Some of you already know - it's spring allergy season. Here's a quick Q&A on managing them. Keep in mind, if your child has bad allergies, schedule a consult with us so we can check on how you're doing. Many families see allergists for mild spring allergies when it would be much more convenient to see us...and we treat mild allergies the same way!
What medications are there?
There are antihistamines like Zyrtec, nasal sprays like Astelin and Flonase, and eye drops like Zaditor.
Is it safe to use these medications for a long time?
All of the medications are safe for long-term use. We can help you figure out which are needed, and when.
I don't want to use medications; are there other things I can do?
We respect families and their decisions not to use medications. Here's a list of things you can do, but keep in mind, for some kids...we may need to do more.
1) Keep windows closed during high pollen counts.
2) Have your children wash their hands after they play outside.
3) Have your children wash their hair at night to avoid having pollen fall onto the pillow, where it will be breathed in all night.
4) HEPA filters, either for central air or room units, can be helpful
When should I see the allergist?
Usually, children with allergies that do not respond to the treatments above should see an allergist; the main reason is to consider immunotherapy, or "allergy shots."
Broken Bones - what to do?
Keep in mind that we offer care for sports (and other) injuries. We have many different braces, crutches and other equipment that may help make your child more comfortable. We have partnered with Boston Children's Hospital to develop routines for caring for injured children in the office, along with Surgicare for the equipment. If your child has an injury, even if you suspect a broken bone, and the problem isn't so serious that you need to go the emergency room immediately, give us a call; we can help! If you're not sure, STILL give us a call. We'll help you figure it out.
Urgent Problems - answer? Call us!
We know that kids get sick and hurt, and sometimes, there's no choice but to go to the emergency room. We know that insurance plans are making emergency room visit more and more expensive. We understand that Urgent care clinics (like Minute Clinic, MD Express) are places where you can get urgent care. But we also know that:
1) We know your child better than any urgent care provider.
2) We are pediatricians; they usually are not
3) We see many children who have had inadequate or incorrect care at these locations.
When issues come up, if you're not certain it's an emergency, give us a call (even if it's a weekend). We're happy to help you decide if an emergency room visit is needed, or if we can see you at a convenient time that day (or, if at night, the next).