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.
Even with the best prevention children can still experience sport injuries. Find out how we can help!
While it can be scary to see your child get knocked down while playing sports, it’s important to know when sports-related injuries are more minor and can be treated at home or when you need to visit your Kennesaw, GA pediatrician, Dr. Kola Ologunja, for treatment. Learn more about the most common types of sports injuries and how we can help.
These tend to be traumatic injuries such as sprains, broken bones and cuts. While minor cuts and bruises won’t need medical attention we should take a look at the majority of acute injuries. Most acute injuries treatments follow the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation. This alone can often reduce pain, swelling and bruising. We may also recommend other remedies or treatment options to help reduce your child’s healing time.
Common overuse injuries include tendinitis and stress fractures. If your child is dealing with an overuse injury it’s important that they rest and avoid physical activities until they can visit their Kennesaw children’s doctor for treatment. Children with overuse injuries may experience pain and swelling localized to the injured region.
Common treatment options include cold or heat therapy, strengthening exercises, resting, over-the-counter pain relievers or a splint or brace.
A concussion is a serious situation in which your child has experienced a blow to the head. Common concussion symptoms include blurry vision, sudden headache, confusion and dizziness. If your child might have a concussion it’s important that they see us right away or are taking to your local ER for treatment.
Fortunately, many cases are only mild and symptoms will start to go away after about a week. The best thing your child can do during this time is rest and avoid things like watching TV or playing on their computer, which can stimulate the brain and cause symptoms to worsen. As symptoms improve your child can start to slowly go back to their daily routine.
Of course, these are only three of the most common issues we see from young athletes. But if your child is experiencing pain, swelling, tenderness, redness or problems walking, then it’s time to come into our office right away for treatment. While it’s always better to prevent injuries it’s also important that you understand when to see us for care.
Have questions about your child’s bumps and bruises? Need to schedule an appointment with us regarding your child’s health? Then don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA today!
Childhood asthma affects more than seven million children in the United States alone. This statistic, from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology points to the need for accurate and compassionate diagnosis, emergency treatment and ongoing management. Families in the Kennesaw area look to pediatrician Kola Ologunja, MD, at Spectrum Pediatric Group for help with asthma.
Symptoms of Childhood Asthma
Typically, children exhibit several common symptoms when their asthma is on the rise. Signs include:
- Wheezing on expiration
- Persistent night time coughing
- A feeling of tightness in the chest during exercise or exposure to cold air
- Labored breathing characterized by retractions of the skin above and below the breast bone
- Frequent colds
The causes of these symptoms vary, but heredity and environmental factors, such as pet dander and cigarette smoke, are often cited.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma
Your Kennesaw pediatrician, Dr. Ologunja, diagnoses asthma from presenting symptoms, breath sounds and spirometry, a simple test in which the child blows into a device which measures how much air he or she can exhale. Dr. Ologunja also performs diagnostics to rule out conditions which mimic asthma--acid reflux disease, allergic rhinitis and respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis.
Regarding treatment, the team at Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw offers emergency medications. This is often inhaled bronchodilators. Other prescription medications containing anti-inflammatories provide long-term control of asthma episodes.
Additionally, annual flu shots help young asthmatics get through the winter season without the worry of this potentially serious illness. Allergy testing pinpoints asthma trigger. Some children benefit from immunotherapy or allergy shots.
Your Kennesaw pediatrician Dr. Ologunja advises noting what starts your child's asthma symptoms and what best relieves them. He often prescribes tracking how well your child can blow air out of his lungs with a simple device called a peak flow meter. Peak flow readings help patients understand when an attack is coming and when symptoms are resolving.
Asthma Can be Managed
And, Spectrum Pediatric Group can help you do it. Find out how your child can breathe easier, miss fewer days of school and fully participate in sports. Call (770) 966-0778 for a convenient appointment time, and get the right treatment plan for childhood asthma.
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