- 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
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
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.
- Frequent urination, particularly at night
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Weight loss, despite increased appetite
- Cuts, bruises, and wounds that don’t heal or are slow to heal
Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually appear gradually. While type 2 diabetes has always been considered “adult-onset” diabetes, this has changed over the years, thanks to the obesity epidemic in children. If your child is obese or overweight, they may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1 diabetes, the only marked differences in symptoms are,
- Blurry vision
- Severe fatigue
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
Even though there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways that your child’s pediatrician can help manage their symptoms. The goal of treatment is to control blood sugar levels to prevent complications and lessen symptoms.
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.
While tetanus can cause some serious symptoms including “lockjaw," it is completely preventable with a vaccination. The DTaP vaccine is used to prevent tetanus (along with diphtheria and pertussis) and your child will get their first series of shots at 2, 4, and 6 months. Your child will also need another tetanus shot between the ages of 15 to 18 months old and between 4-6 years old.
Most children will develop symptoms within two weeks of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of tetanus include,
- Painful and severe muscle spasms
- Shoulder, jaw, and neck stiffness
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Rapid heart rate
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