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Your seven-year-old complains of a sore throat. She is running a fever and says that the sides of her throat feel puffy. Does she have strep throat? Here at 7 Days Pediatrics, in Edison, NJ, our team of six board-certified children's doctors can help you find the answer!
It's pretty common
Strep throat is a common childhood illness affecting kids up to age 15 before becoming less frequent in adulthood.
Different from the throat discomfort that results from the common cold, strep isn't caused by a virus, but rather, from a bacteria called Streptococcus pyrogenes. Detected through a throat examination (visual inspection) and throat culture, strep throat requires treatment with an antibiotic to quell symptoms and avoid complications.
Why strep can be dangerous
Besides the symptoms of painful sore throat, fever, fatigue, and stomach ache, strep can cause swollen glands in the neck which then impede the airway and create complications in other bodily systems. Untreated, strep throat may also lead to rheumatic fever, a debilitating illness which damages the heart valves and joints.
The strep test
Your Edison children's doctor uses a rapid strep test to detect this bacteria quickly. All it takes is a quick throat swab, with results appearing in 10 to 15 minutes. Your pediatrician may send a sample to a medical lab for a culture and analysis to confirm the diagnosis of strep throat.
Most children respond well to treatment with antibiotics. Amoxycillin is a common choice to combat the illness, while ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to lessen any pain. Parents should also push fluids, offer a soft diet, and ensure that children rest for a couple of days after beginning treatment.
To help avoid contracting strep throat (and other communicable diseases, such as the flu and the common cold), practice careful hand washing, cough/sneeze into a tissue, and stay out of crowds during the winter months.
Strep throat? We can help
At 7 Days Pediatrics, your sick child will see a real pediatrician whatever day of the week you bring them to the office. We offer exceptionally skilled and compassionate care for both acute and chronic conditions, as well as provide immunizations, well-child check-ups, and more.
Call us at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment with one of our children's doctors. We have two offices in Edison and one in South Plainfield.
Worried that your child’s daydreaming and lack of focus could actually be ADHD?
Hyperactivity and trouble staying focused can be telltale signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in your child. If you suspect that your little one might have ADHD, it’s important that you turn to our Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, pediatricians as soon as possible for an evaluation. But first, it’s important to know what behaviors and patterns to look for first. Does your child,
- Have trouble listening to instructions or paying attention in class?
- Make careless mistakes?
- Often have trouble staying focused or on task?
- Often jump from one thing to the next but never completes anything?
- Have trouble staying organized?
- Frequently lose items like toys, homework, or books?
- Often seem like they are daydreaming or not listening?
- Seem easily distracted?
If you said “yes” to several of these statements, then your child may be displaying one of the classic signs of ADHD: inattentiveness.
Some children with ADHD may also display symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Here are some additional questions to consider. Does your child,
- Have trouble sitting still?
- Often squirm around in their seat or fidget?
- Talk excessively or interrupt others?
- Have trouble staying quiet or joining in on quiet activities?
- Have trouble waiting their turn?
- Blurt out answers in class without waiting to be called on?
It’s important to recognize that these behaviors should be present in all environments, not just at home or at school. These behaviors may also affect your child’s relationships and ability to socialize. If you have been noticing these issues for a few months, then it might be time to have your child evaluated for ADHD by one of our children’s doctors in Edison or South Plainfield, NJ.
If your child does have ADHD, it’s important that they get treated as soon as possible, so that we can help them better manage their symptoms and improve both their home and school life. After all, children don’t outgrow ADHD, but by getting them the therapy and medication they need early on, we can make it easy for them to grow up and adjust well to any environment.
If your child is falling behind in school or you’re having trouble with your child at home because of any of the behavioral issues above then it’s time to call (732) 538-3210 to schedule an ADHD screening at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, or South Plainfield, NJ.
There are many ear, nose and throat problems that could benefit from surgery.
While surgery is often something that most people hope to avoid, there are some situations in which your otolaryngologist may advise you as to whether your next step in your treatment plan is actually to get surgery. While non-surgical treatment is almost always the answer, surgery can also finally provide those chronic and severe sufferers with the relief they’ve finally been hoping for.
When you are dealing with any ear, nose or throat problems it’s always best to turn to an otolaryngologist to treat your symptoms. Whether you are dealing with tonsil problems or sinus issues, they can help get these conditions under control. While many of these health problems won’t require surgery, they may be necessary if traditional methods aren’t providing you with relief. These conditions include:
- Hearing or balance problems
- Chronic or persistent ear infections
- Chronic sinusitis
- Thyroid problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Esophagus problems
By seeking care from a medical professional right away an otolaryngologist can easily determine the cause of your condition so that they can create a treatment plan that will finally provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for. In some cases, diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-rays, CT scan) may be necessary in order to make a definitive diagnosis.
In most instances, the treatment plan you receive in the beginning will provide you with a list of conservative, non-surgical options for tackling and managing your symptoms. While many people will find that these plans work perfectly for them, there are some whose conditions are so severe or long-term that the best option is surgery.
Fortunately, ear, nose and throat surgery has come a long way over the years and now otolaryngologists can offer:
- Both regular and endoscopic sinus surgery
- Surgery to correct breathing disorders
- Surgery to treat sleep disorders like sleep apnea
- Surgery to remove infected tonsils
- Surgery to correct congenital deformities
Whether you have questions about head and neck surgery or you are dealing with serious long-term sinusitis issues, it’s important that you have an ENT specialist that you can go to whenever you have questions, concerns or treatment needs.
There is a lot of care and work that goes into raising a newborn, and your pediatrician is here to help right from the beginning. Your pediatrician typically sees your newborn for their very first appointment within a few days of being discharged from the hospital. Your pediatrician is here for you to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have about your newborn and caring for your newborn. Some of the topics that your pediatrician may discuss in that first visit are:
Feeding- Your pediatrician will watch your baby’s feeding habits during this period and make sure that their growth is right on schedule. During the first six months of your newborn’s life, you’ll feed them formula or breastmilk. Breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently than babies who are fed formula.
Sleep- Every baby has different sleep schedules and needs. Most newborns tend to sleep sixteen to seventeen hours a day, but only sleep a few hours at a time. Sleep cycles don’t tend to normalize until your baby is about six months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy infants should sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over on their own.
Bathing- Infants do not usually require daily bathing, as long as the diaper area is thoroughly cleaned during changes, because daily bathing dry out their skin. Instead, it’s recommended to sponge bathe areas as needed.
Umbilical Cord Care- An infant’s umbilical cord should eventually dry up and fall off on its own by the time your baby is two weeks old. Until then, make sure to keep the area clean and dry by using sponge baths instead of submerging your baby in the tub. Small drops of blood are normal around the time that the umbilical cord is supposed to fall off. If you notice any active bleeding, foul-smelling yellowish discharge, or red skin around the stump, contact your pediatrician.
Your newborn should see their pediatrician at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, and regularly throughout their life. Call your pediatrician for any questions on newborn care today!
Understand all the health benefits your child will reap by visiting their pediatrician.
We understand that the number one goal of a parent is to make sure that their children stay healthy. While we would certainly love it if our children never got sick, we also know that this isn’t realistic. Of course, our goal as your Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, pediatricians is to make sure that your child receives the proper preventive care to protect against common and potentially serious childhood illnesses. The best way to do this is to keep up-to-date with routine pediatric checkups.
What goes into these checkups? Why are they so important?
There are many components that go into your child’s checkup and the sooner we spot health issues the sooner we can address them. Along with checking your child’s vitals signs, reflexes, heart and lung function, and vision and hearing, there are other things that we can address during your child’s routine checkup:
Behavioral issues: Along with health problems, a pediatrician can also behavioral issues such ADHD, which may affect their mental, emotional and behavioral wellbeing.
Developmental delays: Your child will reach a variety of developmental milestones, particularly during the first few years of their life, and it’s important that they are achieving these milestones. If there are developmental or growth delays we want to detect the issue early on so we know how to best handle it.
Vaccinations: One of the best ways to prevent a host of serious childhood diseases is through regular vaccinations. It not only protects the health of your child but other children, as well.
Nutrition: It’s important for growing children to get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up healthy and strong. To do this, we need to make sure that your little one is getting adequate nutrition from the foods they are eating. We can work with you to design a healthy, balanced diet based on your child’s age.
Weight problems: Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health concerns plaguing our country today. In 2016, it was estimated that around 41 million children under the age of 5 years old were overweight. The sooner we start to notice problems with your child’s weight the sooner we can address it.
If you are looking for a pediatrician in Edison or South Plainfield, NJ, then it’s the perfect time to turn to the compassionate, caring team here at 7 Days Pediatrics. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine checkup or your little one is dealing with health problems, call our office today to book your child’s next visit.