Identifying Allergies In Infants

iStock-504046036.jpgIt’s easy to know when an older child is suffering from allergies because they can tell you themselves. However, it can be much more difficult to diagnose allergies in infants. In fact, many parents will misidentify allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose or upset stomach, as a cold or simply a fussy baby.

So how can you tell if your infant is suffering from allergies or a cold?

  • Thin, watery nasal discharge may indicate allergies, while a runny nose accompanied by cloudy nasal discharge and a fever is likely to be a cold.
  • Difficulty getting rid of a cough can be symptomatic of allergies. Because the muscles of an infant’s airways have spasms and swell when he or she is suffering from allergies, it can lead to a dry hacking cough. This can easily be misdiagnosed as a lower respiratory tract infection, so it’s important to note other symptoms your infant is experiencing with this.
  • Although newborns are prone to rashes, they usually stop around 2 or 3 months of age, which is around the same time allergic rashes tend to appear. Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common allergic rash. This is a red, scaly rash that usually appears on the cheeks, torso, arms and legs of babies.
  • Although a virus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gassiness, these can also be symptoms of allergies. If your infant has an environmental allergy, he or she may swallow phlegm, which can irritate the stomach.

If you believe your infant is suffering from allergy symptoms, consider a skin moisturizer for rashes or an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, for other symptoms. If symptoms persist, consider taking him or her to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics 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 Pets

iStock-185069852.jpgGetting a new pet can be an exciting time for the whole family. Whether it’s a cat, dog or hamster, children love gaining a new family member. But introducing your child to the new pet can be a challenge. It’s important to educate yourself on the best way to bring a new animal into the family–for both your child and the pets.

Always Be Around

When first introducing a new pet into the family, you should be present any time your child is around the dog, cat, etc. While it’s OK to stay in the background, you should be able to observe what’s going on at all times.

Teach Personal Space

It’s important that your child is respectful of your pet’s personal space. Even the nicest animal can snap when it feels threatened. Your child should know to never bother your pet when he or she is eating, chewing a bone, etc. Also, let your child know what signs of aggression look like.

Lead By Example

One of the best ways your child can learn how to treat animals is by seeing what you do. Show compassion and patience with your new pet and your child will follow. This is also a great way for your child to learn how to properly care for an animal.

Adopt Don’t Shop

While that perfect cute puppy or kitten may be tempting, remember there are more animals in shelters than you could even imagine. Consider taking your child to the local animal shelter or rescue group facility so you can save a life together. Not only is this a great thing to do for your pet, but it’s a great lesson for your child as well.

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.

Foreign Body Removal Services

iStock-471774748.jpgWhile you’d like to keep an eye on your child at all times, it’s just not possible. There will be times they sneak out of sight. If your child has managed to place a foreign body in his or her ear, nose or airway, don’t panic.

It should be noted that if your child has a battery in their ear, nose or throat, they should be taken to an emergency room immediately. It’s important that a medical professional removes the battery as soon as possible.

Foreign bodies in the ear: If your child has managed to force an object in the ear canal, it’s possible there may be pain in the ear accompanied by redness or drainage. Your child may also experience difficulty hearing. Unless the object is very easily removable, a medical professional should be the one to remove it. If the object in the ear is metal, a magnet may be used to remove it. Your child’s ear may be doused with water to fully clean it.  A machine may also be used to suction the object out.

Foreign bodies in the nose: Foreign bodies in the nose are often removed the same way as those in the ear. In some instances, sedation is needed to remove the object successfully. Your child’s doctor may prescribe nose drops or antibiotic ointments to avoid infection.

Foreign bodies in the airway: In most cases, this is a very serious situation, especially if the foreign object is completely blocking the airway. In some instances, surgery is needed to remove the object. If your child is still talking and breathing, but showing other symptoms, he or she should still be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.

If your child has placed a foreign body in his or her ear, nose or airway, it’s important a medical professional sees them. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified in pediatrics 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.

4 Activities for Spring Break

iStock-587950220.jpgWhen kids are home for spring break, it can be a challenge to keep them busy and entertained.  While it may be tempting to hand your child a video game controller or TV remote control and let him or her be a couch potato for the entire week, there are a number of activities you can have your child participate in to keep them healthy and happy.

Take a trip

One of the best ways to keep kids busy during spring break is to get them in a new environment. Perhaps you rent a lake house for the week so your child can spend his or her time fishing, hiking, etc. Or consider taking your family on a ski trip so your child can enjoy their week exercising on the slopes.

Put together a field trip day

If you’re staying put for the week, try to schedule a fun field trip day for your child and a friend. Perhaps it’s visiting a science museum or an arboretum, whatever you choose, try to find something that’s got an educational component to it so your child can keep his or her brain active during the break.

Cook together

One day, have your child help you cook dinner. Use this time to teach your child about healthy eating and how recipes work. Not only will you get a little help with dinner, but your child will learn valuable information about being healthy.

Organize a neighborhood game

If your child loves playing sports, organize a neighborhood game of kickball, dodge ball, chase, etc. Keep the game casual and not competitive, but give the neighborhood kids a chance to get their energy out and socialize at the same time.

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.