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By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
March 04, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Skin Care  

Skincare is a topic that most adults understand, but what you might not know is that skincare is important at every age. It’s important to teach your child healthy skin care habits as early as possible. At Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, your pediatrician can help you develop a skincare routine that’s simple and protects your child’s skin from harm.
 

What Goes into a Proper Skincare Routine?
 

A proper skincare routine for a child should be quite simple. Starting at two years old, try combining washing their face into their routine of brushing their teeth. You can get a gentle cleanser meant for young children and follow up by using a lightweight lotion. It’s important to keep your child engaged, so consider making skincare a game. Have your child copy you during your skincare routine. In doing this, you get the added benefit of keeping yourself accountable in your own routine!
 

As your child gets older, their skin will be ready to handle more in terms of products. When they hit age six, this is a great time to include a gentle toner to balance their skin pH. Your Kaufman, TX, pediatrician will be able to guide you in the right direction of what products to get if you’re unsure.
 

As your child hits the teen years, skincare will be extremely important as they battle puberty. Having a balanced skincare routine will help with the stress of acne and will help ensure that they keep their skin healthy and protected.
 

Most importantly, at every age, is to apply sunscreen any time your child is spending time outside. Even in the winter sun, sunscreen is most important to protect your child’s skin and protect from harmful UV rays.
 

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!
 

If you have any questions about what goes into skincare and what products might be best for your child, feel free to contact your pediatrician at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, at (972) 932-1319 today!

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
February 05, 2021
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Wellness Visits  

At Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, your pediatrician offers your child a regular schedule of wellness visits from birth through college. Your pediatric team believes these check-ups are indispensable. Learn more about them.

The CDC schedule

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a well-child visit schedule, along with a vaccine schedule. Your pediatrician in Kaufman, TX, adheres to both; he administers these immunity-building medications at the routine check-up.

What happens at a wellness visit

Your child's wellness exam includes a head to toe assessment, including:

  • Vital signs (blood pressure, respiration, heart rate)
  • Inspection of ears, nose, and throat
  • Tracking of developmental milestones, such as walking, potty training, and more
  • Palpation of lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Measurement of height and weight
  • Hearing and vision acuity tests
  • Determination of stage of puberty
  • Assessment of muscular strength and reflexes
  • Assessment of speech and language development
  • Inspection of skin, hair, and nails

Dr. Lewis will update your child's medical history and complete any paperwork you need for school or daycare.

Come prepared with a list of questions or concerns you may have about your child's, mental, physical, and emotional development. With Dr. Lewis, you'll discuss nutrition, discipline issues, activity level, learning at school, behavior concerns, and management of chronic health conditions, such as ADHD, diabetes, eczema, allergies, and asthma. We can even apply preventive fluoride varnishes to your child's teeth as a proven, easy, and economical guardian against childhood tooth decay.

As your youngster's medical home, Children's Medical Clinics will coordinate and facilitate referrals to outside specialists as needed, and any lab work can be done on-site. We will update medication refills, and we offer in-office EKGs, pulmonary function tests, and more.

Learn more about well-child visits

At Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, your pediatrician and their staff are passionate about pediatric care. Wellness visits are foundational to that care. If it's time for your child's next assessment, call one of our four convenient clinics. Phone (972) 932-1319.

We are open Monday through Friday, and as always, we look forward to seeing you and your child!

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas  
November 30, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma   Asthma Attack  

How your pediatricians in Kaufman, Texas can help if your child has asthma

An asthma attack can be a frightening experience. When it’s hard to breathe, it’s easy to panic. The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent an asthma attack, and your doctor can help.

The pediatricians at Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, Texas offer comprehensive pediatric medical care services, including effective treatments to manage asthma.

So, how do you know if your child has asthma? Your doctor can do some diagnostic testing to determine your child's level of lung function and other factors. A thorough medical examination and symptom history are also important ways to diagnose asthma. Asthma signs and symptoms often become worse with physical activity. Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness and discomfort

Asthma often goes hand-in-hand with allergies. Your doctor may recommend allergy testing to find out what your child is allergic to. One of the most effective ways to prevent an asthma attack is by minimizing your child's exposure to allergens.

Other ways to prevent an asthma attack include:

  • Keeping your pets off of furniture and your child's bedroom
  • Keeping your windows and doors closed during spring and summer allergy season
  • Taking long-term asthma medications
  • Keeping the asthma rescue inhaler handy, especially when your child is active
  • Avoiding exposure to cigarette smoke

Your doctor can recommend an effective treatment plan to keep your child's asthma under control and minimize the risk of an asthma attack. Current Allergy and asthma treatments include:

  • Allergy shots
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Long-term asthma medications
  • Short-term rescue inhalers

An asthma attack is serious and can be life-threatening. Your child may be having an asthma attack if your child is suddenly gasping for air, or can’t speak because of breathing problems. You need to seek out emergency services immediately.

You don’t have to live in fear of your child having an asthma attack. You and your doctor can do a lot to help your child breathe better and prevent an asthma attack. To find out more about allergy and asthma treatment, call the pediatricians of Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, Texas at (972) 932-1319. Call today!

April 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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.

March 24, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Today Children's Medical Clinics has begun Telehealth visits for our patients!! Just another example of how we hear the concerns of our parents and respond. Telehealth visits won't be able to replace all in-office visits for more serious illnesses with fever and well visits with immunizations but there are a number of issues we feel can be handled and also minimize the spread of infections. Call us at 972.932.1319 if you are interested in a Telehealth Visit!!
 
Still no COVID-19 cases in Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Henderson or Navarro Counties!!
 
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