Children can develop an ear infection as the result of a virus or bacteria that causes inflammation and fluid build-up. Some kids only experience occasional ear infections, while others seem to be prone to them. It is always best to see a pediatrician for treatment when your child displays symptoms of an ear infection. Additional problems could develop if an ear infection is left untreated. Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj, the skilled pediatricians at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, can diagnose and treat your child’s ear infection.
Symptoms of an Ear Infection
Ear infections in children often affect the middle ear and sometimes result in fluid build-up behind the eardrum, which can cause temporary hearing loss. Additionally, several symptoms can develop in conjunction with the infection. Young children are not always able to explain their symptoms so it is beneficial when parents are able to recognize them. Symptoms associated with an ear infection include:
- Fluid drainage from the ear
- Rubbing or pulling on the ears
- Crying or fussiness
- Difficulty hearing
- Balance problems
- Difficulty sleeping
Treating Ear Infections
Ear infections can cause some serious problems when left untreated. In addition to being painful, ear infections can lead to a ruptured eardrum or long-term hearing loss. Fortunately, several options are available for treating ear infections in children. The experienced pediatricians at our office in Houston, TX, can develop a treatment plan for your child.
Antibiotics and ear drops are often used to treat ear infections. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers might also be recommended to lower a fever, alleviate pain, and reduce inflammation. For children prone to chronic ear infections or fluid build-up, ear tubes are another treatment option. Ear tubes are thin tubes that are placed in the eardrum to create a way for trapped fluid to drain out of the ear and to improve airflow. Improving airflow helps prevent fluid from building up behind the eardrum again.
Many children experience ear infections at some point, but chronic infections can lead to hearing loss and other issues. If your child displays symptoms of an ear infection, schedule an appointment with Dr. Thakkar or Dr. Pankaj, our knowledgeable and friendly pediatricians, by calling Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, at (713) 861-4800.
The umbilical cord is the lifeline between mother and child before birth, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the little one. Because of its very direct link to your child, even after the connection is severed, special care should be taken to keep your child safe from infection. To become better informed regarding this and other issues regarding your newborn, get in contact with Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj of Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX.
Signs of Infection
After the doctor cuts the umbilical cord they clamp the remaining bit to stop the bleeding. This part that remains is what's commonly called the umbilical stump.
It will usually fall on its own in a few weeks, but there is a possibility that it can become infected during this time.
Signs to look out for is a bad smell in the area, pus, or signs of inflammation. Reach out to your child's doctor as soon as possible, especially if the baby develops a fever or is in another way visibly distressed.
Some blood is normal as the umbilical stump fully heals, and you can help prevent infection by following a few tips.
Newborn Care in Houston, TX
It's important to keep the area dry as much as possible. So never fold your baby's diaper over it, nor should it be dressed in gauze, and give them only sponge or towel baths until their navel has fully healed.
Always wash your hands before you touch the umbilical stump area, and don't try to pull it off, even if it seems like it's ready to come out.
What's most important during these few weeks is to allow the area to air dry and don't allow a moist, bacteria welcoming environment to develop.
Your pediatrician is your best resource during this time, and going forward. So if you have questions, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Thakkar and Dr. Pankaj of Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, by dialing (713) 861-4800.
Experiencing issues with breastfeeding? Our pediatric team is here to help.
Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful and natural experiences that a new mother can have; however, just because it’s natural doesn’t always mean it’s easy. That’s where our Houston, TX, pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj come in. We have helped countless women tackle different challenges surrounding breastfeeding to make the experience a positive and smoother one. Here are some tips that we’ve learned along the way,
Recognize your baby’s hunger signs
For the first month, your baby will need to nurse anywhere from 8-12 times a day. Once they reach 2-3 months old they may only nurse about 7-9 times. While crying is definitely a sign that your baby could be hungry, there are much easier and less painful ways of detecting that they need to nurse.
If your baby is producing sucking sounds, is sticking out their tongue, or raising their head often then it’s definitely time to nurse. Paying attention to these cues can help to lessen hunger-induced crying fits.
Find a comfortable position
Especially in the beginning, you’re going to be spending a lot of time nursing. It can also take time for your baby to latch properly, so it’s important to find a position that is comfortable for both you and the baby. You can choose to nurse in a reclined position with your baby in your arms or you may choose to lie on your side and allow your baby to nurse this way. The position you choose is truly up to you and what feels most comfortable.
Lead them to the perfect latch
The more you breastfeed the more comfortable you will be with getting your baby into position; however, there are habits that you can adopt from the get-go that will make latching faster and easier. Your baby’s head should be level with the nipple, and make sure that they are latching on to the areola and not just the nipple itself.
Your baby’s nose should not be obstructed, which you can prevent by making sure their chin rests against your breast while feeding. Of course, these angles may change slightly, based on your baby. As long as they are properly latched and everyone is comfortable, that’s all that matters.
When should I seek professional help?
While it can take some time to get into the groove of breastfeeding it’s also important to recognize when you’re dealing with breastfeeding issues that warrant consulting our Houston, TX, pediatric team. You may want to seek professional help if breastfeeding is painful, you’re dealing with sore, cracked nipples or your baby isn’t getting enough milk (e.g. they aren’t gaining weight).
If you are experiencing issues with breastfeeding, our Houston, TX, pediatricians can provide you with advice and solutions. Call Peekaboo Pediatrics at (713) 861-4800 to schedule your breastfeeding consultation.
Here’s a helpful guide for how to survive for the first few months with your newborn.
You can plan as much as you want before the baby comes but nothing prepares you for when they are finally here. If you are a first-time parent, our Houston pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakker and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj understand that the first couple of months can feel exhausting and maybe even a bit overwhelming. Remember, we are here to answer your questions and address concerns at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston TX. You aren’t doing this alone. Here are some tips to make caring for your newborn a little easier.
The sooner you start breastfeeding after delivery the quicker mothers usually get into the swing of things when it comes to latching and proper breastfeeding technique. You should nurse as much as your baby needs (don’t worry, your body will continue to produce enough milk). If you’re having trouble getting your baby to latch or if you are experiencing nipple pain or other issues give our Houston pediatricians a call. We offer lactation support and newborn care to help make breastfeeding for new moms easier.
Despite what you might think, newborns need to sleep a lot. The problem is that they don’t sleep consecutively but rather for a couple of hours at a time (as they will need to feed about every 2-3 hours for the first few months). You should try and sleep as much as you can while your baby is sleeping. Stay consistent with your bedtime and set up a ritual for you and your baby. This may include rocking, singing lullabies, or reading. Take 20-30 minutes a night to wind down with your baby to get them ready for bed.
When babies cry, they are often hungry or needing to be changed; however, if these have all been checked then you may be looking for simple techniques to help calm your baby down. Swaddle them in a blanket, which can help them feel more secure (like they did in the womb). Make soft soothing sounds in their ear as you gently rock them. White noise such as running a vacuum can also help your baby relax and stop crying. There are other tips available, so try asking your Newborn Care Houston provider for more help.
At some point, it will happen: your baby will deal with their first illness. While a fever can be serious for a baby under 2 months old, most fevers in babies over 2 months old can be monitored closely by a pediatrician. Of course, if your baby isn’t eating and isn’t acting normally then you should call us right away. A fever over 102 F for babies over 2 months also requires immediate attention.
Are you on the hunt for a Houston TX pediatrician to provide you with care once your newborn comes? If so, call Peekaboo Pediatrics at (713) 861-4800 to learn more about the mother-daughter pediatric medicine team, the quality services and care we provide children of all ages, and whether we’d be a good fit for your growing family. Dr. Heena Thakker and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj are available by appointment.
Here are some simple strategies to help raise health-conscious children and teens.
With kids at home every day, it’s more important than ever that the family is focused on ways to keep their children healthy and free from illness. Fortunately, there are simple, everyday steps that you can take to ensure that your child stays healthy and happy. While our Houston, TX, pediatricians, Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj, can provide your child with proper checkups, screenings, and immunizations, here are some other ways to keep them healthy,
Wash Hands Regularly
It’s incredibly important to teach children how to wash their hands properly and to make sure they are performing it regularly. Washing hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, and the action should be performed for a full 20 seconds.
Everyone should be washing their hands before meals, after using the bathroom, or after sneezing/coughing.
Promote Good Health Through Regular Exercise
Getting kids up and moving every day is incredibly important for preventing childhood obesity. Take time to put the electronics away and go outside and play. Whether you want to enjoy a family walk, bike, or hike around the neighborhood, or your kids want to play sports out in the yard, making sure that they are physically active for about one hour every day is important for maintaining good health.
Keep Up to Date on Vaccinations
Immunizations are the very best way for our Houston medical team to keep your child healthy and free from certain communicable diseases. Make sure that you talk with your pediatrician to understand which shots your child needs next and whether they could benefit from an annual flu shot.
Not staying up to date on immunizations can be dangerous to your child’s health.
Prioritize Your Child's Health
We understand that even during this pandemic, it’s important that your child receives the proper medical care, immunizations, and other preventive treatments that they may need here in Houston. Keeping them up to date on childhood immunizations is incredibly important. To schedule an appointment at Peekaboo Pediatrics, call (713) 861-4800.
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