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    How Doctors Assess Levels of Pain in Children

    Last updated 3 days ago

    If your child is suffering pain, it may feel like you’re in pain as well. For a doctor to provide effective treatment, it’s important for him to determine precisely how much pain your child is in. Since many young children either overreact to injuries or have trouble articulating their feelings, assessing pain can be difficult.

    Doctors often ask children to rate their pain on a scale from 1-10, or to point to a picture that best describes their pain. If the child can’t speak, the doctor will determine the child’s level of pain by examining his or her motor responses and behavior patterns. Another way to assess pain is to measure the child’s blood pressure and pulse and make note of changes.

    If you suspect that your child is suffering pain beyond that of a simple boo-boo, bring him or her to Pediatric After Hours. You can call us at (214) 363-7242 to set up an appointment or visit one of our locations for pediatric urgent care. We have pediatric offices in Dallas, Garland, and Plano. 

    Common Questions about Children and Colds

    Last updated 10 days ago

    As a parent, you probably get somewhat nervous every time your child comes down with any sort of ailment. While it’s important to be vigilant about your child’s health, you should keep in mind that colds are usually harmless. Below are the answers to common questions about colds. If your child has cold symptoms for more than a couple weeks, or if he has a fever of more than 102 degrees, consider taking him to see a pediatrician. 

     How many colds do young children get?

    It’s easy for parents to feel alarmed when their children start coughing and sniffling—especially if it happens fairly often. However, getting colds is just a part of childhood. Children have relatively new immune systems, and are thus more susceptible to colds than adults. Most children have between eight and ten colds during their first two years.

    How are colds treated?

    Though it may be difficult, the best way to treat a cold is to let it run its course. Once your child shows classic cold symptoms—such as coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose—make sure he or she drinks plenty of water and gets plenty of rest. You might give your child an Ibuprofen if he or she feels uncomfortable. Take your child to a pediatrician if he or she has difficulty breathing, suffers ear pain, or has a cough that lasts for more than one week.

    What’s the best way to prevent colds?

    The best way to protect your child from colds is to keep him or her away from infected children. It’s a good idea to teach your child to cough and sneeze into his or her arm. Proper and frequent hand washing can also help prevent your child from spreading colds to others.

    The pediatricians at Pediatrics After Hours have the experience, skill, and bedside manner necessary to successfully treat your child. We’ve been helping children recover from all kids of illnesses since 2007. Call our Dallas pediatric office at (214) 363-7242 to speak with a representative. 

    What Is Mononucleosis?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Has your child been battling a sore throat? Does he complain of fatigue or fever? If his symptoms do not dissipate on their own after a few days, your child might be exhibiting the signs of mononucleosis. This condition, which can pass through bodily fluids, often affects children and teens.

    Cause
    Mono is a virus. However, unlike other viruses that quickly make their presence known, mono can take up to a month to manifest symptoms in sufferers. As a result, it can become difficult to identify the point of transmission if your child is diagnosed with this condition. Because the virus spreads through bodily fluids, saliva passed via a sneeze, kiss, or cough may be to blame for your child’s mono infection.

    Warning Signs
    Some parents might initially consider their children’s symptoms to be the signs of a cold. Yet while a cold may clear up in a matter of days, mono can last for several weeks. Given that it can lead to serious side effects such as spleen enlargement, parents should not wait to seek medical assistance should their children exhibit warning signs for more than a few days. Though symptoms can be diverse, many children with mono become excessively tired, suffer from headaches, experience high fevers, and display skin rashes.

    Care
    A pediatrician can make a definitive diagnosis of mono through blood work and an examination. No prescription drugs are currently available that can immediately rid mono from the body, but a combination of over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes can speed the healing process. If your child is normally active, he must refrain from his usual pastimes for a few weeks. Contact sports also increase the risk of spleen rupture, increasing the importance of long-term rest. The intake of fluids can also alleviate the throat discomfort that can accompany this condition.

    Do you have more questions about mono? The medical professionals at Pediatrics After Hours are here to help. We offer mono treatment at each of our Plano, Garland, and Dallas locations. To schedule an appointment, call (214) 363-7242.

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    Last updated 1 month ago

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    What Happens During an X-Ray?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    An X-ray is a painless, noninvasive imaging test that a pediatrician may order in certain circumstances, such as when a patient is experiencing chest pain. An X-ray can provide pictures of the denser structures in the body, such as the ribs, so that pediatricians can learn more about their form and function.

    The time it takes to perform an X-ray is very short. In most cases, the imaging process requires just a few minutes. The patient might wear a robe prior to undergoing this procedure, or he may need to remove his shirt. After the patient is put into position, the X-ray machine emits a brief burst of radiation, which allows the film to captures images of the internal organs. X-ray imaging is a common and completely safe part of the diagnosing process for many pediatric urgent care facilities.

    Pediatrics After Hours offers extremity and chest X-ray services for patients residing in the greater Garland, Dallas, and Plano regions. For more information about how X-rays work, call us at (214) 363-7242. You can also browse our website for additional details on our pediatricians and urgent care options.  



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