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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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic health issue, you and your pediatrician must work together to calm the symptoms during episodes and reduce the effects on your child’s lifestyle. Fortunately, the doctors and staff at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, are here at your service, ready to assist you with the latest and most effective treatments for children.
What Is a Chronic Health Issue?
Nearly 27 percent of children in the United States live with chronic illnesses, a figure that has increased drastically since the 1990s according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. A health problem that is chronic is one that reappears often or persists in its symptoms for extended periods of time. Generally, if a condition lasts for more than a few months, it will be classified as “chronic” by your child’s doctor.
Common Chronic Illnesses in Children
As can be expected, children sometimes need extra help in dealing with and recovering from chronic health and behavioral issues. These are a few of the most common chronic conditions that the doctors at our Raleigh office can treat:
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Congenital heart complications
- Cystic fibrosis
Help Managing Chronic Conditions
The best way to ensure that your child is as healthy as possible despite a chronic illness is to become a close ally with their pediatrician. Explore these options with your doctor in order to better manage your child’s condition:
- Prescription medications and revolutionary drug therapies.
- Immunizations when necessary to protect your child’s immune health.
- Behavioral and talk therapy for children with chronic mental health disorders, like ADHD.
- Stress management solutions, as some children may struggle because of environmental and lifestyle factors.
- Nutritional advice, as many chronic conditions are related to the diet, exercise, and weight of a child.
- Surgical procedures when recommended.
Get More Information
The more knowledge that you and your pediatrician have about your child's chronic condition, the better it can be managed. Call (919) 787-0266 today to set a convenient time to visit a children’s doctor at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a developmental/behavioral condition affecting millions of children and adults in the US. Quirky and difficult to diagnose, ADHD presents significant challenges to children, parents, caregivers and educators. At White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, the team of five pediatricians helps families navigate the diagnosis, treatment, and everyday coping associated with ADHD.
What you should know about ADHD
Does your child behave in ways other children do not? Are they super active, restless, and can't stay on task? These behavior patterns could constitute ADHD, but questions about and evaluation of symptoms should begin with your Raleigh, NC, pediatrician.
Symptoms of ADHD often include:
- Extreme rowdiness
- Inability to concentrate and finish tasks
- Difficulty remembering things and staying organized
- Constant talking
- Poor listening skills
The National Resource Center on ADHD says these symptoms must be "extreme, pervasive, and persistent" to constitute an actual diagnosis. To determine what's happening with your child, your pediatrician may refer you to a neuropsychologist or other specialist for further testing. With a diagnosis, your pediatrician can reach out to your child's school for input on their IEP, or Individualized Education Program, and prescribe medications to normalize the most disruptive of ADHD behaviors.
ADHD is becoming more common
For reasons, yet to be uncovered, ADHD affects more individuals with each passing year. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (CDC) reports a recent rise to 6.4 million American children ages 7 to 14.
However, parents should understand that this problem affects adults, too, and often goes undiagnosed and untreated. ADHD definitely runs in families; so if your child has this brain-based disorder, likely someone else in your family does as well.
Besides stimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin, your child's doctor may recommend positive reinforcement (rewarding desired behaviors) as an effective therapy. Additionally, parents should understand that while boys receive the official diagnosis of ADHD more frequently than girls, this disorder truly does cross lines of gender, socioeconomic status, race, and more.
Find out more
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. If you observe behaviors in him or her that seem very different from those of other youngsters and wish to talk about them, please call (919) 787-0266 to schedule a consultation at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Our professional team is eager to help all children be healthy and well-functioning in all areas of their lives.