By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
December 05, 2022
Category: Pediatrics

When your child is sick, you need the expertise and compassion of a pediatrician. Your pediatrician knows how to treat childhood illnesses and injuries and can help your child feel better.

When a child becomes ill, the signs and symptoms can often become more severe than those of an adult. Children’s nasal passages and sinuses are much smaller. That means when your child acquires a virus like a cold or the flu, congestion and breathing difficulties can be severe. Your child may experience:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Sneezing and nasal congestion
  • Fever and fatigue

Your pediatrician knows how to help your child recover from an illness and feel better.

Bacterial infections are another common medical condition in children. Eye, ear, tonsil, and throat infections are a frequent occurrence and can cause your child to develop signs and symptoms including:

  • A sore throat
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Painful, draining ears
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Your pediatrician can diagnose the infection and prescribe an antibiotic regimen to eliminate the infection and help your child heal.

If your child has allergies, it can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms, and make your child feel very uncomfortable. When your child has allergies, you may notice that your child is:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Having itchy watery eyes
  • Having a scratchy throat

Your pediatrician can perform allergy testing to determine what your child is allergic to, and prescribe medication including allergy shots and sublingual immunotherapy to help your child get relief from allergies.

Pediatric asthma can be scary. When your child can’t breathe, it’s difficult not to panic. Your pediatrician can prescribe short term rescue inhalers and long-term asthma medications to prevent an asthma attack.

You can help prevent childhood illnesses and diseases by scheduling a regular examination appointment with the pediatrician. Your pediatrician can also provide immunizations to help ensure your child is protected against dangerous diseases.

To find out more about sick child diagnosis and treatment and how your pediatrician can help your child feel better, call your pediatrician today.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
November 21, 2022
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Pediatrician  

Royal Oak Pediatric Associates' Dr. Anita Henley offers Marion and Abingdon, VA, and the neighboring communities access to pediatric care. But, you may wonder when you should bring your child into the office or if it's something you can manage at home. Here's a list of some examples. We also advise you to bring your kid in anytime you're worried and feel like it's something that he or she won't get over or is suffering needlessly from.

Is in Need of a Yearly Exam

One of the most common times to bring your child into our Marion, VA, office to see our pediatrician is when your kid is due for a yearly exam. At this visit, our practitioner can evaluate your child for any problems and intervene early. It's also a time to get your little one caught up on any vaccinations and ensure any chronic conditions he or she has been managed properly. At this visit, our pediatrician can also answer any of the questions you have and will provide you with advice on keeping your kid healthy.

Doesn't Feel Well

If you notice your child has a fever, isn't able to keep any food or water down, is overly fatigued, or is generally not feeling well, you may want to bring your child into our office. Our practitioner can also help if your child has a rash, is having difficulty breathing, or is experiencing any other issues that you're concerned about. We can either provide treatment or at least recommendations to keep your little one as healthy as possible as he or she tries to recover. 

Needs a COVID Test

Anytime your child is exposed to COVID or you worry he or she may have contracted it, you can come into our office for a test. We can read the results and provide you with the latest guidelines for quarantining, etc. And if your child has symptoms, we can educate you on how to combat them. 

Sustained an Injury

At our office, our doctor can help with a variety of injuries. So if your child falls or injures him or herself in another way, our practitioner can provide treatment. It could be an air cast, crutches, a sling, or an ointment or cream. But, in some cases, it may be advice on how to recover to the best of his or her ability and how to avoid an injury in the future. 

When you bring your child to see our pediatrician, Dr. Henley, at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, your little one can receive a routine exam or treatment for an injury or illness. 

Call for more information today at (276) 783-8183 for the office in Marion, VA, and (276) 525-4603 for the office in Abingdon, VA.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
November 15, 2022

Adults aren’t the only people that need mental health services. Children can suffer mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and other conditions, just like adults. If your child suffers from mental health issues, a pediatrician is an important member of your child’s healthcare team.

Children often deal with life’s stressful events. Adults have coping skills and experience that makes dealing with these events easier. Children don’t have the same resources to draw from. Life’s stressful events can have a huge impact on a child’s mental health.

Children often suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions because of:

  • Moving
  • Changing schools
  • Losing friends
  • Death of a close family member

Your child can benefit from children’s mental health services if your child is having:

  • Difficulty in school
  • Anxiety about going to school
  • Anxiety about participating in social activities
  • Frequent aches and pains
  • Fits of temper or rage
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Thoughts about self-harm or suicide

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, your pediatrician can perform a mental health screening for your child, to help identify potential mental health issues.

These are some of the mental health issues your pediatrician can identify and help treat:

  • Fear and anxiety disorders
  • Sleeping and eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Manic depression and clinical depression

Your pediatrician can counsel your child on healthy ways to cope with stress and stressful events. There are also several effective ways your pediatrician can treat mental health issues, including:

  • Medications to manage anxiety, depression, and other conditions
  • Counseling about coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations
  • Relaxation techniques to help manage stress

Children’s mental health issues can be managed effectively, with a little help from your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may also provide counseling on diet and exercise, so your child has the best chance for a healthy, happy life. To find out more about the importance of children’s mental health and how your pediatrician can help, call your pediatrician today.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
November 03, 2022
Category: Children's Health
Tags: adhd  

It’s normal for children to act out. You want your child to test boundaries and show independence, which are both normal milestones in a child’s development. If your child is demonstrating inattentiveness, fidgeting, not listening, and other behaviors on a regular basis, your child could have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD.

The Child Development Institute lists the characteristics of ADHD as:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

These characteristics can contribute to some noticeable signs and symptoms, including:

  • Repetitive motions, like clapping hands
  • Continuous fidgeting and squirming
  • Inability to remain seated for an extended period of time
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Excessive talking and blurting out comments
  • Inability to focus on details
  • Problems listening and following directions
  • Difficulty getting and staying organized
  • Frequently losing or forgetting things

ADHD can be difficult to recognize and can easily go untreated, which is why an ADHD screening from your pediatrician is so important. Your pediatrician has effective screening tools to help identify ADHD. If your child has ADHD, there are several therapies your pediatrician may recommend, including:

Behavioral Therapy, which involves both child and parents; this type of therapy can help establish techniques to limit destructive, aggressive, and inappropriate behaviors.

Lifestyle Modification, which involves dietary and exercise alterations; sugar intake is reduced, and vitamin and nutrient intake is increased. Exercise is increased, to help focus on healthy behaviors.

Medication Therapy, which involves using medications to increase focus, improve brain function, and increase self-control. Medications may include Adderall and Ritalin, among others.

If ADHD goes untreated, it can lead to problems when your child becomes an adult. Some of the ways ADHD can affect an adult include:

  • Destructive and harmful behaviors
  • Poor grades in school
  • Poor performance at work
  • Inability to form friendships
  • Aggressive, belligerent behaviors
  • Moodiness, depression, and frustration
  • Physical growth issues
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you are worried about your child having ADHD, you need to consult with your pediatrician. An ADHD screening is easy, and can help identify ADHD, so it can be treated. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of ADHD, call your pediatrician today.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
November 01, 2022
Tags: Pediatrician  

Choosing a pediatrician is an important decision that you have to start thinking about, even before you give birth. The person you end up with will be participating in the various development stages of your child. At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, our qualified pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence and Dr. Tara Etter are ready to walk with you through all the stages of your kid’s development, ensuring they are healthy and happy. Located in Marion, VA, and serving Abingdon, VA as well, we aim to provide great medical care services for your child. With that said, here are some of the things to consider when choosing a pediatrician.

Convenient Office Location

During the first year after giving birth, you will need to visit a pediatrician every 2 to 3 months. That is why we recommend choosing someone closer to your home, daycare, or work. That convenience will save you time. Also, ensure it is a place you can easily access even when using public transportation. We are conveniently located in Marion, VA, and serve the Abingdon, VA area.

Ask About the Services Offered

Pediatricians can provide medical care for ill children or preventive care for healthy kids. The care they offer includes mental, physical, and emotional support. Some of the services you can expect from our team in Marion, VA, include:

  • Vaccine administration
  • Diagnosing common conditions like stomach flu and ear infection
  • Assess the growth and development of a child
  • Prescribing the correct medication
  • Detecting any issues with the child, such as behavioral difficulties and developmental disorders
  • Educating parents about breastfeeding, kids’ safety, and lifestyle

The quality of the services offered should also be high to ensure that the well-being of your child is taken care of at all times.

Check if the Pediatrician Can Be Easily Reached

Convenient and easy communication between you and the pediatrician team is important. Go to a clinic that has an online portal for patients where you can schedule appointments, email the pediatrician or check test results. Also, check if they provide after-hours care. A child can be sick at any time, and it is good to have a pediatrician that is available 24/7.

Our Pediatric team in Marion, VA, also serving Abingdon, VA, understand how parents can feel anxious when it comes to the health of their kids. We want you to be sure about your choice at the end of the day.

If you are looking for pediatricians that will make you feel confident about the care your child is receiving, give us a call at (276) 783-8183. Royal Oak Pediatric Associates provides a variety of pediatric services for the well-being of your child.

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