COVID-19 FAQ PAGE
Q: Who is at risk for infection with the virus that causes COVID-19?
A: Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact with a patient with symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19
Q: Who is at risk for severe disease from COVID-19?
A: People who may be at risk for more severe outcomes include older adults and persons who have certain underlying chronic conditions include chronic lung disease, moderate tO severe asthma, cardiac disease with complications, diabetes, or immunocompromising conditions.
Q: HOW DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD?
A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). COVID-19 is 10X MORE CONTAGIOUS THAN THE FLU.
Q: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Q: When is someone infectious?
A: Based on existing literature, the incubation period (the time from exposure to development of symptoms) ranges from 2–14 days.
Q: Which body fluids can spread infection?
A: COVID-19 has only been isolated from respiratory tract specimens. It is not yet known whether other non-respiratory body fluids from an infected person including vomit, urine, breast milk, or semen can contain viable, infectious COVID-19.
Q: CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN QUARANTINED FOR COVID-19 SPREAD THE ILLNESS TO OTHERS?
A: Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure.
Q: HOW CAN I PROTECT MY CHILD FROM COVID-19?
A: You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I SUSPECT THAT A FAMILY MEMBER MAY HAVE COVID-19?
A: CALL 2-1-1, OPTION 6 AND STATE PERSONNEL WILL ADDRESS YOUR QUESTIONS AND DIRECT YOU TO A TESTING CENTER IF NEEDED.
Well-child visits, or regular checkups, offer parents crucial details about the emotional, social, and physical development and growth of their child. These regular appointments also provide parents the chance to obtain relevant advice and ask questions pertinent to their child’s wellbeing. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, once children become one-year-olds, they should have regular visits with their pediatrician every three months until they are two years old, every six months until they’re two and a half years old, and at least once yearly when they turn six years old, even if they’re not sick.
Here at Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, we ensure that each well-child visit under the care of our pediatrician, Dr. C. Turner Lewis III, is comfortable and productive for you and your child.
What to Expect During a Well-Child Checkup
During each well-child checkup, your pediatrician will take specific measurements and give vaccinations based on your child’s vaccination schedule. Screenings will also be performed whenever needed. Weight and height will be checked, and the circumference of your child’s head will also be measured until he or she reaches 36 months old. Starting at three years old, blood pressure will likewise be measured at every checkup.
Your pediatrician will also monitor your child’s developmental progression and compare it to the last checkup’s results. For instance, your pediatrician may ask whether your 18-month-old kid has started talking or whether your five or six-year-old child has started reading. Further, your pediatrician will ask about your child’s behavior to determine if their behavior is age-appropriate. It is immensely vital to discuss these types of development and behavioral issues so that you can work together to develop appropriate solutions to these issues.
In addition, your pediatrician in Kaufman, TX, will likewise conduct a thorough physical exam. Aside from checking your child’s heart, abdomen, lungs, spine, genitals, head, eyes, neck, arms, nose, ears, mouth, and legs, your pediatrician may also ask your child to do certain tasks. For example, your child may be asked to run or walk to test their gross motor skills and manipulate tiny objects using their hands to test fine motor skills.
Tome For a Checkup? Give Us a Call
To schedule your child’s well-child checkup with our pediatrician, Dr. C. Turner Lewis III, call us at Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, at (972) 932-1319. We also serve the Dallas and Rockwell counties.
Also called pre-participation physicals, sports physicals are an excellent way to guarantee that your child or teenager is healthy enough to participate in recreational activities at school or the local park district. Here at Children's Medical Clinics, our pediatricians deliver compassionate care to those living in the counties of Dallas and Rockwall. Read on or schedule an appointment at one of our Kaufman, TX, offices to learn more about the benefits of sports physicals.
Why Does My Child Need a Sports Physical?
To avoid getting sick or hurt out on the field, track, or court, your child can benefit from an annual sports physical. These meetings allow your pediatrician to log any changes or injuries, as well as help your athlete identify and deal with problems that might interfere with their favorite sport. Your doctor can also provide training tips and advice for avoiding injuries.
What Happens During the Exam?
Our pediatrician encourages you to bring your child's medical records to your initial consultation, as well as immunization copies, a list of allergies, and any medications that they are currently taking. The school may also require specific documentation, so be sure not to forget them before arriving. Once the doctor finishes assessing individual and family health history, they may ask questions about prior surgeries, hospitalizations, or suspicious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment at one of our Dallas/Rockwall County Locations
If your child is planning on playing sports this year, consult with a pediatrician here at Children's Medical Clinic to receive unparalleled education and care. We can provide peace of mind, before, during, and after your visit. For more information about sports physicals, conditions we treat, and the services we provide, visit our website. To schedule an appointment at one of our offices in the counties of Dallas and Rockwall, dial (972) 932-1319 today.
Be able to recognize the warning signs of asthma in your child.
When it comes to detecting asthma, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms in your little one so that you can seek appropriate medical attention. Our Kaufman pediatrician, Dr. Turner Lewis, III has diagnosed and treated countless children and teens dealing with this chronic lung disorder. Here’s what you should know about childhood asthma:
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes tightening, inflammation, and spasms of the bronchial tubes, all of which can cause many symptoms, interfere with your child exercising or may increase their chances for chest infections.
What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?
Common warning signs of asthma include,
- Chronic coughing (that may simply sound as if they are clearing their throat constantly)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing out
- Rapid breathing
What can trigger my child’s asthma?
There are many things that can impact your child’s breathing. It’s important to pinpoint these triggers as soon as possible so that you can avoid them. Common asthma triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Air pollution
- Cold air
- Cold or flu
- Fragrances, perfumes, and certain cleaning products
When should I call my child’s doctor?
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms above, then it’s time to visit Dr. Turner Lewis, III for a proper evaluation. You won’t be able to definitively tell whether or not your child has asthma or whether another respiratory condition or illness may be to blame for their symptoms; however, we have the proper tools to be able to check your child’s breathing and lung health to determine whether or not they have asthma.
How is asthma treated?
In order to effectively manage your child’s asthma and to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, Dr. Turner Lewis, III, will first identify their triggers by allergy testing. 80-90% of all children with asthma have at least one allergy trigger. After their triggers have been identified, Dr. Turner Lewis, III, will test their lung function and depending on the frequency of their symptoms and he will prescribe a short-acting medication to alleviate symptoms and most likely a long-term medication to control inflammation of the airways and mucus buildup.
Concerned? Give us a call
Whether you think your child might have asthma or you just need to schedule their next wellness visit, Children's Medical Clinics provides the most comprehensive pediatric care you’re looking for in Kaufman, TX and surrounding counties. Schedule your child’s next appointment by dialing (972) 932-1319.
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