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By Southwest Children's Clinic
April 13, 2021
Tags: Mono   Kissing Disease   Mononucleosis  
MononucleosisMono, nicknamed the “kissing disease” because of how easily it spreads from person to person, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Pediatricians most often see this infection in teens and it may be mistaken for the flu. While most cases of mono will go away on their own, it can take months for a child or teen to fully recover. It’s important to be able to recognize the differences between the influenza virus and mono.

What are the symptoms of mono?

Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.

Classic mono symptoms include,
  • High fever
  • Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  • Body aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Headache
Symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and muscle weakness may be severe and can last for several weeks.

When should I turn to a pediatrician?

As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.

You should call your pediatrician right away if,
  • Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
  • Has seizures
  • Displays changes in behavior
  • Has a very high fever over 104 F
  • Is dehydrated
  • Develops a rash
While teens and adults can often be diagnosed through a standard physical examination, your pediatrician may need to perform blood tests to detect the Epstein-Barr virus in babies and young children.

If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.
By Southwest Children's Clinic
April 13, 2021
Tags: Sick Visits  

When your child isn’t feeling well it’s important to know where to turn.

It’s important that all children visit their pediatrician regularly for well-child visits. These visits allow our team to be able to monitor growth and development and pinpoint health concerns so that your little one gets the immediate treatment and care they need. Of course, even with the best practices in place, your child can still fall ill. When this happens, it can provide you with great peace of mind knowing that you can simply turn to our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians for sick child visits.

When should you schedule a sick visit for your child?

Here at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, we provide same-day sick visits for little ones that may be dealing with more pressing health problems. While we can also schedule an appointment for the next day, your child may benefit from a same-day appointment with us if they are dealing with:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Asthma and issues breathing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea that lasts for more than two days
  • A fever that lasts a couple of days
  • A painful or large rash
  • Health problems that require a fast diagnosis
  • Diabetes and issues with their blood sugar levels
  • Infected stitches
  • Sutures that need to be removed

When should you bring your child to the ER?

Sometimes your child’s illness or symptoms warrant a trip to the emergency room rather than your traditional pediatrician’s office and it’s important to recognize the difference. It’s maybe best to head to the ER if your child is dealing with more serious issues such as:

  • A head injury
  • Hives and signs of an allergic reaction
  • Severe abdominal pain, particularly on the right side (this could be a sign of appendicitis)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fever over 102 degrees
  • Trouble breathing
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Open wounds and cuts that require sutures

If your child is running a fever, dealing with a stomach bug, or an ear infection, we know just how important it is to see a pediatrician right away for a sick child visit. Call Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, today at (801) 563-1975 to book an appointment.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
March 26, 2021
Whooping CoughPertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. The nickname comes from the “whooping” sound that occurs when a child breathes. While many people assume that whooping cough is an infection that no longer exists, it’s actually more common in the US than we’d like to admit. In fact, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of whooping cough cases over the last couple of decades.
 
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold

You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.

Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
 
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough

While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
 
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away

If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
 
Until the body clears whooping cough, some of the best ways to manage your child’s symptoms include,
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Staying hydrated
  • Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
  • Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you want to fully protect your child against many dangerous communicable diseases, one of the best ways is through vaccinations. Your child must be up to date on all of their vaccines. Talk with your pediatrician to find out when your child should get the whooping cough vaccine.
By Southwest Children's Clinic
February 24, 2021
Tags: Head Lice  
Head LiceYou’ve just received a call from the school: someone in your child’s class has head lice. We know that hearing that your child has or might have head lice can be stressful, but don’t worry. Your pediatrician can help guide you through the best methods for getting rid of pesky head lice once and for all.

If you notice head lice in your child there’s no way around it: you have to treat the lice. They will not go away on their own. It might give you the heebie-jeebies but it’s important to find a treatment that will get rid of these little critters quickly. You should also check all members of your family to make sure they don’t have lice too, as this problem can spread quickly.

The good news is that you can often treat lice from the comfort of your own home. While there are certain hair salons that may cater to the treatment of lice, it’s worth it to try and treat the problem yourself. There are a variety of over-the-counter shampoos and rinses that can kill lice and their eggs (also known as nits). You may want to talk with your pediatric doctor about the treatment process, which products to use and whether or not you should reapply the shampoo or rinse days after the first application.

Still seeing lice? This is a literal head scratcher for some parents, but don’t worry. This is when a pediatrician can prescribe a much stronger treatment option such as shampoos containing benzyl alcohol, or lotions containing either ivermectin or malathion (both pesticides), or spinosad (an insecticide).

Since some of these products work differently from others, it is important that you read and follow all instructions. Some products will require more than one application while others will only require one. Again, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s lice treatment don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician.

Treating Your Home After Lice

The good news is that lice need blood in order to survive so they won’t live very long if they don’t have a human host. However, you will want to wash all bedding, towels and clothes that may have lice or nits on them. Make sure to wash them thoroughly in hot water that is higher than 130 degrees F. If you can’t wash these items immediately, promptly bag them until you can clean them properly.

Head lice can be annoying, but turning to a qualified pediatric doctor can help you get the answers you need to tackle this hairy little problem. Call your pediatrician to learn more.
By Southwest Children's Clinic
February 01, 2021
Tags: Autism Screenings  

Is early screening for autism right for your child?

We understand all of the hard work that goes into being a parent. You work tirelessly to keep your children healthy and safe. Of course, maybe some of your child’s behaviors have made you wonder whether you should turn to our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians for an early autism screening. We want to provide families with the information and resources they need to decide whether an early autism screening is right for their child.

When should my child be screened?

Maybe you have concerns, or maybe you don’t. Either way, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends having all children screened for autism between 18-24 months. If you have concerns about whether your child might have autism, let our pediatricians know before your child’s 18 or 24-month checkup.

What are the signs of autism?

Signs will manifest differently based on your child’s age. You may wish to have your child screened for autism if,

  • Your child doesn’t display eye contact or doesn’t show happy, smiling expressions by 6 months
  • Your child doesn’t respond to your facial expressions with sounds or smiles by 9 months
  • Your child doesn’t babble, gesture and points, reach for objects or respond to their name by 12 months
  • Your child uses very few works by 16 months
  • Your child doesn’t string together two-word phrases by 24 months

You may also wish to have your child screened for autism if,

  • They avoid eye contact
  • They don’t babble or imitate speech
  • There is a delay in language development
  • Your child shows an extreme reaction to changes in their routine
  • They display repetitive habits such as rocking or flapping
  • They have limited interests
  • They have trouble understanding others’ emotions
  • They repeat words or phrases often (called echolalia)

What are the next steps?

If you have concerns, you may wish to check out the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers™ (M-CHAT) to determine whether you should visit our pediatricians for an evaluation. If there is a high probability that your child may have autism, please contact us for a checkup.

The sooner autism is diagnosed the sooner we can create a treatment plan that helps with every facet of your child’s life, from school performance to social life. Want to sit down with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians to discuss whether your child should be screened? If so, simply call Southwest Children's Clinic at (801) 563-1975 to book an appointment with us.