Little Oaks Pediatrics Blog
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.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases in children, affecting around 6 million US children. It’s important to detect the early warning signs of asthma in your child so that our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun "Jay" Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra can provide them with the treatment they need to control symptoms and to prevent emergency room visits and hospital stays due to asthma attacks.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Symptoms range from minor disturbances that last a couple of days to more serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms. Most children will experience asthma symptoms by the time they reach five years old. Some of the warning signs of asthma include,
- Difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Shallow or rapid breathing
- Recurring chest colds
- Coughing that gets worse at night
Your child may experience all of these symptoms or only one; however, it’s important to err on the side of caution and to visit your Raleigh, NC, children’s doctor for an evaluation if your child is displaying any of the symptoms of asthma, no matter how minor they may seem.
What can cause or trigger an asthma attack?
There are many things that can trigger an asthma attack including,
- Certain allergens (e.g. mold; animal dander)
- Irritants (e.g. cigarette smoke)
- Weather (e.g. cold weather)
- Infections (e.g. flu; cold)
How is asthma treated?
Even though there is no cure for asthma, our pediatricians can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will help your child manage their asthma to reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms. There are two types of medications that are prescribed to treat asthma,
Long-term medication: This inhaler will be used every day to help reduce inflammation within the airways to help your child breathe better and to prevent symptoms. Even if your child isn’t experiencing symptoms they will need to use this medication every day for symptom maintenance.
Quick-relief: Sometimes referred to as a “rescue inhaler” this type of medication is only used when your child starts to experience sudden symptoms such as shortness of breath or wheezing. This medication can help prevent symptoms from turning into a full-blown attack.
The goal of Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, is to make sure that your child feels the best they can so they can lead a healthy, happy life. No matter whether you suspect that your child may have asthma or you want to discuss the different medication options, don’t hesitate to call our office for an appointment.
A new baby needs a lot of things. From bottles and car seats to high chairs and baby monitors, an expectant parent has a lot of decisions and purchases to make before baby’s arrival. Considering your baby will spend a great deal of time here, a crib is one of the most important things a parent will buy.
Whether you’re shopping for a brand new crib or receiving a hand-me-down from a relative or friend, remember to evaluate your baby’s resting place carefully to ensure it meets all of the safety guidelines. You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for information regarding all of these important safety standards.
There are many types of cribs available today, and parents will want to be educated about safety features and guidelines before choosing one for their baby. Here are a few helpful tips from the AAP:
- Make sure the crib meets current safety standards before purchasing it. As of June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. The standards also require stronger hardware and increased durability.
- If you have a crib that was manufactured before the new safety standards were enacted, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer hardware to keep the drop side from being raised or lowered. Consider buying a new crib that meets the stronger standards, if possible.
- Read and follow the directions carefully for setting up, using and caring for the crib.
- Regularly inspect your crib’s screws and hardware, and tighten them as necessary.
- The mattress should fit snugly in the crib to prevent the baby from slipping between the mattress and the crib sides. As a general rule, no more than two of your fingers should fit between the mattress and the side of the crib.
- Do not use the crib if there are any missing, damaged or broken parts, and never substitute original parts with pieces from a hardware store. Always contact the crib manufacturer for replacement materials.
- Be sure to inspect every crib your child uses—from grandma’s house to the day care center—for safety.
- Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if your crib has been recalled.
- The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 3⁄8 inches apart, as widely spaced slats can trap the infant.
- All surfaces of the crib should be covered with lead-free paint, and the wood should be smooth and free of splinters.
Remember, your baby will spend many hours in his or her crib. Take special care to ensure that your baby’s sleeping place offers very little opportunity for injuries and problems. You can learn more about crib safety standards, as well as safe bedding practices by visiting www.healthychildren.org and www.cpsc.gov, or by contacting your pediatrician for more information.
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