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A long wait to see the pediatrician can be one of the worst parts of getting sick for children, especially during cold and flu season, when all they want is to rest comfortably in bed until they are feeling better. For more serious injuries or illnesses, getting in to see a doctor on the same day is a matter of necessity. The pediatricians at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison, NJ Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran offer same day appointments to get your children the care they need, when they need it.
Same Day Pediatrician Appointment in Edison, NJ
The most common pediatric injuries and illnesses, like cuts and fractures from a sports injury, fever, or an asthma attack usually develop suddenly. For non-life threatening issues that require timely medical attention, the ability to see a pediatrician on the same day is an essential service for busy parents. Your child may have been feeling fine before they went to bed the night before, but wake up feeling sick the next with vomiting or diarrhea. Or they may feel perfectly normal when they leave for school in the morning, but suddenly fall ill during the school day, or get hurt during soccer practice or gym class. 7 Day Pediatrics offers emergency and same day appointments for a range of injuries and pediatric conditions including:
- Cold and flu
- Allergies and asthma
- Fever and infections
- Ear infections
- Whooping cough
- Strep throat
- Sprains and fractures
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Find a Pediatrician in Edison, NJ
From immunizations to strep throat or ear infection treatments, getting timely medical care is essential for your child's health and well-being. For more information on same day appointments and pediatric care, contact our office by calling (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today. And our fax number is (732)906-3966.
Has your child been sniffling for weeks now? That runny nose may not be caused by a cold but by allergies. Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran in Woodbridge, NJ, share several signs that may indicate that your child has an allergy.
Cold symptoms that last longer than two weeks
If your child has a runny nose, congestion, watery eyes and other common cold symptoms for longer than two weeks, suspect an allergy. Allergies are particularly common in the spring and fall but can occur year-round.
Colds and other viruses may be accompanied by a low-grade fever. Lack of a fever can a sign that the problem is caused by allergies, although it is certainly possible to have an illness without a fever. If you're not sure if your child's problems are caused by a virus or an allergy, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office.
It's exhausting to deal with allergies. If your child seems to be more tired than usual, allergies may be to blame. The problem can be worsened if your son or daughter can't get enough sleep at night due to nasal congestion.
Loss of Appetite
Allergies can cause post-nasal drip, which can cause nausea when your child first wakes up. If your child complains that they feel sick in the morning and doesn't want to eat, an allergy could be the cause.
Some children experience ear inflammation when they have allergies. Unfortunately, the inflammation can cause fluid to build up in the ear, which may increase the risk of an infection.
Has your child suddenly developed troubling symptoms after a change to their environment? For example, many times, parents don't realize that their son or daughter has an allergy to pet dander until they adopt a dog or cat. When symptoms develop in the spring or fall, seasonal allergies may be the cause. Carefully consider any changes to your child's environment that could have triggered an allergy. Typical allergens include grasses, pollen, mold, dust, pet dander and certain foods.
If your son or daughter exhibits any of these signs and symptoms, let us know. We can ease his or her discomfort with medications and also offer suggestions that will help you limit allergen exposure. Call your Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians, Dr. Shukla, Dr. Bhamidipati and Dr. Ramachandran, at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment. And our fax number is (732)906-3966.
Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a highly communicable (contagious) bacterial upper respiratory infection. Although it is commonly associated with babies and small children, anyone can develop whooping cough if exposed to someone who is already infected. According to the American Lung Association, unvaccinated children and adults are 80 to 100 percent more likely to contract whooping cough when exposed to it by someone with whom they live, work or go to school. The risk drops to 20% for children and adults who have been inoculated.
Because pertussis is highly contagious, the pediatricians at 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ, advise parents of babies and young children to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of whooping cough and to consult with a pediatrician as quickly as possible if a member of the household has been exposed.
Whooping Cough Diagnosis and Treatment in Edison, NJ
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incubation period for the bacteria that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, can be anywhere from five days to three weeks. Whooping cough is a progressive condition which develops in three phases:
Catarrhal Stage - In the first (and most contagious) stage, the symptoms are usually similar to a common cold, such as runny nose, mild cough, low-grade fever in some cases and breathing apnea in babies. This stage generally lasts one to two weeks, and can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are so similar to a regular cold or flu.
Paroxysmal Stage - Every case is different, but the later stage of whooping cough can last anywhere from one to ten weeks. The main symptoms include strong and uncontrollable bursts of coughing followed whooping sounds. The coughing episodes can be so severe that they are followed by throwing up and physical exhaustion.
Convalescent Stage - Recovery from pertussis is gradual, with the coughing fits gradually tapering off over a two to three week period on average. Even in recovery, whooping cough patients are susceptible to other respiratory problems and distress.
Because it is caused by a bacterial infection, pertussis is treated with antibiotics, which are most effective in the early stages. Pediatricians and the CDC also recommend that parents be vigilant for signs of dehydration, ensuring that enough water and fluid, as well as small meals are consumed to minimize vomiting after coughing fits. Consult with a physician before using cough syrup and maintain as clean an environment as possible to minimize additional irritants to the throat and respiratory system.
Find a Pediatrician in Edison, NJ
For more information on the signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment options for whooping cough and other pediatric respiratory problems, contact 7 Days Pediatrics by calling (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician today. And our fax number is (732)906-3966.
The flu season is approaching us. Find out what to do if your little one gets the flu.
As fall approaches, it’s important that your little one is protected from the flu. With the flu season falling between December and March, it’s never a bad idea to turn to our Woodbridge, NJ, pediatricians, Dr. Nimisha Shukla, Dr. Aparna Bhamidipati and Dr. Jaishree Ramachandran, as soon as possible, so your little one can get a flu shot.
If they don’t get vaccinated and experience a nasty bout of the flu, find out what you can do.
Symptoms of the Flu
Here are the most common symptoms of the influenza virus:
- A sudden high fever
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
How to Treat the Flu
If your child has the flu, it can often make you feel a bit stressed out. How are you supposed to care for them? Should you visit your Woodbridge, NJ, children’s doctor? These are many questions that go through many parent’s heads. If your child is older than six months and is otherwise healthy, the flu can often be treated with rest and at-home measures:
- Make sure your child stays hydrated. Offer them small amounts of liquids throughout the day. These liquids should not contain caffeine.
- If your child has a sore throat, have them gargle with salt water. Sore throats can also be soothed with special teas or lozenges designed to target and ease pain.
- If your child has body aches or a fever they can take over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol or Advil. Aspirin should never be given to a child under the age of 16.
If your child’s symptoms don’t go away after five days or if symptoms get worse, then it’s time to visit us. Of course, it can be scary when your child gets sick, so if there are ever any symptoms or issues that concern you, never hesitate to call us.
7 Days Pediatrics in Woodbridge, NJ, is here for your child, for the urgent medical needs or the annually scheduled physical examination. Call us today!
Find out more about the germs that lurk in your child’s toys and how to keep them clean.
Does your little one love nothing more than playing with their toys in the bathtub, or do you come home from work to see coloring books and playthings scattered around the living room? You want your children to be able to have fun, but you also want to make sure that the things they are playing with aren’t covered in germs. Whether your child can’t get enough of their building blocks or their Barbies, follow these rules to effectively clean toys and prevent bacteria from spreading to your child.
Promote hand washing
One of the most important ways to keep germs at bay is to wash hands frequently and thoroughly. This means running hands under warm water with soap and scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds. Want to make it a more fun activity for your child while still keeping them germ-free? Tell them to sing the Happy Birthday song twice to know how long they should wash their hands.
This means taking a disinfecting cloth and wiping down all toys, play areas and surfaces. This also includes cleaning any toy chests or cabinets that your child touches regularly. Using a disinfecting wipe on play surfaces will ensure that you kill the germs on contact.
Opt for a HEPA filter
One of the best ways to help remove dust, pollen and germs from the air is with the help of an air filter, which removes about 99.7 percent of bacteria, dander and other common allergens from household air.
Toss toys in the wash
If your child enjoys playing with their stuffed animals, then chances are these well-loved items have been dragged just about everywhere, which means they are pretty germy. Stuffed animals should be tossed in the washing machine each week. This is an especially important task to perform each week during cold and flu season. Even though you can’t toss plastic toys in the washing machine you can still wash them in soapy water or use disinfecting cloths on board games and other items to remove bacteria.
Limit group play during flu season
While this might sound harsh at first, it doesn’t need to be. Sure, your little one can enjoy group activities here and there, but try and keep those activities to a minimum during months when cold and flu season are running rampant. When your child does get involved in group play dates during these months, be extra diligent to clean all toys and play areas both before and after playtime.
If you have any additional questions about how to properly disinfect your child’s toys, give us a call. We would be happy to discuss other ways you can keep your child safe, especially during cold and flu season.