Viruses vs. Bacteria
Allow me a moment to get on my soap box. Intelligent, sophisticated parents need to have a good understand of the differences between the two. They are about as similar as an apple and a shoe. Yet, the symptoms they create are oftentimes similar.
When the body temperature rises it becomes a hostile arena for viruses and bacteria. By allowing for a fever to run its course your are effectively “burning off” the infection and permitting the immune system to send out signals to aggressively mount its defenses.
When you come to Royal Palm Kid’s Care you will notice a lot of gadgets that are geared for the accurate measurement of children of all ages. Scales are electronic, a stadiometer is used to measure heights and a special board is utilized to measure infants. Accuracy is crucial and we take it seriously. We take the measurements and plot them out on the growth curve. These curves give a general idea where your child lies in relation to peers of the same age. The information is offered as a “percentile.”
The general recommendation for children over two years of age is a checkup on a yearly basis. An easy way to remember that a checkup is due is to try to get into the routine of having these annual visits during the child’s birthday month. If you’re not sure or don’t remember - give us a call.
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No one, no one knows your child better than you do. No one. Trust your instincts - I do.
Having established this reality it is important that you understand that if you are worried about your child we are ready to help. Naturally, our preference is to see the child to gain the most accurate clinical evaluation. In the care of children we do not ask parents to wait and, in fact, more often than not see the child the very same day.
Hospitals and Pediatric urgent care centers are most helpful for worrisome situations outside of office hours that can not wait, but my preference is to see my own patient even if it means we “squeeze” you in. (Generally, parents do not mind waiting if I am attending to a sick child; you never know when it is their child that needs the immediate attention). Allow me to help by giving me a call so we can gauge the best and safest intervention So help is always on hand.
It is always better to be proactive than reactive.
There are common features that will help dealing with ill child.
Fluids, fluids, fluids (NOT WATER, NOT JUICE, NO DAIRY). Whether its Pedialyte, Gatorade, All Sport or Powerade kids need to keep hydrated. Many times this means small frequent sips. Big gulps or volumes may at times provoke vomiting. Don’t worry if your child does not eat. When was the last time you felt like eating when you were sick? Kids are no different. There will be plenty of time for eating, besides an increased appetite will be one of the earliest signs that your child is on the mend. Fluids, fluids, fluids!
See the fever section above.
THE 24 HOUR RULE:
Unless your worry threshold tells you otherwise, it is sometimes a good idea to observe you child for a day to allow the infection to “mature“. This enables me to gain greater clinical accuracy and the blood tests become more predictive. As you know this does not apply to babies and to kids that just look sick. It does apply if there is an infection “going around” and you think your child has it.
I'm not kidding. Plain love and comfort goes a long way into reassuring your child. I am certain this does not even need to be expanded on…
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