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By Good Health Pediatrics
March 19, 2019
Category: Child Safety
The harder your children play, the harder they might fall. During childhood, fractures and broken bones are common for children playing or participating in sports. While falls are a common part of childhood,
Detecting a Broken Bone your pediatrician in shares important information to help you understand if your child has a broken bone. 
If your child breaks a bone, the classic signs might include swelling and deformity. However, if a break isn’t displaced, it may be harder to tell if the bone is broken or fractured. Some telltale signs that a bone is broken are:
  • You or your child hears a snap or grinding noise as the injury occurs
  • Your child experiences swelling, bruising or tenderness to the injured area
  • It is painful for your child to move it, touch it or press on it
  • The injured part looks deformed

What Happens Next?

If you suspect that your child has a broken bone, it is important that you seek medical care immediately. All breaks, whether mild or severe, require medical assistance. Keep in mind these quick first aid tips:
  • Call 911 - If your child has an 'open break' where the bone has punctured the skin, if they are unresponsive, if there is bleeding or if there have been any injuries to the spine, neck or head, call 911. Remember, better safe than sorry! If you do call 911, do not let the child eat or drink anything, as surgery may be required.
  • Stop the Bleeding - Use a sterile bandage or cloth and compression to stop or slow any bleeding.
  • Apply Ice - Particularly if the broken bone has remained under the skin, treat the swelling and pain with ice wrapped in a towel. As usual, remember to never place ice directly on the skin.
  • Don't Move the Bone - It may be tempting to try to set the bone yourself to put your child out of pain, particularly if the bone has broken through the skin, do not do this! You risk injuring your child further. Leave the bone in the position it is in.
Contact your pediatrician to learn more about broken bones, and how you can better understand the signs and symptoms so your child can receive the care they need right away. 

By Good Health Pediatrics
March 12, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Surely, vibrant health is a blessing. At Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, your child's doctor, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire, wants to Childsupport that blessing as she administers immunizations to your children. Shielding youngsters from 18 communicable and potentially catastrophic diseases, vaccines protect each child individually and those around him or her, too.

How immunizations work

Introduced into the body, these medications arm the immune system to produce antibodies against active disease. Given at prescribed intervals as scheduled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), childhood immunizations strengthen the defenses Nature gives us, and help your child avoid the serious complications these diseases pose.

Examples of the diseases vaccines protect against are:

  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough
  • Chicken pox

At Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, your child's doctor and her staff give shots during well-child visits and follow the CDC/APA schedules for children birth through 6 years of age and from 7 to 18 years of age. Also, there is a published catch-up schedule for youngsters who are behind in receiving their vaccines for health reasons and other circumstances.

Reactions to vaccines

Most reactions to vaccines are localized and mild; swelling and redness at the injection site and a mild fever are the most frequent ones. Parents should remember that while any medication carries some amount of risk, the harm from communicable diseases and their complications are more threatening.

Additionally, children who do not receive their immunizations actually affect something epidemiologists--experts disease control and prevention--call herd immunity. Also termed community immunity, this concept emphasizes the importance of as many people as possible receiving vaccines. When more of a population is protected, the weak, immune-suppressed or otherwise compromised individuals (cancer patients, as examples) are indirectly shielded from disease, says the US Department of Health & Human Services.

Do you have questions about vaccines?

Then, contact Good Health Pediatrics to learn more. The doctor and her team welcome questions about important health topics, such as immunizations, at any of your youngster's well-child visits. Call us at (281) 534-9355.

By Good Health Pediatrics
March 04, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Chickenpox  

At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.

Chicken Pox Can Happen to Children and Adults Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone. 

What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?

When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals. 

The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching. 

What are the Treatment Options?

A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.

If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!