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By Southwest Children's Clinic
April 25, 2022
Tags: pediatrician  

Kids are not small adults. Kids are kids. They have different cardiovascular, nervous systems, etc. Their bodies function at a very different level than that of an adult. This is why it is critical to have a pediatrician that specializes in how a child's body works and knows what to do when your child's body is not working the way it should. The benefits to your child of seeing a doctor who specializes in children, and can follow them throughout their growth and development are innumerable. If you are looking for a pediatrician in West Jordan, UT, you've come to the right place. Our providers here at Southwest Children's Clinic are all experienced pediatric specialists and will make your child feel comfortable and safe while in their care.

What are some reasons that having a pediatrician is so important for my child?

  • Familiarity with their development and growth: The medical needs of children are very different from yours. When they regularly see a trusted pediatrician in West Jordan, UT, their doctor can track their growth and check to ensure that they are reaching appropriate developmental milestones. And they will know what to do when milestones are not met.
  • Continuity: As your child grows up, it is a good idea to regularly visit a pediatric medical practice that knows your child's specific history and will therefore be better equipped to address any issues that may arise.
  • Treatment of childhood illness: A child can have illnesses that an adult would not, and vice versa. A pediatrician is highly educated and trained in illnesses and other conditions that may affect children. Along with the treatment of illness, they are well-versed in preventive care, such as vaccines that are required at different ages.
  • Kid-friendly surroundings: Visiting our clinic will be unlike the sterile clinics that you may be used to going to as an adult. Our office will put your child at ease, as they are probably feeling anxious about having to see the doctor. Our waiting room is equipped with a large fish tank, books, and a TV!
  • Support for mental health issues: The times we are living in are taking a toll on the mental health of children in a big way. When a child is struggling with depression or anxiety, they might not always want to tell their parents or caregivers. Pediatric specialists are trained to recognize mental health struggles and ask appropriate questions that may get them talking. If your kids have someone that they trust and feel safe with, besides their parents, it can make a world of difference in a child's life.

Contact us

When your child is sick or acting inappropriately, remember that your child is not giving you a hard time, they are having a hard time. Contact Southwest Children's Clinic to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician in West Jordan, UT by calling (801) 563-1975.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
August 10, 2021
Tags: pediatrician  

How your pediatricians in West Jordan, UT, can keep your child healthy

You want the best for your baby, and that means you need to seek out the best medical care for your child too. Pediatricians are specialists in children's medical care. They have expertise in treating illnesses and diseases common in children.

The pediatricians of Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, offer comprehensive medical services for children and they can help your child stay healthy too.

Pediatricians perform routine services including:

  • School physicals to make sure your child is healthy before attending school
  • Sports physicals to make sure your child has no medical issues before playing a sport
  • Treatment of acute illnesses such as a cold, fever, the flu, and others
  • Treatment of acute infections such as ear infections or strep throat
  • Emergency and after-hours care to provide services right when you need them

Another important service your pediatrician can provide is helping your child with required and recommended immunizations. Immunizations are required to attend daycare and school. Your pediatrician can help your child remain current with immunizations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these vaccinations from birth to age 18:

  • (Hep B) Hepatitis B
  • (Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • (Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
  • (IPV) Polio
  • (PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
  • (RV) Rotavirus
  • (MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
  • (Varicella) Chickenpox
  • (HepA) Hepatitis A
  • (HPV) Human papillomavirus
  • (MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
  • (Influenza) Flu

When you bring your child to visit a pediatrician, your child will enter a warm, welcoming, kid-friendly environment, not a sterile, cold medical facility. Your child's comfort is important, especially when it comes to medical care.

Your child will also get to know the pediatrician and pediatric medical staff, developing a bond of trust. This bond of trust makes future appointments easy and productive for your child.

To learn more about the benefits of visiting a pediatrician, talk with the experts by calling the pediatricians of Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, at (801) 563-1975. Call now!

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
March 16, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: pediatrician   Thumb-Sucking   Pacifier  
Thumb SuckingReflexively, your baby is born with the ability to suck. It makes sense. After all, your little one must be able to suck to get nutrients, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Thumb sucking also has the ability to soothe and calm your little one. However, there are moments as your child gets older where thumb-sucking may become a problem. Your pediatrician can provide you with the tips and tricks to help your little one grow out of this habit.
 
Thumb-Sucking Tendencies

This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
 
When to Consider a Pacifier

Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
 
It is safe for children to use a pacifier while sleeping, whether at bedtime or when they go down for their naps. Just prepare for babies to wake up fussy in the middle of the night when the pacifier falls out of their mouths, as they aren’t able to place the pacifier back in their mouths themselves. Make sure that you do not try to place the pacifier on a string around your baby’s neck or tie it to the crib, as this can lead to a serious and potentially deadly injury.
 
How to Phase Out the Pacifier
There will come a point when your child will need to give up their pacifier. While the medical community has different age ranges, The American Dental Association recommends that children stop using a pacifier by age 2, as going beyond two years old could alter the alignment of your child’s teeth or impact the shape of their face.
 
Here are some tips to phase out the pacifier,
  • Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
  • Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
  • If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
Even if you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking, it’s important to know that most children do grow out of it not long after starting school. While you can provide them with helpful ways to ditch the habit it’s important not to put pressure on them. With the help of your pediatrician, your child can and will outgrow this habit.
By Southwest Children's Clinic
February 15, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Tags: pediatrician   Stitches  
When Does My Child Need StitchesWe all know how accident-prone kids can be. They get bruises, bumps, cuts, and scrapes from time and time. Most of the time, these boo-boos are nothing to worry about, but sometimes a cut or laceration may require turning to your pediatrician for stitches. Does your child need stitches? We know it isn’t always easy to tell. Here are some telltale signs that your child might need stitches,
  • Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
  • The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
  • The cut is around their eye
  • The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
  • The cut is gaping open
  • There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
  • The cut is spurting blood
Any cut that spurts blood could be a sign of a nicked artery. Immediately apply pressure to the area and head to your local ER for immediate medical attention.

When should I call the pediatrician?

If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
  • The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
  • There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
  • The child has been bitten by an animal
  • The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
  • There is still severe pain after a few hours
Cuts and wounds made by metal, rusty, or dirty objects may require your child to get a tetanus shot. This is why you should see your pediatrician right away, as it’s important for them to get this shot within 2-3 days after the injury.

If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.