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By Farnoush Jamali
March 26, 2021
Category: Child Healthcare
Whooping CoughPertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. The nickname comes from the “whooping” sound that occurs when a child breathes. While many people assume that whooping cough is an infection that no longer exists, it’s actually more common in the US than we’d like to admit. In fact, pediatricians have seen an increase in the number of whooping cough cases over the last couple of decades.
 
Whooping Cough May Look Like a Cold

You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.

Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
 
Vaccines Can Protect Against Whooping Cough

While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
 
Turn to a Pediatrician Right Away

If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
 
Until the body clears whooping cough, some of the best ways to manage your child’s symptoms include,
  • Resting as much as possible
  • Staying hydrated
  • Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
  • Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
If you want to fully protect your child against many dangerous communicable diseases, one of the best ways is through vaccinations. Your child must be up to date on all of their vaccines. Talk with your pediatrician to find out when your child should get the whooping cough vaccine.
By Farnoush Jamali
February 24, 2021
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Head lice  
Head LiceYou’ve just received a call from the school: someone in your child’s class has head lice. We know that hearing that your child has or might have head lice can be stressful, but don’t worry. Your pediatrician can help guide you through the best methods for getting rid of pesky head lice once and for all.

If you notice head lice in your child there’s no way around it: you have to treat the lice. They will not go away on their own. It might give you the heebie-jeebies but it’s important to find a treatment that will get rid of these little critters quickly. You should also check all members of your family to make sure they don’t have lice too, as this problem can spread quickly.

The good news is that you can often treat lice from the comfort of your own home. While there are certain hair salons that may cater to the treatment of lice, it’s worth it to try and treat the problem yourself. There are a variety of over-the-counter shampoos and rinses that can kill lice and their eggs (also known as nits). You may want to talk with your pediatric doctor about the treatment process, which products to use and whether or not you should reapply the shampoo or rinse days after the first application.

Still seeing lice? This is a literal head scratcher for some parents, but don’t worry. This is when a pediatrician can prescribe a much stronger treatment option such as shampoos containing benzyl alcohol, or lotions containing either ivermectin or malathion (both pesticides), or spinosad (an insecticide).

Since some of these products work differently from others, it is important that you read and follow all instructions. Some products will require more than one application while others will only require one. Again, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s lice treatment don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician.

Treating Your Home After Lice

The good news is that lice need blood in order to survive so they won’t live very long if they don’t have a human host. However, you will want to wash all bedding, towels and clothes that may have lice or nits on them. Make sure to wash them thoroughly in hot water that is higher than 130 degrees F. If you can’t wash these items immediately, promptly bag them until you can clean them properly.

Head lice can be annoying, but turning to a qualified pediatric doctor can help you get the answers you need to tackle this hairy little problem. Call your pediatrician to learn more.
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
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.