Expert Pediatric Care in Plantation and Doral, Florida
Selecting a pediatric doctor can be one of the most difficult decisions a parent has to make. Your child’s health is paramount and you want to be sure that the professional you choose will have your son’s or daughter’s safety at heart.
Asthma is a common lung disease that affects many people including children worldwide. Symptoms of asthma may vary amongst everyone and may include breathlessness, chest pain, and/or wheezing. Knowing how to prevent and control “asthma attacks” before they happen is key for any patient.
We make sure to explain to our patients, their parents, and their caregivers, how to recognize asthma triggers. We also review steps to avoid triggers and how to better control asthma symptoms. You can always consult our team of experts to create a detailed treatment plan outlining what steps to take and how to prevent exacerbations.
The process of providing immunity or resistance to an infectious disease is called immunization. This process is often completed through the administration of vaccines. Vaccines can then in turn stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight off those infections or diseases.
Through the process of immunizations, the prevention of approximately three million deaths occur each year. Its cost-effectiveness, clearly defined target groups, and proven strategies make immunizations accessible to all groups of people. Consult our doctors and ensure that your child is always up-to-date with the immunization schedule.
Millions of people suffer from common allergies worldwide. Allergies occur when one’s immune system recognizes a foreign substance as “harmful” even though it’s not. These foreign substances can include: pollen, foods, dust, mold, etc. Symptoms of allergies can vary from person to person and are not limited to sinus inflammation, runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, digestive disruption, or even anaphylaxis (a life-threatening event).
Most allergies cannot be cured; however, the right management can help provide relief of symptoms. Treatments can include and are not limited to: medication therapy, immunotherapy (including allergy shots), and emergency management with use of injectable epinephrine.
Abdominal pain is often a very common finding in infants and younger children. Causes of pain can include a variety of symptoms including colic, constipation, food intolerance, or more serious concerns including appendicitis, urinary tract infections, and so forth. Management of abdominal pain varies with each child.
Before taking any steps, it’s best to talk with our team of experts to determine the cause of the abdominal pain and apply the appropriate treatment if indicated. We will help guide you in seeking the best care for your child.
Having a fever is a typical sign of an illness, but not necessarily a bad one. Fever actually shows that the body is trying to fight off the causes of infections.
Not all fevers should be acted on, especially if there are no other symptoms accompanying it. Parents and caregivers alike should track the temperature and act accordingly. Medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be given to children of a young age, but usually, the body should be able to fight the infection on its own. However, any fever above 100.4°F (38°C) requires immediate professional help and our pediatricians are here to provide it.
Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory tract condition that usually affects babies and children under the age of two. The majority of cases are mild and improve in 2-3 weeks without any particular treatment, whereas more severe cases result in hospitalization.
Treating bronchiolitis is based on prevention more than on the cure. Keeping the air fresh, having the child sit upright, and providing them with lots of fluids and a smoke-free environment are some of the things to do at home. If hospitalized, the child will benefit from the use of oxygen masks and nasal suction, while fed with a feeding tube if necessary. Consult your doctor for more information.
Conjunctivitis or Pinkeye is a common condition among children and adults, involving inflammation, redness, and swelling of the eyes. Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, viral, allergic, and chemical, and depending on the type, the incubation period may vary. It is spread through direct contact with the discharge from the infected eye, so taking good care of hygiene and sanitation is the number one priority.
Usually, the treatment includes the application of antibiotics, making conjunctivitis disappear in a matter of days. However, you should consult a professional pediatrician and inform yourself about possible treatment options.
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, oval-shaped pink tissues on both sides of your child’s throat, caused by an infection. There are several symptoms of tonsillitis, some of which include red and swollen tonsils, sore throat, white coating over the tonsils, fever, and painful swallowing.
If you notice any of the signs in your child, don’t hesitate to consult someone from our team of experts. Although some cases of tonsillitis may be resolves without treatment, certain cases have to be taken care of with surgery under the supervision of a general pediatric surgeon.
Common colds are contagious viral infections of the upper respiratory tract and are the most common condition occurring in children and adults. They are caused by viruses that attack the children’s immune system and provoke reactions such as a runny nose, sore throat, and breathing problems. They usually last up to a week, but more serious cases can last even longer.
The treatment for colds doesn’t include any special medication since children normally recover on their own and without any medication. If, however, you feel like the symptoms are not going away, contact us and we will make an appointment for a more detailed check-up.
Strep throat is a throat infection caused by streptococci, usually occurring in children older than three, but school kids and teens have it, too. The symptoms and signs to look out for are a sore throat, fever, and abdominal pain, sometimes followed by vomiting and headache as well.
We can provide you with an expert who will examine your child and look at its throat to check for traces of this bacteria. If the results are positive, your child will need to start taking an antibiotic. With proper medication, rest, and a lot of fluids, children recover from strep throat in a few days.
Flu or influenza is another common condition among all age groups. It’s usually caused by a respiratory virus, and it can rapidly be transferred from person to person. The symptoms include a sudden fever, sore throat, sleepiness, headaches and body aches, cough, and runny nose. Starting in the fall and ending in the spring, the flu season is the time to work on flu prevention.
The treatment for the flu assumes resting and taking a lot of fluids. If your child is feeling uncomfortable, including some ibuprofen can help alleviate the symptoms. In consultation with your pediatrician, you can start giving your child an antiviral antibiotic if necessary.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a condition that affects mostly infants and small children, but thanks to the pertussis vaccine, many have become immune to it. The illness is provoked by the pertussis bacteria which attacks the bronchi and bronchioles by causing their inflammation and making the airways narrower.
Although resembling a common cold for the first week or two, the cough becomes more severe, causing complications in the child’s condition and ending in more complicated illnesses such as pneumonia or seizures. Our team of pediatricians can provide your child with proper care and medication, so don’t hesitate to book an appointment and avoid further health complications.
An ear infection is usually caused by a viral infection or development of bacteria. In some cases, the middle ear becomes inflamed; it causes the fluid to build behind the child’s eardrum. Sometimes the Eustachian tubes become swollen as well.
Small children are more prone to ear infections than adolescents and adults because their ear passages are smaller, narrower, and shorter. Consulting a pediatrician is the best option because sometimes, the ear infection doesn’t have to be treated with antibiotics, and the child’s immune system can fight off the infection on its own.
The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, the bladder, and the ureters, while the genitals comprise the child’s reproductive organs. Generally, children are more prone to urinary tract infections simply because their bladders are smaller than the adults’, and they drink more water during the day.
Urinary infections are really painful, causing the child to urinate infrequently. Genital problems can vary in type and severity, so to be sure that everything is okay, you can book an appointment with someone from our team of pediatricians and make sure your child gets the proper care.
Generally, infections are caused by microscopic viruses and can make big problems for children and their health if not caught on time and properly treated. The types of viruses are different, ranging in severity and symptoms. Some of the most common infections in children include group B streptococcal infections, E-Coli infections, fungal diseases, and botulism, but no conclusions should be made without further testing.
Our team of experts can provide your child with proper tests and examinations with the help of modern pathology, making sure to eliminate all possible causes of the problem. Once the test results are available, our doctors will work with you to create an outline of the best treatment options.
Burns are injuries to the skin caused by heat, chemicals, radiation, or electricity. The first step in helping your child is recognizing the type of burn and knowing how to react accordingly. Based on the source of burns, they can be thermal, electrical, chemical, and radiation burns. Based on the severity of burns, they can be first degree, second degree, third degree, and fourth-degree burns.
Education about types and causes of burns can help parents and caregivers act quickly and help their children while at home. However, if you feel that your child needs professional care, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will provide them with proper examination and take care of everything else.
Obesity is becoming a major issue in the modern world, even for young children and adolescents. To be characterized as obese, the child has to have a BMI higher than 30 – Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing the child’s weight in kilograms with its height in meters.
There are many causes for obesity, but working on prevention by establishing a healthy diet and including regular physical activity are the number one priorities. Obesity can cause numerous chronic diseases and illnesses, so starting early and consulting an expert from our team of pediatricians is a good way to help your child.
- Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome includes a series of conditions that usually happen together, increasing the chances for heart diseases, diabetes, and stroke. These conditions are followed by high blood pressure, excess fat, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol levels.
- Weight Loss
Children who are established to have 10% more weight than they should are considered good candidates for the weight loss program. In consultation with a professional nutritionist, you can create a suitable plan for your child’s safe weight loss and weight control.
Diabetes is a serious metabolic disorder that affects a lot of children, adolescents, and adults worldwide. Everyone suffering from diabetes has high levels of sugar in their blood because their body is not capable of breaking it down normally. Type 1 and Type 2 are the most common forms of diabetes, but children are more often diagnosed with the first type.
If you are suspecting your child might have diabetes, symptoms to look out for include frequent urination, increased thirst and appetite, and considerable weight loss. Contact us today and book an appointment so we can run the necessary tests and rule out the possibility of diabetes. We will provide you with all the essential information and teach you how to behave in critical situations.
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