What to Expect at a Sports Physical

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Whether in middle school or high school, every student athlete is required to have a sports physical before their season can begin. While sports physicals may seem unnecessary, they are crucial to ensure your child is healthy enough to participate in a sport. If your child is nervous about the sports physical and unsure what to expect, you may be able to ease their mind with the following information.

The Basics

Each doctor is different, but every physician will want to record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and heart rate. He or she will then take a look at your child’s eyes, ears, nose and throat. You should take this time to fill the doctor in on any recent hospitalizations or surgeries your child’s had since he or she was last seen.

Family History

If you are visiting a new doctor, he or she will want to know about any serious illnesses within your immediate family. Diseases that are known to be hereditary, such as heart disease and diabetes, are especially important to note.

Medications

Make sure you let you child’s doctor know of any medication he or she is currently taking. You should note even something as minor as a daily vitamin or aspirin.

Your child’s doctor will likely offer training tips to keep him or her healthy and active the entire season. It’s important to remember that a sports physical focuses on your child’s well being as it relates to sports and does not substitute an annual physical.

If your child is in need of a back-so-school physical, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

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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3 Benefits Of A Kid-Friendly Urgent Care

 

pediatric doctor examining little patientOne of the things we love most about children is their adventurous spirit; however, it can also make them extremely accident-prone. When accidents happen, quick medical attention is crucial. Urgent care facilities can be a great alternative to a hospital or pediatrician, which can take days to get into.

Kid-friendly urgent care facilities, like Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, are designed exclusively to meet the needs of children. Children’s urgent care clinics are staffed with pediatric-trained staff that knows exactly what your child needs. Your child will feel completely at home too with plenty of toys, sticker collections and a clinic design that is geared toward children.

Urgent care facilities are often preferred over hospitals and general physicians because the wait is typically much shorter. Most pediatric urgent care facilities have an average wait time of 30 minutes, so a sick or injured child won’t have to sit around.

If you live in Dallas and are in search of a pediatric urgent care facility, consider checking out Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have six locations throughout the DFW area with facilities open from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays (Plano weekdays 3pm to 10pm) and 11:30am to 8pm on weekends.

Since 1986, we have been dedicating ourselves to providing best-in-class care in a wide range of pediatric specialties. Our services include:

  • Strep, flu, urine, RSV and mono testing
  • X-rays
  • Lab services (on site and referral)
  • IV fluids
  • Fracture care and splinting
  • Laceration repair (stitches, staples and glue)
  • Sports and camp physicals
  • Breathing treatments
  • Urine catheterization
  • Removal of foreign bodies from nose, ears and skin

If your child is suffering from a non-life threatening illness or injury, 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.

When Are X-Rays Needed?

DSC_4858Used for decades as a way to help doctors see inside the human body without the need for an incision, X-rays can help doctors diagnose, monitor and treat a number of medical conditions. For children, X-rays can be unknown and scary. If your child is in need of an imaging test, it’s best if you can explain what’s happening beforehand to help alleviate fears. Here are some important facts that you can share with your child before he or she gets an X-ray.

Why Are X-rays Performed?

Doctors may recommend an X-ray if they need to examine an area where your child is experiencing pain, monitor the progression of a disease or see how well a prescribed treatment is working. There are a number of other conditions that may require an X-Ray as well, including:

  • Bone cancer
  • Enlarged heart
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Conditions affecting the lungs
  • Digestive issues
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Tooth decay
  • Retrieval of a swallowed foreign object

How Should Your Child Prepare for an X-ray?

Because X-rays are fairly standard procedures, there aren’t any special steps to take for preparation in most cases. If your child’s doctor is examining an area that may be restricted by clothing, your child should wear loose, comfortable clothing. In some instances, your child may be asked to wear a hospital gown. A lead apron may be worn to protect him or her from radiation during the X-ray process.

How Is an X-ray Performed?

Your child will be directed by a technician, who will let him or her know how to position themselves to make sure the X-ray comes out clearly. Your child may be asked to lie, sit or stand in a variety of positions, depending on the area that needs to be examined. It’s important that your child remain still while the images are being taken for the clearest images possible.

If your child is in need of an imaging test, consider taking him or her to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.