Could your child’s itchy, red eye be pink eye?
“Pink eye” are two words that no parent loves hearing but it’s one of the most common eye problems to affect both children and adults. In fact, according to the CDC, there are about 3 million cases of pink eye in the US every year. What are the warning signs of conjunctivitis and should you see a pediatrician right away or let the problem run its course?
What is conjunctivitis?
Known as pink eye, this condition causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the clear layer of tissue that covers the whites of the eye. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and is extremely contagious. It’s most commonly passed around in schools. Conjunctivitis can be the result of a bacterial or viral infection, or it can be brought about through certain irritants such as pollen, smoke, or ingredients found in skin care products.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
Your child might have pink eye if they are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Redness in the whites of the eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing
- A gritty feeling in the eye
- Itching or burning eyes
How is pink eye treated?
The treatment your child receives will depend on the cause of their conjunctivitis. Those with allergic conjunctivitis will find that as long as they avoid the offending irritant that the symptoms will go away.
If a bacterial infection is the cause, then antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed. Symptoms should lessen within 3-4 days of treatment but it’s important that you continue using your antibiotics for as long as your children’s doctor recommends.
If a viral infection is to blame there is really nothing that needs to be done, you’ll just have to let the cold or virus run its course. To alleviate symptoms, you can use eye drops or apply a cold compress to the eyes to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
It’s important that you have a pediatrician that you can always turn to for care, no matter if it’s a routine checkup or an emergency visit. From conjunctivitis to sports-related injuries, your children’s doctor will be able to provide comprehensive care to your little one as they grow up to make sure they remain healthy and happy.
Learn more about the importance of routine pediatric checkups.
Before your child is even born, you are probably making the tough decision of choosing a pediatrician. Here at 7 Days Pediatrics, we are honored that all of our patients put their trust in our South Plainfield and Edison, NJ, pediatricians. In order to keep your little one healthy, you’ll need to bring them in for regular checkups, especially during the first couple years of their life. Here’s what happens during your child’s wellness checkup and why they are important.
Coming in for routine checkups is the number one way for our South Plainfield and Edison children’s doctors to be able to follow and document the growth and development of your child through all stages of their childhood. It’s important that you have a doctor that will be able to make sure your child is reaching these milestones. Developmental milestones are categorized into cognitive skills, social skills, speech, fine and gross motor skills, and everyday skills (e.g. brushing teeth; eating). Since delays in some of these areas can also increase your child’s chances for learning or attention problems it’s important that these issues are discovered and treated as soon as possible.
Furthermore, our goal as your pediatrician is to make sure that any illnesses we can prevent from infecting your little one is our top priority. This is why immunizations are key. Your child will have to undergo a series of immunizations from birth until 18 years old, and it’s important that you keep up with this specific immunization schedule to ensure that your child is fully protected from a variety of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
Of course, these routine checkups can also be beneficial for parents. No matter whether you are a seasoned parent or new to the parenting ballgame, we know you will have questions along the way regarding your child’s diet, health, and lifestyle. We are here to provide answers and address concerns you might have to ensure that your child leads a healthy life. This includes everything from providing helpful advice on how to maintain a healthy weight to offering up sports physicals to make sure that your child is healthy enough to play sports. We can offer all this and more to make these routine checkups helpful for the whole family.
At some point, you may be considering whether to pierce your child’s ears. Sure, there are many places to get your child’s ears pierced but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe and sanitary. If you are planning on piercing your child’s ears why not choose a doctor, who will be able to do it safely? If you have questions about getting your child’s ears pierced just as us about it at their next checkup.
7 Days Pediatrics offers two locations in Edison, NJ, and an office in South Plainfield, NJ, to serve you better. If you need to schedule your child’s next checkup or if you are interested in finding out about ear piercing services, call our office today.
Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that often gets worse at night
- Fatigue, especially with exercise or play
If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.
During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.
Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.
The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.
The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.
Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.
Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.
These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Heart rate and blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
- Lungs and heart
Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.
Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.
Asthma doesn't have to prevent your child from enjoying life. Thanks to a variety of effective treatment options, flare-ups may be reduced or prevented. The children's doctors at 7 Day Pediatrics help children manage asthma and other chronic conditions from their Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, offices and serving Fords and Perth Amboy.
How can I tell that my child is asthma?
Your child may have asthma if he or she exhibits any of these symptoms:
- Wheezing: You may notice a whistling sound when your child breathes out.
- Coughing: Does your child cough frequently, even if he or she doesn't seem to be sick?
- Trouble Breathing: Your son or daughter may experience shortness of breath or rapid breathing due to asthma.
- Chest Pain or Tightness: Children who have asthma may say that their chest hurts or feels tight.
- Fatigue and Irritability: Struggling to breathe can make your child feel tired and grumpy.
What options are available to treat asthma?
Although you may suspect your child has asthma, the only way to confirm your suspicions is with a visit to an Edison or South Plainfield pediatrician. Common treatment options include:
- Maintenance Medications: These medications are taken every day to prevent or reduce asthma flare-ups. Some medications are inhaled, while others are available in pill form.
- Rescue Medications: Your child may also be prescribed a quick-relief inhaler that can help control asthma symptoms for four to six hours. The inhaler is used when symptoms flare up and is usually used in conjunction with a maintenance medication.
Treating underlying issues that may worsen asthma or cause flare-ups is also important. If your child's symptoms are triggered by allergies, allergy medication or immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended.
Identification of asthma triggers is another important aspect of asthma management. Triggers may include cigarette smoke, perfume, mold, cold weather, exercise, pet dander, or allergens. You might ask family members to avoid wearing fragrances in your home if strong odors cause flare-ups. If cold temperatures cause symptoms, encouraging your child to play indoors on frigid days may help him or her avoid an asthma attack.
Does your child have any symptoms of asthma? Call the children's doctors at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, at (732) 548-3210 to schedule your child's appointment.
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