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By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
June 13, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

When your child suffers from asthma, as a parent, you probably want to learn anything and everything you can do to help. This article will provide education on the best ways to manage your child's symptoms, both from a medical standpoint and at home. Dr. C. Turner Lewis and his team of providers from Children's Medical Clinics are experienced in treating asthma in Kaufman, TX.

What causes asthma?

Asthma is generally a lifelong condition. But the longevity of it should not scare you, because when managed properly, it will cause little disruption to your child's life and they should be able to participate in any activity. While the exact cause of the development of asthma is not known, there are known risk factors. These are:

  • Genetics: If you have asthma, your child will most likely develop asthma at some point 
  • Allergies: Having allergies increases the chances of developing asthma. Certain allergic conditions and asthma are linked.
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain irritants in the air can cause one to develop asthma. Especially when an infant or child is exposed to certain irritants or allergens when their immune system has yet to fully mature.
  • Respiratory infections: Infections in a young person's airways can cause long-lasting damage to their still-developing lungs.

What are the treatments for asthma in my child?

The treatment strategy recommended will be unique to your child's type and severity of asthma in Kaufman, TX. We offer fast-acting treatments for acute asthma attacks as well as longer-acting medications that can control and prevent the disease from exacerbating. These include:

  • Fast-acting treatments: These treatments include using an inhaler or nebulizer that utilizes a variety of different medications, chosen to specifically combat your child's unique asthma symptoms. These medications are categorized as short-acting beta-agonists and are sometimes referred to as "rescue medications."
  • Asthma-controlling medication: These medications are given for persistent asthma and are considered long-term treatment options. These medications are taken every day to minimize asthmatic symptoms. They are:
    • Inhaled steroids - combination inhaler which consists of a steroid plus a beta-agonist
    • Theophylline - This timed-release pill keeps the airway open for an extended time
    • Leukotriene modifiers - (usually administered in chewable tablet form)
    • Biological therapies - for the control of asthma that is used when inhaler therapy and other medications have not worked.

What steps can I take at home to help my child?

Learning things you can do at home is crucial for your child to help minimize their symptoms.

  • Keep a clean home and minimize dust, particularly in your child's bedroom.
  • Keep the windows closed when the air quality is poor.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Bathe pets weekly and don't allow them in the bedroom
  • Avoid burning wood such as in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Contact us

Dr. Lewis at Children's Medical Clinics will make your child feel safe, secure, and healthy. Get treatment for your child's asthma in Kaufman, TX by calling (972) 932-1319.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
March 29, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Ear Infections  

Ear infections can cause earaches and other symptoms that leave your child feeling uncomfortable. It is important to see a pediatrician if your child has symptoms of an ear infection. Left untreated, an ear infection could result in fluid remaining trapped in the ear and possible hearing loss. The providers at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX are experienced in providing pediatric care for over 25 years.  We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection

A wide range of symptoms can develop as a result of an ear infection. Younger children might not be able to clearly articulate their symptoms, so it is important that parents and caregivers are able to recognize the signs of a possible ear infection. Symptoms of ear infections in kids can include:

  • Earaches or pain
  • Pulling on or rubbing the ear
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Difficulty hearing sounds
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fussiness
  • Fever

Treating Ear Infections in Children

There are several things you can do at home to deal with an ear infection and help your child feel more comfortable until you are able to see the pediatrician at our Kaufman, TX office. Over-the-counter ear drops and oral pain relievers can help minimize discomfort. Oral pain relief medications are also beneficial for reducing fever if your child has one. Another thing you can do is apply a warm compress to the ear to reduce pain and discomfort.

Several methods are available for treating ear infections in children. The best treatment option for your child will depend partly on the type and severity of the infection. Treatment could include:

  • Oral antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Ear drops to alleviate pain and block the growth of bacteria
  • Ear tubes for improving ventilation and preventing fluid build up (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)
  • A myringotomy procedure to drain fluids from behind the eardrum (ONLY FOR CHRONIC OR FREQUENT EAR INFECTIONS)

If your child has symptoms of an ear infection, it is best to see a doctor right away. Treating the infection promptly helps prevent it from getting worse, as well as alleviate any pain or discomfort your child is experiencing. To see a pediatrician in Kaufman, TX, schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric providers at Children’s Medical Clinics by (972) 932-1319. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
March 25, 2022
Tags: After Hours Clinic  

Injuries and illnesses don't always happen at convenient times. Fortunately, the after-hours clinic at Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, offers evening and weekend care should your child have an injury, high fever or another health emergency. Staffed by pediatrician Dr. C. Turner Lewis and our pediatric providers, the clinic offers an alternative to emergency room visits for most illnesses. We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

When to call the after-hours clinic

Is your child limping after a fall off the trampoline or complaining about ear pain? If your son or daughter has a problem that isn't life-threatening but should be evaluated as soon as possible, it's a good idea to call Children's Medical Clinics' after-hours clinic staff. The after-hours clinic is on-call from 430-7 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and from 830am until noon on Saturday/ In addition, we provide one of our pediatric staff by phone after these hours. Please call our main number at 972-932-1319 for instructions to reach us by phone after the above hours.

The healthcare providers can:

  • Treat Illnesses: Illnesses often seem to worsen in the evenings or during weekends when most doctor's offices aren't open. The after-hours clinic is the ideal place to call if your child is suffering from a virus, earache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomachache or other ailments. Thanks to the on-site laboratory, you won't have to wait days to get your child's lab results.
  • Examine Rashes: Not sure if that rash is just a skin problem or a sign of an allergic reaction? It's best to be cautious and have your child examined as soon as possible.
  • Treat Injuries: The providers at our after-hours clinic often see kids who've been hurt on the playground or playing field. They can stitch a cut, treat minor burns and sprains, and X-ray a painful arm or leg to determine if your child has a fracture.
  • Ease Asthma Symptoms: Has your child's asthma flared up? Our after-hours staff can test your child's pulmonary function and help him or her manage asthma symptoms. (If your child is struggling to breathe, turning blue, breathing rapidly, panting or gasping, confused or can't speak in complete sentences, call 911 immediately.)
  • Evaluate Eye Problems: The clinic can also diagnose and treat minor eye injuries and illnesses, like pink eye.

Does your child need to visit our after-hours clinic at Children's Medical Clinics? Call (972) 932-1319 to make an appointment with one of pediatric providers.  Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
January 18, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

Here are some helpful tips to help your child get asthma under control.

Whether your child has just been diagnosed with asthma or whether you suspect that they could have it, nothing is more important than turning to our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician Dr. Turner Lewis not only for a proper diagnosis but also a treatment plan that can help your child manage their symptoms. While symptoms can fluctuate and change as a child gets older, it’s important to know how to help your child manage their symptoms. We also serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

Know Their Triggers

It’s tough to prevent asthma flare-ups when you’re not sure what keeps triggering your child’s symptoms. That’s one reason to turn to our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician Dr. Lewis. We can provide you and your child with answers regarding what’s triggering their asthma. It could be exercise, stress, environmental pollutants, or seasonal allergies. The goal is to figure out what triggers their symptoms so you can help your child avoid exposure whenever possible.

Keep Up with Regular Doctor’s Visits

When your child comes into our Kaufman, TX, practice, our pediatrician Dr. Lewis will map out a treatment plan to help your child get their asthma under control. This not only involves making certain lifestyle changes but also providing prescription medication to reduce airway inflammation.

As you might imagine, our team will want to check up on your child about 1-2 months after their initial appointment to make sure that their treatment plan is helping manage their symptoms. Your child will most likely come into the office every three months to make sure that the treatment plan is effective.

Have a Clear-Cut Asthma Action Plan

Another thing you will receive from our team is a detailed action plan for how to handle everything from your child’s asthma symptoms to what to do in case of an emergency. This is something that you should keep handy. You may also want to provide a copy of your child’s asthma treatment plan to the school nurse so they also know how to help your child should a problem arise.

Make Sure They are Taking Their Medication Properly

Most likely, your child will be prescribed both a daily controlled medication to help manage airway inflammation and reduce the possibility for an attack, as well as a rescue inhaler (which should only be used at the first signs of an asthma attack). It’s important that you follow all medications’ instructions. If you have questions about any of the medications your child is taking, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

When asthma flares up or your child has trouble breathing, we know that getting immediate care is the most important. That’s why we offer nightly and weekend urgent care hours seven days a week at our Kaufman, TX, practice. If your child is dealing with a serious asthma attack or other asthmatic issues, call us at (972) 932-1319 or turn to Children’s Medical Clinics immediately. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
January 05, 2022
Tags: Sports Physicals  

If your child plays sports either through school or extracurricular activities, it is important to make sure that they are given the care and attention they need through an annual physical exam. Sports physicals are especially important, as they can help to ensure your child's health and safety before getting on the field. If you are looking for sports physicals in Kaufman, TX, also serving Forney, Rockwall, and Dallas, TX, consider reaching out to the Children's Medical Clinics.

Why Should You Get a Sports Physical?

Sports physicals can be beneficial for children involved in sports as they help to ensure a child's safe participation in activities by checking their health status. By evaluating a child's vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration rate, assessing their joints and posture, as well as checking their vision, ears, nose, throat, and abdomen, a sports physical can be a comprehensive evaluation for your child's health status before participating in sports.

What Can a Sports Physical Identify?

Following a physical exam and comprehensive health history, a doctor may be able to identify issues such as allergies, asthma, joint dislocations, bone fractures, heart arrhythmia, fevers, or abdominal mass. All of these conditions can pose a health risk to your child if they go on to play sports without proper treatment.

How Often Should You Get a Sports Physical?

Sports physicals in Kaufman, TX, also serving Forney, Rockwall, and Dallas, TX, should be done before the start of each new season, or at least once per year. If your child is having any difficulties following the start of their season or conditioning, it may be beneficial to have a follow-up visit to ensure their health and safety.

Where Can I Get a Sports Physical Near Me?

An annual check-up with your pediatrician may not be enough to identify health risks that may affect your child's performance in sports. For specialized athletic care and sports physicals in Kaufman, TX, also serving Dallas, Ellis, Henderso, Hun, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt, TX, the Children's Medical Clinics are here to serve you and your family. For questions or to make an appointment today, please call (972) 932-1319.

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