Approximately 8% of children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma in the United States, and the prevalence of asthma has been on the rise for several years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although asthma symptoms can affect your child's quality of life, the symptoms are manageable and treatment is available to help your child remain healthy and active. Dr. Kola Ologunja, a pediatrician at Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA, advises parents to know the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms of asthma and to work with a pediatrician to find the best treatment plan.
Pediatric Asthma Treatment in Kennesaw, GA
Asthma is a chronic (long term) lung condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. In addition to swelling and inflammation, people with asthma may also experience mucus buildup, making the airways even narrower and the flow of air into the lungs more constricted. Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe, and identifying and avoiding "triggers" can help to minimize the risk of suffering an asthma attack.
Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors for Pediatric Asthma
Asthma commonly develops in childhood, and while there are some factors that can increase your child's risk, anyone can develop asthma at any age. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the most common symptoms and risk factors for pediatric asthma include:
- Frequent coughing and wheezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Lethargy/lack of energy
- Food or environmental allergies
- Family history of asthma
- Suffering from frequent respiratory infections
- Exposure to tobacco smoke
- Low birth weight
Although there is no cure, pediatric asthma can be treated, typically through lifestyle modifications designed to help avoid known triggers, and medication.
Find a Pediatrician in Kennesaw, GA
To learn more about your child's individual asthma risk, and for more information about pediatric asthma diagnosis and treatment, contact Spectrum Pediatric Group by calling (770) 966-0778 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ologunja today.
Do you know if your child has received all of the immunizations recommended for his or her age? Immunizations protect your child from a variety of illnesses that can cause very serious health consequences. Your Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Kolo Ologunja, discusses the vaccines every child should receive.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines are designed to trick your child's body into producing antibodies against a disease that he or she never actually had. Very weak or killed germs are injected into the body when your child is immunized. Although these germs are so weak that they won't make your child sick, his or her immune system doesn't realize that. It treats the germs as a threat and makes antibodies to fight them. Should your child ever be exposed to the disease in the future, the immune system will recognize the germs and immediately produce antibodies that will protect your son or daughter from becoming ill.
Are all immunizations really needed today?
Most of us don't know anyone in Kennesaw who has actually had polio, yet just 65 years ago, people were dying or becoming permanently disabled as a result of contracting the disease. The polio vaccine quickly stopped the spread of the disease and made it virtually nonexistent today.
Unfortunately, if we don't continue to immunize children against common diseases, the illnesses can make a comeback. When some parents decided to forego whooping cough (pertussis) immunizations in the past few years, the incidence of the disease began to rise. Immunizations not only safeguard your son or daughter's health, but also help protect other children who can't get the vaccines because they're not old enough or have certain health conditions.
Which immunizations are needed?
Immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- MMR (Measles, mumps and rubella)
- DTaP (Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis)
- HiB (Haemophilus influenza type B
- HBV (Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis)
The recommended schedule for each immunization varies based on your child's age, health and prior immunizations.
Help your child avoid childhood illnesses and diseases with immunizations. Call our Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Ologunja, at (770) 966-0778 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.
ADHD is an abbreviation for a condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD affects as many as 6.4 million children across the U.S. between the ages of four and seventeen. For children and teens with ADHD, school can be a challenging place as individuals with ADHD often have trouble concentrating and remaining focused. At Spectrum Pediatric Group, your doctor’s office for pediatrics in Kennesaw, GA, Dr. Kola Ologunja can diagnose and treat ADHD.
There are a variety of symptoms associated with ADHD. If your child exhibits several of these symptoms on a regular basis, your child could possibly have ADHD. Visit your Kennesaw pediatrics office for an accurate diagnosis. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, the doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your child’s specific symptoms and needs. Boys and girls can both be diagnosed with ADHD; however, it tends to be more common in boys than girls. Symptoms of ADHD can include:
- Difficulty staying focused in school
- Trouble concentrating on homework
- Inability to remain organized
- Difficulty listening to others
- Hyperactive behavior
- Tendency to regularly procrastinate
- Persistent forgetfulness
- Constant fidgeting
- Distracted easily
- Strained relationships with peers
Treatment of ADHD
ADHD cannot be completely cured or eliminated. However, there are treatments that can help individuals with ADHD manage their symptoms so they can better focus and concentrate when needed. Treatment of ADHD can include medication and/or behavioral therapy. Medications are used to control specific symptoms of ADHD. For instance, some medications can minimize hyperactivity and improve concentration.
Behavioral therapy is a method for teaching young people with ADHD different techniques for managing hyperactive behavior and improving concentration. Behavioral therapy can also include positive reinforcement when kids exhibit desired behaviors, such as completing a homework assignment without procrastinating or getting sidetracked. Positive reinforcement helps boost self-esteem, as well.
Structured environments, such as school, can be more challenging for children and teens with ADHD who struggle with remaining focused. Peer interactions can be difficult, as well. Fortunately, there are various treatment options that can help individuals with ADHD manage their symptoms and be successful. If you are concerned your child might have ADHD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ologunja by contacting Spectrum Pediatric Group, your Kennesaw pediatrics office, at (770) 966-0778.
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!
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