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By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 18, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Asthma  

Learn more about your child’s asthma and how to manage their symptoms.

Do you have questions for our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians about asthma? Whether your child has been diagnosed with asthma or you are wondering if your child might have asthma, our doctors at Mundelein Pediatrics have the answers you’re looking for to find out if it’s time to bring your child in for a checkup.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that causes inflammation within the lining of the airways of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe properly.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms include,

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing that gets worse at night
  • Easily out of breath
  • Fatigued
  • Winded from activity

What causes asthma?

You’re more likely to have asthma if you have a family history of asthma, allergies or eczema; however, there are many asthma triggers including,

  • Common cold
  • Respiratory infection
  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Perfumes
  • Environmental pollutants

It’s important to figure out what triggers an asthma attack in your child so you can avoid it, whenever possible.

Will asthma go away?

While it is possible for some kids to grow out of their symptoms, most of the time asthma will come back later on. While there is no cure for asthma there are medications that our Grayslake, IL, children’s doctor can prescribe to help control inflammation of the airways to reduce the chances of an attack.

What types of medications are used to treat asthma?

There are two main types of asthma medications prescribed. One is a preventive inhaler, which is used daily to control inflammation and airway constriction while another is a fast-acting relief inhaler that is only used when your child notices early warning signs of an asthma attack.

While this medication is necessary for the rest of your child’s life your doctor may lower the dosage if your child hasn’t experienced symptoms for three months with these medications. Some children only require a preventive inhaler but not a relief inhaler.

Are you looking for a pediatrician in Grayslake, IL, to help your child manage their asthma symptoms and to provide them with comprehensive and preventive care? If so, Mundelein Pediatrics is here to help. Call our office today at (847) 548-7337.


By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 14, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Strep Throat  

It's important to be able to spot the differences between a regular sore throat or viral infection and strep throat. Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it's important to see your pediatrician immediately to determine whether or not your child has strep throat. Here are some symptoms of strep throat.

Throat Pain

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and throat pain. Severe pain in the throat is normally the first sign of strep throat. If you notice that your child's sore throat isn't going away easily, you may need to take your child to the pediatrician because it's usually difficult to get rid of the discomfort completely without the use of prescription medication.

White Patches

Yellow or white patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat are another symptom of strep throat. Instead of yellow or white patches, you may instead notice long streaks of pus coating your child's tonsils. 

Difficulty Swallowing

Pain during swallowing is another common symptoms of strep throat. If it becomes difficult for your child to swallow and they experience pain when they attempt to swallow, they may have strep throat.

Swollen Glands

If you touch the glands in your child's neck, you may be able to feel if their glands are swollen. The lymph nodes in your child's neck will usually be tender to the touch and swollen if they have strep throat, because normal lymph nodes are generally not painful or tender.

Headaches

Headaches are another common symptom of strep throat. They can range in severity from mild to extremely excruciating. If your child's headache occurs frequently or worsens, be sure to consult a pediatrician immediately.

Fever

Another common symptom of strep throat in children is a fever over 100'F. A lower fever may end up being a symptom of a viral infection and not strep throat, so be sure to take note of that. With a viral infection, most fevers should go away on their own within one or two days, and by the third day, other symptoms should start to disappear.

So what are you waiting for? If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, be sure to consult your pediatrician as soon as possible so that they can determine whether or not your child has strep throat or just a viral infection and your child can receive all the relief they need.


By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 03, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Child Care   Diabetes  

With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children to understand ways to prevent diabetes, as well as being able to identify the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A pediatrician is an integral part of your child’s health, providing everything from screenings and vaccines to routine checkups and lifestyle recommendations to ensure that your child stays healthy.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects glucose levels in the body. When the cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin do not produce enough insulin or are insulin resistant, this results in diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed during childhood and is not the result of a poor diet or being overweight. In those with Type 1 diabetes the cells in the pancreas are unable to produce enough insulin. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes in children.

On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is also becoming increasingly common in children because of the high rates of obesity. Type 2 diabetes means that the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Ensuring that your child eats right, gets regular exercise and maintains a healthy weight can greatly reduce your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of childhood diabetes?

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes will appear suddenly, while type 2 symptoms will develop over time. Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Cuts or sores that don’t heal
  • Dark patches of skin

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child it’s best to see a pediatrician right away. The sooner a diagnosis is made the sooner your child can get the proper medication and treatment they need to manage their blood sugar levels. By managing your child’s diabetes right away our doctors can prevent potentially serious complications and hospitalizations.

How is diabetes treated?

There are a variety of lifestyle modifications and medications that will be recommended to help treat your child’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes. For both forms of diabetes, a healthy diet and active lifestyle are paramount. Talk with your doctor about what foods your child should avoid. You will also want to monitor your child’s glucose levels during the day to make sure that the insulin medication is working effectively.

All children should visit their pediatricians regularly for checkups, vaccines and care. Of course, if your child displays any symptoms of diabetes, call our office immediately.