Are you concerned that your son or daughter may have an ear infection? Our Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Kola Ologunja of Spectrum Pediatric Group, shares information on this common type of infection.
What are the signs of an ear infection?
Pain is one of the chief symptoms of an ear infection. If your child complains that their ears hurt, suspect an ear infection. Although your baby can't complain about ear pain, they may display a few common ear infection signs, such as:
- Pulling on the ears
- Crying often
- Difficulty sleeping due to increased pain when lying flat
- Loss of appetite
Fever can be a symptom of an ear infection, although infections can sometimes occur without a fever. If your child does have a fever, it may be 100F or higher. Older children may have trouble sleeping, too, and may be very irritable. An ear infection may dull your child's hearing and may cause balance issues. In some cases, you may also see fluid draining from an ear.
When should I make an appointment for my child?
Call our Kennesaw office if your child has had pain for at least a day or if the pain is steadily getting worse and isn't helped by over-the-counter pain medication. It's also important to call us if your child's fever is 101 or higher or blood or pus drains from the ear.
Don't wait 24 hours to call if your child has a fever of 104F or higher, is in severe pain, has an immune system condition, is an infant, or if the area behind the ear looks red or swollen.
How are ear infections treated?
You've probably heard that prescribing antibiotics when they're not really needed can lead to antibiotic resistance. To prevent that problem, doctors have adopted a "wait and see" approach to prescribing antibiotics for ear infections. If the symptoms are caused by a virus, they'll usually start to improve in a few days. Soothing ear drops and over-the-counter pain medication can be very helpful in reducing symptoms. When the pain and other symptoms don't go away or worsen, your child will probably need antibiotics.
Let us know if you're concerned about your child's ears. Call our Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Ologunja of Spectrum Pediatric Group, at (770) 966-0749 to make an appointment for your son or daughter.
Sports injuries can happen to even the healthiest kids. Know how to handle them!
You want to protect your child from injuries whenever possible but it can be a bit more difficult when they are out on that field. In the heat of the game a lot can happen. Our Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Kola Ologunja, has seen a lot of injuries over the years including:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures and tendonitis (overuse injuries)
- Back injuries
While more minor problems like sprain and strains can be treated with at-home options like the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), it’s important to visit your child’s doctor in Kennesaw if they sustain an injury while playing sports. Everything from dental injuries to concussions is serious and getting treatment as soon as possible is imperative to preventing further complications (your little one doesn’t want to spend more time being benched then they need to be).
There are many things that can be done to prevent injuries such as:
- Properly warming-up the body with conditioning and dynamic stretching
- Wearing helmets to prevent concussions
- Always wearing a mouthguard to protect teeth and gums
- Wearing shin guards, elbow guards and other protective padding to prevent damage to soft tissue and to protect the bones
- Sporting appropriate and supportive footwear for the specific sport
When should my child see a doctor for a sports-related injury?
If your child has been injured during practice or during a game it’s always a good idea to give us a call. In some instances, we may just ask parents to monitor their child for any changes and only bring them in if symptoms get worse. Of course, if you suspect that your child has gotten a concussion, has a broken bone or a dislocation then immediate care is necessary. While it might seem obvious, serious injuries should always receive urgent treatment. Of course, if minor symptoms don’t go away with rest, icing or other at-home treatment then it’s time to get a medical expert’s opinion. If their symptoms are also affecting their activities then it’s a good time to make an appointment.
Do you need to schedule your child’s next physical? Have questions about keeping your child protected? Then call Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA, today!
Taking your child to the doctor is a necessity. There are countless reasons why you should make scheduling your child’s regular wellness visits continuously. Ultimately, checkups are an integral part of making sure that they are growing as they should and are protected against illness and disease. A pediatrician in Kennesaw, GA, such as Dr. Kola Ologunja can help you stay on top of these important things regarding your child.
Why Regular Wellness Visits Are So Important
Making sure that your child sees a pediatrician in Kennesaw regularly helps them to be protected against new viruses, illnesses or disease that they may come into contact with. These regular wellness visits allow Dr. Ologunja to have a good history of your child’s health that he can follow as he or she grows. This gives him a firsthand look at how your child is doing in terms of their health. If anything should come up that is unusual for them, he will be able to focus on it and ensure their health is not compromised.
Regular wellness visits also allow Dr. Ologunja to recognize signs of growth so that he can monitor whether or not they are on track for their age. He can also answer any questions you may have about your child’s health at these important visits. Tracking your child's healthy is the preventative way from being on top of anything that should occur with their health as they grow.
Schedule a Wellness Visit Today
Ultimately, the first step to keeping your child the healthiest is ensuring that you schedule these wellness visits with a pediatrician in Kennesaw, GA, such as Dr. Ologunja. These visits allow your child to become comfortable with doctors, which makes it easier for the future. To schedule your child’s regular wellness visit today with Dr. Ologunja today, call 770-966-0778.
You do everything you can to keep your children from getting sick: give them vitamins, wash their hands, keep them away from others who have the cold or flu. One of the best decisions you can make for your child's health is to keep them current on their vaccination schedule. At Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA, Dr. Kola Ologunja and his medical staff have the experience necessary to make sure your child has received the proper vaccinations. The typical schedule is outlined here.
At two months of age, your pediatrician recommends bringing your child to Spectrum Pediatric Group to receive following vaccinations:
- DTaP: Protects against diptheria, tetanus and pertussis. In recent years, pertussis or whooping cough, has been on the rise, making this vaccine very important for infants.
- HiB: Protects against dangerous bacterial infections like meningitis and pneumonia.
- IVP: Protects against poliomyelitis, a virus that attacks the spinal cord and causes paralysis. Although it is extremely rare in America due to the vaccine, the increase in world travel makes the vaccine a necessary precaution.
- PCV/PPSV: Protects against pneumococcal bacteria, which can cause several different illnesses from middle ear infections to blood stream infections.
- RV: Protects against rotavirus, a severe infection of the digestive tract.
At four months and six months, most of these vaccines require boosters. Once your child is six months old, they can receive the annual flu vaccine to help prevent severe respiratory illness. Between one and two years, the MMR vaccine can be given; this prevents measles (a respiratory illness causing an all-over rash), mumps (an infection of the salivary glands) and rubella (also known as German measles; causes an illness with a rash that is very dangerous to pregnant women). More boosters may be required during infancy and the toddler years; talk to your Kennesaw pediatrician.
Between ages 4 and 6, your child should receive boosters of DTaP, MMR and IPV. The varicella vaccine is also given to prevent chicken pox, a contagious virus that causes a high fever and itchy blisters all over the body.
Adolescents and teens
A tetanus/diptheria/pertussis booster is the last of the childhood vaccines that your child will receive, usually between the ages of 11 and 12. During this time and between the ages of 16 and 18, your pediatrician will also recommend receiving vaccinations that prevent different types of meningitis, which is a severe infection of the fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Keeping your children healthy is your number one priority, and choosing a pediatrician is part of that process. We here at Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA want to work with you to prevent your children from experiencing major illnesses. Give us a call to update your child's vaccination record today!
Flu is no fun when you're an adult, but it can be particularly serious in children. Luckily, a flu shot can help protect your child from the virus. Dr. Kola Ologunja, your Kennesaw, GA pediatrician at Spectrum Pediatric Group, answers a few questions about flu shots for kids.
Is it too early to get a flu shot?
Although cases of the flu are most prevalent during the winter months, outbreaks can happen as early as October. Inoculating your child against the flu now will help you ensure that your son or daughter is protected even if the Kennesaw area experiences an early flu season.
Is the flu shot effective?
You probably know someone who got the flu despite getting a flu shot. Although flu shots cover the most common strains of the flu, you or your child can get the flu if you catch a strain that's not included in the vaccine. Despite the fact that flu shots don't offer 100 percent protection from all strains of the flu, they are very effective in preventing the most common types of flu. Every year, scientists change the vaccine to target the most prevalent flu viruses.
Isn't the flu a minor illness?
The flu can be a very serious illness in children. Every year, 20,000 U.S. children are hospitalized due to complications from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, a small percentage of these children die. Severe complications are more likely to occur in children younger than 2 and in those who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma and other lung diseases, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney and liver disorders, neurological diseases and weakened immune systems, although any child can develop flu complications.
Flu shots help your child avoid the potentially serious consequences of the flu. Call Dr. Ologunja, your Kennesaw, GA pediatrician at Spectrum Pediatric Group, at (770) 966-0778 to schedule your child's flu shot.
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