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November 16, 2018
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

The importance of immunizations

Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.

Just what is an immunization?

Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.

Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.

Are immunizations necessary?

Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.

Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.

Your pediatrician's services

They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:

  • Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain and swelling
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.

November 06, 2018
Tags: Cold   Flu   Child Care  

Cold Vs. Flu

Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.

What is a cold?

A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • A runny nose
  • Tiredness
  • Low-grade fever
The Centers for Disease Control states that most healthy children experience 8 to 10 colds by the age of two years.
What is the flu?
The flu is a much more serious viral infection. Of sudden and intense onset, the flu usually comes with:
  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Severe headache
  • Chills
Also, the flu lasts longer and debilitates sufferers. It carries dangerous complications, particularly with young children, the elderly, asthmatics, diabetics and those with weak immune systems.
Treating colds and the flu
Treating a cold involves rest, fluids and decongestants as needed. The onset of a cold is gradual, and so is recovery. Typically, your child will not need to visit the pediatrician if he or she has a simple cold. Simple symptom relief works well. However, high and persistent fever merits a call to your child's doctor.
Regarding the flu, your pediatrician may do an in-office Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test (a throat or nasal swab) to confirm the diagnosis. They may prescribe antiviral medication and instruct on how to monitor a young child's symptoms. Keep your youngster well-hydrated, and administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.
If flu symptoms escalate (labored respirations, severe headache, rapid heart rate or anything that seems unusual to you), take your child to the nearest hospital ER for evaluation. Pneumonia is a frequent and life-threatening complication of influenza.
Prevention is the best medicine
Protect all members of the family with these simple measures:
  1. Eat a healthy diet.
  2. Stay well-hydrated.
  3. Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
  4. Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
  5. Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  6. Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
  7. Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
Trust your pediatrician
They work hard to prevent acute illnesses such as colds and the flu. The doctor and professional team are great resources for prevention, healing and overall well-being for your children.

By Heraud Pediatrics
November 05, 2018
Category: Welcome
Tags: Pediatrics  

Welcome to Our Blog!

Heraud Pediatrics would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about child health care and our practice.

At Heraud Pediatrics we believe that educated parents are better prepared to make decisions regarding their child’s health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest pediatric developments and child health care advice from our dedicated team. 

Heraud Pediatrics hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper child health care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

-- Heraud Pediatrics

By Heraud Pediatrics
November 05, 2018
Tags: Ear Infection  

Find out the common signs that your little one could be battling an ear infection.ear infection

Nothing is worse then when your child is sick. Of course, if your child is so young that they aren’t able to talk yet, it can be nearly impossible for your child to be able to communicate what they are experiencing. Even children can find it difficult to express certain problems they may be having. Of course, our Orlando, FL pediatricians are here to provide a list of signs that could be warning you that your child might have an ear infection.

While any child can develop an ear infection, unfortunately children under 3 years old are often more at risk for developing this problem. Why? Because their immune systems aren’t quite strong enough to battle the different kinds of bacteria. If your child complains of an earache this is often a very good indicator that something is wrong. Other symptoms include:

  • Draining of the ear
  • Difficulty hearing or muffled hearing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Tugging at the ear
  • Fussy or irritability
  • Crying or clingy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms or comes down with a fever, it’s time to visit your Orlando, FL children’s doctor for care. If your baby is under 6 months old and has an ear infection, antibiotics will be necessary so come into our office right away for care.

In some situations, our doctor may recommend waiting it out before deciding whether antibiotics are appropriate or necessary. If there is no improvement in symptoms then antibiotics may be prescribed.

If you are looking for ways to prevent ear infections in your little one, here are some handy tips:

  • If your child has allergies make sure they are being properly managed to prevent mucus from building up in the Eustachian tubes of the ears.
  • Quit smoking, as secondhand smoke can also increase your child’s chances of developing an ear infection.
  • Vaccinate your child. These vaccines will lessen your child’s risk of ear infections.
  • Make sure your child washes their hands often to prevent the common cold.

If you are concerned that your child may have an ear infection don’t hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician. We can determine whether or not your little one needs to come in for care.