Last updated 3 days ago
Approximately one-third of all hospitalizations in children under the age of five are due to respiratory issues. Respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold and flu, are fairly common in young children, but it’s not always easy to determine whether these conditions need medical attention. Learn more about common childhood respiratory issues and their possible complications with this brief guide from Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group:
Seasonal infections such as the common cold and flu virus tend to affect the nose, mouth, sinuses, and throat. Common symptoms range from fever, congestion, cough, and difficulty breathing. Studies also show that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) affects over 90 percent of children before the age of two. Mild cases may only exhibit the same symptoms as a cold, but 20 to 30 percent of infections develop into RSV bronchiolitis and can cause fluid buildup and breathing difficulties.
Nearly 6 percent of children in the United States suffer from asthma, and it is one of the most common causes of visits to healthcare providers in this age group. Asthma triggers and symptoms vary between individuals, but moderate to severe cases can cause the airway to constrict and become blocked with mucus. Treatment for asthma varies significantly between age groups and individuals, which is why it’s important to identify triggers and design a customized treatment plan.
Infants have a natural immunity to germs and allergens, but this immunity starts to wear off once teething begins (around 6 months). As children become more susceptible to germs, the respiratory system can become slightly aggravated. A condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux, can also irritate the respiratory system as gastric acid passes from the stomach into the esophagus.
From preventative treatment to urgent care, Lee’s Summit Physicians Group is here to satisfy all your child’s medical needs. We’ve been proudly serving the Lee’s Summit community since 1981, and we continue to offer the latest in pediatric care at our three locations. Contact us by calling Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700.
Last updated 9 days ago
Immunizations and vaccinations are an important part of your child’s wellbeing, but getting shots can understandably make children apprehensive about visits to the doctor’s office. Below are some quick tips to make health checkups less scary for your child.
It’s important to let children know that shots are for their own benefit, not a punishment for bad behavior. Applying an anesthetic cream about 20 minutes before the shot or providing a distraction can help children deal with the discomfort more easily. It is generally not recommended to give children painkillers before the shot, as it may interfere with the vaccine’s effectiveness. Providing even a small reward such as a lollipop or sticker can help a child look at the experience in a more positive light.
At Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group, we understand the importance of finding a pediatrician that you and your child can trust. We’ll help you match a doctor to your child’s personality and answer all your healthcare questions. Connect with us online for more childhood health advice, our contact Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group (816.524.5600), Blue Springs Pediatrics (816.554.6520), or Raintree Pediatrics (816.524.4700) with any questions or comments.
Last updated 14 days ago
Sports are great for keeping your child active and healthy while teaching him valuable social skills. Before your child can participate, however, he may need to undergo a pre-participation physical exam (PPE). A PPE is more involved than a normal physical; it is intended not only to assess a child’s physical fitness in key areas, but also to identify any potential medical issues that may arise in the future. Prepare for your child’s next sports physical with this brief guide from Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group:
What Children Should Expect
Many children are apprehensive about sports physicals because they do not want to be prohibited from participating. However, it is unlikely that a child will be entirely prevented from participating in sports—even with a pre-existing condition such as asthma. Pediatricians work with the family to explore alternative medications or dosages to keep children safe and active. Physicals are typically split into two portions: a physical exam and a medical history. The physical exam typically measures of height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, vision, and joint strength. The medical exam varies, but generally a doctor will ask questions about diet and use of drugs, alcohol, or performance-enhancing supplements.
What Parents Should Know
Parents will need to collect information about past medical conditions, injuries, and chronic illnesses. The doctor may also ask about patterns of illness that run in the family. Don’t assume that a regular health physical can replace a sports physical; sports physicals address specific athletic issues, and are designed to prevent common sports injuries. A sports physical can be performed at the same time as a regular physical, though it will require slightly more time.
Lee’s Summit Physician’s Group is here to help you maintain your child’s health throughout his development with personalized and comprehensive care. Our family of pediatric specialists has been serving Jackson and Cass counties since 1981, and we take pride in providing treatment and preventative care for the entire family. To schedule an appointment, contact Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700.
Last updated 23 days ago
Correctly learning how to administer insulin to your child is essential for his health. This short video provides a step-by-step guide on how to prepare an insulin injection.
Prepare everything you need beforehand, including alcohol wipes and a Band-Aid. Before using the syringe, be sure to sanitize the top of the bottle and the injection site. Insulin can be injected in the upper buttocks, back of the upper arm, outer thigh, or belly (avoid the area around the belly button). Be sure to dispose of sharps properly in a sealed hard container.
At Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, we are committed to providing families with the resources and treatment they need to manage diabetes and other chronic medical conditions. Connect with us online for more helpful health links, or contact us at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 29 days ago
Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes) only accounts for approximately 5 percent of all diabetes cases, but it shares many of the same characteristics as type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and refers to a condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although there is no cure for diabetes, early detection and management with an experienced pediatrician can provide children with a long, healthy life. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of type 1 diabetes below:
Type 1 diabetes shares many of the same symptoms as type 2 diabetes, but it is usually diagnosed in younger children. Early symptoms range from increased hunger, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, and frequent urination. Both high blood sugar and low blood sugar can cause various metabolic symptoms. Without prompt management, diabetes can increase a patient’s risk for various diseases and complications in the eyes, feet, and skin.
Thanks to various advances in advanced diagnostic tests and medications, controlling type 1 diabetes can be achieved through lifestyle changes and insulin to control blood sugar levels. A team of pediatric professionals works closely with the young patient and their parents to develop a healthy diet and exercise plan, and to answer any questions about safe blood glucose levels and what to do in an emergency. Parents may also work with education professionals to ensure that they understand the unique challenges of controlling diabetes and how to recognize the signs of dangerous blood sugar levels.
At the Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, we understand the challenges of controlling diabetes, especially for younger patients. That’s why we’re committed to finding the right pediatrician for your child’s needs and providing compassionate care. To learn more about our team, contact Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600, Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520, or Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 524-4700.