Pediatric Doctor in Agoura Hills
Little children can be difficult to understand, especially when they are sick, but do not show obvious symptoms.
Pediatricians are physicians specially trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat health problems that affect children.
General practitioners can treat most child diseases, but the extra training and experience pediatric doctors have in handling kids is important in diagnosis and prescription accuracy, and for the comfort of your child during doctor visits.
If this is the first time you're taking your child to a pediatric center, the doctor may require you to be able to answer some of the following questions:
- How long has the child been ill?
- When was the first time you detected symptoms?
- Does your child have a fever as one of the symptoms? If yes, how high?
- Does the baby have problems breathing? This can be determined by counting the number of times their chest rises and falls in a minute.
- Has the child been coughing?
- Does the child have a congested or runny nose?
- Has the problem affected the baby's appetite?
- Has the child had diarrhea or vomited in the last one or two days?
- Have the child's recent sleeping patterns been different from the past?
- Has the baby taken any medications?
If your child shows any of the symptoms above, setting up an appointment with a pediatrician is recommended. Let's take a look at some of the symptoms in more detail.
A sudden surge in your baby's body temperature shouldn't necessary be a reason to worry. However, if these are the circumstances surrounding the baby's problem, consider calling your pediatrician:
- Your baby is less than two months old
- Your child has additional symptoms such as vomiting and feebleness
- They have a high fever, i.e. above 104 degrees, and show other symptoms such as breathing difficulties, vomiting, trouble walking and diarrhea.
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Over the counter medications and at-home therapies may work for your child if the vomiting or diarrhea happens in a single episode. If it persists or is a combination of the two, that's a concern that requires immediate medical attention.
Colds and coughs
Respiratory problems in children make for the commonest problem parents have to deal with. Most of the time, you don't need a doctor's attention if your baby is above three months old.
For children under this age, colds can be a sign of a more serious problem like pneumonia, bronchiolitis or croup. Contact a pediatrician at the first sign of any respiratory problem.
Children older than three months may require medical attention if they're experiencing breathlessness, have a stuffy nose or are experiencing pain in the ears.
Rashes recede on their own and should not always lead you to the doctor, but if your kid experiences pain on the rash or has a rash that doesn't respond to over-the-counter medications, have them seen by a pediatric doctor.
Other symptoms such as pain when peeing and general frailness are also clear signs your child requires medical attention. Schedule an appointment with us today if you're in Agoura Hills and need your child seen by a pediatrician.