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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
December 07, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Urgent Care   Sick Child  

When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care


As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?


Urgent Care


Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:


  • Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours

  • Rash, especially with a fever

  • High fever

  • A cough or cold that lasts several days

  • Large cuts or gashes

  • Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg

  • Ear pain with fever

  • Ear drainage

  • A severe sore throat or swallowing problems

  • Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain

  • Blood in urine

  • Blood in stool

  • Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours

  • Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old

  • Fever and vomiting

  • Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours


While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
November 05, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Child Care   Cold   Flu  

Cold Vs. Flu

Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.

What is a cold?

A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Low-grade fever
The Centers for Disease Control states that most healthy children experience 8 to 10 colds by the age of two years.
What is the flu?
The flu is a much more serious viral infection. Of sudden and intense onset, the flu usually comes with:
  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Severe headache
  • Chills
Also, the flu lasts longer and debilitates sufferers. It carries dangerous complications, particularly with young children, the elderly, asthmatics, diabetics and those with weak immune systems.
Treating colds and the flu
Treating a cold involves rest, fluids and decongestants as needed. The onset of a cold is gradual, and so is recovery. Typically, your child will not need to visit the pediatrician if he or she has a simple cold. Simple symptom relief works well. However, high and persistent fever merits a call to your child's doctor.
Regarding the flu, your pediatrician may do an in-office Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test (a throat or nasal swab) to confirm the diagnosis. They may prescribe antiviral medication and instruct on how to monitor a young child's symptoms. Keep your youngster well-hydrated, and administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.
If flu symptoms escalate (labored respirations, severe headache, rapid heart rate or anything that seems unusual to you), take your child to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation. Pneumonia is a frequent and life-threatening complication of influenza.
Prevention is the best medicine
Protect all members of the family with these simple measures:
  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Stay well-hydrated.
  3. Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
  4. Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
  5. Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  6. Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
  7. Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Trust your pediatrician
They work hard to prevent acute illnesses such as colds and the flu. The doctor and professional team are great resources for prevention, healing and overall well-being for your children.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
October 15, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: School Physicals  

Playing school sports is a milestone many kids — and their parents — look forward to throughout their childhood. However, physical health is key to being the best athlete you can. Without a solid foundation, your body simply cannot keep up with the athletic demand. This makes undergoing a school physical an important part of starting your season. Find out more about school physicals with Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL.

Why does my child need a school physical? 
Most children who need a school physical participate on a sports team, whether it is baseball, basketball, football, or soccer. The decision for requiring a school physical often lies with the school itself but may also be determined by the district. Your child’s school can help you find out if they require a physical prior to the start of their sports season or school year.

How much does a school physical cost? 
The cost of a school physical boils down to whether or not your child has insurance and what type of insurance they have. Most providers charge about $20 for a physical, while uninsured patients may pay up to $200. Consult with your insurance company or nearby walk-in clinics to determine the projected cost of your child’s physical.

Why is a school physical important? 
School physicals ensure that your child does not have any underlying physical conditions which could become an issue with regular athletic activity. Your child’s pediatrician will check their eyes, ears, nose, and physical condition. They will also measure their height and weight to ensure your child is within a normal range. Your child’s doctor will also gather their medical and family histories to gain a well-rounded view of their overall health.

School Physicals in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL 
If your child needs a school physical, Downers Grove Pediatrics can help you. The appointment takes only a few minutes and ensures the health of your child during their sports season. For more information on school physicals, please contact your pediatrician at Downers Grove Pediatrics with locations in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 852-4551 to schedule your appointment in Downers Grove or (630) 759-9230 to schedule your appointment in Bolingbrook today!

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 24, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Ear Infection  

child ear infectionYour little one is fussing, crying, and pulling at her ear. You check for a fever, and yes, she is running a mild one. Are these symptoms of an ear infection? At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, your team of pediatricians and their professional staff see many of these common childhood illnesses. Here are details on how they happen and how to treat them.

Otitis media

That's the medical term for a middle ear infection. Typically occurring after a child has the flu or a cold, otitis media symptoms come from fluid build-up between the eustachian tube and the eardrum. Pain comes from the eardrum bulging because the accumulated fluid has no outlet. Also, this infection causes dizziness, problems with hearing, fever, and malaise.

Experts at Harvard Health state that most ear infections--up to 80 percent--resolve on their own without treatment from your Downers Grove and Bolingbrook pediatrician. Simple over-the-counter pediatric ibuprofen or acetaminophen controls pain and fever, and a warm compress to the ear provides much needed comfort.

When to see the pediatrician

If, however, your child's symptoms worsen or do not resolve within three days, call Downers Grove Pediatrics for a sick visit appointment. Your pediatrician will examine your child's ear with a lighted otoscope to visualize the eardrum. He or she also may do a painless tympanogram to note the movement (or lack thereof) of the eardrum.

Based on the findings, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics such as Keflex, Amoxycillin, or Augmentin. Repeated ear infections may require a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist who may recommend ear tube placement to keep the eardrum open and draining fluid.

Healthy ears

Some children seem more prone to otitis media than others. However, to decrease your youngster's chances of developing an ear infection, breastfeed your baby for at least a year to confer powerful passive immunity. Also, avoid cigarette smoke as it seems to stop the production of beneficial mucous and harms the eustachian tube as well.

Contact us

We always welcome questions about your child's health. If you suspect an unresolved ear infection, call the office right away for advice or for a same day appointment as needed. For the Bolingbrook office, phone (630) 759-9230, or for the Downers Grove location, call (630) 852-4551.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 15, 2018
Category: Child Health

Find out the best ways to handle some of the most common childhood learning and development disabilities.


Even though there is more information than ever before regarding childhood developmental and learning disorders there are still so many things we don’t quite understand and there is also a lot of misinformation out there. The goal of your pediatrician is to provide you with all the information you and your child need to understand their learning or developmental disorder and the most effective treatments and interventions available.

What are the most common learning disabilities?

One of the most common learning disabilities is dyslexia, which can affect how a child understands what they’ve read. It may also affect comprehension, spelling and other facets of reading and learning.

ADHD is another common learning disability that affects millions of children. Children with ADHD have trouble concentrating on work and may easily get distracted. ADHD can affect a child’s school, home or social life.

Other learning disabilities include:

  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Processing deficits

What are the most common developmental disabilities?

A common developmental disorder is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since autism is a spectrum, symptoms will vary in type and severity. It can affect a child’s ability to socialize or pick up social cues from those around them. They may prefer to be alone or not to be touched. While there is no cure for autism there are ways to manage the symptoms.

What are my child’s treatment options?

It’s important that if you think your child might be struggling with a learning or developmental disorder that you talk to your pediatrician. There are many ways in which to treat these symptoms through medications, therapy, lifestyle changes and behavioral modifications, and your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment options for your child.

No matter whether you have questions about your child’s learning or development disorder or your child is displaying symptoms of one of these delays, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to for answers, support and treatment options. After all, your family and your pediatrician are a team designed to help your child live the best possible life.