frequently asked questions
What is the appropriate dose of Tylenol for my child?
Download this PDF to see the appropriate dosing of Tylenol for your child
What is the appropriate dose of Motrin for my child?
Download this PDF to see the appropriate dosing of Motrin for your child
Where can I find the recommended vaccine schedule for my child?
You can find the CDC vaccine schedule at the link here
Do you offer the COVID Vaccine?
Yes, we offer the COVID vaccine for children ages 6 months and up at this time.
When can my child receive the booster of the COVID vaccine?
For children ages 5+, they are eligible to receive a booster 5 months after completing the first two doses.
Do you offer COVID testing?
Yes, we offer PCR COVID testing on-site. This is NOT a rapid test. We will provide results the same day.
Can the COVID vaccine be given with other routine immunizations?
Yes, per the CDC, your child can receive routine immunizations with the COVID vaccine. Click here to read more about it.
What allergy medications can I give to my child?
Children's Claritin: For children 6 years and older
Children's Zyrtec: For children 2 years and older
Children's Allegra: For children 2 years and older
Children's Benadryl: For children 2 years and older. Refer to the weight based dosing for children under 2.
Children's Xyzal: For children 2 years and older
How much Benadryl can I give my child?
How much Zyrtec can I give my child?
Children 6-12 months: 2.5 mg (1/2 teaspoon once a day)
Children 12-23 months: initially 2.5 mg (1/2 teaspoon) once daily, but may be increased to twice a day
Children 2-5 years old: initially 2.5 mg (1/2 teaspoon) once a day. May be increased to a maximum of 5 mg (1 teaspoon) once a day or twice a day.
Children 6 years and older: 5-10 mg/day (1-2 teaspoons) as a single dose or divided into 2 doses
How can I treat and prevent my child from getting a diaper rash?
If your child is prone to getting a diaper rash we recommend putting a barrier cream after each diaper change for your child. Some barrier creams include Aquaphor, Vaseline, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, and Desitin. Change your child's diaper more often to avoid any moisture from retaining in the area and breaking down the skin. We also recommend avoiding diaper wipes and using a warm washcloth to pat dry the area after each diaper change.
Call us if you notice the following with your child's diaper rash so that we can take a look at it in office:
1. The rash is not going away after 3 days or is getting worse
2. The rash has any open wounds, bleeding or pus
3. Your child has a fever along with the diaper rash
My child is vomiting and/or having diarrhea. What can I do to manage this at home?
Gastroenteritis or the "stomach flu" may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can last up to 24-48 hours. The most important thing to do is to keep your child hydrated. Have your child sip on an electrolyte drink like Pedialyte every 5-10 minutes. It is essential to watch for signs of dehydration such as decreased wet diapers or urine output, dry mouth, decreased tears, sunken eyes, increased heart rate and lethargy.
To manage diarrhea, you can also give your child foods such as bananas, rice, apples and toast. Avoid dairy products if possible but DO NOT stop feeding your infant breast milk or formula.
For vomiting and diarrhea that does not resolve, we recommend bringing your child in to our office.
My child has had cold symptoms. Do I need to get antibiotics? How do we manage these symptoms at home?
If your child has symptoms of cold, this typically means it is caused by a virus. Viral illnesses cannot be treated with an antibiotic. Some tips to manage a cold or viral illness at home includes the following:
1. Increase the amount of fluids your child is drinking.
2. Give OTC children's cold and cough medications.
3. Use a saline nasal spray and suction the nares for infants with a bulb suction.
4. Give Motrin or Tylenol for fevers.
5. Use a humidifier at night.
If you notice your child's viral illness or cold symptoms increasing and lasting more than 10 days, call us to have your child seen by a provider. If antibiotics are necessary, we can prescribe them at that time.
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