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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
September 23, 2021
Category: Child Health
Tags: Cleft Lips   Cleft Palate  
Cleft LipsThe day your child is born is one of the most exciting moments in a parent’s life. Of course, finding out your precious newborn has a cleft lip or palate can make things a little more complicated. Luckily, a pediatrician can help you determine the best way to treat your child’s cleft lip or cleft palate to put your mind at ease.
Why should a cleft lip or cleft palate be treated?

A cleft lip and palate can present many challenges if left untreated including serious hearing, speech, and swallowing problems. As you can imagine, a cleft lip or palate can affect a child’s speech. Children born with these birth defects are also more likely to deal with recurring ear infections and even hearing loss. By repairing this birth defect as soon as possible we can minimize these issues.

Most children will undergo a cleft lip repair between 3-6 months old, while children will often get a cleft palate repair within the first 12 months. Consequent surgeries may be required later on depending on a variety of factors, including the severity of the defect.
How is a cleft lip and palate treated?

Surgery is the only way to correct a cleft lip or palate. The goal of this surgery is to not only improve your child’s appearance but also make it easier for them to speak, chew, or hear. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so your child will be asleep throughout the procedure.

To repair a cleft lip, a surgeon will make incisions on both sides of the defect and then stitch the two pieces of tissue together to close the gap, which will greatly improve the shape and appearance of your child’s lip. A cleft palate repair is also performed under general anesthesia and involves making incisions on both sides of the palate to restructure and rebuild the roof of the mouth.
If your child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate and you want to talk to us about their treatment options, then turn to your pediatrician to learn more. Your pediatrician is always here to provide you and your little one with the best care possible.
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
September 10, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseHand, foot and mouth disease isn’t a childhood infection that’s often discussed but should be. After all, this communicable viral infection is more common in young children than most people realize. If you are concerned about hand, foot and mouth disease, or would simply like to know more, your pediatrician can certainly provide you with the information you need. In the meantime, here are some FAQS that can help you get the facts on this contagious infection.

Is hand, foot and mouth disease dangerous?

While the name might make this condition sound rather frightening, the truth is that many kids under the age of five develop this illness. This is because these viruses are quite contagious. Even though this most often impacts young children, this infection can also present in older children, teens, and even adults.

What are the symptoms?

The incubation period for hand, foot and mouth disease is about 3-6 days from exposure. At first, symptoms may appear mild and look similar to the common cold (e.g. runny nose, fever, and sore throat); however, blisters will then start to develop within the mouth and on the body (often the palms of the hands and soles of the feet).

How is it diagnosed?

A diagnosis is often made by a pediatrician through a simple physical evaluation. They will go through your child’s medical history, examine the blisters and ask questions about your child’s symptoms to determine whether this could be hand, foot and mouth disease. Some testing may be performed to rule out other conditions.

How is hand, foot and mouth disease treated?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a medication that will get rid of hand, foot and mouth disease. Like most viral infections, the infection just has to run its course; however, there are certain things your pediatrician may prescribe or recommend that you do to ease your child’s symptoms. For example, ibuprofen may be recommended to help ease the pain as well as your child’s fever. Of course, it’s always a good idea to speak with your pediatrician before you start your child on any medication, even over-the-counter medications.

If your child develops symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease it’s important that you see your pediatrician as soon as possible for an evaluation, as they will want to make sure that this is truly what’s causing their symptoms.
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.

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