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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 Prime Pediatrics
August 30, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Pediatrician   Child Care  

Finding out you’re pregnant is a wonderfully exciting and whirlwind time. There are so many decisions to make as you watch your bump grow: What color should I paint the nursery? Do I want my little one to sleep with me? What do I need to childproof around the house? Of course, one of the most important things to think about is the health of your little one throughout the course of your pregnancy and once they are born. It’s never too soon to choose a pediatrician, and taking the time to find one you trust is important not just for your baby but also for you.

Once your little one is born they will be spending a lot of time with their pediatrician, so this is why it’s crucial that you find out that provides gentle, compassionate care and really takes time with you and your baby. The first two years of your baby’s life are so very important because this marks a significant developmental time for them, so it’s essential that you have a pediatrician that will be there to monitor their progress and detect any developmental delays or health problems right away.

The first pediatric visit will occur a few days after the birth. This first visit is vital, as it allows your children’s doctor to make sure everything functions as it should. This includes everything from reflexes to alertness to their hearing. Measurements are also taken to check their height and weight and to begin recording their development. Besides performing a physical exam to check the overall health of the baby this is also a time to answer any questions you might have about feeding schedules, habits, developmental milestones, etc.

After this initial visit, you should expect to bring your little one in for visits at:

  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months (2 years old)
  • 30 months
  • 3 years old

Once your child turns 3 years old they will only need to visit a pediatrician once a year, unless there are any health problems or concerns in the interim. These visits are imperative for every child as they are key to preventing certain illnesses through immunizations and physical checkups, tracking their growth and development, and also providing you with answers and support to help you properly care for your little one along the way. Call a pediatrician to schedule your child’s first appointment today.

By Prime Pediatrics
July 02, 2018
Category: Child health

The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.

Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.

Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.

These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:

  • Height and weight
  • Heart rate and blood pressure
  • Vision and hearing
  • Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
  • Lungs and heart

Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.

Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.

By Prime Pediatrics
March 03, 2016
Category: Child health
Tags: Pediatrician  

The health of your little one is so important and it’s important that your pediatrician understands this, too!

The moment your child is born everything changes. Now all of your time and focus goes into this adorable little being that you want to pediatricianmake sure stays healthy and grows up strong. So it seems rather obvious that your child will need a pediatrician that they can trust. But how do you choose the right doctor for your child?

A pediatrician is a doctor that has specialized training in the health and wellness of children from birth to 21 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics can help you find a board-certified pediatrician like Dr. Jamali that serves the Gaithersburg community and can provide your child with the medical care they need throughout their childhood.

Once you schedule an appointment, the first visit will be all about establishing rapport with both you and your child. It’s important that during this visit you ask whatever questions you may have so that you know your child is always getting the best care possible. Here are some key questions to ask both your potential pediatrician to decide whether we are right for you:

  • What medical school did Dr. Jamali attend? What was her postgraduate and residency training?
  • Is our Gaithersburg pediatric office easily accessible for your needs either by car or by public transportation?
  • Is our office hours suitable to you and your child’s schedule? (We offer appointments on most days up to about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and we can also offer Saturdays for urgent visits).
  • How quickly will the doctor call me back if there is a non-life threatening medical emergency?
  • Do the doctors and staff make your visit comfortable and professional while also providing your child with compassionate, unique care that isn’t rushed?
  • How easily can you make appointments on short notice for sore throats, ear infections, etc.?
  • Do we take your health insurance and how much of the visits will you be responsible for?

There are so many questions to ask and it can feel rather overwhelming at times, but you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your Gaithersburg, MD children’s doctor is here to answer any and all questions you have. We know choosing a pediatrician is important, so anything we can do to make your first visit a bit easier just let us know. If you are ready to schedule your child’s first visit turn to Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg today!

By Prime Pediatrics
May 20, 2014
Category: Sports
Tags: Pediatrician  
It's that time of year again when an entire month is focused on the benefits and necessity of physical fitness. Everybody should challenge himself or herself to do something that gets their heart racing and breaks a sweat! Not to mention, this is a wonderful opportunity to get the entire family involved in physical activity. As children are winding down another great school year, what a terrific time to think of fun physical activities for them (and you!) to do throughout the summer months. It's time to turn off the tv and put away the computer and challenge your body!
Neighborhood Kick Ball
Get your entire neighborhood involved in a weekly game of kick ball. What a fun way for children and parents to get outside and have some fun. You can even go the extra mile and have fun competitions and tournaments to keep everybody interested. Not only will you have a great time with family and friends, but you are sure to get in some great exercise.
Just Add Water
Some kids really don't like "working out" so do something physical that doesn't seem like work! Most kids love water. Slip-n-Slides, pools, sprinklers--all of it can be used to get kids outside to have fun and exercise. They won't even know they are breaking a sweat as they splash around for hours! Don't forget to invest in some good sunscreen.
Walking is a low-impact, yet important part of physical activity. Make it a habit to go on walks after dinner or maybe even opt to walk to a store rather than drive your car. It's a great way to wind down and burn a few calories. Not to mention, walking can really reduce stress. A step counter is a great way to get younger children excited about walking. Give them a goal of a certain number of steps and you'll be amazed and how much they work to achieve it.
Many children love to ride bikes. Take advantage of this! Bike riding is a fun way to get your body working. Again, this is another fun thing for kids to do that doesn't really seem like working out. Have fun and spice it up with bike races! Kids love a little friendly competition.
There are a ton of things you can do to get you and your child running. Play tag, touch football, or even regular races. Overall, children have a lot of energy. What better way to blow off some steam than to run it all out?
Children naturally want to be active. Sometimes, just like adults, children can really zone out to the countless screens that are readily available. However, if you make a commitment to get outside and get some exercise, your child will follow suit. Plus, doing something is so much better than doing nothing! This is a great time to spend with family and even get other people involved in physical activity. Remember, physical activity can be a lot of fun--go play!