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By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
October 24, 2019
Tags: Urgent Care  

What's more important than your child's health and your peace of mind? Here at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC, the professional, caring staff Sick-Day-Childunderstands your need for both. We understand that kids get injured and sick at all times of the day and need help fast, so we are proud to offer our urgent care services to the citizens of Riverside, New Canaan, and Greenwich, CT—read on to learn if your child should pay our office a visit today.

 

What exactly are urgent care services?

At Riverside Pediatrics, LLC, your board-certified physicians believe that the best medical care for your child is also the most easily accessed. That means weekends, holidays, and evenings.

Different from a well-child visit or trip to the hospital ER, an urgent care visit to Riverside Pediatrics, LLC takes care of non-emergent symptoms that also are not routine. In other words, our Greenwich-area urgent care team looks after problems that are not life-threatening but still need quick attention.

 

Examples of urgent care needs

Does your child have the flu, or do you suspect a strep throat? These are urgent care matters. Has your child taken a fall and needs dermabond and staples for wound closure? You can avoid the expense and long wait of a hospital emergency room by bringing your child in after-hours at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC.

Other reasons to utilize our urgent care services include:

  • Sprains
  • Burns
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Strep testing
  • Urinalysis for UTIs
  • Asthma attacks
  • Sunburns
  • Rashes
  • Pink eye

Many prescriptions that your child may need are filled right in the office, with over-the-counter medications are available, as well. Plus, when Riverside Pediatrics, LLC is also your medical home, your child will receive follow-up care with a familiar pediatrician who can keep your child comfortable and relaxed.

 

Find out more

Get what your youngster needs when they need it the most. Stop by Riverside Pediatrics, LLC today to learn more about our urgent care services. Our just-opened New Canaan, CT office, offers walk-in sick visits all day Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Phone us at our Riverside office: (203)629-5800 or our New Canaan office (203)920-1675.

By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
October 01, 2018
Tags: sports physical   Child Care   Sports  

Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.

A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.

Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.

A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.

Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.

We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.

By Riverside Pediatrics, LLC
May 16, 2017
Tags: Headaches  

Headaches and ChildrenA number of factors can cause a child to develop a headache, such as stress, lack of sleep, skipped meals and certain medications. Other times a child may suffer from a headache due to a common illness or infection, such as a cold or flu.  And in serious cases, head trauma or an underlying condition such as meningitis could be causing the child’s headache. That’s why it’s important for parents to pay close attention to their child’s headache patterns.

Although it’s easy for parents to worry, most headaches in children are rarely a sign of something serious. However, parents should contact their child’s pediatrician if the child has unexplained or recurring headaches over a short period of time or on a regular basis.

Parents should also notify their pediatrician if the child’s headache is accompanied by one or any combination of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Double vision, weakness in a limb or loss of balance
  • Disabling pain that does not improve with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Decreased level of alertness
  • Vomiting
  • Change in personality

To help pinpoint the causes of your child’s headaches, parents should keep a diary of their child’s symptoms. Track when headaches occur, how long they last, the severity of the headache and if anything provides relief. Over time, your notes can help you and your pediatrician understand the child’s symptoms to reach a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.

Your child’s pediatrician may also ask you a series of questions to determine the source of your child’s headaches:

  • Do the headaches follow a pattern or do they change over time?
  • Has your child recently suffered a serious injury?
  • What seems to help or worsen headaches?
  • Does your child take any medications or have any past medical issues?
  • Does your child have allergies?
  • Is there a history of headaches in your family?

In many cases, a child’s headache may be relieved at home with simple care. Over-the-counter pain medications, rest and avoiding those triggers that prompt headaches may be enough to ease the pain.

Remember, headaches are not always a symptom of something more serious. However, parents should be mindful of the types of headaches their child has and how frequently they occur. If you suspect something is wrong or not normal, always contact your pediatrician for an appointment.



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