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    What Is Mononucleosis?

    Last updated 20 days 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.

    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.

    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 27 days ago

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    What Happens During an X-Ray?

    Last updated 27 days 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.  

    Looking at Mononucleosis

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Mononucleosis, or mono, is a virus to which all segments of the population can be vulnerable. This video discusses how mono spreads and who is most at risk for it.

    Mono is a highly contagious condition, as it takes only a cough or kiss for it to pass from one person to the next. Once infected, a person can show a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, rash, fever, and extreme fatigue. Parents should note that younger children tend to experience more mild symptoms than teens. No cure currently exists for mononucleosis, but parents should contact their pediatricians upon noticing the symptoms of mono. Medication and rest typically provide the best means to recovery.

    Do you suspect that your child has mono? If so, call Pediatrics After Hours at (214) 363-7242 to learn more about our Dallas, Garland, and Plano locations. 

    Reducing Burn Risk for Your Child

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The spark of a match or touch of an oven can provide enough heat to cause a burn and warrant a trip to urgent pediatric care. As a parent, though, you can greatly reduce the chances that your child may suffer a burn injury. By covering many of the common circumstances in which children often incur burns, the following tips can help you prevent these types of disfiguring, painful, and potentially deadly accidents.

    Remove Combustibles
    Children can become curious about items that you may label as dangerous. Matches, lighters, and fireworks are just a few of the many combustible items that parents may keep in the home, so if you house any of these objects, you may want to consider moving them to a locked cabinet. If possible, remove them entirely from your home, as some older children may yet be able to locate and open locked or less accessible rooms and storage spaces.

    Monitor Kitchen Activities
    Fire is not the only cause of burns. Hot appliances, boiling water, and steam can also damage the skin and produce pain. Unfortunately, the kitchen is a room in which many children suffer burns because of unattended ovens and pots. Therefore, if you intend to use the kitchen for any cooking or baking activities, never allow your child to be in the room without supervision. It takes only a moment for a small hand to touch a hot stove or tip over a pan and suffer a serious burn.

    Keep Working Alarms
    As careful as you might be regarding specific household items that can lead to burns, you may still experience a home fire that can put your entire family at risk for injury. To ensure that you and your loved ones can quickly and safely exit your house in the event of a fire, have working alarms in multiple rooms. You should also discuss with your family the actions to take should the alarms ever signal.

    Pediatrics After Hours offers swift medical treatment for many urgent healthcare matters, including burns. We also provide multiple locations in Dallas, Garland, and Plano for the convenience of our patients. Call us today at (214) 363-7242 to speak with a representative about our services and staff. 

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