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Pediatrics and help with common illnesses

According to pediatrics, almost all children in Gastonia, NC suffer from fevers at some point, and many also go through chicken pox or mononucleosis. Let us consider these problems one at a time.

Fevers

The thing about fever is that it is a symptom, not a disease. In fact, it may be caused by simple overdressing for the weather, not by a virus or bacteria. The usual way to detect it is by touching his or her forehead, but a temperature of 100°F or more as measured by an oral thermometer is needed to confirm it.

Other than using light blankets and maintaining an even room temperature, do not try to manage the temperature of your child directly. Concentrate on keeping him or her well rested and hydrated with water, soup, flavored gelatin and such. Call your pediatrics specialist if symptoms persist or worsen.

Chicken pox

If your children are fully immunized (an injection at 12 to 15 months and a booster shot at 4 to 6 years) chicken pox is unlikely, but not impossible. The symptoms start with a rash that looks like insect bites, which develops into fluid-filled blisters which eventually break. It is extremely contagious.

Take your child to a pediatrics clinic to find out for sure if he or she has chicken pox. If the answer is yes, make sure your child stays home until the rash is gone and all the blisters have dried. Children with compromised immune systems are likely to need greater medical care. Chicken pox is caused by a virus, so do not try to treat it with antibiotics or aspirin.

Mononucleosis

Mononucleosis is another disease caused by a virus, which means antibiotics are also useless against this one and aspirin would be a bad idea. The symptoms you are most likely to notice include exhaustion and general soreness, fever, weakness, loss of appetite, headaches, sore throat and swelling of the tonsils and lymph nodes (in the neck, groin and armpits). Make an appointment with your pediatrics clinic if you notice these symptoms. This disease requires prolonged rest from vigorous activity, because the spleen is also swollen and will remain so for weeks after other symptoms have disappeared.

A pediatrics clinic in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatric clinic in a convenient location within the Charlotte area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you need a pediatrics clinic, contact Gastonia Pediatrics today.