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  1. Swimmer’s Ear

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    Swimmer’s Ear: Protecting Your Child From Infection

    If your child starts to complain about an itching feeling in the ear or if you start to see pus or a colored liquid oozing out of their ear, it is possible that they have a condition called Swimmer’s Ear. Get them to Pediatric Partners immediately to get this problem treated.

    What is Swimmer’s Ear?

    Medically termed as otitis externa, Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation that affects the external section of the canal of your ear. This happens when there is water in the ear that does not get drained properly, usually from a bath or during swimming.

    Causes of Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s ear is very common in children, especially as they get to their teens. This problem sometimes occurs along with another kind of infection like ear infections or respiratory problems. Unclean water is usually the most common cause of ear problems. Bacteria in the water can get into your child’s ear and get into the canal region, causing an infection. If something gets stuck in the ear or if the ear is scratched too much, it could also pick up an infection. Cleaning ears with cotton swabs and other instruments could also damage the skin inside the ear if it is done too harshly. Fungus rarely causes Swimmer’s ear.

    Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear

    Some of the common ear infection symptoms are:

    •    An earache that keeps getting worse, especially when you pull on the outer part of the ear
    •    Loss of hearing or a ringing in ears
    •    Itching on the outer part of the ear or even on the ear canal
    •    Liquid that starts to drain from the ear which is usually a yellow, green or pus like color and often has a foul smell

    Treatment

    As soon your child starts suffering from swimmer’s ear, you should visit our office immediately. For swimmers ear treatment, ear drops are given for a course that ranges from ten to fourteen days. The antibiotics in the ear drops clear out the infection. In some cases when the problem is really bad, the doctor may ask you to use a wick that will have to be inserted into your child’s ear so that the drops can flow down right to the canal. If the infection has spread beyond the ear, the doctor may also prescribe oral antibiotics. Corticosteroids are also often prescribed in order to reduce the inflammation.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of your children right from when they are born until they reach adolescence. Our experienced medical professionals and disease treatment solutions ensure that you and your child will be in good hands. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  2. Sinus Infections

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    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SINUS INFECTION AND THE COMMON COLD

    Can you tell the difference between a cold and something more difficult, like sinusitis, otherwise known as a sinus infection? Though symptoms are similar, the two conditions are treated differently, which is why it is important to understand the origins of a sinus infection and how you can separate it from the common cold.

    WHAT IS SINUSITIS?

    A sinus infection is usually caused by either a bacteria or virus that has the end result of inflaming the sinus passages, blocking off any air, leaving the sufferer feeling stuffed up, just like a cold. The difference between sinusitis and a cold is that after it sets in, the sufferer finds it difficult to breathe, can be nauseated, and has fits of coughing and sneezing, with a watery nasal discharge.

    A cold will ease off after three to four days, while an attack of sinusitis can last for a week or more. After three days, a younger child will develop a fever, as well as a cough and upset stomach. Older children may feel pain in their teeth, ears and sinuses, have a persistent dry cough, feel a tenderness or throbbing around their sinuses, and in some cases, may feel pain behind their eyes as pressure continues to develop.

    WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR

    A cold will normally run its course within two to three days, while sinusitis should be on the mend within seven days. If symptoms persist or worsen past the seven day mark, it is a sign that the immune system is not capable of dealing with the infection on its own.

    In order to diagnose your child’s condition definitively, your pediatrician may run additional tests, to rule out a bacterial or viral infection like pneumonia, bronchitis, early asthma development, or allergies. Once the source of the distress is determined, then proper treatment can begin.

    SINUSITIS TREATMENT

    Generally, your pediatrician will prescribe oral antibiotics and nasal decongestants, in order to control symptoms while the body fights infection. Any pain can be treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as it can be dangerous to give young children aspirin for any reason.

    Does your child’s cold seem to be more than just a cold? It may be a sinus infection. Call Pediatric Partners for an appointment today.

  3. Summer Breathing Issues

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    HOW TO DEAL WITH SUMMER BREATHING ISSUES IN CHILDREN

    For kids with breathing issues, the summer can be a particularly difficult time. Heavy air and changes in weather can lead to shortness of breath in some children, especially those who suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and COPD. However, in addition to acquiring a proper diagnosis, there are a several ways to alleviate these difficulties.

    WHY DOES SUMMER MAKE BREATHING DIFFICULT?

    When you take a breath, the oxygen is transported to your body through your bloodstream, working to normalize your body temperature. In the summer heat, the body must work harder to keep its normal temperature and requires more oxygen to help it cool down. For children suffering from respiratory problems, this process can be dangerous and may trigger a condition known as bronchospasms.

    In a brochospasm, the lining of the airway contracts and cramps. For a child who suffers from asthma, this can worsen the condition very fast and, in some cases, can be life-threatening. This means that even normal activities become an uphill task, which is why doctors advise those who suffer from breathing issues to keep physical activities at a bare minimum during these hot months. Additionally, kids experiencing these conditions should be kept from playing outside during the heat of the day. Let them outdoors during the early morning and evening.

    IMMEDIATE TREATMENT IS IMPORTANT

    If your child suffers from asthma or any other chronic breathing condition, make it a point to keep the number of a good medical facility handy. Ideally, the facility should be able to provide immediate service, as an emergency can occur at anytime. Never try any home remedies as breathing conditions can aggravate rapidly. Even in the case of a mild attack, take your child to the doctor.

    OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

    Additional ways to prevent breathing difficulty and provide comfort include:

    • Ensure that he/she wears light and comfortable clothing.
    • Ensure he/she drinks plenty of liquids, including water and fresh fruit juices

    If you think your child may be experiencing summer breathing issues, call Pediatric Partners.

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