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By Children's Medical Clinics
November 04, 2019
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: child’s asthma  

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 asthmamedical 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
  • Fatigue
  • 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:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Cockroaches
  • Pet dander
  • Exercise
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Cold air
  • Stress
  • 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.

By Children's Medical Clinics
October 16, 2019
Tags: Newborn Care  

Caring for a newborn baby can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. From managing feeding and sleeping schedules to newborn-infant-babyimmunizations and well-child visits, newborn and infant care is constantly evolving through every stage of development. Fortunately, here at Children's Medical Clinics in the Kaufman, your pediatrician, Dr. Turner Lewis, and his professional team are here to help along every step of the way! Proudly serving the Kaufman, Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood, TX, areas, read on to learn how Dr. Lewis can help you!

 

Newborn Care in Dallas and the surrounding areas

In addition to providing direct medical care and various screenings, your pediatrician also carefully monitors development to ensure that your child is progressing as expected and hitting standard milestones.

Children's Medical Clinics offer a range of services from birth through adolescence including:

  • Well child appointments and screenings
  • After hours care and same day appointments
  • Developmental screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Counseling for special needs
  • Patient education

Of course, if you are caring for a newborn, you already know that it involves much more than feedings and nailing down a good sleeping schedule for both the baby and yourself. Your pediatrician can help you with any questions and concerns, from breastfeeding information to counseling for special needs.

Some of the most common health issues and concerns for newborns include:

  • Cold and flu
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diaper rash
  • Colic
  • Ear infection
  • Jaundice
  • Diarrhea

 

Signs You Should Take Your Newborn to See the Pediatrician

Children's Medical Clinics recommends standard good child visits at three to five days, two weeks, and then every two months. However, if your baby gets sick outside of a scheduled appointment or checkup, or is exhibiting certain symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with the pediatrician as soon as possible.

Some of the symptoms to look out for in a newborn baby include:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a few days
  • High fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Crying more than usual
  • Blood in vomit or stool
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of seizure
  • Drainage from one or both ears
  • Rash
  • Uncontrollable breathing
  • Becomes limp or unresponsive
  • Yellow skin or eyes

Some of the most common health issues and concerns for newborns include:

  • Cold and flu
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diaper rash
  • Colic
  • Ear infection
  • Jaundice
  • Diarrhea

 

Give us a call

For more information about newborn care and pediatric services, contact Children's Medical Clinics today by calling 972-932-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis. We are proud to serve the Kaufman, Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood, TX, communities!

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By Children's Medical Clinics
March 26, 2019
Tags: ADHD  

Are you wondering if your child’s issues with concentration could be due to ADHD?

All children will have issues with concentration once in a while. They may become easily distracted or make a careless mistake on their ADHDhomework. It happens, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. However, if these habits are becoming the norm then you may be wondering whether or not your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Discover some of the warning signs that might mean that it’s time to schedule an evaluation with your Kaufman, TX, pediatrician also serving Rockwall and Dallas, Dr. C. Turner Lewis.

ADHD Symptoms: What to Look Out For

The three classic symptoms of ADHD are:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity

It is important to recognize that children don’t always display all of these symptoms. In fact, some children may only exhibit one symptom while others may exhibit all three. That’s why it can take parents a while to figure out that their children’s behaviors are actually stemming from ADHD.

We break down these three main symptoms of ADHD:

Inattentiveness

As you may be able to guess, children with ADHD have a lot of trouble concentrating and staying focused. Children who display symptoms of inattentiveness may:

  • Have trouble staying organized
  • Often lose or misplace items
  • Become easily distracted
  • Often daydream or seem like their mind is elsewhere
  • Have difficulty paying attention to lectures, conversations or books
  • Jump from one task to another without completing anything
  • Make careless mistakes or miss important details
  • Have trouble following instructions

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

These two symptoms can be lumped together since they are similar. Children who display symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity may:

  • Fidget and move around a lot
  • Have trouble sitting still or remaining seated
  • Not be able to wait patiently in line
  • Blurt out answers without waiting to be called on by the teacher
  • Talk excessively and interrupt others while they talk
  • Have difficulty playing quietly or participating in certain activities
  • Have trouble with impulse control
  • Be prone to temper tantrums and moods swings

Should my child be evaluated for ADHD?

Again, it’s important to recognize that a lot of these habits and behaviors will occur in children who don’t have ADHD; however, if your child is displaying many of these symptoms, if these symptoms occur frequently and if they manifest in all environments such as home, school or social interactions then it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician, also serving Rockwall and Dallas, to find out if your child has ADHD.

 

Children's Medical Clinics, is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate pediatric care to children and teens living in Kaufman, Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood, TX. Whether you need to schedule an ADHD evaluation or you just need to schedule your child’s next checkup, don’t hesitate to give our pediatrician a call.

By Children's Medical Clinics
February 28, 2019
Tags: Immunizations  

Immunizations are an important part of every child's health and wellness plan. In addition to protecting your children from potentially Immunizationserious diseases like chicken pox and the measles, immunizations also help to keep vulnerable members of the family and community healthy as well. Dr. Turner Lewis, a pediatrician at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, offers immunization and pediatric services to patients from the surrounding counties of Rockwall and Dallas. Read on to learn how his services can help your child!

Childhood Immunizations
Immunizations help children and adults develop immunity to a number of illnesses, from the flu to meningitis. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide guidelines for pediatricians to administer immunizations that follow a specific schedule from infancy to age 12. The doses are spread out over several visits depending on the vaccination, and the pediatrician will let you know when it is time to set up an appointment for your child for each immunization.

What Vaccinations Protect Against
There are a number of once prevalent and potentially life-threatening and debilitating illnesses that have all but been eradicated thanks to childhood immunizations. Some of the diseases from which vaccines protect children and adults include:

  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Diphtheria
  • Whooping cough (rubella)
  • German measles (rubella)
  • Mumps
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus
  • Influenza

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding immunizations, but the truth is that they are a critical factor in individual and community health and safety. Because certain people cannot receive immunizations due to factors like age and underlying health conditions, vulnerable members of your family and society rely on healthy individuals who can be immunized to avoid exposure, a phenomenon known as herd immunity.
Speak directly to your pediatrician with any questions or concerns about immunizations and your child or infant's health.

Find a Pediatrician Today!
For more information about immunizations and why they are essential for your child's health and development, contact Children's Medical Clinics by calling 972-932-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis today! We are proud to serve the residents of Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Henderson, Hunt, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt, & Wood.





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