Posts for: October, 2018
Even though you try as hard as possible to keep your child safe while they are playing sports, accidents still happen. At these moments, it’s important that you know whether these are injuries that can easily be treated from the comfort of your own home or whether you need to turn to a pediatrician for proper medical attention.
Pediatricians have seen a lot of sports-related injuries over the years and while we also focus as much of our attention on prevention, we know the importance of being able to get immediate and comprehensive care when your child does sustain an injury.
Common sports-related injuries include:
- Dislocations (particularly in the shoulder)
- Traumatic injuries (this includes cuts, sprains and strains, and broken bones)
- Stress fractures
- Tendinitis (often in the hand or wrist)
When a dislocation happens many times it is accompanied by an audible popping sound at the moment that the injury occurred. This unnerving sound is often followed by sudden and intense pain. It’s important that you turn to a pediatrician who can put the shoulder or any other area of the body back in place. The joints of a child’s body are looser than adults, so it makes shoulders and other areas more prone to dislocations.
Minor cuts, sprains, and strains can often be handled with at-home care. In most cases, the RICE method is a great way to ensure that your child gets the rest they need to heal properly and to stay off of the injury until it fully heals. Icing and elevating the injured area can also reduce pain and swelling. Of course, if you suspect that your child has a broken bone, this will need to be evaluated by a medical professional right away.
Children who are serious or long-term athletes are more likely to experience overuse injuries. These injuries occur over time rather than suddenly and they are often the result of performing repetitive movements. Overuse injuries include stress fractures and tendinitis. If your child feels pain whenever they move a certain area of the body or if they notice pain or swelling in a certain area it’s important that they get checked out.
Wearing a helmet is crucial for protecting your child’s head while playing sports. Of course, if your child has received a blow to the head and is experiencing dizziness, fatigue, frequent or severe headaches or just seems out of sorts it’s crucial that you bring them in right away to see if they’ve incurred a concussion.
When in doubt, pick up the phone and talk to a pediatrician about your child’s injuries and symptoms. They will be able to determine whether or not they should come in for proper care.
Ear infections are an extremely common occurrence in children. Though they occur often, the symptoms of an ear infection in children and babies are often hard to spot. Being aware of the subtle clues of this condition can help you find and treat your child’s ear infection early. Find out more about the signs and symptoms of ear infections in children with your children's doctor at 7 Days Pediatrics with locations in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ.
What causes an ear infection?
Ear infections can come from a bacterial or viral infection. The ear infection itself occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and becomes infected. Normally, fluid inside the ear drains normally through the eustachian tubes. However, if a tube becomes blocked, often due to an illness like a cold or the flu, a buildup occurs, causing an infection. The body begins reacting to the infection to fight it off, resulting in the symptoms associated with an ear infection. Children’s eustachian tubes are smaller and on less of an incline than adults’, making them more susceptible to fluid buildup and, combined with children’s still-developing immune system, infection.
Does my child have an ear infection?
Ear infections cause pain which most people describe as sharp or throbbing. They can also cause a feeling of fullness in the ear, nausea, muffled hearing, and drainage from the ear. Unfortunately, babies and young children cannot yet talk to communicate these symptoms, resulting in other, more subtle signs your child may have an ear infection. If your child has a reduced appetite, fever, drainage from their ear, or vomiting, they may have an ear infection. You may also notice them tugging on their ear, having trouble sleeping, or being much more clingy and whiney than normal.
Ear Infection Treatments in Oak Tree and Amboy in Edison, NJ and South Plainfield, NJ
Treating ear infections in children depend on whether the infection is viral or bacteria. Often, your children's doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat an ear infection. Over-the-counter painkillers or ear drops may also help treat the symptoms of an infection. In cases of recurring infections, tubes placed into the ears can help prevent further ear infections by helping the eustachian tubes drain properly.
For more information on ear infections or their symptoms, please contact your children's doctor at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ. Call (732) 548-3210 to schedule your appointment at any of the 7 Days Pediatrics locations today!
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.