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We know that vaccinations can be a controversial topic for parents. Some believe they are important to keep children safe from disease while others believe the vaccines themselves cause illness. As a parent, you have to make the decisions that you believe are best for the health and well-being of your children and your family. As healthcare providers. we believe that immunizations are essential to healthy infants, children and the general population. AG Urgent Care pediatricians provide the right immunizations at the right age for infants, children, pre-teens, teenagers and adults. From birth through old age, our pediatricians and internal medicine physicians make sure you are protected from disease.
Because immunizations are so important, and the schedule of giving them is so exacting, we rely on the ultimate experts in this area, the Centers for Disease Control. They provide comprehensive guides and charts for people of every age, and we have made this information available for you here on our website. It’s easy to read and easily downloaded. You can print the charts to make it easy to stay on schedule, and to track the immunizations your family has had.
For infants and children birth through 6 years, you will find the English guide here, and in Spanish here.
COMMON CHILDHOOD SYMPTOMS THAT SHOULD BE CHECKED
If you have children you know that they can carry more dust, dirt, food and crayon marks that any other creature known to man. They can cover their faces with chocolate, wear corn kernels in their hair, and run through the mud with abandon. They also have runny noses, red faces and stomach aches at the least opportune moments. Being a parent means knowing when to ignore dirt and runny noses, and when to see symptoms that may mean something more serious is afoot. Here are some common symptom that you should know and be aware of. If they occur, consult your pediatrician.
1: Five common signs of diabetes in children. (Some or all of these will occur regularly):
- Increased thirst or urination
- Lethargy, lack of energy to play
- Increased appetite with sudden or unexplained weight loss
- Vision changes
- A fruity odor to the breath
2: Vomiting. It’s not unusual in children unless:
- It is accompanied by diarrhea, stomach pain and fever
- There is blood or bile (usually green) in the vomit or stool
- If the child is under 6 years of age and can’t keep liquids down
It is accompanied by signs of dehydration, which include:
- Decreased urination
- Dry lips
- Decreased energy
- Your child looks unwell to you
3: Ear Infections: Symptoms include fever, fussiness and ear-pulling
4: Croup: This is a cough that sounds like a barking seal. Breathing may be difficult for the child.
5: Strep Throat symptoms include:
- A sore throat that lasts more than a week
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain when swallowing
- Excessive drooling
- Fever over 100.4
- Contact with someone who has strep throat.
6: Flu: Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if your child has the flu or a cold. The flu usually causes:
- High fever
- Body aches
- Extreme fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Get checked. The flu can lead to pneumonia.
7: Impetigo: Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection
- Tiny blisters on the skin
- Blisters ooze
- May crust over with golden or yellow color
- Highly contagious
Any skin rash or blisters should be checked by a pediatrician.
8: Pinkeye (Conjunctivities): The eye will be:
- Eyelashes will be crusty.
It spreads rapidly through schools and day care centers.
Children can have any number of illnesses as they grow. Knowing the signs and symptoms of conditions that may be more serious helps you to keep your child safe and healthy. If you ever have questions as to whether your child should be seen by a physician, call us. It’s always better to have them checked than to worry.