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February 14, 2022
Category: Child Safety
Tags: COVID Vaccine  
FAQs About the Pediatric COVID VaccineNo doubt you’ve been hearing a lot of discussions, particularly on the news, about the Covid-19 vaccine. You’ve also heard that kids five years old and older are now eligible to get the vaccine. Of course, any pediatrician understands that parents may have questions or concerns about this new vaccine and whether it’s right for their child. Here are the top questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and children.

Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe for children?

Yes, the Covid-19 vaccine is safe for kids 5 years old and older. The vaccine has undergone the same testing, clinical trials, and authorization that the Covid-19 vaccine has for adults. While it is normal to experience mild side effects such as soreness at the injection site or fatigue, these are signs that the body is building up protection. While some kids may experience side effects, not all kids will.

What is in the Covid-19 vaccine?

There is a blend of active and inactive ingredients within the vaccines and each manufacturer has published a list of their vaccine’s ingredients online. All vaccines are free from metals and manufactured products such as carbon nanotubes. Vaccines do not contain eggs, latex, preservatives, or gelatin. Each manufacturer offers its list of ingredients that you can check out: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.

How many doses of the Covid-19 vaccine does my child need?

Pfizer is the only vaccine that is currently approved for use in children ages 5 years to 17 years old. Teens 18 years old and older can choose from Pfizer, Moderna, or the J&J vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna require two doses administered at least three weeks apart, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose.

Can my child get the booster shot?

It’s is recommended that everyone get the booster shot about 6 months after getting the Pfizer vaccine. Teens 16-17 years old and older are eligible for the booster shot and should get one. Talk to your pediatrician to find out if it’s time for your child’s booster.

If you need to schedule a Covid-19 vaccine for your child or teen, call your pediatrician today to book your child’s appointment. If you have additional questions about the vaccine, don’t hesitate to call your child’s doctor.

February 09, 2022
Tags: ear infection  

Childhood ear infections are common. Here are the warning signs…

When kids are young they can’t always tell you when things hurt. That’s when it’s helpful to know what behaviors and habits to look for to determine whether your child has an ear infection. Does an ear infection require turning to our Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, board-certified pediatricians right away or can they be treated at home? What are the warning signs of an ear infection?

Why are kids more likely to get ear infections than adults?

The fact remains: Children under three years old are prone to ear infections. For one, their immune systems aren’t strong enough to fight away certain germs. Second, the internal structures of the ears haven’t fully developed yet, meaning that it’s easier for ears to collect fluid rather than drain properly. While some children may also develop a fever, this isn’t necessarily a symptom that happens to every child with an ear infection.

Of course, you should be on the lookout for these symptoms associated with an ear infection,

  • Ear drainage or pus
  • Tugging or pulling at the ear
  • Difficulty hearing or understanding
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting

If your child is displaying any of these symptoms or has developed a fever, it’s particularly important that you visit one of our Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, NJ pediatricians right away for treatment. This is particularly important if you have a child under 6 months who has developed a fever, as antibiotics will be necessary to treat the infection.

How are childhood ear infections treated?

In some cases, particularly with older children, our pediatricians may recommend monitoring the condition and may not immediately prescribe medication, since many ear infections will go away on their own (this is often the case if a child only has a minor ear infection). If the child’s symptoms haven’t improved in about 48 to 72 hours then this is usually the time that parents and pediatricians decide that a round of antibiotics would be best for nixing that nasty ear infection.

The pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics are proud to serve the Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, communities. If you suspect that your child might be dealing with an ear infection, call us at (732) 548-3210 to find out if they need to come in for care.