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By Northside Pediatrics Associates
May 20, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: Tonsillitis  
TonsillitisEveryone is born with two tonsils. These are lymph nodes located right in the back of the throat. They help out the immune system by housing important white blood cells. Even so, the tonsils themselves can become infected, which is known as tonsillitis. The tonsils swell up, causing pain and discomfort. Children between the ages of five and eleven experience it the most. You need to bring your child in to see a pediatrician right away. Tonsillitis is commonly caused by streptococcus pyogenes also known as strep throat. 
The Basics of Tonsillitis
Your tonsils work by trapping dangerous viruses and bacteria within. As mentioned before, this can lead them to become infected. Infections are easily transferred between children, with tonsillitis being caused by strep, adenovirus, the flu, and Epstein-Barr virus (mono).
Your pediatrician is highly qualified in treating tonsillitis. That is because almost all cases are found in children. During puberty, the tonsils shrink in size. This makes it much harder for them to become infected. You need to seek medical intervention right away. Infections can become life-threatening if not treated, leading to diseases like rheumatic fever. An even more serious complication is a peritonsillar abscess. The infection spreads beyond the tonsils and swells up the neck and chest tissues. This can block and stop your child’s airways. 
Signs of Tonsillitis in Children
In children under the age of two that have problems communicating what is wrong, symptoms manifest in the form of excessive drooling, refusing food or bottles, and fussiness. Expect these symptoms in older children: 
  • Sore throat
  • Noticeably bigger tonsils
  • Fever
  • Pain or problems with swallowing
  • Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Foul breath
  • Stiff neck
  • Headaches
  • A scratchy or rough voice
  • Stomach pain
Diagnosing Tonsillitis
Your pediatrician won’t have any trouble diagnosing your child with tonsillitis. They will first start by asking for a brief history of when your child started feeling sick. The next step is performing a physical exam. The pediatrician will look in the throat, nose, and ears. If strep is suspected, a nurse takes a swab of the throat. A blood test will also be drawn to identify what bacteria or virus is responsible.
If strep or another bacteria is responsible for your child’s tonsillitis, antibiotics are prescribed. It’s important that your child finishes the whole dose. This guarantees that the entire infection is gone.
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
May 12, 2020
Category: Child Safety

Sports physicals are physical examinations that are immensely crucial in ensuring your child’s wellbeing and health while they participate in physical activities. Also called a PPE or pre-participation physical examination, a sports physical can help measure the physical ability of children and adults to determine whether they’re physically able to safely play their chosen sport.

Available from your pediatrician here at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, here’s what you should know about sports physicals.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Sports Physical

To start off, your pediatrician will check your child’s vitals, including their blood pressure and pulse. Height and weight are likewise recorded, as weight changes and growth spurts could put unwarranted stress on the bones, muscles, and joints. Next up is an eye inspection to check whether your child’s eyesight is just fine or whether they need prescription glasses or adjustments to existing glasses.

Your pediatrician will then do a thorough review of your child’s medical history. Make sure to come in for your appointment with details of your child’s recent, existing, or past conditions, surgeries, or illnesses. This crucial information will aid your pediatrician in identifying potential issues that might need further referrals, examinations, or restrictions to help avoid potential complications.

The last part of the sports physical is the actual fitness exam. Your pediatrician will conduct a physical test of your child’s heart, abdomen, and lungs to ensure that they don’t have physical limitations such as a hernia, injury, heart condition, or asthma, that may negatively impact their capability to safely play and train.

The physical test will likewise entail an examination of your child’s flexibility, strength, joints, and posture. By testing these, your pediatrician can pinpoint any injury-prone areas and recommend specific tips and exercises that will help in injury prevention and make your child’s body stronger.

For More Information on Sports Physicals, Talk to Our Conroe Office

Call (936) 270-8655 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ayotunde Faweya of Northside Pediatrics Associates here in Conroe, TX.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
May 06, 2020
Category: Child Health
Tags: ADHD  
ADHDParents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important. Yet your pediatrician isn’t just available for when your child is sick or has physical ailments. They can also help with mental and behavioral conditions, including the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If your child struggles with focus, impulsivity, attention, or hyperactivity, schedule them for an evaluation. It’s also important to note that children must be at least four years old for a diagnosis.
The Three Facets of ADHD
There are three parts to pediatric ADHD: impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. Each of them is signs and are necessary for a diagnosis. Here is some information about each of them.
Inattention: your child spends a lot of time daydreaming or not paying attention, struggles to listen, is easily distracted, makes careless mistakes, rarely finishes tasks, and is disorganized to the point of losing or forgetting important things. 
It’s important to understand that children with ADHD can pay attention, it’s just harder with topics that don’t interest them. They can tune out when tasks get repetitive. Working with them to organize their schoolwork and tasks is essential. Try to provide them with a quiet and calm environment to work in.
Impulsivity: your child can’t wait or acts without thinking, interrupts others, and has problems taking turns.
Children with ADHD have trouble with self-control, which leads to the impulsive characteristics mentioned above. They have a harder time censoring themselves. This results in them invading people's personal space or asking overly personal questions. Impulsivity problems also lead to moodiness and overreactions. 
Hyperactivity: your child seems to constantly be moving, without being able to sit still without squirming. They also talk too much and loudly, often playing in areas that aren’t permitted. 
It’s normal for younger children to have high energy levels. It’s only when your child seems to be constantly moving that it could be an issue with hyperactivity. When they do sit still, they are still moving. They may tap their fingers, shake their legs, or move their feet. 
Diagnosing ADHD
A diagnosis won’t happen right away. There are many steps in the process before an accurate understanding is available. Your pediatrician will most likely want statements from not just you and your child, but other caregivers and teachers. 

At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both. 
The criteria change depending on your child’s age, so it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your pediatrician will work with you to get an accurate picture of your child’s situation. 
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
April 22, 2020
Category: Health and Fitness
Tags: Sports Physical  

At Northside Pediatrics Associates, we provide sports physicals to protect your child and determine whether it's safe for him or her to participate in physical activity. These also identify health problems that might cause complications with overexertion. To make sure that your child is healthy and strong before they hit the field, court, or rink, schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya, visit our Conroe, TX, office today.

Why Sports Physicals?

Sports physicals aren't just for kids, but they're often mandated by the state so that children and teenagers can participate in school sports programs. Also called a pre-participation physical examination or PPE, they require clearance for physical activity. Sports physicals are critical to making sure the team player doesn't have any underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

What Happens During a Sports Physical?

You can expect a sports physical to feel like a regular checkup when you visit our Conroe, TX, office. During your appointment, Dr. Faweya will ask several questions about whether you've had previous injuries, surgeries, allergies, and illnesses. He'll be interested in medications you've taken, family health history, and will perform a series of tests to determine how strong and flexible you are. These will include:

  • Blood pressure reading
  • Measuring height and evaluate posture
  • Listening to your heartbeat and lungs
  • Checking eyesight, ears, nose, and throat
  • Feel for abnormalities around the stomach

At the end of the examination, if the child passes each test, Dr. Faweya will sign a form that states so. If additional tests are necessary because of a medical problem, he may recommend a follow-up exam or specific treatment.

All students in Conroe, TX, are required to complete sports physicals before joining a team. To be sure that your child is clear to participate, you should schedule their annual physical within weeks before school begins or in the first few days back. For more information about sports physicals, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Northside Pediatrics Associates, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Faweya, please call (936) 270-8655.

By Northside Pediatrics Associates
April 20, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

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