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By Farnoush Jamali
June 06, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Childhood Vaccines  

How immunizations from your pediatrician in Gaithersburg, MD, can protect your child

You may be wondering about vaccines. Do they work? Are they safe? The truth is, vaccines are one of the most effective, safest ways toImmunization prevent serious diseases. Dr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD, offers comprehensive pediatric care, including immunizations to help protect your child.

Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the Food and Drug Administration before they are ever released to the public. You can be assured they are a safe way to protect your child from serious diseases.

Vaccines have reduced and eliminated many serious diseases including polio, meningitis, influenza, the measles, and many others. You can be assured vaccines are an effective way to protect your child from serious diseases.

Your child is required to be vaccinated against certain diseases in order to be admitted to daycare and to attend school. You must show proof that your child is current with immunizations, but that’s not the most important reason to get your child immunized. Immunizations protect children from serious, and even deadly diseases. Children are very susceptible to serious complications from diseases. Immunizations can help keep your child healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these vaccinations from birth to 18 years old:

  • (Hep B) Hepatitis B
  • (Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • (Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
  • (IPV) Polio
  • (PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
  • (RV) Rotavirus
  • (MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
  • (Varicella) Chickenpox
  • (HepA) Hepatitis A
  • (HPV) Human papillomavirus
  • (MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
  • (Influenza) Flu

There is a lot of conflicting, incorrect information available about vaccines. The truth is, vaccines are an important way to protect your child’s health. Get the facts from an expert, your pediatrician! Just call Dr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD. Call now to find out more!

By Farnoush Jamali
June 03, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: sports injuries  

Your child's sports injury can be treated just as your injury was. Or, can it? Your pediatrician knows that a child's body is still developing, responding differently to acute and overuse injuries from organized sports, gym class, and more. As such, he or she can help your child avoid injury and in the event of sprain, strain, laceration, dislocation, or head injury, will help your youngster recover and stay healthy.

Kids sports injuries

They're very common, says the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Annually, 3.5 million American children under the age of 14 suffer significant sports injuries. Some injuries are related to poor conditioning. Others occur because of inadequate instruction or proper protective gear such as padding, eye wear, sneakers, dance shoes, skates, and cleats.

In addition, diligent supervision on the part of parents, coaches, teachers, and other well-informed adults is critical to safe play. Well-maintained game fields and indoor surfaces avoid foot, ankle, and knee injuries.

Finally, KidsHealth reports that Pre-participation Physicals review medical histories and spot possible weaknesses in children's physiology and anatomy. Most school and organized sports teams require these check-ups either with the school physician or the family pediatrician before the sports season commences.

Treating sports injuries

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that proper assessment and prompt treatment of kids' sports injuries prevent long-term problems, including pain and proper growth of areas of the body such as the long bones. Traditionally, coaches and parents have used the RICE protocol to stabilize and injury, relieve pain, and begin the healing process. It still works exceptionally well. RICE stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice to the affected area
  • Compression with an elastic bandage
  • Elevation of the affected limb/injured area above heart level

Then, your pediatrician and other health care providers can devise a specific treatment plan to include physical therapy, strengthening exercises, over the counter analgesics, braces, and casts as needed. As a parent, you know your child well. So be sure to fully participate in your youngster's care plan.

Be safe, be well

Each child responds differently to athletic training depending on his or her gender, size, age, physical conditioning, underlying health issue,s and natural ability. You and your pediatrician can partner together in encouraging a safe sports season for your child. That's a win-win situation.

By Prime Pediatrics
February 22, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: autism  

A childhood diagnosis like autism produces many questions and concerns. Arming yourself with knowledge about this condition and what itAutism means for your child is a necessity in order to properly provide care for your young one. Find out more about childhood autism with Dr. Farnousuh Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD.

 

What is autism?
At its core, autism itself means that a child has challenges in social communication and exhibits restricted, repetitive behaviors. Often, the symptoms of autism begin in early childhood and occur persistently, interfering with the daily life of the child. The symptoms of autism may vary in intensity and happen alongside certain physical or mental conditions.

 

Does my child have autism?
The symptoms of autism can vary greatly from person to person as this condition has a very wide spectrum. However, some of the most common signs of autism include:

  • Repetitive behaviors like hand-flapping or rocking
  • High-energy or constantly moving
  • Difficulty pretending or participating in “make-believe”
  • Picky eating
  • Short attention span
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Trouble playing, sharing, or talking with others
  • Preference for being alone
  • Doesn’t like to be comforted while upset
  • Has a hard time identifying or understanding their own or others’ emotions
  • Avoids physical contact

Many children who fall on the autism spectrum do not speak at all or have delayed speech. Often, children may also have a flat or monotone voice if they do speak. They may also not use common gestures like waving or pointing.

 

Childhood Autism in Gaithersburg, MD
If you suspect your child may be on the autism spectrum, a consultation with their doctor can help you understand and manage their condition. An early diagnosis can greatly improve the quality of life of children with autism and their families. Since there is no single diagnostic test, your child’s pediatrician will observe their behaviors and look at the big picture along with autism spectrum specialists to make a final diagnosis.

For more information on childhood autism, please contact Dr. Farnousuh Jamali at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, MD. Call (301) 977-2440 to schedule an appointment for your child today!

Is your child struggling to get a proper education because of a learning disability? If so, contact your Gaithersburg, MD, pediatrician, Individualized Education ProgramDr. Farnoush Jamali at Prime Pediatrics.

IEP in Gaithersburg

Individualized Education Program (IEP) helps children integrate in a school setting by providing them with the right kind of schooling needed.

Starting the IEP

Your pediatrician will begin by providing an initial evaluation. They need to assess how best to approach your child's needs in terms of teachers and other academic providers, like paraprofessional educators. Specialist need to know how to accommodate lectures for your child's learning disability.

More on IEP

Comprehensive and in-depth assessments of disabled students help provide suitable and well-constructed academic goals and objectives for their special needs.

An IEP consists of three aspects:

  • How the student learns
  • Finding academic providers who can provide the student with the proper academic settings.
  • How they demonstrate that learning

Advantages of IEP:

  • IEPs help children succeed in their schoolwork.
  • Successful IEPs help children achieve independence, but special assistance is provided if need be.
  • Aside from the assistance provided, children are free to socialize in normal social circles on campus.
  • IEPs help students enjoy a "normal" school culture with academic success.

More About your Doctor:

Dr. Jamali is a board-certified pediatrician from the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of American Academy of Pediatrics in the greater Washington D.C. area. She believes in a team approach to children's health and well-being. So Dr. Jamali and her staff will work closely with you to provide the highest level of care.

Need a consultation?

If you need more information about IEPs and how they can help improve the academic lives of your child, don't hesitate to give Prime Pediatrics a call today at (301) 977-2440. The office proudly serves patients in Gaithersburg, MD.

By Prime Pediatrics
May 31, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Fever  

Your child awoke in the middle of the night complaining that they didn’t feel well. Your first reaction is to put your hand up to their forehead to see if they have a fever. Of course, if their head feels warm the next step is to take their temperature to see if they are actually running a fever. While most children will experience a fever at some point, it’s important to know when you can treat the problem at home and when you need to visit a pediatrician immediately.

Most of the time a fever isn’t anything to worry about, especially if your child is otherwise healthy. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off the infection, after all; however, there are instances in which you will want to call your children’s doctor to find out whether you need to come in for care.

We believe in a parent’s intuition, so if it seems like something just isn’t right, you should give us a call and find out if your child’s symptoms or behaviors are something that need to be handled right away. Your child’s exact temperature and their age are two very important factors when it comes to whether or not your child should receive medical attention.

It’s important to call your pediatrician if your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 F or higher. A baby between the ages of 3 to 6 months old that has a fever of 101 F or higher (or has a fever that lasts more than a day) should also see a pediatric doctor. If your child is between the ages of 6 months and one year old and has a temperature at or above 103 F or has a fever lasting more than a day, give us a call.

Other times to call a pediatrician include:

  • A high fever that lasts more than a day in children who are 1 to 2 years old
  • A child that has a fever of 104 F or higher (age does not matter in this case)
  • A fever that is accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea
  • Signs of dehydration along with a fever
  • A fever that is also accompanied by a rash
  • Children who have weak or compromised immune systems and develop a fever

If your child’s fever doesn’t require a visit to your pediatrician you can try applying warm compresses or bathing your child in lukewarm water to help ease their symptoms. Never use cold water or ice to bring down a fever.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician to find out what you should do about your child’s fever.