- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
When your child has asthma, the airways and lungs become inflamed easily once exposed to specific triggers like pollen or dust mites, or when battling some kind of respiratory infection. Asthma in children could result in intensely worrisome symptoms daily that interfere with sleep, play, school, and sports.
In some kids, uncontrolled asthma could result in potentially fatal asthma attacks. In addition, childhood asthma isn’t curable and symptoms could persist, on and off for some, into adulthood. With proper management, however, you can help your child manage their symptoms and prevent further damage to their still-developing lungs.
Besides working with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or Dr. Roman Criollo, your pediatricians here at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, to manage childhood asthma, these practical guidelines for avoiding your child’s asthma triggers can help prevent dangerous attacks:
- Limit your child’s exposure to triggers. Explain to your child why they need to avoid their triggers, whether it be pet dander, pollen, dust mites, or others. Help and teach them how to avoid these allergens.
- Make asthma management a routine part of daily life. If your child needs to take asthma medicines daily, don’t fuss over it; it must be as normal as brushing teeth.
- Keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Make sure to have a professional check and maintain your heating and air conditioning system annually. Change your air conditioner and furnace filters according to the instructions of the manufacturer and consider outfitting your ventilation system with a particle filter.
- Visit your pediatrician whenever necessary. Don’t ignore warning signs that may indicate your child’s asthma isn’t as controlled as it should be. Keep in mind that asthma could change over time, so check in with your child’s pediatrician in Jacksonville, FL, as needed to keep your child’s asthma symptoms in check.
- Encourage physical activity. Regular physical activity could help your child’s lungs function more efficiently, considering that their asthma is properly managed.
- Make sure your child has a detailed asthma action plan. This plan should be created with your child’s pediatrician, understood by your child, and shared with relevant people, including your child’s close family members, teachers, care providers, family friends, and coaches. Keep a copy of the plan with your child at all times, especially when they’re younger. Observing your child’s asthma action plan could aid you and your child in identifying symptoms as early as possible and provide vital details on treating symptoms from day to day as well as dealing with an attack.
For More Help in Managing Your Child’s Asthma, Call Us
Dial (904) 446-9991 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or Dr. Roman Criollo here at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL.
To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.
What do immunizations do?
Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.
Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.
We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.
If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.
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