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By White Oak Pediatrics
July 28, 2022
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: School Physicals  

How a school physical from your pediatrician in Raleigh, NC, can protect your child’s health

Before your child attends school, your child will need a school physical. Routine school physicals are important for many reasons. They protect your child’s health and the health of others. The pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, provide a wide range of children’s medical services, including school physicals to protect your child’s health.

School physicals are easy, but they do require several steps. During your child’s physical, the pediatrician will:

  • Record a thorough medical history, including recent illnesses, injuries, and hospitalizations.
  • Make a record of your family’s medical history including serious diseases and conditions like heart problems, asthma, and others.
  • Measure and record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.
  • Listen to your child’s heartbeat and breathing.
  • Check your child’s ears, eyes, nose, and throat for evidence of illness or infection.
  • Perform vision and hearing screenings.
  • Order lab tests or imaging studies that may be needed to perform a complete physical examination.

If your child’s school physical also includes a sports physical, your pediatrician will also check your child’s muscular strength, flexibility, and balance to make sure your child is healthy enough to play a sport.

A school physical also includes making sure your child is current on all immunizations. You must show proof of immunizations before your child attends school, and your pediatrician can provide you with the documentation you need.

According to the CDC, required immunizations from birth to 18 years old include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Flu
  • Covid

School physicals are an important way to keep on top of your child's health. To learn more about the importance of school physicals and how they can protect your child’s health, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. You can reach them in the office by calling (919) 787-0266, so call now.

By White Oak Pediatrics
November 25, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Newsweek reports that breastfeeding is invaluable, providing infants important immunoglobulins, a natural defense against communicable disease. At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our five pediatricians and their staff encourage moms to continue nursing through the age of six months and beyond. Here's what you should know about nursing your newborn so you feel confident and your baby content and thriving.

Nutrition and overall health

Breast milk provides your baby nutrition practically perfect for his or her developing brain and body. It simplifies newborn digestion and, according to the US office for Women's health, protects against a myriad of health problems, including:

  • Communicable diseases, such as the common cold and flu
  • Allergies and eczema
  • Ear infections
  • GI problems, such as diarrhea
  • Childhood obesity

Additionally, as mom produces a milk supply and feeds her baby, her uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size, and she sheds excess "baby weight" more easily and quickly. Even emotional and mental health improves as nursing moms experience less postpartum depression.

Bonding

Healthline cites research which indicates that both pre-term and full-term infants experience less learning and behavioral problems when they are breastfed. Scientists attribute this developmental boost to the increased touch and face-to-face contact between mom and baby on a consistent basis.

Nursing can be easier

Breastfeeding frees parents from the financial expense of formula. Milk supply is continuous and always available. There's no need to run to the store, track how much the baby consumes each day, or warm bottles when you're on the go.

Other important information

At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, our pediatricians advocate breastfeeding. However, they understand that many parents have many questions or concerns about how to successfully breastfeed, how to overcome problems with latching on or continuing to nurse when returning to work or other commitments outside the home.

We're here for you

At White Oak Pediatrics, we wish you the best as you embark on breastfeeding your baby. We have a nurse triage phone line to answer your questions, educational resources on nursing, and of course, the care and wisdom of our experienced pediatricians and their team.

Call White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC with any questions or concerns you may have in at (919) 787-0266.

If your child is dealing with asthma, our pediatricians can provide them with long-term relief.

Raleigh, NC, pediatricians have helped countless children and teens find the right medications and strategies to manage their asthma symptoms. Of course, it isn’t always as easy as one might think to spot the symptoms and signs of asthma. It may warrant a trip to our office if your child is displaying any of these symptoms,

  • Gasping for air or having trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing (or an audible whistling sound) when breathing in
  • Complaining of tightness or pressure in their chest
  • Symptoms that get worse with a cold or viral infection
  • Chronic and persistent cough that may get worse at night
  • Being easily winded, tired, and out of breath during physical activity
  • Fatigue, especially if symptoms keep them up at night

It’s important to bring your child in for an evaluation if they are displaying any of these symptoms associated with asthma. Older children may be able to tell you that their “chest feels tight” or that they have trouble getting a full breath. Once your child has received a definitive diagnosis from one of our pediatricians, we can create a treatment plan to help them get their symptoms under control.

How is Asthma Treated?

In order to control asthma symptoms and to prevent an attack, your pediatrician will most likely prescribe two types of medications,

  • A daily, long-term medication such as an inhaled corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation in the airways to lessen symptoms.
  • A fast-acting medication that is only used when a child feels symptoms of an attack coming on. This quick-relief medication can prevent a full-blown attack by targeting the early warning signs right away.

Your child’s treatment plan will also include:

  • Knowing their asthma triggers and avoiding these triggers as much as possible
  • Recognizing the signs of an asthma attack and knowing how to respond
  • Knowing when to get emergency treatment or to see a pediatrician for care

Can My Child Receive Care Right Now?

Dealing with worsening asthma symptoms, especially right now, can be particularly scary; however, our Raleigh, NC, medical team at White Oak Pediatrics is still providing care to children and teens at this time. We are minimizing exposure by having families remain in their cars until the exam rooms are ready. Our well-child checkups are happening the morning and sick visits are occurring in the afternoon.

If you need a refill on your child’s asthma medication or have questions about any new asthma symptoms they may be experiencing, we are also scheduling telehealth appointment for non-urgent care and follow-ups. To schedule an appointment at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, please call (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
February 21, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immunizations  

As one of the most reliable treatments in contemporary pediatry, childhood immunizations protect babies, children, and teens from a number of life-threatening communicable diseases. Here at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, your team of five caring pediatricians and their support staff offer childhood immunizations following schedules set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA).

What immunizations do

Your child's routine "shots" boost their immune system, the natural defense against disease. By injecting a minute amount of live or weakened micro-organisms, your child's vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies that combat sicknesses of all kinds.

Additionally, routinely administered immunizations create what epidemiologists call herd immunity. If enough individuals are vaccinated, the community at large receives protection because far fewer people become sick. For premature infants, chronically ill children or others who cannot receive immunizations for medical reasons, herd immunity proves invaluable.

Finally, immunizations have eradicated devastating diseases such as smallpox worldwide and polio, measles, and rubella in the United States. Aside from stopping the terrible effects on the sick individual, elimination of communicable diseases also protects pregnant mothers and their babies yet to be born.

Immunization schedules

Your friends at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, provide immunizations during well-child visits. They also keep and provide the documentation of vaccines that schools, daycare, colleges, sports teams, and other organizations require. Of course, the doctors wish to educate parents on the values of immunizations and are happy to answer questions and concerns.

Our Raleigh pediatric office follows the schedules outlined by the CDC and APA:

  • 0 to 6 years
  • 7 to 18 years
  • Catch-up schedules for children who have started their vaccines late or who are behind by a month or more

Vaccines prevent disease

White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, is your child's medical home, partnering with you to keep your child healthy and growing. Call us today for your next well-child visit: (919) 787-0266.

By White Oak Pediatrics
September 05, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

Whether your child has just been diagnosed with asthma or you are worried that they may be showing signs of this respiratory condition, it’s important to understand how our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians can help. Here’s what you should know about childhood asthma:

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that causes chest tightness, inflammation in the airways, and trouble breathing. Asthma symptoms can occur at any time of the day or night, however, there are certain factors that could trigger an attack, as well.

What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?

It isn’t always easy to tell whether or not your child has asthma, especially when they are under the age of 5. This is why it’s important to keep up with wellness checkups and to visit your Raleigh, NC, children’s doctor. During these routine exams, we will check the lungs to make sure everything is working properly.

Common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing or coughing, which may get worse at night or after exercise
  • Difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping

Symptoms vary and some children’s symptoms may be milder than others; however, even mild symptoms require treatment. Sometimes parents won’t even know that their child has asthma until they are brought in to treat a respiratory infection (viral infections can often make asthma symptoms worse).

Is asthma curable?

Unfortunately there is no cure for asthma; however, our pediatricians can help your child manage their symptoms through long-term medication and lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding triggers whenever possible. Along with lifestyle changes, your doctor will also prescribe a long-term inhaler that is used daily to reduce inflammation and prevent an attack.

Another medication, a quick-acting inhaler, will also be prescribed to treat the beginning symptoms of an asthma attack. This short-term relief inhaler (Albuterol) is only used when your child feels the symptoms of an attack coming it. This medication can suppress symptoms and prevent an attack.

Concerned? Give us a call

If your little one is having trouble catching their breath, it’s important that you schedule an immediate appointment with us. Let our compassionate pediatric team at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, give you the answers you’re looking for when you dial (919) 787-0266.