Posts for: February, 2020
Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.
It's important to be able to spot the differences between a regular sore throat or viral infection and strep throat. Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it's important to see your pediatrician immediately to determine whether or not your child has strep throat. Here are some symptoms of strep throat.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and throat pain. Severe pain in the throat is normally the first sign of strep throat. If you notice that your child's sore throat isn't going away easily, you may need to take your child to the pediatrician because it's usually difficult to get rid of the discomfort completely without the use of prescription medication.
Yellow or white patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat are another symptom of strep throat. Instead of yellow or white patches, you may instead notice long streaks of pus coating your child's tonsils.
Pain during swallowing is another common symptoms of strep throat. If it becomes difficult for your child to swallow and they experience pain when they attempt to swallow, they may have strep throat.
If you touch the glands in your child's neck, you may be able to feel if their glands are swollen. The lymph nodes in your child's neck will usually be tender to the touch and swollen if they have strep throat, because normal lymph nodes are generally not painful or tender.
Headaches are another common symptom of strep throat. They can range in severity from mild to extremely excruciating. If your child's headache occurs frequently or worsens, be sure to consult a pediatrician immediately.
Another common symptom of strep throat in children is a fever over 100'F. A lower fever may end up being a symptom of a viral infection and not strep throat, so be sure to take note of that. With a viral infection, most fevers should go away on their own within one or two days, and by the third day, other symptoms should start to disappear.
So what are you waiting for? If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, be sure to consult your pediatrician as soon as possible so that they can determine whether or not your child has strep throat or just a viral infection and your child can receive all the relief they need.
Would you like to learn more about asthma from 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ?
Asthma is a condition that narrows and causes swelling of airways. People's bodies produce extra mucus, which makes breathing difficult, triggers coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Here are some FAQ's about asthma:
What causes asthma?
The cause isn't clear but it's probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Asthma can't be cured but controlled because it changes over time, so make sure you work with your doctor to track symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma symptoms vary from person to another. Here are common some signs and symptoms:
- Infrequent asthma attacks like while you're exercising
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Trouble sleeping because of excessive coughing
- A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling, especially in children
- Coughing or wheezing attacks worsened by a respiratory virus
When should you see your children's doctor in Edison?
Severe asthma attacks are life-threatening and if you need to work with your doctor to determine the specific symptoms that indicate your child's asthma is worsening. For example, if there's increased shortness of breath or wheezing; no improvement after using a quick-relief inhaler; or there's shortness of breath when doing minimal physical activity.
What are asthma triggers?
Exposure to certain irritants and varies from person to person. Triggers include airborne substances, like pollen and dust mites; respiratory infections, like a common cold; physical activity (exercise); cold air; air pollutants, like smoke; certain medications, like beta blockers; stress; sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages; and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How do you prevent asthma?
As mentioned before, there is no cure but here are some ways to help improve and control symptoms:
- Follow your the custom asthma action plan you set with your children's doctor.
- Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia.
- Identify and avoid asthma triggers.
- Monitor breathing.
- Identify and treat attacks early.
- Take your medication as prescribed, and pay attention to increased quick-relief inhaler use.
Want to speak with a doctor?
If you'd like to speak with your children's doctor in Edison, NJ, then don't hesitate to contact 7 Days Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210 today!