Posts for: October, 2018
Even though you try as hard as possible to keep your child safe while they are playing sports, accidents still happen. At these moments, it’s important that you know whether these are injuries that can easily be treated from the comfort of your own home or whether you need to turn to a pediatrician for proper medical attention.
Pediatricians have seen a lot of sports-related injuries over the years and while we also focus as much of our attention on prevention, we know the importance of being able to get immediate and comprehensive care when your child does sustain an injury.
Common sports-related injuries include:
- Dislocations (particularly in the shoulder)
- Traumatic injuries (this includes cuts, sprains and strains, and broken bones)
- Stress fractures
- Tendinitis (often in the hand or wrist)
When a dislocation happens many times it is accompanied by an audible popping sound at the moment that the injury occurred. This unnerving sound is often followed by sudden and intense pain. It’s important that you turn to a pediatrician who can put the shoulder or any other area of the body back in place. The joints of a child’s body are looser than adults, so it makes shoulders and other areas more prone to dislocations.
Minor cuts, sprains, and strains can often be handled with at-home care. In most cases, the RICE method is a great way to ensure that your child gets the rest they need to heal properly and to stay off of the injury until it fully heals. Icing and elevating the injured area can also reduce pain and swelling. Of course, if you suspect that your child has a broken bone, this will need to be evaluated by a medical professional right away.
Children who are serious or long-term athletes are more likely to experience overuse injuries. These injuries occur over time rather than suddenly and they are often the result of performing repetitive movements. Overuse injuries include stress fractures and tendinitis. If your child feels pain whenever they move a certain area of the body or if they notice pain or swelling in a certain area it’s important that they get checked out.
Wearing a helmet is crucial for protecting your child’s head while playing sports. Of course, if your child has received a blow to the head and is experiencing dizziness, fatigue, frequent or severe headaches or just seems out of sorts it’s crucial that you bring them in right away to see if they’ve incurred a concussion.
When in doubt, pick up the phone and talk to a pediatrician about your child’s injuries and symptoms. They will be able to determine whether or not they should come in for proper care.
Be able to spot the symptoms of both so that you know when it’s time to visit your Rochester, NY pediatrician.
While the common cold rarely requires a trip to your children’s doctor, it can be challenging to know whether the symptoms they are experiencing are just that of a cold or whether it’s the flu. Even though a cold will go away on its own, the flu sometimes requires medical care and medication to manage your child’s symptoms. Your Rochester, NY pediatrician can help you be able to spot the differences for yourself.
Here are some common factors of both the cold and flu and how they differ:
Onset of illness: If your child seems to have suddenly come down with an illness practically overnight, this is more likely to be the flu. The common cold will often gradually appear before it becomes full-blown.
Fever: Children with a cold will often present with no fever or a very mild one, while children with the flu will often have a high fever. If your child has a fever it can be rather disconcerting. Don’t hesitate to call your Rochester, NY children’s doctor right away to see if they need immediate care.
Body aches: If your child has the flu one of the trademark symptoms are muscle aches. This symptom is not a sign of a cold.
Energy levels: A child with a cold may still seem to have some energy, while a child suffering from the flu will most likely be dealing with extreme exhaustion or malaise.
From these symptoms alone you may be able to determine whether your child has the cold or flu. Of course, symptoms aren’t always so cut and dry. If you are concerned that your child may be dealing with the flu, it’s a good idea to call their doctor. There are other health issues such as pneumonia that also present with similar symptoms, so it’s always a good idea to play it safe when your child is sick and seek medical attention if your child’s symptoms get worse or if they are indicative of the flu.
If you are concerned that your child may have the flu, or if your little one has a fever, it’s important that they get the proper medical attention they need. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to your child’s health. Don’t let the flu ruin your child’s health.
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