There are a number of preventive measures you can take to help reduce the risk of your child contracting a disease, including:
- Teaching children about good hygiene, including regular hand washing
- Making sure food is handled and store properly
- Keeping your home clean, including the kitchen area, toilets, and sinks
- Sanitizing your child’s toys, especially when they come into contact with other children
- Ensuring your child does not have prolonged contact with adults or children who aren’t immunized
- Making sure your child gets their annual flu shot starting at age 6 months
Even with these preventive measures, kids get sick. HouseCalls can help with a number of common childhood illnesses, including:
- Ear infection
- Hand, foot, & mouth disease
- Sinus Infection
- Strep throat
- Respiratory infections (including the common cold and influenza)
- RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
Because symptoms of many common childhood illnesses can indicate a number of conditions, it’s important to seek medical attention if your child is feeling sick, especially if they are under five years of age. Your health care provider can perform a complete, thorough examination, including a full check of your child’s ears, nose, and throat, and determine an accurate diagnosis and ensure proper treatment.
After an examination, your child’s provider will give you comprehensive treatment plan and tips for managing pain and other symptoms. If the provider deems it necessary, in some cases they may prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, which they can send electronically to your preferred pharmacy.
If your child is suffering from symptoms of a common childhood illness, book HouseCalls Today and help your little one feel better, faster.
HouseCalls can provide well child checks for all ages, and school, camp, and sports physicals for children ages 5 and up. Many children require physicals for enrollment in public or private schools, admission to day or sleep-away camps, and for participation in school or club sports teams.
A child physical with HouseCalls is conducted by a licensed family practitioner and includes:
- A thorough and complete medical history
- A full physical examination of all body systems
- Education for parents and children on common signs of concussion
- Guidance on necessary immunizations
- Completion of forms needed for sports, camp, or school participation (forms must be provided by the child’s parent or guardian)
Annual physicals are also a great opportunity to ask your child’s provider about any concerns you might have about your child’s growth and development. Licensed providers can offer guidance on how to cope with common changes to your child’s physical or mental health brought on by entering new phases of childhood and adolescence. Providers may also catch previously undiagnosed common conditions during annual physicals, including growth and hormone disorders and musculoskeletal abnormalities such as scoliosis.
Your child’s doctor can also provide information about what, if any, modifications should be made to their nutrition, sleep, and exercise regimens, to ensure they continue to maintain good health as they grow. For children who play sports, an annual physical is a good opportunity to discuss how to prevent and treat common sports injuries (including stretches and other warm-ups) and what healthy snacks to eat to maintain their energy during sports season. Your child’s provider can provide guidance on these and other health issues and provide recommendations for resources which can help you keep your child safe and healthy.
If your child needs a physical for school, camp, or sports team participation, call HouseCalls Today.