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When your child is sick, you want to make sure you give them the best care and treatment as soon as possible. Being able to visit a same-day appointment pediatrician in Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, NJ, is essential to help your child get treated. The pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics understand the importance of early treatment for illnesses and are prepared to help take care of your child. 

What to Do When Your Child is Sick

Except for a true emergency, you should take your child to their pediatrician for treatment when feeling sick. Your child's pediatrician knows them the best and can adequately care for their symptoms based on past medical history. Plus, visiting your child's pediatrician takes less time and costs less than visiting an urgent care clinic or emergency room. 

Illnesses Needing Same-Day Appointments

Several illnesses and ailments require your child to have a same-day appointment pediatrician in Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, NJ. Call your pediatrician and request a same-day appointment if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

  • Has a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees and is under the age of two months
  • Has a fever for more than two days and is older than the age of two months
  • Has a fever of 104 degrees
  • Is complaining about localized abdominal pain
  • Has symptoms for strep throat, flu, or other severe illnesses
  • Has experienced a bad cough for two days

Benefits to Same-Day Appointments

There are many benefits to both the child and parents when having a same-day appointment with a pediatrician. The main advantage is your child will start healing and feeling better sooner and will feel more comfortable. Additionally, same-day appointments offer parents peace of mind and less worry from waiting to get their children the medical help they need. 

Are you looking for a same-day appointment pediatrician serving the Edison, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, NJ areas? Give us a call today at (732) 548-3210. Our doctors at 7 Days Pediatrics understand the need to get in to see a doctor when your child is sick on the same day. 

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRIC
October 08, 2021
Tags: Pediatrician  

The medical team at 7 Days Pediatrics provides the best pediatricians to care for your children in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ.

What Is a Pediatrician?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defines a pediatrician as a doctor who specializes in the health and illnesses of children. They work with children from birth to adolescence, possibly into their young adult years. Most pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after the examination. It's best to find a pediatrician that is board certified as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, (FAAP) showing these letters at the end of their name. The AAP states that pediatricians have met the highest level of membership as FAAP. To find the best pediatrician in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, 7 Days Pediatrics has some of the best pediatricians, due to their board certifications.

How To Choose A Pediatrician?

In addition to inquiring about the pediatrician's education and certifications, there are other factors to think about when choosing the best doctor for your child. 

  • The doctor's hospital affiliation and appointments - Find out what hospital the doctor is connected with if your child needs to be hospitalized. Also, if your child is hospitalized, when is the doctor available to see your child?
  • The logistics of the office - It's important to find a pediatrician that has a convenient location, office hours, and access to public transportation. Find out if they offer weekend and evening hours as well. 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, while also serving the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ, is open 7 days a week with evening hours on some days to meet your scheduling needs.
  • The doctor shows care for your child - Make sure the doctor shows a genuine interest in your child's needs and concerns. In addition to the doctor's care, are the office staff also courteous and friendly? Also, do you feel rushed to complete the appointment, or is the staff patient with your needs?
  • Understand how the doctor treats acute and complex illnesses - Make sure the doctor also explains medical issues and procedures clearly for your understanding and relief. Is there availability to treat acute illnesses immediately and does the doctor work with other specialists to treat complex illnesses?
  • The process for billing and other documents is clear - It's important to find out what insurance companies the doctor is affiliated with, as well as forms and fees associated with care. 

To find the best pediatrician, call 7 Days Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210 for our Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, offices that also serve the areas of Perth Amboy and Woodbridge, NJ

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
March 26, 2021
Whooping CoughPertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. The nickname comes from the “whooping” sound that occurs when a child breathes. While many people assume that whooping cough is an infection that no longer exists, it’s actually more common in the US than we’d like to admit. In fact, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of whooping cough cases over the last couple of decades.
 
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold

You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.

Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
 
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough

While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
 
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away

If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
 
Until the body clears whooping cough, some of the best ways to manage your child’s symptoms include,
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Staying hydrated
  • Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
  • Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you want to fully protect your child against many dangerous communicable diseases, one of the best ways is through vaccinations. Your child must be up to date on all of their vaccines. Talk with your pediatrician to find out when your child should get the whooping cough vaccine.
By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
March 16, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Pacifier   Pediatrician   Thumb-Sucking  
Thumb SuckingReflexively, your baby is born with the ability to suck. It makes sense. After all, your little one must be able to suck to get nutrients, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Thumb sucking also has the ability to soothe and calm your little one. However, there are moments as your child gets older where thumb-sucking may become a problem. Your pediatrician can provide you with the tips and tricks to help your little one grow out of this habit.
 
Thumb-Sucking Tendencies

This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
 
When to Consider a Pacifier

Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
 
It is safe for children to use a pacifier while sleeping, whether at bedtime or when they go down for their naps. Just prepare for babies to wake up fussy in the middle of the night when the pacifier falls out of their mouths, as they aren’t able to place the pacifier back in their mouths themselves. Make sure that you do not try to place the pacifier on a string around your baby’s neck or tie it to the crib, as this can lead to a serious and potentially deadly injury.
 
How to Phase Out the Pacifier
There will come a point when your child will need to give up their pacifier. While the medical community has different age ranges, The American Dental Association recommends that children stop using a pacifier by age 2, as going beyond two years old could alter the alignment of your child’s teeth or impact the shape of their face.
 
Here are some tips to phase out the pacifier,
  • Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
  • Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
  • If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
Even if you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking, it’s important to know that most children do grow out of it not long after starting school. While you can provide them with helpful ways to ditch the habit it’s important not to put pressure on them. With the help of your pediatrician, your child can and will outgrow this habit.
By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
February 15, 2021
Category: Safety
Tags: Pediatrician   Stitches  
When Does My Child Need StitchesWe all know how accident-prone kids can be. They get bruises, bumps, cuts, and scrapes from time and time. Most of the time, these boo-boos are nothing to worry about, but sometimes a cut or laceration may require turning to your pediatrician for stitches. Does your child need stitches? We know it isn’t always easy to tell. Here are some telltale signs that your child might need stitches,
  • Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
  • The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
  • The cut is around their eye
  • The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
  • The cut is gaping open
  • There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
  • The cut is spurting blood
Any cut that spurts blood could be a sign of a nicked artery. Immediately apply pressure to the area and head to your local ER for immediate medical attention.

When should I call the pediatrician?

If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
  • The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
  • There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
  • The child has been bitten by an animal
  • The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
  • There is still severe pain after a few hours
Cuts and wounds made by metal, rusty, or dirty objects may require your child to get a tetanus shot. This is why you should see your pediatrician right away, as it’s important for them to get this shot within 2-3 days after the injury.

If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.