Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
January 20, 2022
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Well Child Visits  

Find out why visiting the pediatrician is important for all kids.

Once your child is born it suddenly seems like they go from a newborn to a toddler and then to a child practically overnight. They reach so many important milestones in the first few years and it’s important that you are turning to our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk, and Dr. Maria Guerra for routine well-child visits. Even if your child seems healthy, these checkups are still crucial for their health and development.

The Importance of Well-Child Visits

While our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians are here to help when your child is sick or injured, this isn’t the only time you should turn to us for care. Well-child visits are necessary for all children. Some of the benefits of turning to us for regular well-child visits include,

  • Keeping your child up-to-date on vaccinations to reduce the spread of communicable disease and illness
  • Regular screenings to detect health problems early on so they can be treated more quickly
  • Evaluating vital signs, height, and weight, vision and hearing to detect issues early on
  • Monitoring your child’s developmental milestones
  • Treating and managing any preexisting health conditions

A well-child visit is for children what a preventive checkup is for adults. These checkups allow us to perform a physical evaluation to assess your child’s health, as well as any risk factors that may predispose them to certain chronic conditions.

What to Expect From a Well Child Visit

What goes into a well-child visit will depend on your child’s age. After all, certain immunizations require multiple dosages spread out throughout months or years in your child’s life. Depending on your child’s age, well-child visits with our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians may include,

  • Monitoring vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature
  • Recording height and weight
  • Evaluate hearing and vision
  • A complete physical examination
  • Answering any questions parents might have about exercise, diet, sleep habits, etc.
  • Administering proper immunizations

If you need to schedule your little one’s next well-child visit with our Raleigh, NC, pediatric team, call Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876. Don’t put off these routine checkups!

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
September 15, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immediate Care  

Your pediatricians can help your child stay healthy with immediate care in Raleigh, NC.

When you have a child, it’s important to have medical help from your pediatricians when you need it. Fortunately, Dr. Jay Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra at Little Oaks Pediatrics offer comprehensive infant and child healthcare services, including immediate care to help your child stay healthy.

We also offer COVID-19 PCR testing that gives you your results in one hour.

Immediate care in Raleigh, NC, can provide the services your child needs. Examples of immediate care services include:

  • Treatment for viral infections like a cold or the flu. Your child may be suffering uncomfortable signs and symptoms including fever, nausea, a runny nose, teary eyes, and breathing problems. Immediate care services can treat the virus and symptoms, so your child feels better fast.
  • Treatment of bacterial infections which can occur in the ear, urinary tract, respiratory system, and other parts of the body. Your child may have a fever, swelling, redness, and other signs and symptoms. Immediate care services can provide antibiotics and other medicines to get rid of bacterial infections.
  • Treatment for allergies and asthma, which can cause difficulty breathing, a rash, and even a life-threatening episode. Immediate care services can provide relief in the form of rescue inhalers and other medications to help your child breathe easier. Allergy treatment starts with allergy testing to determine the cause of your child’s allergies.
  • If you have an older child, they may experience a sports injury. Immediate care can provide treatment for problems affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones, to help your child heal. Common sports injuries include tendonitis, muscle strain, torn tendons and ligaments, or broken bones. Depending on the nature of the injury, a referral to a specialist may be needed. Your immediate care doctor can help you with the referrals.

Immediate care provides a vital service your child needs. To learn more about how immediate care in Raleigh, NC, can help your child stay healthy, call Dr. Ozturk and Dr. Guerra of Little Oaks Pediatrics at (919) 720-4876 now!

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
July 09, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Injury   Illness  

How your pediatricians in Raleigh, NC, can help when your child is ill or injured

Immediate care is there when you need it, and this is especially important if your child is ill or injured. The expertise and skills of your immediate care physician are invaluable. You will have peace of mind knowing you are seeing a doctor you can trust.

Dr. Maria Guerra and Dr. Jay Ozturk of Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, offer comprehensive pediatric medical services, including treatment for illnesses and injuries.

Viruses like colds or the flu are a common problem with children. These easily transmissible conditions are readily passed around in daycare and schools, and your child is vulnerable. A runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, or nausea, and body aches are common signs and symptoms your child may have caught a virus. Your immediate care physician can provide the relief your child needs in the form of medications and other treatments.

Bacterial infections like ear infections, strep throat, or urinary tract infections can all be treated by your immediate care doctor. A high fever, pain, difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms may indicate an infection. Antibiotic medications are often the first line of treatment for infections.

Injuries are another problem that can be treated by your immediate care physician. If your child plays a sport, strained tendons, ligaments, and joints are common. Your child may experience a fractured or broken bone from activity too. Your immediate care physician can provide casts, walking boots, slings, splints, crutches, and other devices to support the injured area so your child can heal.

Asthma and allergies are also frequently treated by your immediate care physician. Allergy testing, injections, and sublingual immunotherapy are excellent treatments for allergies. If your child has asthma, short-term rescue inhalers, and long-term medication therapy are very effective to control asthma symptoms.

Your immediate care physician can help your child enjoy great health. To learn more about how immediate care can help if your child is ill or injured, call Dr. Maria Guerra and Dr. Jay Ozturk of Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, at (919) 720-4876. Call now!

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
May 04, 2021
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Newborn  

Any new parent will tell you that a newborn brings with it just as much concern and confusion as it brings love and joy. As the saying goes, raising a baby takes a village, including your pediatrician. Learning the basics of newborn care before your little one comes into the world can help you feel confident and sure when caring for your newborn. Find out more about newborn care by visiting Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra are here to help you prepare for caring for your newborn. 

Caring For Baby: The Basics

  • Food: Whether you feed your child formula or breastmilk, they will get all of the nutrition they need from their bottles. Feeding differs slightly between the two methods, but both formula-fed and breastfed babies’ main source of nutrition throughout their first six months of life is milk. Breastfed babies often feed “on-demand” and eat more frequently than their formula-fed counterparts, who often go longer without eating.
  • Sleep: Every baby is different and some may sleep much more than others. Newborn babies sleep upwards of 17 hours a day, but not all at once. Newborns often only sleep for a few hours at a time, meaning that new parents are often up several times a night. Infants should always sleep on their back in an empty crib free from blankets and pillows. Once a baby rolls over on its own, it can safely sleep on its stomach or side. Safe sleeping standards drastically reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
  • Bathing: Newborns do not necessarily require a bath every day so long as you thoroughly clean their diaper area throughout the day. A sponge bath can help keep your baby clean between baths every day or two, especially between the folds of the thighs and neck.
  • Diapers: Your baby’s first stool will be a substance called meconium. This sticky, tarry stool will change in color and consistency over the first few days of your baby’s life. If you notice white or bloody stool, you should consult with your child’s doctor immediately. Otherwise, there is a wide range of normal when it comes to coloring, frequency, and consistency of a newborn’s stool.
  • Well-Child Exams: Keeping up with your child’s well-child examinations and vaccinations throughout their first year of life will ensure their growth and development is on track and they are up to date with their vaccination schedule. Well-child exams occur at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 15, and 18 months and 2 years.

Newborn Care in Brookline, MA

Caring for a newborn is hard work and can only be accomplished if the parents take care of themselves as well. Feel free to contact your child’s pediatrician with any questions or concerns about breastfeeding or if you or your partner show symptoms of postpartum anxiety or depression.

For more information on newborn care, please contact Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 720-4876 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra today! 

 

By Little Oaks Pediatrics
February 08, 2021
Category: Pediatrics

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.





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