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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
March 30, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Whooping CoughPertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. The nickname comes from the “whooping” sound that occurs when a child breathes. While many people assume that whooping cough is an infection that no longer exists, it’s actually more common in the US than we’d like to admit. In fact, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of whooping cough cases over the last couple of decades.
 
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold

You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.

Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
 
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough

While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
 
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away

If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
 
Until the body clears whooping cough, some of the best ways to manage your child’s symptoms include,
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Staying hydrated
  • Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
  • Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you want to fully protect your child against many dangerous communicable diseases, one of the best ways is through vaccinations. Your child must be up to date on all of their vaccines. Talk with your pediatrician to find out when your child should get the whooping cough vaccine.
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
March 19, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Asthma   Asthma Action Plan  

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition marked by shortness of breath, chest tightening, and other symptoms. Experiencing an asthma flare-up can be frightening, especially if you are unprepared. Developing an asthma action plan can help you and your child know what to do when a flare-up occurs. Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, the experienced pediatrician at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, treats child asthma and can assist you with developing an action plan tailored to your child’s needs.

Asthma Symptoms and Triggers

Several symptoms can occur before and during an asthma flare-up. Some common symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Gasping for air
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • A tight feeling in the chest
  • Frequent coughing (especially at night)
  • Difficulty sleeping due to coughing
  • Becoming easily fatigued when playing

Many factors can trigger an asthma flare-up or aggravate symptoms and make them worse. Identifying your child’s specific triggers is beneficial so they can be avoided as much as possible, which could reduce or prevent flare-ups. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Illness or a health condition
  • Exercising or playing sports
  • Certain scents or fragrances
  • Allergens (e.g., pet dander or pollen)
  • Chemicals (e.g., detergents)
  • Cold weather
  • Stress
  • Smoke

Asthma is a chronic condition that does not go away so it is important to seek treatment. We diagnose and treat child asthma at our pediatric office in Conroe.

Developing an Asthma Action Plan

An asthma action plan can help you and your child be better prepared to deal with asthma flare-ups when they occur. Not only can an effective plan potentially reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups and their symptoms, but it could also help you avoid the need to seek emergency care.

Asthma action plans will differ from one person to the next. The doctor can help you develop one specifically tailored to your child’s needs. A typical action plan includes several components, such as:

  • A list of your child’s asthma triggers (e.g., exercise, allergens, weather conditions)
  • Which medications to take for certain symptoms and when
  • Obtaining permission in advance to take medicine at school when needed
  • Identifying the early warning signs of a flare-up and how to deal with it
  • What to do in the event of a full-blown asthma flare-up
  • When to seek emergency care

An asthma action plan will help your child be better prepared for dealing with flare-ups. It can also potentially minimize the frequency or severity of flare-ups by enabling your child to recognize the early symptoms of a flare-up. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya for assistance developing a child asthma plan by calling Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, at (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
January 22, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: ADHD  

Have questions about childhood ADHD? We have answers.

If you are concerned that your child may be displaying symptoms of ADHD, our Conroe, TX, pediatrician Dr. Ayotunde Faweya can provide comprehensive screening tools to provide you with the answers you need. Of course, we also understand that you may have a boatload of questions, so we’re making it a little easier to get the information you need right here. Here are answers to the top questions we receive about childhood ADHD.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to focus and pay attention. It can also lead to hyperactivity or increased impulsivity in children and teens. ADHD isn’t usually diagnosed between the ages of 4 and 17.

What causes ADHD?

The medical community still doesn’t know for certain what causes ADHD. It’s believed that a variety of environmental factors and genetics could play a role.

What are the classic signs of ADHD?

The three overarching signs of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness; however, child doesn’t have to show symptoms of all three in order to be diagnosed with ADHD. Our Conroe, TX, pediatrician understands that ADHD will vary from child to child. Some children may be prone to speaking out of turn and have trouble sitting still while other children may be perfectly okay with playing quietly but may have trouble listening to directions or become easily distracted.

How is ADHD diagnosed in children?

In order to get a definitive diagnosis, it’s important that you see your child’s pediatrician for an evaluation. While there isn’t a singular test that can diagnose ADHD, our team will perform behavioral assessments and interview teachers and other caregivers who work with your child regularly to gather information needed to make a diagnosis. In order to diagnose ADHD, we need to be able to identify,

  • That your child’s symptoms occur in more than two settings (e.g., social interactions; school; home)
  • That your child displays six or more symptoms (ages 4-17 years old)
  • That your teen displays five or more symptoms if they are over 17 years old
  • That their symptoms impact their personal, social and academic life
  • That their symptoms have persisted for more than six months

How is ADHD treated in children and teens?

While there is currently no cure for ADHD, we do offer a variety of effective treatment options for kids and teens here in Conroe, TX. Some of the best treatment plans include a combination of stimulant medications along with behavior and talk therapies, and support groups.

We understand just how disconcerting it can be when your child starts showing symptoms of ADHD. If this is the case, our Conroe, TX, pediatric team can provide you with the tools needed to make a proper diagnosis. To schedule an ADHD evaluation at Northside Pediatrics Associates, call (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
January 22, 2021
Category: Child Health Care

Are you the proud parent of a newborn? Or, are you anticipating a birth soon? Then, read on about newborn child care from the compassionate team at Northside Pediatric Associates. Dr. Ayotunde Faweya ensures families experience the finest health care in the Conroe, TX, area, and they want parents fully informed and confident in what they do for their children.

FAQs about newborn child care

When will our pediatrician see my new baby?
Your child's doctor will see him or her within a few days after you have both been discharged from the hospital.

What does a newborn exam include?
Dr. Faweya will do a complete head to toe assessment to include all vital signs, hearing, vision and reflexes. Length, weight and head circumference are important initial measurements and will be tracked throughout babyhood.

What is my baby's first vaccine?
The hospital will administer the hepatitis B vaccine before you take your baby home.

At what intervals should I bring my newborn to Northside Pediatric Associates for a well-baby visit? After that initial in-office visit a few days after birth, you and your baby will see the pediatrician at two weeks and again at two months. You'll discuss your baby's sleep schedule, feeding (breast or bottle), number of diapers, growth and important developmental milestones. The well-baby visit is a great time to ask your pediatrician questions.

When should I call my pediatrician? Basically, you should call us whenever you have a concern about your child's health and well-being. No question is unnecessary or too simple. Also, be sure to contact us for a sick visit if your newborn has a fever of 100.4 or higher, has continual diarrhea or cannot stop vomiting. Rashes, ear discharge, continual crying or refusing to eat are very urgent matters as well, say neonatal experts at the Cleveland Clinic.

How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat? Basically, count the diapers. A well-fed, healthy newborn wets upwards of six to eight diapers every day. If you have concerns about breastfeeding, call us for a personal consultation.

Your baby and you

Your little one is your highest priority in life. At Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, Dr. Faweya and his dedicated staff will partner with you in raising a healthy, happy newborn. For more information on newborn care, contact us. We love talking to new parents! Phone (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
July 17, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Sports Injuries   Injury  
Child's Sports InjuriesRegular physical activity is so important for your child’s health. If they have decided to start playing on a sports team this can also be a great way for them to build confidence and socialize. Of course, pediatricians also understand just how important it is to keep your little athlete healthy both on and off the field. If your child does sustain an injury your pediatrician may be the first person to help, so it’s important to find a pediatrician that you and your family trust.
 
Preventing Injuries
The goal is always to help your child prevent sports injuries and your pediatrician can become an integral part of providing the preventive care your child needs to stay healthy. This starts with an annual sports physical, in which your child will receive a comprehensive physical exam from a qualified pediatrician to make sure that they are healthy enough for their chosen sport. Your pediatrician can also look at your child’s lifestyle to determine if any changes need to be made to their training routine, eating habits, or sleep to improve performance and reduce the risk for injury.

A pediatrician is an integral part of keeping your child healthy and safe while participating in sports. They can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, as well as recommend certain conditioning and training exercises that can help with injury prevention. Your child should also be wearing the appropriate protective gear including a helmet when playing sports.
 
Treating Sports Injuries
Sometimes, despite taking all the necessary precautions, your child still sustains a sports injury. The moment your child sustains an injury they need to stop playing immediately and avoid any physical activity until the injury has fully healed. The most common sports injuries in kids are minor strains and sprains which can be treated at home through the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). However, if pain persists or gets worse, it’s important to see your child’s pediatrician.

Your child should visit a pediatrician right away if you suspect that they have a broken bone, dislocation, concussion, or if they are dealing with severe pain or swelling. If your child is unable to walk or put weight on the affected leg, this is also a sign to see a pediatrician as soon as possible. The sooner sports injuries are addressed and properly treated the better.