Stitches Vs. Staples Vs. Glue

Teddy bear with bandages in pediatrician's officeIf you have young children, chances are, they’ve taken a tumble at some point and ended up with a nasty gash. While this is normal child behavior, it can still be scary as a parent. There’s also a good chance your child has or will either require stitches, staples or glue to mend their wound. But what’s the difference among the three?

Stitches

Typically stitches are used for gaping cuts as the thread and needle sizes can be changed depending on the size of the wound.  If stitches are required, it’s important that they be removed within five to seven days to avoid scars. Many people are worried they will need a plastic surgeon to administer stitches; however, that is usually only suggested if the cut is on the eyelids, nostrils or lips.

 Staples

While staples may sound scary, they really aren’t that different from stitches. Usually used on scalp lacerations, staples are typically applied quicker than stitches, which can be helpful with a squirmy, scared child. It’s true that staples look hideous, but they will cause no discomfort for your child. Like stitches, it’s important they are removed in a timely manner to avoid scarring.

 Glue

Most often, glue is used on smaller shallow lacerations in areas of the body where they’re less likely to separate. Glue will never be used on knees, elbows, ankles or around the mouth. Because it can trap infection inside, glue should never be used on “dirty” wounds (such as after a bike wreck). Just like stitches and staples, a wound that has been glued can still result in a scar.

If your child has suffered a laceration serious enough for medical attention, consider taking him or her to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. Our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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Identifying Heart Disease In Children

iStock-489486064.jpgIt’s a known statistics that heart disease is a leading cause of death for adults, but most don’t realize there are several types of heart problems that affect children as well. These heart problems include congenital heart disease, viral infections and genetic syndrome-related heart disease. But how do you identify heart disease in children? First off, it depends on the type of disease. Below are the types of heart problems commonly affecting children and how they can be identified.

Congenital Heart Diease

Congenital heart disease ranks as the most common birth defect in the United States. With an estimated 40,000 cases each year, CHD affects nearly 1 in 100 babies. Usually, CHD involves an issue with the heart muscle or valves, including narrowing of the aortic valve or defects in the wall that separates the left and right sides of the heart. Symptoms of congenital heart disease in children include rapid breathing, swelling in legs, abdomen and area around the eyes, shortness of breath and flared nostrils.

Viral Infections

It’s not well known that viruses can affect heart health, but a viral infection can create inflammation in the heart muscle, which affects the ability of the heart to pump blood through the body. Heart problems caused by viral infections can be difficult to identify as symptoms are very similar to those caused by the flu, including fatigue, shortness of breath and chest discomfort.

Arrhythmias

An abnormal rhythm of the heart, known as an arrhythmia, may appear in children in the form of a fast heart rate, a slow heart rate, long Q-T syndrome or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Symptoms of a heart arrhythmia include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting and difficulty feeding.

If you believe your child may be suffering from heart disease, consider taking him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

Introducing Children To Exercise

Group of kids running over grass on a sunny dayEncouraging your child to participate in physical activities is a great way to get him or her familiar with exercise. In fact, studies show that when your child participates in various activities, he or she is less likely to experience an overuse injury. It is recommended that your child gets at least an hour of exercise each day. For children, this may appear in the form of running around or playing outdoors.

So how do you introduce your child to exercise? It depends on the age. What may work for a younger child might not be successful with a teenager.

 5 Years Old And Under

Team sports are a great way for young children to get involved in exercise. At this age, it’s important for sports to be fun and not a competition. Sports like soccer, basketball and T-ball are excellent for children five and under.

Ages 6 To 8 Years Old

As children get older, their skills progress and activities like gymnastics and riding a bike become easier. This is a great time to expose your child to a variety of physical activities so they can determine what’s the best fit.

Ages 9 to 14 Years Old

This is the age range where children gain better hand-eye coordination. They also tend to become more competitive at this age, so it’s OK to encourage competition, as long as it’s friendly. Discourage heavy weight lifting and encourage lighter strength training, such as stretchy tubes and bands.

Ages 15 And Up

At this age, children may begin to express interest in endurance activities, such as triathlons or marathons. It’s important for your child to focus on proper training to avoid injury. Continue to encourage your child to be active, which will help build a healthy foundation for exercise moving forward.

Continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog for more kid-friendly activities, healthy living tips and medical information. We love to make your life as a parent as easy as possible!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

4 Benefits Of Breathing Treatments For Children

Sick little boy makes inhalation mask for breathing at homeIf your child suffers from asthma or other respiratory issues, breathing treatments (also known as a nebulizer) can have great benefits. Nebulizers, which deliver liquid or aerosol medications that can help your child to breathe, are usually given via a mask or mouthpiece. So what exactly are the benefits of breathing treatments for children?

Medication Delivery

When a child needs mediation delivered directly to his or her lungs, a nebulizer is often used to deliver it. Systemic medications often take some time to pass through the gastrointestinal tract and into your child’s bloodstream. However, breathing treatments can help deliver medication directly to the respiratory tract.

Respiratory Problem Prevention

In some instances, nebulizers are used as prevention for respiratory problems. When taken on a daily basis, long-term bronchodilators can help keep the bronchial tubes open.

Few Side Effects

Unlike many other medications, nebulizer therapy creates fewer side effects than oral administration of the same medication. Oral medication often results in headaches, tremors and rapid heartbeat. Additionally, nebulizers can reduce side effects that are common to steroids, such as high blood pressure, high blood glucose and susceptibility to infection.

Easy To Use

Unlike inhalers, nebulizers require very little effort, with the treatment flowing continuously. Inhalers, on the other hand, require breathing in when the medication is released. Also, the new, smaller design of nebulizers makes them easy to carry around. Taking between five and 10 minutes to fully deliver a dose of medication, nebulizers are also fairly quick.

If you believe your child may be in need of breathing treatments, consider taking him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. We also have a highly-efficient setup to allow you and your child to get in and out in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.