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By Farnoush Jamali
January 06, 2021
Category: Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Farnoush Jamali
December 30, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Strep Throat  

How your children’s doctors in Gaithersburg, Maryland can help if your child has strep throat

Strep throat is a common problem, especially with children. Signs and symptoms of strep throat can make your child miserable. The good news is, strep throat is easily treatable. Your pediatrician can help your child feel better.

The children’s doctors at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland offer a wide range of medical services for children, including treatment for strep throat.

Strep throat is caused by an infection of Streptococcal bacteria. When your child has strep throat you may notice some of these common signs and symptoms:

  • Sudden, severe throat soreness
  • Pain and difficulty swallowing
  • A high fever of over 101 degrees
  • Swollen lymph nodes and swollen tonsils
  • Yellow or white patches on the back of your child’s throat

If you think your child might have strep throat, contact your children’s doctor immediately. Your pediatrician can perform a rapid strep test which can tell within a few minutes if your child has strep throat.

Strep throat needs to be treated with antibiotics because it won’t go away on its own. Your children’s doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics to eliminate the bacterial infection, and your child needs to take all of the medication to fully eliminate the bacteria.

Strep throat is also highly contagious so be sure and not share utensils or other items your child has touched.

There are a few other tips to keep in mind. Remember to:

  • Limit your child’s contact with other people
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down frequently touched areas like doorknobs, handles, and water faucets with disinfectant
  • Launder bed linens and towels frequently
  • Throw away your child’s toothbrush after the strep infection has been eliminated

Your child doesn’t have to suffer because of strep throat. Your pediatrician can help your child feel better fast! To find out more about strep throat signs, symptoms, and treatment, call the children’s doctors of Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland at (301) 977-2440. Call now!

By Farnoush Jamali
December 30, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Untagged

Scheduled bathroom times are necessary to get young children accustomed to having control over their bodies. What happens if your child is going way more than usual, or complains of being in pain each time they go pee? Take your child to Dr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in the Gaithersburg, MD area to rule out urinary tract infections and other conditions.

Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection in Children

Symptoms include:

  • Pain or pressure in the lower back while urinating. The child will express that voiding their bladder hurts somehow.
  • Urine with an unusual consistency or a strange odor. This description includes but is not limited to cloudy and bloody urine. The pee may be foul-smelling.
  • Going to the bathroom more often than usual. If your child has to go to the bathroom a lot but also has more accidents than what is normal for them, you might want to take your child to see a doctor.
  • Nausea and vomiting are also telltale signs that your child may be suffering from a UTI.

Reducing the risk

Young girls are at higher risk of getting a UTI due to a shorter urethra that can be susceptible to bacteria, so diligent wiping and hygiene habits are crucial. Untreated UTIs can result in kidney damage later, so you must catch the symptoms as early as possible.


UTI Treatment

Most young patients with urinary tract infections will get antibiotics. After the treatment cycle, the antibiotics are finished and the urinary tract infection does not return.
If you suspect that your child might be battling a urinary tract infection, do not hesitate to call Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD at (301) 977-2440. Dr. Jamali will be able to provide you with the answers you need so that you and your child can rest easy.

By Farnoush Jamali
December 03, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Signs of a Pediatric UTIA urinary tract infection isn’t just something that happens to adults. Children can also develop UTIs. Since children are more likely to suffer from kidney damage as a result of a UTI you must see your pediatric doctor right away if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Signs and symptoms include,
  • Increased urgency to urinate, even if there is no output
  • Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
  • A decreased output of urine
  • Children may complain of a burning sensation when urinating
  • Older children may complain of lower stomach or back pain
  • Younger children may cry when urinating
  • Wetting the bed
We know that infants and young children can’t tell us what hurts and where, so we have to look for other signs that they could be dealing with a urinary tract infection. Young children may have a fever, loose stools, refuse to eat, and be more irritable than usual. When they wet their diaper, you may notice that the urine smells strong or bad.
Diagnosing UTIs in Children

If your child is showing symptoms of a UTI you must see your pediatrician right away. A simple urine sample is all that’s needed to be able to detect the presence of bacteria. We can examine the urine sample under the microscope and provide results in a matter of minutes. The kind of bacteria that’s present will help us determine the type of antibiotics we will prescribe.
Treating Childhood UTIs

It’s important to seek treatment right away, as untreated UTIs can lead to more serious problems including kidney infections, abscesses, and sepsis. Your pediatrician can prescribe antibiotics. Your child should also be getting plenty of fluids during the course of their treatment to help flush out bacteria.
It’s also important that your child continues to take their medication even if they start to feel better (do not stop the medication). If symptoms do not improve within three days, or if they get worse, you must call your pediatrician immediately.
Our pediatrics team is here to make sure that your child gets the care they need, whenever they are dealing with everything from a fever or stomach upset to a UTI. If your child develops a UTI, talk to your pediatrician right away.
By Farnoush Jamali
November 30, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Tonsillitis  

Could your child's throat pain be caused by tonsillitis? The inflammation, a common cause of sore throats in children, is among the many illnesses your child's pediatricians, Drs. Farnoush Jamali and Vahid Khajoee, treat at their pediatrics practice in Gaithersburg, MD.

What is tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils, two oval-shaped, fleshy pads on either side of the throat, become inflamed or infected. The tonsils help your child's body fight germs that find their way into the body through the nose or mouth. Unfortunately, these same germs can also inflame the tonsils.

What are the signs and symptoms of tonsillitis?

If your child has tonsillitis, he or she may experience:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Trouble swallowing or pain when swallowing
  • Earache
  • Raspy voice

You can see your child's tonsils if you use a flashlight. Inflamed tonsils appear red and may have white or red spots on them. Younger children who have tonsillitis may be uninterested in feeding and might seem a little cranky or lethargic. An increase in drooling can also be a sign of a throat issue.

How is tonsillitis treated?

Treatment varies depending on whether the illness is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Although viral tonsillitis usually goes away on its own, your child's pediatrician may recommend a few measures that can ease his or her pain, including saltwater gargles, throat lozenges, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Soft foods and liquids may be the best options until your child's throat pain eases.

Bacterial tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics that will kill the germs responsible for the infection. Pain relievers, lozenges, gargling, and offering soft foods and liquids will also improve your child's comfort if he or she has bacterial tonsillitis.

Call the pediatrics office in Gaithersburg if your child has throat pain that lasts more than two days, pain is severe, your child's neck is stiff, or your son or daughter has a high fever (103F or higher). If your child has difficulty breathing, go to the emergency room immediately.

If your child has any of these symptoms, it's time to make an appointment with the Gaithersburg, MD, pediatrics office of Drs. Farnoush Jamali and Vahid Khajoee. Call the pediatricians at (301) 977-2440 to schedule your son or daughter's visit.

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