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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
January 07, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
 
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
 
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
 
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
 
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
 
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
 
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Southwest Children's Clinic
November 30, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunization   Vaccines  

In a nutshell, immunizations are designed to provide immunity from a disease without the risk of contracting it. The role of vaccination is to activate the memory of the immune system by adding to the body a weakened version or something resembling a certain microbe, allowing the immune system to protect your body from disease. Here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, you can consult with one of our pediatricians about the right immunization schedule for your family.

Immunization is Crucial

The World Health Organization (WHO), medical researchers, professional medical organizations, and health professionals recommend immunization. Why? For the simple reason that they recognize the two crucial reasons why people should get immunizations, to protect yourself and to protect the people around you.

At the moment, it is the best prevention against infectious diseases. Without immunization, the consequences can be deadly. This is especially true for people who have impaired immune systems. Further, vaccines could mean the difference between saving people from diseases and having an epidemic breakout in a community.

Recommended Immunizations

According to the WHO, there are a couple of recommended immunizations that must be given to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Again, you should consult with your pediatrician here in Wes Jordan, UT, for a specific immunization schedule fit for your children. These immunizations are:

  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib): For pneumonia and meningitis.
  • Hepatitis B: This is for a liver viral infection.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Considered as the most common viral infection that affects the reproductive tract, which results in cervical and other types of cancer in women. It can also produce genital warts in men and women.
  • Meningitis A: About 20% of affected persons suffer from long-term and devastating sequelae.
  • Measles: One of the more highly contagious diseases attributed to a virus, it comes with rashes and high fever.
  • Mumps: Another highly contagious disease that results in painful swelling under the ears at the side of the face. It is accompanied by headache, fever, and muscle pains. Without immunization, it can lead to meningitis.
  • Pneumococcal: The vaccine covers meningitis, pneumonia, febrile bacteremia, sinusitis, bronchitis, and otitis media.
  • Polio: This vaccine can prevent a highly infectious virus from causing irreversible paralysis. Currently, polio has been completely eradicated except in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This means there is still the threat of an outbreak in countries where public health and immunization programs are weak.
  • Rotaviruses: The vaccine prevents young children from experiencing the severe diarrheal disease.
  • Tetanus: It prevents the bacterium that grows due to the absence of oxygen commonly found in dirty wounds.

For Any Questions or Advice About Immunization, Speak to Us

Call (801) 563-1975 to arrange a consultation with your pediatrician here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, today.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
March 13, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Measles   Influenza  
The Importance of Immunizations
 
Is your child on schedule with their immunizations? Immunizations, or vaccinations, are essential for keeping kids healthy. Studies have 

Child Immunizations

shown that kids who are not vaccinated are at a much higher risk for getting sick. Southwest Children's Clinic, which is located in West Jordan, UT, offers full-service, state-of-the-art pediatric care to children of all ages. Here are 5 reasons to vaccinate your child.

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.