Pediatric Specialists of Plano

Colds and Allergies in Children

What parents need to know about colds and allergies in children

Our Plano pediatricians know that both colds and allergies in children can make our young patients’ lives miserable. Both can be marked by runny noses, sore throats and generally not feeling well. However, these ailments require different treatments. As a result, it’s important to be able to identify which is which.

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Treating Diarrhea in Children – Is the BRAT Diet Best?

Find the latest advice about treating diarrhea in children

For years, many doctors suggested the BRAT diet for treating diarrhea in children. This bland diet involved eating bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, which is where the name comes from. Although this diet was the gold standard for many years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and our Plano pediatricians no longer recommend this diet exclusively.

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Fever in Children

How to identify fever in children

It’s late at night and your child is crying. You check on him and feel his forehead. He’s burning up. What now? As Plano pediatricians and parents ourselves, we’re familiar with the anxiety that fever in children can provoke. Fortunately, most fevers indicate that your child’s immune system is functioning as it should,

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Viral Upper Respiratory Infections and Colds

Cold viruses are spread from person to person

Colds or upper respiratory infections are viral infections of the nose and throat.  Cold viruses are spread from person to person by hand contact and sneezing, not by cold air or drafts.  Healthy children get at least six colds each year.  Usually, fever lasts up to 3 days,

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Strep Throat/ Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash, caused by a toxin produced by some strep bacteria.  The complication rate is no different than the complication rate for strep throat alone.  The red rash usually clears in 4 to 5 days.

Recommendations for Scarlet Fever include:

Your child will be given a prescription for an antibiotic. 

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Ear Infections

An ear infection is a bacterial infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum).  The main symptom is earache and muffled hearing.  A fever is present with almost half of ear infections, due to pressure and bulging of the eardrum fro trapped, infected fluid.

In 5-10% of children, the pressure causes the eardrum to rupture and drain yellow or cloudy fluid. 

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Diarrhea /Gastroenteritis

Diarrhea is usually caused by a viral infection of the intestines, although occasionally by bacteria or parasites.  Diarrhea usually lasts from several days to weeks, thus maintenance of oral fluid intake is imperative.  Do not expect a quick return to solid stools.  Follow these recommendations:

Encourage Fluids: 

Infants- continue with formula or breast feeding unless instructed otherwise. 

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Croup is a viral infection of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), and windpipe (trachea).

There is a distinctive tight low-pitched barking cough with hoarseness due to swelling of the vocal cords..  A harsh, raspy vibrating sound (stridor) is heard when your child breathes in, usually only with crying or coughing.  Symptoms usually last 5 to 6 days and generally get worse at night. 

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(972) 473-7777

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Pediatric Specialists of Plano
3405 Midway Road, Suite 650
Plano, TX 75093

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