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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
September 15, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Sports Physical  

Sports physicals are vital for any child who wants to participate in athletics. Dr. Ayotunde Faweya of Northside Pediatrics Associates offers sports physicals and other pediatric care services. Your pediatrician in Conroe, TX, has decades of experience performing sports physicals that will meet the standards of your child’s school or sporting association. Read on to learn more about the necessity of sports physicals.

Why Sports Physicals Are Necessary

Many parents feel they just have to get a sports physical from their pediatrician in Conroe, TX, for their child because the school or sporting association requires it for insurance purposes. However, a sports physical can detect a potential health problem that you and your child were unaware of. For example, it is possible that your child may have an irregular heartbeat, which could cause serious health problems under exertion like when playing sports. Sports physicals can also detect less serious issues, such as problems with joints or muscles. These problems may require physical therapy before your child is fit to play sports safely. Even if your child’s sports physical does not detect any problems, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child is in good health.

Book an Appointment for a Sports Physical Today

Contact Northside Pediatrics Associates to book an appointment for a sports physical today. Your pediatrician, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, in Conroe, TX, will take good care of your child's health and examine your child thoroughly to ensure they can play sports safely. We will also be happy to answer any questions that you or your child may have, so give us a call at (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
August 31, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Pink Eye  

If you or someone in your family has pink eye, your initial instinct may be to rush to your doctor, but you may not need to. At Northside Pediatrics Associates, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, your local Conroe Pediatrician, has a practice in Conroe, TX, and offers excellent tips for treating pink eye at home.

What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye is also known as conjunctivitis, and it is an infection of the conjunctiva of your eye. Your conjunctiva is the membrane that lines the eyelid and the covering of your eye. Our conjunctiva protects and lubricates the eye with the production of tears and mucus.

Allergies, viruses, or bacteria can cause pink eye.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

With conjunctivitis, one or both of your eyes will become red and itchy. The affected eye will also drain or have a white or yellowish discharge. Symptoms can last for about a week but can go away without medical treatment.

Treatment of Pink Eye

At home, you can take simple steps to treat your pink eye and manage its symptoms.

Use a Compress

To create a compress, you will want to soak a lint-free cloth in cool water and press it gently to your closed eyelid. If you push hard, this could further damage your eyes.

If you only have pink eye in one eye, avoid placing the compress too close to the unaffected eye because it is easily transmitted between the two eyes. Sometimes warm water may feel better and is also a treatment option, but you want to avoid hot water because it could make your pink eye worse or cause further damage.

When using a compress, you only want to hold it there for a few minutes at a time several times a day. Make sure no one else uses your compress to avoid spreading it to others.

Use Over-the-Counter Eye Drops

There are effective over-the-counter eye drops available that can help with the itching. You will want to look for eye drops that are "lubricating" or "artificial tears" while avoided those that treat "red eyes." Even better, keep your eye drops in the refrigerator for additional relief.

Skip Your Contacts

If you wear contact lenses, you will want to avoid wearing them until your pink eye has completely healed. You may also want to replace your lenses and case to prevent reinfection.

Viral Pink Eye Treatment

If a virus causes your pink eye, Dr. Faweya, of Conroe, TX, may recommend certain anti-viral medications to treat it, and coming from an experienced Conroe Pediatrician, you can trust they are necessary to prevent further issues.

Allergic Pink Eye Treatment

If allergies cause pink eye, it usually improves when you avoid the allergen. This form of pink eye is also non-contagious.

Bacterial Pink Eye

You will see more mucus or pus with bacterial pink eye and may need antibiotics if not healed within a few days.

One thing to remember with pink eye is that it is very contagious, so frequent hand washing and avoidance of activities that transmit it to others should be avoided. If you are experiencing pink eye symptoms, call your local Conroe Pediatrician, Dr. Faweya at Northside Pediatric Associates located in Conroe, TX, for advice at (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
August 13, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Cradle CapNoticing rough, scaly patches of skin on your newborn’s scalp? If so, this is a sign of cradle cap. This condition (also known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis) is fairly common in newborns and typically isn’t anything to worry about. It’s similar to dandruff for adults; however, while it might not be harmful or painful for your little one, you may be curious to know how to get rid of it. While it will go away on its own, there are things you can do from the comfort of your own home to treat symptoms of cradle cap.

First, is it actually cradle cap?

It’s important to be able to pinpoint the signs and symptoms of cradle crap. This condition most often occurs within the first 2-4 weeks of a baby’s life. This condition is characterized by oily, scaly, white or yellow patches that may crust over. While it might look unpleasant it isn’t painful and shouldn’t itch, but may be slightly red. You may also find these scaly patches on other parts of the body including the nose, ears and groin.

If the patches are itchy or painful, this could be a sign of another skin condition that will warrant seeing your pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis.

Should I seek treatment from a pediatrician?

Your baby’s cradle cap should go away on its own with a few weeks or months. You can care for cradle cap by simply using a mild shampoo and by shampooing your baby’s scalp every few days, which can help to remove scales. It’s important that you don’t scrub or become too aggressive with the scalp; however, if your child’s symptoms are severe or aren’t responding to home care, then it’s time to turn to a pediatrician who can prescribe a special, medicated cream or shampoo.

If you ever have concerns about your child’s health or any symptoms they may have, even minor ones, it’s important to bring it up with a qualified pediatrician that can address these concerns and also provide a fast diagnosis. No concern is too small when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your child.
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
August 03, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Glasses   Vision Screenings  
GlassesWe all want our children to be healthy and to have the best chance for success, especially once they start school. Of course, your child must be getting regular vision screenings with their pediatricians. After all, vision is critical to your child’s ability to learn, communicate, and understand, and vision problems can impact your child’s school performance and quality of life. Could your child need glasses? Here are some telltale signs.

You Catch Them Squinting When Reading

When your eyes have trouble focusing on an image, squinting may actually help your child see or focus better. Your child may squint when reading anything far away such as a menu behind a restaurant counter or when reading the chalkboard at school. Your child’s teacher may even let you know that your child needed to move closer to the front to see what was written on the chalkboard. This is a telltale sign that your child needs to have their vision evaluated by their pediatrician.

Sitting Close to the TV

Another sign that your child may have trouble with their vision is if they put phones and other electronic devices close to their face to see it. Your child may also sit really close to the TV. These could be signs of nearsightedness.

Nightly Headaches

If your child’s eyes have been overworked and straining all day your child might complain of frequent headaches, particularly in the evening.

Difficulties in School

When parents and teachers notice that their child is having trouble focusing on work they may immediately think that they have ADHD, but sometimes bad vision is actually the culprit. If your child can’t properly see the board, it’s no surprise that their attention focuses on other things. This is when you should talk to your child and find out if they are having trouble seeing the board. It might not be behavioral issues, it might just mean that they need to get an eye exam.

If you are noticing changes in your child’s vision, or if your child mentions having blurry vision or trouble seeing, you must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. While your pediatrician does have the tools necessary for hearing and vision screenings, they can also refer your child to a pediatric optometrist who can provide further and specialized vision testing and fit them with glasses, if necessary.
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
April 15, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Mono   Kissing Disease   Mononucleosis  
MononucleosisMono, nicknamed the “kissing disease” because of how easily it spreads from person to person, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Pediatricians most often see this infection in teens and it may be mistaken for the flu. While most cases of mono will go away on their own, it can take months for a child or teen to fully recover. It’s important to be able to recognize the differences between the influenza virus and mono.

What are the symptoms of mono?

Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.

Classic mono symptoms include,
  • High fever
  • Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  • Body aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Headache
Symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and muscle weakness may be severe and can last for several weeks.

When should I turn to a pediatrician?

As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.

You should call your pediatrician right away if,
  • Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
  • Has seizures
  • Displays changes in behavior
  • Has a very high fever over 104 F
  • Is dehydrated
  • Develops a rash
While teens and adults can often be diagnosed through a standard physical examination, your pediatrician may need to perform blood tests to detect the Epstein-Barr virus in babies and young children.

If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.