing.
 
A broken bone is considered a serious injury. If your child is displaying symptoms of a broken bone, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician right away for a consultation.
By Pediatrics of Central Florida
December 03, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Signs of a Pediatric UTIA urinary tract infection isn’t just something that happens to adults. Children can also develop UTIs. Since children are more likely to suffer from kidney damage as a result of a UTI you must see your pediatric doctor right away if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Signs and symptoms include,
  • Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • A decreased output of urine
  • Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
  • Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
  • Younger children may cry when urinating
  • Wetting the bed
We know that infants and young children can’t tell us what hurts and where, so we have to look for other signs that they could be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Young children may have a fever, loose stools, refuse to eat, and be more irritable than usual. When they wet their diaper, you may notice that the urine smells strong or bad.
 
Diagnosing UTIs in Children

If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
 
Treating Childhood UTIs

It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.
 
It’s also important that your child continues to take their medication even if they start to feel better (do not stop the medication). If symptoms do not improve within three days, or if they get worse, you must call your pediatrician immediately.
 
Our pediatrics team is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need, whenever they are dealing with everything from a fever or stomach upset to a UTI. If your child develops a UTI, talk to your pediatrician right away.
By Pediatrics of Central Florida
November 19, 2020
Tags: Physical  

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
  • Reflexes
  • Abdomen
  • Spine

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.

By Pediatrics of Central Florida
November 12, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe in the CarYou may be surprised to learn that many car seats are not used properly. In fact, around 46 percent of car and booster seats are improperly used, which greatly impacts their efficacy. With car accidents being the leading cause of death in children in the US, parents must know how to keep their children safe while riding in the car. If you have questions about keeping your child safe, your pediatrician is here to answer all of your questions.

Types of Car Seats

Before your child can just start buckling up like a big kid, they need to use car seats. Children from birth until 3 years old will use a rear-facing car seat. From 3-7 years old children will upgrade to the forward-facing car seat. Then the booster seat is typically used anywhere from 5-12 years, depending on their height and manufacturer’s guidelines. Children should be at least five years old, weigh at least 40 pounds and be over the height and weight requirements for their forward-facing car seat to be ready to upgrade to a booster seat.

Choosing the Right Car Seat

When it comes to choosing a car seat, we know that it can be difficult to narrow it down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides useful information to help you find the right car seat by comparing different ones on the market. You can also talk to your pediatrician, who can provide you with a wellspring of information and advice on choosing the right car seat for your little one.

Installing Your Child’s Car Seat

Before starting, it’s important to read the manufacturer’s installation guide so that you can better understand the car seat and how it should be installed. Along with following the installation guide that comes with the car seat, the NHTSA also provides some helpful safety tips for a successful installation.

Did you know that once you have your car seat in-place that you can have it inspected to make sure that it’s properly installed? This can provide families with the peace of mind that they need to know that their child is safe every time they buckle up.

From booster seats to booster shots, you must be doing everything possible to keep your child healthy and safe. This also means finding quality pediatricians that you trust to provide you with the tips, advice, and care to support your child’s health. 




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