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April 06, 2020
Category: Safety
Tags: Coronavirus   COVID-19   Tips  

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the disease that first emerged in Wuhan China, 2019 Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19. There are currently several types of human coronaviruses but COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, that had not previously been seen in humans.

COVID-19 is believed to spread from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission is more likely when people are near one another (within 6 ft). The virus may be spread by people who are asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms). Those who are most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • The elderly, especially those in assisted living or long-term care facilities
  • People of any age with underlying medical conditions such as
    • Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Immunocompromised due to cancer treatments, smoking, bone marrow/organ transplant, poorly control HIV or AIDS, and other immune weakening medications
    • Diabetes
    • Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40)

The best way to avoid being infected with COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to it. We need to “flatten the curve” and prevent this disease from further spreading. The best way to ensure this is by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people. Always remember to keep a distance of at least 6 ft from you and others if you must be out
  • Staying home as much as humanly possible, especially if you are sick. If you are sick and require medical attention, call your PCP first and they will direct you to the best course of action
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, be sure to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoiding touching your face, especially with dirty hands or contaminated gloves.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t forget to “DAB”!
  • Wearing a facemask if you are sick or tending to someone who is sick
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched
  • Launder your items, including stuffed animals and toys, using the warmest water setting possible according to the manufacturer instructions and dry them completely

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus

By Farnoush Jamali
February 13, 2020
Category: Safety
Tags: Bronchitis  

How your children’s doctors in Gaithersburg, Maryland can help your child feel better.

Bronchitis can make your child feel miserable and it can dramatically affect your child’s ability to breathe freely. The children’s doctors at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland Dr. Farnough Jamali and Dr. Vahid Khajoee offer a wide range of healthcare services for children, including effective treatment for bronchitis.

Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi, the main airways of the lungs, and it can be acute or chronic. The bronchi become inflamed, causing a persistent severe cough, often with mucus. Your child may also experience wheezing and a sore throat. Early-stage bronchitis often has symptoms similar to a common cold. It can be difficult to diagnose bronchitis until the condition has fully developed.

If your child has bronchitis, it’s important for your child to rest, drink fluids, and take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. You should seek out the help of your pediatrician if you notice that your child has:

  • A severe cough
  • A constant fever for more than three days
  • A cough that brings up mucus streaked with blood

You should also seek out your pediatrician if your child has an underlying condition like asthma, which can make symptoms much worse.

The treatment for bronchitis involves managing the symptoms by getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and taking medication to reduce fever, chills, and other symptoms. Antibiotics aren’t typically used to treat bronchitis unless your child runs a risk of developing pneumonia or has a weakened immune system.

If your child suffers from frequent episodes of bronchitis, your pediatrician may suggest an evaluation for asthma or underlying allergies.

Your child doesn’t have to suffer from bronchitis or other lung-related health problems. Your pediatricians can help your child feel better fast. To find out more about bronchitis symptoms and treatments, and other children’s health services, call the children’s doctors at Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland, today.

By Prime Pediatrics
February 06, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: Safety   Infant   Baby Care  
Your child’s safety is your responsibility, even when your baby is sleeping.Your pediatrician is available to provide you with helpful tips to keep your baby safe while he or she is sleeping.

While you may find relief when your baby is asleep, it is still important to practice safety to ensure your baby’s health. Some helpful tips offered from your pediatrician include:
  • All infants should be put down for sleep on their back to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Avoid soft bedding that might suffocate your baby, such as pillows, blankets, plush toys, and bumpers.
  • Crib slats should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less so that your baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • Keep your baby’s room at a moderate temperature and dress them in a way that will prevent them from overheating to also reduce the risk for SIDS.
  • Share a bedroom with your newborn—but not a bed.
  • Avoid devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as sleep positioners.

Nursing your baby and making sure that your baby gets all of the recommended vaccines can help protect against SIDS. Your pediatrician is available to provide you with the right information to protect your baby and keep him or her healthy and that includes proper care while they are sleeping.

By Prime Pediatrics
September 06, 2017
Category: Safety
Tags: Poisons   Safety  

Young children explore the world by putting things in their mouth. For this reason, more than one million children under the age of six are victims of accidental poisoning each year. To help protect and keep your child safe, your pediatrician offers advice for identifying and locking up toxic materials and knowing what to do if they touch, inhale or swallow something poisonous.

Common Examples

Medicines: Vitamins and minerals, cold medicine, allergy and asthma medicine, ibuprofen, acetaminophen

Household Products: moth balls, furniture polish, drain cleaners, weed killers, insect or rat poisons, lye, pant thinners, dishwasher detergent, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, gasoline, kerosene, lamp oil

How to Poison Proof Your Home

To maintain a healthy, safe home, your pediatrician offers these safety rules:

  • Keep harmful products locked up and out of the reach of your child
  • Use safety latches or locks to keep drawers and cabinets closed tight
  • Take care during stressful times
  • Never refer to any type of medicine as candy
  • Don’t rely on child-resistant containers
  • Never leave alcohol within the reach of your child
  • Call the Poison Help Line at (800) 222-1222 or your pediatrician if your child swallows a substance that is not food
  • Keep products in their original containers, as to not confuse your child
  • Read labels before using any product
  • Always keep a watchful eye on your child
  • Check your home for old medications and dispose of them properly
  • Move purses, luggage and grocery bags away from prying hands

Talk to your pediatrician today for more information on how to properly poison proof your home. Each extra measure taken is important to protecting your child from harm in your home.