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Going to a pediatrician is recommended even if your child is not sick. By taking your child to the doctor for regular check-ups, you can effectively protect them from potential illnesses.
Visits to the doctor are recommended when your child hits the following age milestones
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2 and a half years
- 3 years
- 4 years
- Annually thereafter through 18
Call (919) 720-4876 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ozturk and Dr. Guerra of Little Oaks Pediatrics if you’re looking for a pediatrician in Raleigh, NC.
It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!
This fall, when you see signs reading “Get Your Flu Vaccine,” you might ask “Isn’t it too late to get vaccinated?” No, it’s not too late! CDC recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season. While the sooner you get vaccinated the more likely you are to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in your community, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons.
View CDC’s influenza summary map for a weekly update on flu activity in the United States. “Flu season most often peaks between December and March, but activity can occur as late as May,” says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Director of the Influenza Division at CDC. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now.” It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to develop in the body, so it’s best to get vaccinated early. For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year. There is a vaccine that can help prevent flu. While the vaccine varies in how well it works, there are many studies that show that flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. This season, CDC recommends the use of injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) is not recommended for use this season because of concerns about effectiveness. “We are looking into the situation with the hopes that the nasal spray flu vaccine will once again be an option for some people,” says Dr. Jernigan. “In the meantime, this flu season, CDC recommends the flu shot and not the nasal spray flu vaccine.” Flu shots work and can keep you from getting sick!
Finding a Pediatrician
The best way to start looking for a pediatrician is by asking other parents you know and trust. They are likely to know you, your style, and your needs. You also should consider asking your obstetrician for advice. She will know local pediatricians (who are competent and respected within the medical community. If you’re new to the community, you may decide to contact a nearby hospital, medical school, or county medical society for a list of local pediatricians.
If you are a member of a managed care plan, you probably will be required to choose a pediatrician from among their approved network of doctors. Once you have the names of several pediatricians you wish to consider, start by contacting and arranging a personal interview with each of them during the final months of your pregnancy. Many pediatricians are happy to fit such preliminary interviews into their busy schedules. Before meeting with the pediatrician, the office staff should be able to answer some of your more basic questions: Is the pediatrician accepting new patients with my insurance or managed care plan? What are the office hours? What is the best time to call with routine questions? How does the office handle billing and insurance claims? Is payment due at the time of the visit? Both parents should attend the interviews with pediatricians, if possible, to be sure you both agree with the pediatrician’s policies and philosophy about child rearing.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask any questions. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. How soon after birth will the pediatrician see your baby? Most hospitals ask for the name of your pediatrician when you’re admitted to deliver your baby. The delivery nurse will then phone that pediatrician or her associate on call as soon as your baby is born. If you had any complications during either your pregnancy or the delivery, your baby should be examined at birth, although this exam may be conducted by a staff pediatrician or neonatologist at the hospital if your pediatrician is not there at the time of delivery. Otherwise, the routine newborn examination can take place anytime during the first twentyÂfour hours of life. Ask the pediatrician if you can be present during that initial examination. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about your baby and get answers to any questions you may have. Your baby will undergo routine newborn tests that will screen for hearing and jaundice levels as well as thyroid and other metabolic disorders. Other tests may need to be done if your baby develops any problems after birth or to follow up on any unusual findings on your prenatal sonograms.
Swimmer's Ear in Children
Summer is around the corner and we have started seing more cases of Swimmer's Ear. Below is a short take on this issue from the AAP:
Since the recent measles outbreak is a hot topic I would like to share an opinion of expert Dr. Marietta Vazquez, associate professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine below: