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Here’s everything you should know about getting your child vaccinated in West Jordan, UT.
From infancy, your child should begin to get immunizations for protection against a variety of illnesses. While once serious and potentially life-threatening, the conditions targeted from these vaccines have largely been eradicated. Despite the amazing benefits of immunizations, we do understand that some parents may have questions or concerns about getting their children vaccinated. Read on to learn the answers to some common questions on the topic, and give our West Jordan, UT, pediatric office a call if you desire more information!
Why are vaccinations necessary?
Vaccinations have the ability to protect children from a number of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Some of these illnesses include polio, pertussis, diphtheria, meningococcal, and rubella. Even diseases like chickenpox, which may not be known to be life-threatening, are still responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and about one hundred deaths each year, despite a vaccine existing.
Are vaccines safe?
Yes. Vaccines have to undergo rigorous testing and the FDA must approve them before they can be administered to the public. Of course, as with any medication or treatment, some side effects can occur. Most of the time, these side effects include minor issues like redness, tenderness, or swelling near the injection site, which will go away in a couple of days.
Although serious reactions are rare, you can still talk to our West Jordan podiatrists about any concerns that you have before getting your child vaccinated.
How do shots work?
When an infection enters our bodies, our immune system begins to produce antibodies to fight the infection. These antibodies then remain in the body even once the infection has gone away, in order to protect you from being infected again in the future. This is known as immunity. By vaccinating your child, we are helping their immune system learn how to fight infection by providing it with the antibodies they need to protect them in the future.
Why does my newborn need so many doses of a vaccine?
As you might imagine, when your child is first born, their immune systems is quite fragile. Accordingly, it’s important that they receive certain vaccinations from the moment of infancy so that they can achieve immunity as soon as possible.
Give us a call!
If you have additional questions about vaccinations or if it’s time to schedule a checkup for your little one, call Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, today at (801) 563-1975!
Your child just woke up with a runny nose, an elevated temperature and body aches. Could this just be a passing cold or could it be the flu? It’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two. A common cold is usually mild and will go away on its own without treatment but the flu often requires medical attention to prevent serious complications. While an annual flu shot can protect your child from developing the flu it’s also important to know what to look for and when to visit their pediatrician for care.
Warning Signs of the Flu
Unfortunately the common cold and the influenza viruses have a lot of the same symptoms, which can make it difficult to determine what your child might have. We know that you don’t want to worry unnecessarily and rush them into the office if you don’t need to but it’s also good to know when their condition warrants medical attention.
One difference is that a cold will come on gradually over the course of a couple of days while the flu will often attack suddenly, with symptoms showing up practically overnight. While a fever isn’t a common symptom of a cold a fever is almost always present with the flu, as well as full body achiness or weakness.
Children are also more likely to deal with diarrhea or vomiting with the flu. While symptoms of a cold are usually localized to the head, flu symptoms are more widespread.
You Suspect Your Child has the Flu. Now What?
The first step is to call your pediatrician. While it can take up to a week for your child to feel better after the flu sometimes medical attention is required. It’s especially important that you talk to your doctor if your child has flu-like symptoms and they are under the age of 5, as young children are more likely to deal with health-related complications from the flu.
You’ve talked to your doctor and you now know whether you are supposed to bring them in right away for care or whether you should continue to monitor their condition before bringing them in. At this point the most important thing you can do is help reduce their discomfort and control their symptoms. Make sure they are staying hydrated and getting as much rest as possible.
Avoid giving your child over-the-counter medications, as many of these medications aren’t safe for young children and won’t be effective for treating flu symptoms. If your child has a mild fever ask your pediatrician what over-the-counter medications could help alleviate their fever. Keep in mind: Children should never take aspirin!
The sooner you seek medical attention for the flu the better, as many antiviral medications can prevent the virus from getting worse if it’s administered within the first 48 hours. This medication is often taken for 5 to 7 days and it can help ease symptoms and speed up recovery.
The key is making sure to get your child proper medical care as soon as flu-like symptoms appear. Call your children’s doctor right away.
- You or your child hears a snap or grinding noise as the injury occurs
- Your child experiences swelling, bruising or tenderness to the injured area
- It is painful for your child to move it, touch it or press on it
- The injured part looks deformed
What Happens Next?
- Call 911 - If your child has an 'open break' where the bone has punctured the skin, if they are unresponsive, if there is bleeding or if there have been any injuries to the spine, neck or head, call 911. Remember, better safe than sorry! If you do call 911, do not let the child eat or drink anything, as surgery may be required.
- Stop the Bleeding - Use a sterile bandage or cloth and compression to stop or slow any bleeding.
- Apply Ice - Particularly if the broken bone has remained under the skin, treat the swelling and pain with ice wrapped in a towel. As usual, remember to never place ice directly on the skin.
- Don't Move the Bone - It may be tempting to try to set the bone yourself to put your child out of pain, particularly if the bone has broken through the skin, do not do this! You risk injuring your child further. Leave the bone in the position it is in.
1. Keep your child healthy.
In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decides which immunizations should be given to people of any age. They recommend immunizations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of protection against infections and illnesses. Yet many people are not vaccinated as recommended, leaving them vulnerable to illnesses and needless suffering.
2. Vaccination saves lives.
Immunization is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. Immunizations protect against many serious diseases, which can cause disability and death. According to UNICEF, measles, which is a viral infection, killed over 500,000 children in 2003, more than any other vaccine-preventable illness. Influenza, also known as flu, is also a serious respiratory disease that can be deadly.
3. Vaccination saves money.
Immunizations don't just save lives- they also save money. Kids with vaccine-preventable illnesses can be kept out of child care or school for long periods of time. Health care is very expensive. A disease can take a financial toll on your family because of medical bills and long-term disability. Immunization is an excellent investment and is usually covered by insurance.
4. Protect your loved ones.
Immunizations not only protect your kids, but they also help prevent the spread of illnesses to your family members. For example, measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads quickly among people who are not immune. A disease that might make your child sick for a couple of weeks could prove deadly for your parents, grandchildren, or friends if it spreads to them.
5. Vaccines are safe and effective.
Immunizations are only given to kids after a long and careful review by scientists, physicians, and healthcare professionals. Immunizations will involve some discomfort and may cause redness or pain at the site of injection. However, this is minimal compared to the pain and trauma of the illnesses these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination are very rare.
Don't wait. Children need immunizations to stay healthy. Call now to schedule your child's appointment at Southwest Children's Clinic at 801-563-1975. Immunization will put your child on a healthy pathway that can continue throughout life.
At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.
Chickenpox is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and can appear all over the body while accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox is very contagious, which is why your pediatrician in places a strong emphasis on keeping infected children out of school and at home until the rash is gone.
What are the Symptoms of Chickenpox?
When a child first develops chickenpox, they might experience a fever, headache, sore throat or stomachache. These symptoms may last for a few days, with a fever in the 101-102 F range. The onset of chicken pox causes a red, itchy skin rash that typically appears on the abdomen or back and face first, then spreads to almost any part of the body, including the scalp, mouth, arms, legs and genitals.
The rash begins as multiple small red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites, which are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide. These bumps appear in over two to four days and develop into thin-walled blisters filled with fluid. When the blister walls break, the sores are left open, which then dries into brown scabs. This rash is extremely itchy and cool baths or calamine lotion may help to manage the itching.
What are the Treatment Options?
A virus causes chickenpox, which is why your pediatrician in will not prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. However, your child might need an antibiotic if bacteria infects the sores, which is very common among children because they will often scratch and pick at the blisters—it is important to discourage this. Your child’s pediatrician in will be able to tell you if a medication is right for your child.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, contact your pediatrician right away!