Posts for tag: Pediatrician

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 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
December 15, 2021

As a parent, it can be hard to know why your child may be struggling in school. While there are a variety of factors that may explain their behavior, one possibility is that they could be showing signs of a learning disability. If you are concerned about your child's performance in school, it may be time to talk to your pediatrician about having your child evaluated for learning disabilities. If you need a pediatrician in Marion, VA, for your child's health and wellbeing, consider Royal Oak Pediatric Associates.

Signs of a Learning Disability

It is important to remember that the only way to determine if your child has a learning disability is with a thorough, professional evaluation from a neuropsychologist or pediatrician in Marion, VA. Matching any of the following signs does not indicate that your child has a learning disability. Rather, this is meant to be used as a tool to indicate areas of need and when to seek help from your pediatrician. Nonetheless, some common signs of a learning disability may include trouble with reading, writing, or math, difficulty maintaining attention, disorganization, behavioral problems at school, or inconsistent school performance.

Types of Learning Disabilities

There can be different types of learning disabilities that can indicate the type of difficulty your child is experiencing or even the best treatment options. If your child's learning disability affects their ability to read, this may be called dyslexia. If their learning disability affects their ability to write, it may be called dysgraphia. A learning disability that affects a child's ability to participate in math is called dyscalculia.

Finding the Right Pediatrician

If you are concerned about a change in your child's school behavior or difficulty performing well in school, talk to your pediatrician today. Having your child evaluated for a learning disability is the first step in finding them the tools and support they need to be successful in the school environment. If you need a pediatrician in Marion, VA, contact Royal Oak Pediatric Associates by calling (276) 783-8183.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
March 29, 2021
Category: Children's Health
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 Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
March 17, 2021
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Pediatrician   Thumb-Sucking   Pacifier  
Thumb SuckingReflexively, your baby is born with the ability to suck. It makes sense. After all, your little one must be able to suck to get nutrients, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Thumb sucking also has the ability to soothe and calm your little one. However, there are moments as your child gets older where thumb-sucking may become a problem. Your pediatrician can provide you with the tips and tricks to help your little one grow out of this habit.
 
Thumb-Sucking Tendencies

This is a normal habit in newborns that typically goes away around 6-7 months; however, this seemingly innocuous habit may actually be a cause for concern if thumb sucking continues beyond 2-4 years, where it can alter the shape of the face or cause teeth to stick out.
 
When to Consider a Pacifier

Many children desire a pacifier between feedings, but this should not be a replacement for feedings. It’s important to recognize when your child is sucking because they are hungry and whether they merely want to self-soothe. If your child still has an urge to suck and they don’t need to nurse, then a pacifier is a safe way to soothe and ease your child’s needs (if they want it).
 
It is safe for children to use a pacifier while sleeping, whether at bedtime or when they go down for their naps. Just prepare for babies to wake up fussy in the middle of the night when the pacifier falls out of their mouths, as they aren’t able to place the pacifier back in their mouths themselves. Make sure that you do not try to place the pacifier on a string around your baby’s neck or tie it to the crib, as this can lead to a serious and potentially deadly injury.
 
How to Phase Out the Pacifier
There will come a point when your child will need to give up their pacifier. While the medical community has different age ranges, The American Dental Association recommends that children stop using a pacifier by age 2, as going beyond two years old could alter the alignment of your child’s teeth or impact the shape of their face.
 
Here are some tips to phase out the pacifier,
  • Do not tease or punish your child for using a pacifier, but instead praise them when they do not use it. Provide them with rewards when they go without it.
  • Some children use pacifiers out of boredom, so give your child something to do to distract them such as playing with a game or toy (to keep their hands busy).
  • If incentives and rewards aren’t enough and your child is still using a pacifier, your pediatrician may recommend a “thumb guard” that can prevent your child from sucking their thumb. While you may feel in a rush to get rid of your child’s pacifier, it’s important to be patient. All children eventually stop this habit.
Even if you are concerned about your child’s thumb-sucking, it’s important to know that most children do grow out of it not long after starting school. While you can provide them with helpful ways to ditch the habit it’s important not to put pressure on them. With the help of your pediatrician, your child can and will outgrow this habit.