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Wylie, TX 75098
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By Nicole Lanman
October 08, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Appendicitis  

Truth is, anyone with an appendix can get appendicitis—even our children. Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the hollow, finger-shaped organ attached to the end of the large intestine. If left untreated, an inflamed appendix can rupture, leading to a lengthy hospital stay for complications including abdominal infection and bowel obstruction.  

When your child complains of stomach pain, consult your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and to ensure the health of your child. Since appendicitis is potentially life-threatening, it is important to understand the symptoms so that you can spot appendicitis in your child. In order of appearance, the symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fever

Unfortunately, symptoms of appendicitis might also be hidden by a viral or bacterial infection that preceded it. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever may appear before the typical pain of appendicitis, which makes the diagnosis much more difficult.

Your child’s discomfort might also disappear, which will persuade you that they are better. However, this disappearance of pain could also mean that the appendix has just broken open or ruptured. The pain might leave for several hours, but this is the moment when appendicitis becomes dangerous, making it more important than ever to visit your pediatrician for immediate care for your child.

Treatment

When your pediatrician diagnoses your child with appendicitis, surgery is usually needed as soon as possible. Surgically removing the appendix is usually the treatment of choice, as it is important to eliminate the inflamed appendix before it bursts.  

While most children with abdominal pain do not have appendicitis, you can never be too safe when it comes to the health of your child. Visit your pediatrician for further diagnosis of this serious problem and to take the next steps toward a healthy child.

 

When:         Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where:        Wylie Office:  501 Woodbridge Pkwy, Wylie, TX 75098     

Who:            All existing patients of Pediatric Associates of Wylie and Lovejoy Pediatrics and their parents.  

What to Bring:  To expedite your visit, click HERE to download and complete the Influenza Questionnaire. If applicable, click HERE to download the Parent Information Form.  Please print & bring completed forms with you.  No appointment necessary, first come, first service.

When:         Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where:        Wylie Office:  501 Woodbridge Pkwy, Wylie, TX 75098         

Who:            All existing patients of Pediatric Associates of Wylie and Lovejoy Pediatrics and their parents.  No appointment necessary.  First  come, first service.

What to Bring:  To expedite your visit, click HERE to download and complete the Influenza Questionnaire. If applicable, click HERE  to download the Parent Information Form.  Please print & bring completed forms with you.

By Nicole Lanman
September 18, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Sore Throats  

Child with Sore ThroatIn infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period. During this period, your child may develop a fever, but they generally are not very sick. 

It is not uncommon to experience a sore throat when your child has a cold or the flu. Unfortunately, there are other reasons for sore throats to develop that may be symptomatic of more serious problems.  Children tend to have sore throats more often than adolescents or adults, with sore throats being the most common during the winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent. 

The major cause of a sore throat is an infection, whether it is viral or bacterial, and can also be caused by allergies and environmental conditions. If your child has a sore throat that lasts longer than the typical five to seven day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, it is important to contact your local pediatrician. The following are signs and symptoms to alert you to take your child to the pediatrician:

  • Severe and prolonged sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Joint pain
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Fever that is over 101 degrees
  • Frequent recurring sore throat
  • Lump in the neck
  • Hoarseness lasting over two weeks

At the first onset of a sore throat it is always important to monitor the progress and recognize any other symptoms that may accompany the sore throat, which could cause it to worsen into strep throat, inflamed tonsils, or laryngitis. Contact your pediatrician if your child is experiencing a sore throat that won’t go away. Your pediatrician will help diagnose and treat your child’s symptoms. 

September 2019 Wylie Office Flu Clinic Dates

When:        Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m

                   Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where:       WYLIE OFFICE ONLY:  501 Woodbridge Pkwy, Wylie, TX 75098   

Who:          All existing patients of Pediatric Associates of Wylie and Lovejoy Pediatrics and their parents.

What to Bring:  To expedite your visit, click HERE to download and complete the Influenza Questionnaire. If applicable, click HERE to download the Parent Information Form.  Please print & bring completed forms with you.





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