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By Longwood Pediatrics
February 18, 2020
Category: Allergies
Tags: Asthma  

How your pediatricians can help if your child has asthma.

Asthma signs and symptoms can be more dramatic in children because a child’s airways are smaller, so symptoms can be more severe. Your pediatrician can help your child feel better. The pediatricians at Longwood Pediatrics in Longwood, Florida Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani offer comprehensive care for children, including asthma treatment. They proudly serve residents of Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, and Maitland.

It’s common for children to have allergies which can bring on asthma symptoms. Exposure to common allergens like plant or flower pollens, pet dander, dust, and mold can bring on a variety of asthma signs and symptoms like these:

  • Wheezing and severe coughing
  • Breathing problems
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • A tightness in the chest

Infants and toddlers can’t tell you what’s wrong, so be on the lookout for signs and symptoms like these:

  • Slow feeding
  • Breathing difficulties while feeding
  • Less running or playing due to breathing problems
  • Tiring quickly or coughing while active
  • Colds and other viruses lasting longer than usual

Asthma can also result in a life-threatening situation, so seek out emergency treatment immediately if your child is:

  • Gasping for air or having severe trouble breathing
  • Not speaking due to difficulty breathing

If you believe your child may be suffering from asthma, your pediatrician may recommend:

  • Testing lung function with spirometry, peak flow measurement, and nitric oxide
  • Using rescue inhalers for short-term relief
  • Taking asthma medications for long-term relief
  • Treating underlying allergies with sublingual immunotherapy and other medications

You should also monitor your child’s environment and keep your child away from cigarette or cigar smoke and allergy triggers.

Your pediatrician can help you and your child feel better about dealing with asthma. To find out more about asthma causes, symptoms, and treatments, call the pediatricians at Longwood Pediatrics at (407) 644-9970, in Longwood, Florida, serving residents of Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, and Maitland, Florida. Call today.

By Longwood Pediatrics
November 14, 2019
Category: Allergies

Does your child have allergies? An allergy involves an overreaction by the immune system, often to harmless substances such as pollen. AllergiesThe more you know about allergies—the causes, symptoms, and treatment options—the more prepared you will be to help your child. Led by Dr. Jag Ambwani, Dr. Dolly Ubhrani, and Dr. Nancy Zuker, Longwood Pediatrics in Longwood, FL and serving the Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland areas, offers a range of treatments for allergies.

1. Allergy Medication: Our Lake Mary FL Pediatrician may recommend medication to treat your child's symptoms. Several types of drugs are used to treat allergies. Allergy medications are available as eyedrops, liquids, pills, inhalers, and nasal sprays. They help ease and treat symptoms like a runny nose and congestion.

2. Allergy Injections: Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, are used to treat allergies. Immunotherapy involves injecting small and increasing amounts of allergens over regular intervals. Allergy shots help your child's body get used to the substance that causes an allergic reaction. They decrease sensitivity to allergens and often lead to lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment is stopped.

3. Oral Immunotherapy: We may recommend oral immunotherapy to prevent allergy symptoms. Oral immunotherapy involves the regular administration of small amounts of an allergen by mouth. Oral immunotherapy gets your child's body used to an allergen so it doesn't cause a reaction. Oral immunotherapy works the same way that allergy injections do, except it doesn't require shots.

4. Nasal Rinses: Nasal rinses clean mucus from the nose and can ease symptoms there. Using a nasal rinse once daily can help clean bacteria from your child's nasal passages, curb postnasal drip, and wash out allergens that have been inhaled. After the patient's symptoms are gone, using a nasal rinse a few times a week should be enough to keep them symptom-free.

5. Emergency epinephrine. Epinephrine injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions caused by medicines, food, insect stings or bites, latex, and other causes. Epinephrine works to reverse the life-threatening symptoms. Children with severe allergies may need to carry an emergency epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times. An epinephrine injection will reduce their symptoms until they get emergency medical treatment.

For some children with allergies, life can be difficult. Don't delay- call Longwood Pediatrics at 407-644-9970 to schedule an appointment for your child. We proudly serve the Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and Lake Mary, FL areas. Our treatments will help relieve your child's symptoms.

By Longwood Pediatrics
October 10, 2019
Category: Allergies
Tags: ADHD  

It’s not always easy to spot whether your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD.

While only a qualified pediatrician will be able to diagnose your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often times the ADHDonly way that a child is diagnosed in the first place is because a parent notices changes in their child’s behavior that affects their social, school and personal lives. Learn more about the common signs and symptoms of childhood ADHD and when to see our Longwood pediatricians, Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani for an evaluation.

Ask yourself this: Does my child…

  • Have trouble staying focused or on task?
  • Make careless mistakes?
  • Jump from one activity to another usually without finishing the first activity?
  • Lose or misplace items like homework, books, toys, etc?
  • Interrupt conversations and have trouble waiting their turn?
  • Fidget and squirm when having to sit still
  • Often seem to be daydreaming or not paying attention when spoken to?
  • Often forget to do things even after several reminders
  • Seem easily distracted most of the time

Now tally up how many “yeses” you had. If you are noticing that your child displays many of these symptoms then it might be worth talking with our Longwood pediatricians. While many of these symptoms are also normal childhood behaviors it can be difficult to determine whether this is just something your child will grow out of or whether they may have ADHD. A good rule of thumb is, if they are dealing with these symptoms regularly and it’s impacting school performance, relationships and home life then it’s time to talk to a pediatrician.

Since ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder many people assume that children must have trouble with concentration as well as display signs of hyperactivity in order to have ADHD, but this isn’t always the case. The three most common symptoms of ADHD are inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and while some children may display all three behaviors some children may only have trouble with inattentiveness or hyperactivity.

Longwood Pediatrics prides itself on offering the very best in pediatric medical care, and is proud to serve those in Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and Lake Mary, FL. If you are concerned that your child may have ADHD, then give our office a call today.

By Longwood Pediatrics
December 20, 2018
Category: Allergies
Tags: Child Allergies  

Here are some helpful tips for treating your child’s allergy symptoms.

Childhood allergies, everything from certain foods and insect stings to pollen and pet dander can lead to a variety of unpleasant and sometimes serious symptoms in your child. If your child is dealing with allergies, our pediatricians Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani at Longwood Pediatrics in Longwood, FL and serving the Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland areas can help.

While some allergies are a bit easier to pinpoint we understand that it can be more challenging to figure out what’s triggering your child’s allergy symptoms. This is why you have a children’s doctor that you can turn to in Maitland, FL, when your child displays symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing, upset stomach and itchy eyes. Here are some ways we help your child manage their symptoms.

Determine Their Allergy Triggers

This is probably one of the most important things to know if you want to protect your child from allergy attacks. While sudden changes in the weather may be to blame, there are other factors as well that can affect your child’s health. Common allergens include:

  • Dust
  • Mold and mildew
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Foods (nuts; shellfish; dairy)
  • Pet dander
  • Certain medications

We use percutaneous skin testing to determine what is causing allergy symptoms in your child. Once the allergen is determined, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce the chance of a reaction.

Limit Outdoor Activities

It’s important to check pollen levels during the day to figure out whether it’s a good idea for your child to go outside or not. While we know it isn’t always realistic to restrict them to staying inside, it’s a good idea to limit their time outdoors when pollen counts are high. Also, keep windows and doors closed on these days.

Keep Your Home Dust Mite-Free

One of the best ways to reduce dust mites is to make sure you keep your house clean. This means vacuuming and wiping down all surfaces, including carpets, furniture and even pillows. It’s very easy for carpets to trap dust and other allergens, so giving it a professional deep clean every so often can also help.

These are only some helpful tips for reducing your child’s allergy symptoms. Of course, sometimes allergy medications are needed to help control symptoms when they do arise. After all, even with the best at-home measures in place, allergens can still enter the home. Allergy shots are an effective way to manage certain allergies, such as against insect venoms or airborne allergens such as dust, pollen and animal dander.

Longwood Pediatrics wants to make sure that children of all ages get the proper medical care they need. While our office is in Longwood, FL, we provide care to the surrounding Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford and Maitland, FL, areas. If your child is having trouble getting their allergies under control then call us today at (407) 644-9970.