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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 16, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Pediatrician   Stitches  
When Does My Child Need StitchesWe all know how accident-prone kids can be. They get bruises, bumps, cuts, and scrapes from time and time. Most of the time, these boo-boos are nothing to worry about, but sometimes a cut or laceration may require turning to your pediatrician for stitches. Does your child need stitches? We know it isn’t always easy to tell. Here are some telltale signs that your child might need stitches,
  • Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
  • The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
  • The cut is around their eye
  • The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
  • The cut is gaping open
  • There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
  • The cut is spurting blood
Any cut that spurts blood could be a sign of a nicked artery. Immediately apply pressure to the area and head to your local ER for immediate medical attention.

When should I call the pediatrician?

If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
  • The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
  • There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
  • The child has been bitten by an animal
  • The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
  • There is still severe pain after a few hours
Cuts and wounds made by metal, rusty, or dirty objects may require your child to get a tetanus shot. This is why you should see your pediatrician right away, as it’s important for them to get this shot within 2-3 days after the injury.

If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.
By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 03, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Diabetes  
Diabetes in ChildrenIn the past, the most common type of diabetes to affect children and teens was type 1 diabetes. This is also referred to as juvenile diabetes. In children with type 1 diabetes, their bodies do not produce insulin, a hormone responsible for helping deliver glucose into the cells. While type 1 diabetes is quite common in children, pediatricians are also seeing a rise in type 2 diabetes in children and teens. This coincides with an increase in childhood obesity rates.
 
Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
While type 1 diabetes can appear in children of any age, it’s most commonly diagnosed in children between the ages of 5 and 6, and 11 to 13. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of type 1 diabetes early, as high blood sugar levels can lead to serious complications. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes typically appear suddenly, and the most common symptoms include,
  • Frequent urination, particularly at night
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Weight loss, despite increased appetite
  • Cuts, bruises, and wounds that don’t heal or are slow to heal
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually appear gradually. While type 2 diabetes has always been considered “adult-onset” diabetes, this has changed over the years, thanks to the obesity epidemic in children. If your child is obese or overweight, they may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1 diabetes, the only marked differences in symptoms are,
  • Blurry vision
  • Severe fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Treating Diabetes in Children

Even though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways that your child’s pediatrician can help manage their symptoms. The goal of treatment is to control blood sugar levels to prevent complications and lessen symptoms.
 
The standard treatment includes managing diabetes through insulin therapy, which involves either daily insulin injections or an insulin pump. You will also need to monitor your child’s blood sugar levels throughout the day. Along with insulin therapy, you will also want to make sure that your child is eating a healthy diet and is getting regular exercise (at least one hour a day).
 
If your child is overweight or showing signs of diabetes, you must talk with your child’s pediatrician right away. A simple blood test can check their blood sugar levels and determine whether or not they have diabetes. Since uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health problems, it’s a good idea to see a pediatrician as soon as possible.
By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
January 27, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines  

Protect your child’s health and future by staying up to date on childhood immunizations.

We know that parents want to do everything possible to keep their children healthy and safe. That’s why you babyproof your home and do your research before purchasing a car seat or stroller. Of course, one of the best ways to ensure your child’s health is by turning to our Kansas City, MO, board-certified pediatricians for immunizations. Here’s why immunizations are important for all children,

Immunizations Save Lives

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, our team of pediatricians here in Kansas City, MO, can protect your child’s health and future by providing them with the immunizations they need until they reach adulthood. Diseases such as polio, that once killed or caused serious paralysis to countless children, are now eliminated thanks to vaccines.

Vaccines are Safe

We know that many parents have concerns about the safety of childhood vaccines. We welcome parents to sit down and discuss these concerns with us. After all, there are a lot of myths and misinformation on the internet about vaccines. While it’s true that these inoculations can lead to tenderness, redness and some swelling at the injection site, serious side effects are rare. In fact, the benefits of these vaccines far outweigh the potential for serious reactions or side effects.

Immunizations Protect Everyone

While we know that your focus is on keeping your child safe, it’s probably also focused on making sure that your entire family and the community around you stays healthy too. Immunizations don’t just protect our children, they also protect those who are ill, have weakened immune system and those who are unable to get vaccinated. Immunizations protect your child, your friends and those you love.

Vaccinations Can Save Time and Money

By protecting your child against potentially dangerous diseases we can prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and serious health complications that could require long-term procedures and care. Vaccines can keep your child healthy and prevent unnecessary and expensive medical bills. Think of vaccines as an investment in the long-term health of your child.

For our Kansas City, MO, pediatric team, nothing is more important than making sure your child gets the immunizations they need throughout their childhood. If you have questions about the vaccines your child needs next or if you have concerns about vaccines, the team at Pediatric Care North is here to address all questions and concerns. Call us today at (816) 587-3200.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
January 22, 2021
Category: Child Healthcare

Don’t scramble to find a pediatrician for your baby at the very last minute.

There is so much to do and prepare for before your baby arrives. While you’re also thinking about what color to paint the nursery, what car seat will bring your baby home from the hospital and what to pack in your hospital bag, you may also be wondering what pediatrician your child will go to. For more than 30 years, our board-certified pediatric doctors have provided comprehensive medical care to newborns, children and teens living in and around Kansas City, MO.

When to Start Looking

A good rule of thumb is to start searching for a pediatrician about three months before your baby’s due date. You may wish to talk with family members or friends to get recommendations and referrals for pediatricians they love. Online reviews of the practice can also provide helpful insight.

What To Look For

There are certain factors that you’ll want to consider before choosing the right newborn doctor here in Kansas City, MO. After all, weren’t there certain factors that played a role in which general doctor or dentist you turn to for care? Here are some factors to consider before deciding if our practice is right for your family,

Location: How easy is it for you to get to our practice? We know that for many families, the proximity of their pediatrician’s office is the most important factor. If you’re a quick drive to our practice, then we may be ideal for you.

Scheduling: How easy is it for you to get an appointment? At Pediatric Care North we may it easy to schedule an appointment by calling our practice or simply requesting an appointment online. We also know that some parents don’t want to take their kids out of school or don’t want to have to leave work for a doctor’s visit. That’s why we offer appointments until 8pm, Monday through Thursday and appointments on Saturdays between 9am-12pm.

Personality: Do you jive with the pediatrician who is providing you and your child with care? How friendly is the staff, from the person who greets you to the nursing team that checks your child’s vitals to your child’s doctor? Do you feel like your pediatrician is listening to your needs and concerns? It’s important that you feel comfortable with every member of the team. We work hard to provide a friendly, caring environment.

If you are looking for a Kansas City, MO, doctor for your newborn that can provide your little one with the care they need to help them grow healthy and strong, then call Pediatric Care North at (816) 587-3200 to schedule a no-risk consultation with our team to see if we’re a great fit for your family.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
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.




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