What Do Chronic Sinus Infections Mean?

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It’s not news that sinus infections are no fun. If your child is suffering from one, he or she may be experiencing congestion, drainage down the throat, swelling around the eyes, ear pain, a sore throat, nausea, fatigue, aching in the upper jaw and teeth and more. If your child has suffered from inflamed and swollen sinuses for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment, he or she has chronic sinusitis.

But what do chronic sinus infections mean?

  • Nasal Polyps: Tissues that grow inside the nasal passage can block the sinuses from working correctly, causing an infection.
  • Deviated septum: If the wall between your child’s nostrils is crooked, it could block the sinus passages and create chronic sinusitis.
  • Allergies: Colds and other infections in your child’s respiratory tract can inflame and thicken the sinus membranes, blocking the drainage of mucus.
  • Respiratory Tract Infections: If your child has an infection in his or her respiratory tract, it can thicken the sinus membranes and block mucus drainage.
  • Other medical conditions: Any immune system-related diseases can cause chronic sinusitis for your child.

Diagnosing Chronic Sinusitis

To diagnose your child’s sinus problems, a doctor will feel his or her nose and face, then likely look inside their nose. A nasal endoscopy—a thin tube inserted through the nose to see inside the sinuses—is sometimes needed. Other ways to diagnose include CT or MRI scans, nasal cultures and allergy tests.

Treating Chronic Sinusitis

Any doctor will likely treat your child’s chronic sinus issues in the same way: saline nasal irrigation or antibiotics. The nasal spray will help reduce drainage and rinse out irritants, while an antibiotic can help with any bacteria. Other treatments include nasal corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids.

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If your child is suffering from chronic sinus infections, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric 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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When Are Breathing Treatments Needed?

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When a child has difficulty breathing as a result of illness or allergic reaction, it’s common that a physician will prescribe a breathing treatment for them. Helping to reduce swelling or inflammation in the lungs, breathing treatments are normally given as a nebulizer, meaning it sends the medication in vaporized form so the child can breathe it into his or her lungs.

So how do you know when your child will need breathing treatments?

Asthma

When an environmental stimulus forces the bronchioles of the lungs to tighten, asthma occurs, causing your child to have trouble moving air in and out of the lungs. This often results in wheezing and an increased breathing rate.

Croup

Typically the result of a virus, croup is a condition that forces the airways to narrow. Studies show that croup can often result from illnesses like parainfluenza or influenza. During croup, the small airways of the lungs swell causing noisy breathing called stridor.

Allergic reactions

If your child has a life-threatening allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, his or her breathing passage will swell to the point where breathing is a challenge.

Lung infections

Viral infections, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia are all lung infections that may require breathing treatments, depending on the severity of the infection.

Breathing treatments usually result in fast improvement of difficulty breathing. If you believe your child is in need of a breathing treatment, consider talking with a medical professional at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. One of our doctors will help you learn all of your treatment options and find what’s best for your child. Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is a kid-focused facility designed exclusively to care for children.

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 to Seek Help for your Child’s Digestive Trouble

iStock_000034696976_Large.jpgAs an adult, it’s obvious when someone is suffering from a legitimate digestive issue. Not only can they identify stomach pain, they also can determine what food causes this pain and avoid eating it. However, children who suffer from digestive trouble can be harder to diagnose. Because children are generally picky eaters, it’s tough to know what may be causing them problems.

Knowing when to seek medical care about your child’s digestive issues is important in getting him or her back on the road to recovery and a healthy diet.

  • If your child’s digestive issues include vomiting or diarrhea, always call your pediatrician or a local urgent care center immediately. While there are many illnesses that can result in these symptoms, any time your child has vomited more than once, you notice blood or bile in their vomit or they can’t keep down liquids, you should call a doctor.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, constipation can also be means for a doctor visit. Symptoms of constipation include abdominal pain, cramping of the stomach, painful bowel movements and obvious blockage of bowel movement.
  • Severe abdominal pain that is accompanied by bloating, cramping, nausea or general discomfort should be observed by a doctor, especially if it occurs for more than two weeks.
  • Pickier-than-normal eating is a major sign for concern. Because you know your child’s likes and dislikes, you should be able to pick up on increased food avoidance. Telltale signs of diet issues include difficulty gaining weight, heartburn after meals and abdominal pain.

If you think your child may be suffering from digestive trouble, it’s a good idea to get him or her checked out to be safe. For a full medical evaluation, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check in to avoid the waiting room.

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.

5 Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas

SchoolLunchChildhood obesity is a growing problem in America, more than doubling in children and quadrupling in adolescents over the past 30 years. Children who are obese have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and bone and joint problems. By showing your children how to make healthy food choices, you can help them maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Here are a few quick, easy and healthy lunches that your kids are sure to love. 

  1. Healthy Pizza Bagels: We all remember the pizza bagels we ate as a kid, but they aren’t the healthiest option when it comes to school lunches. Try making your own at home with a bagel, pizza sauce, grated cheese and various diced up vegetables.
  2. DIY Lunchables: Kids love the variety that Lunchables offer, so create a healthier option from home. Buy some silicone liners to keep everything separated and include an array of lunch meat, crackers and cheese.
  3. Caprese Kabobs: Spear cherry tomatoes, diced mozzarella cheese and basil with a miniature skewer and serve with a side of balsamic dressing.
  4. Quesadillas: You can never go wrong with this Mexican food classic. Melt cheddar cheese in between two flour tortillas in a pan. You can also include protein with chicken or add vegetables such as spinach or mushrooms.
  5. Breakfast for Lunch: Add variety to your kids’ brown bag by packing breakfast for lunch. Include classics like Greek yogurt, hardboiled eggs, turkey bacon and a banana.

If you’re looking for healthier meal options for your family, visit your closest Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert who can help. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. And, by utilizing the online check in, you can avoid the waiting room and be seen immediately.

Keeping Kids Safe During Ice and Snow

iStock_000049468982_Large.jpgWith snow days, outdoor ice skating and snowball fights, winter can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for children. Winter is also a popular time of year to go skiing, snowboarding and sledding. And while it’s great for kids to get outdoors and play during the cold months, there are specific precautions that should be taken to avoid a trip to the emergency room.

  • Dress Appropriately: This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s important that your children are properly covered before stepping outside. Wool is one of the most effective fabrics during winter. Also, waterproof pants and jackets are ideal top layers as they prevent wetness. Warm socks and boots are also key to keeping feet dry.
  • Practice Sports Safety: When it comes to winter sports, helmets are essential. For children on a snowmobile, playing ice hockey, snowboarding or skiing, wearing protective gear such as a helmet can prevent serious head injuries.
  • Track the Temperature: Children should never be allowed to play outdoors once the temperature falls below -17 degrees Fahrenheit or when the wind chill is -18.4 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Walk Carefully: When walking in snow or on ice, children should wear shoes or boots that will grip appropriately. Tell them to keep their hands out of their pockets in case they begin to slip and need their arms for balance. Before walking on potentially slick areas, test them out by tapping your foot on the space. Lastly, make sure your child takes small, shuffled steps when walking on slick surfaces.

By following a few helpful tips, your child can enjoy the wintertime injury free. In the case that your child does suffer an injury, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.