Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog
Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra are here for you at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, for your vision and hearing screening needs.
Why does my child need a screening?
Children and adolescents should be screened for vision and hearing issues every year as part of their checkup appointment. This is an opportunity for your provider to assess if your child has a vision or hearing problem. An untreated vision problem or hearing impairment can be very detrimental to a child's development, and these screenings prevent further and more serious issues. Contact the pediatricians at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, if you're concerned about your child's hearing or vision.
What is the pediatrician looking for?
Common eye conditions in children include nearsightedness, lazy eye, and misalignment of the eyes. When left untreated, these conditions create further complications later in life. We screen for these issues and more at a routine vision screening.
Newborns typically have blurry vision, but as their vision develops you want to screen for possible issues. Vision screenings start with an exam of the eyes themselves, and a series of tests for the eyes. For newborns, these are simple blink and pupil response tests. As a child gets older and can read a vision chart, we test the sharpness of their vision.
Most newborns have their first hearing screening in the hospital, shortly after birth. It's important to continue with regular screenings because a hearing impairment can impede a child's development in many ways, including language and speech development. Older children are screened with a pure-tone test, which involves wearing headphones and indicating when you hear beeps.
What happens if the pediatrician finds something?
If a screening shows a possible vision or hearing problem, the child will be referred to either an ophthalmologist or audiologist for a full evaluation. Begin treatment for any issue your doctor finds as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Screenings are an important preventative measure and should be conducted for your child every year.
Come see Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics for vision and hearing screenings. Give us a call at (919) 720-4876.
Discover the top three reasons why well-child visits are not to be missed.
From the moment your child is born you may feel as if you are always in the pediatrician’s office. So, when these scheduled trips to see our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra roll around you might just think about skipping out; however, it’s important that you don’t. Even though we provide treatment and care to sick children, our goal through these well-child visits is to prevent diseases and injuries from happening in the first place.
Here’s why these well-child visits are so critical,
Prevent health problems
One of the main reasons to bring your child in for well-child visits is to make sure that they are getting the care they need to prevent acute and chronic diseases from happening in the first place. In fact, something as simple as providing tips on best handwashing practices can go a long way to preventing the spread of germs and to keep your child healthy.
Our team of pediatricians is a wellspring of advice and information that can all be customized to your child’s lifestyle and particular needs. We also provide additional preventive measures including screenings and vaccines to protect your child against communicable diseases.
Catch medical conditions early
From developmental delays to heart conditions, coming in to visit our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians for regular checkups means that we are also able to catch health problems sooner. This means that your child gets the treatment they need faster, which can prevent further complications and issues from happening as they continue to grow. Here at Little Oaks Pediatrics, we are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, as well as provide referrals to top-notch cardiologists, allergists and asthma specialists, psychologists and other specialists.
Provide helpful and tailored advice
Everything from injury prevention to sleep habits can also be addressed and improved through simply visiting your child’s pediatrician. Your pediatrician is instrumental in making sure that your child’s lifestyle is conducive to a healthy life. Some of the topics we may discuss during your child’s visit include,
- Diet and proper nutrition (as well as maintaining a healthy weight)
- Getting regular exercise (as well as which activities are best suited to your child based on their health)
- Injury prevention
- Sleep hygiene
If you are looking for award-winning pediatricians here in Raleigh, NC, that can provide your newborn with the medical care they need to grow up healthy and happy then it’s time to call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876 to schedule your child’s first appointment or to book a consultation with us.
Find the perfect pediatrician to fit your growing family’s needs.
There is a lot to think about before your baby is born, and one of the things to put at the top of your to-do list is to find a pediatrician. Instead of rushing around trying to find the perfect doctor for your baby at that last minute, it’s a good idea to start the search early (about 3 months before your baby’s due date). Here in Raleigh, NC, our pediatricians Dr. Jay Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra provide free prenatal visits to expectant parents.
What is a prenatal visit?
Not to be confused with prenatal care, which you will need to get from a qualified OBGYN, the free prenatal visits we offer at our Raleigh, NC, office are for parents to be able to sit down with our pediatricians beforehand to ask any questions they may have about caring for their baby once they are born.
This one-on-one appointment with our pediatricians can provide a lot of comfort to parents, particularly first-time parents who may have a lot of questions. Plus, it also gives you a chance to get to know our team to see if we’re a good fit for providing medical care to your baby once they are born.
What should I consider when choosing a pediatrician?
There is a lot to think about, and we know choosing a pediatrician is no easy task. Many parents ask family and friends for recommendations. If you’re doing your own independent research online, looking at patient reviews of a practice is especially important.
Other factors to consider when choosing a pediatrician include,
- Location: How close is the practice from your home, school or work? Is it in a convenient location?
- Hours of operation: Does the practice offer a wide range of hours that work with your schedule?
- Urgent care: Does your pediatrician offer same-day visits when your child is sick, so they can get the immediate care they need for non-life-threatening health issues or injuries?
- The staff: Is the staff welcoming and friendly whenever you call or come into the office? Are they helpful and ready to answer your questions?
- Ease of appointments and scheduling: Are you able to easily schedule appointments for your little one when it’s convenient with your schedule?
- The pediatrician’s qualifications: What are your pediatrician’s qualifications? Be sure to ask during your free prenatal visit to learn more about our pediatricians’ experience, expertise and background to see if we’re a great fit for your family.
We understand how important it is to find the perfect pediatrician. To schedule a free prenatal visit with our Raleigh, NC, pediatric team please call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876.
It can be stressful and overwhelming when your child is feeling ill or has sustained an injury. The last thing you need in those moments is to experience difficulty accessing medical care because did not have an appointment scheduled in advance. That is why we offer immediate care services so your child can receive prompt medical treatment when needed. We provide immediate care at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, where Dr. Jay Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra can diagnose and treat whatever illness, ailment, or injury affecting your child.
Immediate Care vs. Emergency Services
Immediate care involves the delivery of medical services to individuals in urgent need of treatment, but who are not experiencing a life-threatening condition. The emergency room is the best place to seek treatment for life-threatening injuries, illnesses, or conditions. Immediate care makes it possible to receive quality medical care quickly for other situations, such as stomach aches or minor cuts that require stitches. An advantage of immediate care is that prompt treatment is available without the long wait and higher expense often associated with the emergency room.
Our Immediate Care Services
At Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, our immediate care services are available for a wide range of medical needs. Whether your child woke up feeling sick or sustained minor injuries while participating in sports, we can help. Our doctors can perform a variety of essential tests when needed to aid in diagnosing the exact problem. Whether your child needs x-rays, culture samples, blood tests, or a urine test, for example, our medical professionals have access to numerous diagnostic tests and tools.
Examples of some of the illnesses, injuries, or conditions we can diagnose and treat as part of our immediate care services include:
- The cold or flu
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Respiratory infections
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Cuts or lacerations
- Ear infections
We offer immediate care services to help your child receive essential medical care promptly. You have to be a patient at Little Oaks Pediatrics to take advantage of the same day appointments. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ozturk or Dr. Guerra for immediate care, call Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC at (919) 720-4876.
How your pediatricians in Raleigh, NC, can help your child
There are many reasons why your child might need immediate care. The good news is, your pediatricians are standing by with help and expertise when you and your child need it. The doctors at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, offer a full range of pediatric care services including immediate care, to help you and your child.
One of the most common causes of needing immediate care is if your child experiences a sports injury. Children are often prone to injuries because the bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles have not finished growing, resulting in coordination and strength issues. Common examples of sports injuries include broken or fractured bones, torn ligaments or tendons, and overuse injuries like tendonitis or shin splints.
Children frequently need immediate care for viral conditions like the flu or colds. Viral conditions often present unpleasant symptoms like a runny nose, fever, nausea, and breathing difficulties. If your child has a cold or the flu, seeking out immediate care services can help your child feel better, and help keep the virus from spreading to other family members.
Viruses aren’t the only cause of infections. Bacterial infections are another common reason why you should seek out immediate care for your child. Bacteria can infect your child’s ears, respiratory system, urinary tract, and other areas. A bacterial infection may be the cause of a high fever, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms.
Allergies and asthma can also be a cause of needing immediate medical care. Allergies and asthma can often present severe symptoms including skin rashes and breathing difficulties. At immediate care, your child can be tested to find out what your child is allergic to, and a treatment plan can be designed to treat allergies. Effective asthma treatment is also available.
If your child needs immediate medical care, consider immediate care services, instead of a crowded emergency room. Visiting immediate care can save you time, money, and stress, providing excellent pediatric medical care when you need it. For more information about immediate care services, call the doctors at Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, today.
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