Posts for category: Pediatric Health Care

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 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.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
October 21, 2022
Tags: Fever   Sick Child Visit  

When your child is sick, it’s comforting to know that help and advice from your pediatrician are just a phone call away. So, what happens when your child is very ill and is getting worse? Your pediatrician has a special option for you. It’s called a sick child visit.

A sick child visit can help your child feel better and recover more quickly. You need to schedule a sick child visit with the pediatrician if your child has a fever which:

  • Has lasted longer than 2 days
  • Is higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for children under 2 months
  • Is at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit in older children

You also need to schedule a sick child visit if your child has:

  • An ear infection
  • A bacterial or viral infection
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Headaches and sinus problems
  • Allergies or asthma
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rashes and other skin irritations
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Injuries from an accident or sport

When you bring your child in for a sick child visit, your pediatrician will:

  • Record your child’s symptoms and health history
  • Perform a complete physical examination
  • Measure and record your child’s vital signs

Your pediatrician may also order laboratory testing and x-rays to help determine the cause or extent of an injury or illness.

Your pediatrician will also prescribe any necessary medications to make your child more comfortable and eliminate the illness. Medications may include:

  • Antibiotics, to eliminate bacteria causing the infection
  • Antivirals, to kill the virus causing illness
  • Anti-inflammatory medication, to reduce swelling
  • Pain medication, to make your child more comfortable
  • Specialized medications to treat asthma, allergies, and other conditions

When you bring your child in for a sick child visit with the pediatrician, you can be assured of excellent, compassionate care. A sick child visit can help your child heal and recover more quickly, and be more comfortable.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
October 07, 2022
Tags: Fever   Child’s Fever  

When your child is sick, it can be difficult to know what to do. When your child has a fever, it can be especially scary, because a fever may indicate an infection. It’s good to know what to do when your child has a fever, and whether you should bring your child in for a visit with the pediatrician.

In most cases, fever is easy to treat, and it usually doesn’t lead to a more serious condition. Fevers can come on due to exposure to a virus like a cold or the flu. However, fever is also a common indicator of a bacterial infection.

When your child has a fever, you can try a few easy remedies to help your child feel better. Remember to:

  • Give your child infant or children’s Tylenol to reduce pain
  • Give your child a sponge bath or apply cold washcloths to your child’s skin
  • Have your child suck on popsicles

You should bring your child to see the pediatrician if:

  • Your child is under four months old and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Your child is over four months old and has a temperature of over 104 degrees
  • Your child still has a fever after 2 to 3 days

You should also bring your child to visit the pediatrician if your child’s fever is accompanied by any of these signs or symptoms:

  • A rash or bruising
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nonstop crying
  • A stiff neck
  • Seizures
  • Pain while urinating
  • Decreased urine output

A fever is a common health concern for children, and you can enjoy peace of mind, because you will know what to do when your child has a fever.

If you are in doubt about how to care for your child’s fever, your pediatrician can help. Just a simple phone call to your pediatrician can put your mind at ease. To find out more about caring for your child’s fever, and other pediatric medical questions, talk with an expert. Call your pediatrician today.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
September 16, 2022
Tags: Behavioral Health  

Children exhibit all kinds of interesting behaviors. Many of these behaviors are normal boundary testing, showing independence, and other healthy milestones you want to see.

Children can also exhibit behaviors you don’t want to see, like aggressiveness, sadness, and fear. Your pediatrician is an expert on child development and can help you with your child’s behavioral health.

First let’s look at normal behaviors you want to see. These include:

  • Defiance, because your child may be testing boundaries and exerting independence
  • Withdrawing, because your child needs to show autonomy, and wants to accomplish things without your help
  • Acting out, because your child may be reacting to major changes in life, like moving to a new school, divorce, or death of a close family member

Now, let’s look at behaviors that could be warning signs of a behavioral disorder. These include:

  • Threatening or harming others, pets, or themselves
  • Damaging possessions belonging to others
  • Having difficulty forming or keeping relationships with others
  • Showing frequent signs of unhappiness or depression
  • Demonstrating anxiety about going to school
  • Exhibiting defiance and hostility toward authority figures
  • Frequently lying, arguing, stealing, or skipping school
  • Using drugs, drinking, or smoking at an early age

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time for a behavioral health evaluation from your child’s pediatrician.

When you bring your child in for a visit with the pediatrician, a complete medical examination is necessary to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions which may be causing your child’s behavior or making it worse. Your pediatrician may also request additional testing including lab work and other studies.

Your pediatrician will develop a treatment plan designed to help with your child’s behavior. Treatment may include:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Lifestyle modification including diet and exercise
  • Medication if necessary to modify behavior
  • Additional specialty care with a child psychologist

Your child’s behavioral health is just as important as physical health. You want the best for your child, so call your pediatrician today.