Kid’s doctor talks through common illnesses

Kid’s doctors in Gastonia, NC see a wide variety of conditions come through their doors. Of course, they see some more than others. Here are four of some of the more common reasons parents regularly consult pediatricians for:

  • Chickenpox ​​ ​
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis

Chickenpox

Something we’ve nearly all dealt with is the chickenpox virus. Normally characterized by itchy blisters and rashes throughout the skin. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Appetite loss
  • General unwell feeling and tiredness

Symptoms tend to appear two to three weeks after exposure to the virus and last five to ten days. If you’re concerned about preventing chickenpox altogether consult your children’s doctor about the vaccine. Otherwise, you can treat the symptoms and let them run their course eventually resulting in natural resistance to the condition. If your child is considered high-risk then your children’s doctor may recommend a course of antiviral medication.

Eczema

If your child is suffering from severely dry itchy skin accompanied by red and brownish patches of skin, it is most likely Eczema (aka Atopic Dermatitis). Eczema can also cause raised bumps that may crust over and leak fluid when scratched.

To avoid Eczema breakouts, find out what triggers the reaction and do your best to avoid the irritants. Talk with your kid’s doctor to see if they think medications like antihistamines or topical antiseptics are necessary. 

Asthma

Asthma can be a serious and life-threatening condition for anyone, especially a child. If you see any of the following symptoms consult your child’s doctor as soon as you can.

  • Persistent or chronic coughing (especially at night or during exercise)
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath (especially at night)
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pains and pressure
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Breathing through their mouth only
  • Fast breathing

These symptoms can flare up causing an “asthma attack” requiring a rescue inhaler while more severe cases of asthma may require a long-lasting inhaler. Asthma does require a medical diagnosis from a kid’s doctor.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis comes in two forms, bacterial or viral, and is a respiratory infection. Children with asthma, allergies, or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risks than others. Bronchitis can also be caused by not treating lesser infections (like colds) and letting them escalate.

If your child is experiencing any of the following you should contact your pediatrician.

  • Dry or mucus-filled cough.
  • Gagging and/or vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Chest congestion and/or chest pain.
  • An overall discomfort or feeling unwell.
  • Chills
  • Low fever
  • Back and muscle aches

Top kid’s doctor in Gastonia for your child’s illness

The condition can last weeks and comes on fast. If any of the above symptoms last longer than a couple of days or you’re not seeing improvement in your child after a day or so, then seek out the help of your pediatrician. Antibiotics are normally prescribed depending on the type of bronchitis they have.

To help alleviate symptoms you may want to invest in a humidifier and make sure your child is staying well hydrated.

Gastonia Pediatric Associates, your Gastonia area pediatricians, offers top-quality pediatric care.