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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
January 20, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Tetanus Shot  
Tetanus ShotAll children need to get a tetanus shot. When we think of tetanus we often think of rusty nails; however, this bacterium isn’t just found on rusty metal items, it also lives in soil and dirt. If bacteria come in contact with a wound or opening in the skin this can lead to a serious infection. If your child, like many, enjoys running around outside barefoot, they must be keeping up with their tetanus shots.
 
When should my child get their first tetanus shot?

While tetanus can cause some serious symptoms including “lockjaw," it is completely preventable with a vaccination. The DTaP vaccine is used to prevent tetanus (along with diphtheria and pertussis) and your child will get their first series of shots at 2, 4, and 6 months. Your child will also need another tetanus shot between the ages of 15 to 18 months old and between 4-6 years old.
 
Children should continue to get a tetanus shot during their annual pediatric checkup until they turn 18 years old. Instead of getting the DTap vaccine, which they got as a young child, they will get the Tdap booster shot that still protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
 
Once your child reaches adulthood, they will get a Td vaccination, which will protect them against tetanus and diphtheria.
 
What are the signs and symptoms of tetanus?

Most children will develop symptoms within two weeks of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of tetanus include,
  • Painful and severe muscle spasms
  • Shoulder, jaw, and neck stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing and swallowing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fever
If left untreated, tetanus can be life-threatening so it’s important to bring your child in right away if they develop any of these symptoms.
 
If it’s time for your child’s next tetanus shot, your pediatrician will be able to administer the vaccine either during their next routine checkup or at a separate important. You must be keeping up with your child’s vaccine schedule so that they are fully protected against potentially dangerous communicable diseases.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
January 14, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Lice  

According to the CDC, approximately 6-12 million American children age 3 to 11 are infested with lice each year. If you suspect your child has come into contact with lice your Bolingbrook pediatrician at Downers Grove Pediatrics can detect the infestation and offer medical treatment. Let the medical professionals at Downers Grove Pediatrics, located in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, treat a potential lice outbreak in your home.

Detecting Lice On Your Child

Lice are parasitic insects that most commonly infest the hair of young children. Lice are small, brown, and may be hard to detect with the naked eye alone. If you notice your child has developed an irritable or itchy scalp it may be a sign of lice infestation. Other symptoms can include sores developed from itching, inflamed bumps around the head and neck, or visible white lice eggs.

The pediatricians at Downers Grove Pediatrics, located in Bolingbrook, IL and Downers Grove, IL, can help detect lice in children with special techniques and equipment, such as lice comb or Wood's light. After diagnosis, your Bolingbrook pediatrician can recommend the proper solution to your child's infestation.

Treating Lice On Your Child

Lice can be treated in a variety of ways. It is best to contact your local child doctor to determine the right path of treatment for your little one. One form of treatment for lice is insecticidal shampoo or lotion, such as Permethrin lotion. Your Downers Grove pediatrician may also prescribe other types of lotion such as Benzyl alcohol lotion.

It is important to note that all persons in an infested household may be subject to treatment if the lice have spread. Washing all clothing, sheets, and furniture in the house is necessary to eradicate the lice and prevent further infestation.

What to do If Your Child Has Lice?

If you are worried your child has lice, look for the aforementioned symptoms, and follow the guidance of your Bolingbrook pediatrician. Prevent the spread and do not delay treatment. Contact your local children's doctor in Bolingbrook, IL. You can call Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook, IL at (630) 759-9230, or contact their Downers Grove Office at (630) 852-4551 to schedule an appointment today.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
January 06, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
 
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
 
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
 
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
 
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
 
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
 
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Allergies  

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that the top chronic condition that affects children in the U.S. is allergies. To safeguard your child from allergens at home and outside, it’s imperative that you know what your child’s allergy triggers are.

Here at Downers Grove Pediatrics, our pediatricians in our Downers Grove, IL, and Bolingbrook, IL, the office can help you learn about your child’s allergies and create an allergy management plan that you and your child can follow.

Top Tips for Managing Allergies at Home

Kids who are allergic to pets shouldn’t keep pets outside the bedroom. If avoidance still doesn’t work, you may have to find your pet a new family. Allergies to dust and mites are likewise very common in kids. In this light, pillows and mattresses should be contained in allergy-proof plastic coverings. Avoid placing stuffed toys on the bed and rugs or carpets on the floor. Wash or change sheets at least once a week.

Also, keep in mind that indoor air pollution that comes from aerosol sprays, cooking fumes, and wood fires could exacerbate allergy symptoms. Using an air conditioner and a proper ventilation system can also help with your indoor air quality. Don’t smoke inside the house. Additionally, if your child is allergic to pests like cockroaches and mice, get your home examined and treated by an exterminator. Don’t leave food crumbs on surfaces and store food in tightly covered containers.

Safeguard your kid from outdoor allergens by monitoring pollen counts and air pollution. These are typically at their highest before noon so you might need to restrict playing outside during those times. You should likewise keep all windows and doors closed. Have your child change clothes and/or take a bath after playing outside.

Managing Allergies in School

Exposure to allergens in school involves plenty of the risks that are also found at home, but there’s an added danger for kids who have food allergies. Prior to going to school, parents should discuss their child’s allergies and the school’s medication policies with the teachers and school health professionals. This is particularly critical for children who’ve had a severe allergic reaction before and require auto-injectable epinephrine.

With accurate medical evaluation and allergy treatment by your pediatrician in our Downers Grove, IL, or Bolingbrook, IL, office, you can ensure your child’s safety inside and outside the house.

Contact Us For Help Managing Your Child’s Allergies

Call our Bolingbrook, IL, office at (630) 759-9230 or our Downers Grove, IL, office at (630) 852-4551 to arrange an appointment with your pediatrician here at Downers Grove Pediatrics.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 18, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Broken Bone  
Does My Child Have a Broken Bone?Accidents happen. Perhaps your child hurt themselves falling off their bike or taking a rough tumble down the stairs. In these instances, the first thing you’ll probably do is check your child over for bumps, bruises, and possibly broken bones. It’s important to recognize whether your child could be dealing with a broken bone so that you can bring them in to see their pediatrician right away.
 
The warning signs of a broken bone include,
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • A popping or snapping sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • Trouble straightening out the limb or affected area
  • Unable to put weight on the area
  • Limited range of motion or unable to move normally
If the bone is visible through the skin, you must call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room for care. If there is no bone visible but your child is still experiencing the symptoms above, then call your pediatrician right away. This problem should be treated on the very same day by your child’s doctor.
 
The most common fractures that we see in kids often affect the bones of the elbows, ankles, and wrists. Falling off monkey bars and other injuries on the playground are incredibly common and can lead to wrist and elbow fractures.
 
How is a broken bone treated?

First, your pediatrician will run X-rays to determine the location and severity of the break. Your doctor will place a splint or cast around the broken bone to provide support and stabilization and to restrict certain movements that could impede healing.
 
Your doctor may also recommend certain exercises that your child should do at home every day to help ease symptoms such as pain, limited mobility, and swelling. Your doctor may also refer your child to a pediatric orthopedist for physical therapy, depending on the type and extent of the injury. You will also need to bring your child back into the office in a few weeks to see how the broken bone is healing.
 
A broken bone is considered a serious injury. If your child is displaying symptoms of a broken bone, it’s a good idea to call your pediatrician right away for a consultation.




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