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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
December 23, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Asthma  

You must have a pediatrician that can provide your child with the asthma treatment they need.
 

Has your child been wheezing and having trouble catching their breath? If so, they could be dealing with asthma. Your child must visit our Nashville, TN, pediatricians for an evaluation if you notice the warning signs of asthma. If your child has already been diagnosed with asthma, our team of pediatricians can provide you with a treatment plan that addresses their symptoms.
 

How do you manage childhood asthma?
 

Since asthma is a chronic condition, no medication can cure this problem but there are ways for our Nashville, TN, pediatricians to get your child’s symptoms under control. It’s important to talk with your doctor about specific treatment goals. For example, you may want to reduce the number of times your child needs their fast-acting inhaler, or you may want to reduce the number of sick days your child has to take from school. Discuss these goals with your pediatrician before creating your treatment plan.
 

Here are some things you will need to manage your child’s asthma,
 

  • Create a detailed Asthma Action Plan with your child’s doctor. This plan will include a list of your child’s medication and doses, what triggers their asthma, recording of regular peak flow measurements, and emergency contacts.
  • Know your child’s asthma triggers, which can help to reduce exposure. Common asthma triggers include smoke, cold air, stress, exercise, pet dander, and outdoor allergens.
  • The best way to reduce inflammation of the airways is by making sure that your child is taking their asthma medication every day, exactly as directed. More than likely, they will receive two types of medications: a long-term controlling medication and a fast-acting medication. The long-term inhaler is used daily to keep inflammation down, while a fast-acting inhaler is only used when symptoms of an attack flare-up.
     

Here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County, our goal is to make sure that your child always gets the proper treatment and care they need from our Nashville, TN, pediatricians. If you want to discuss your child’s asthma treatment options, give us a call today at (615) 329-3595.


By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
December 21, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Broken Bone  
Does My Child Have a Broken Bone?Accidents happen. Perhaps your child hurt themselves falling off their bike or taking a rough tumble down the stairs. In these instances, the first thing you’ll probably do is check your child over for bumps, bruises, and possibly broken bones. It’s important to recognize whether your child could be dealing with a broken bone so that you can bring them in to see their pediatrician right away.
 
The warning signs of a broken bone include,
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • A popping or snapping sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • Trouble straightening out the limb or affected area
  • Unable to put weight on the area
  • Limited range of motion or unable to move normally
If the bone is visible through the skin, you must call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room for care. If there is no bone visible but your child is still experiencing the symptoms above, then call your pediatrician right away. This problem should be treated on the very same day by your child’s doctor.
 
The most common fractures that we see in kids often affect the bones of the elbows, ankles, and wrists. Falling off monkey bars and other injuries on the playground are incredibly common and can lead to wrist and elbow fractures.
 
How is a broken bone treated?

First, your pediatrician will run X-rays to determine the location and severity of the break. Your doctor will place a splint or cast around the broken bone to provide support and stabilization and to restrict certain movements that could impede healing.
 
Your doctor may also recommend certain exercises that your child should do at home every day to help ease symptoms such as pain, limited mobility, and swelling. Your doctor may also refer your child to a pediatric orthopedist for physical therapy, depending on the type and extent of the injury. You will also need to bring your child back into the office in a few weeks to see how the broken bone is healing.
 
A broken bone is considered a serious injury. If your child is displaying symptoms of a broken bone, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician right away for a consultation.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
December 03, 2020
Category: Child Health
Signs of a Pediatric UTIA urinary tract infection isn’t just something that happens to adults. Children can also develop UTIs. Since children are more likely to suffer from kidney damage as a result of a UTI you must see your pediatric doctor right away if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Signs and symptoms include,
  • Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • A decreased output of urine
  • Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
  • Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
  • Younger children may cry when urinating
  • Wetting the bed
We know that infants and young children can’t tell us what hurts and where, so we have to look for other signs that they could be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Young children may have a fever, loose stools, refuse to eat, and be more irritable than usual. When they wet their diaper, you may notice that the urine smells strong or bad.
 
Diagnosing UTIs in Children

If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
 
Treating Childhood UTIs

It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.
 
It’s also important that your child continues to take their medication even if they start to feel better (do not stop the medication). If symptoms do not improve within three days, or if they get worse, you must call your pediatrician immediately.
 
Our pediatrics team is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need, whenever they are dealing with everything from a fever or stomach upset to a UTI. If your child develops a UTI, talk to your pediatrician right away.