The first two years of your child’s life is when your child experiences physical, mental and emotional development. Dr. Jabbour wants to make sure that during this period, your child’s body and brain are developing normally. A typical wellness visit includes for your child includes:
- A thorough check of your child’s vital signs
- Vision and hearing exams
- Check of your child’ reflexes
- Feeding behaviors
Dr. Jabbour also screens for common childhood illnesses including:
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - RSV causes some of the samesymptoms as cold and flu, such as fever, runny nose, and cough.
- Fifth disease – Also called the "slapped cheek" disease because it causes a red rash on the face that looks like a slap mark.
- Hand, Foot and Mouth disease - A common childhood illness, hand, foot, and mouth disease causes a fever with blisters or sores inside the mouth and on the palms and soles of the feet. The blisters may also appear on the buttocks.
- Croup - A childhood illness usually caused by a group of viruses called human parainfluenza viruses, which also cause the common cold. The main symptom of croup is a "barking" cough, sometimes likened to the barking sound a seal makes. Croup can be serious enough to require treatment in a hospital.
- Scarlet Fever - Scarlet fever is a rash that sometimes appears with strep throat -- an infection with a bacterium called group A streptococcus. A child with strep throat will usually have a very sore throat and high fever. The scarlet fever rash starts on the chest and abdomen and spreads all over the body. It is bright red like sunburn and feels rough like sandpaper. The color of the rash may be deeper around the armpits. The child's tongue may have a whitish appearance, except for the taste buds, which look bright red, a symptom known as "strawberry tongue." There may be some flushing in the face, with a paler area around the mouth.
- Impetigo - Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It's the third most common skin condition in children, seen most often in children aged 2 to 6 years. It's very contagious, and adults can also contract it.
- Kawasaki Disease - Kawasaki disease is a very rare childhood illness with no known cause. It is a peculiar combination of symptoms including a high fever, rash, red palms and soles of the feet, swollen hands and feet, bloodshot eyes, swollen lymph glands, and chapped lips. The disease can cause the vessels of the heart to become inflamed, damaging the heart.
- Reyes’s Syndrome - Reye's syndrome is a very serious but now extremely rare childhood illness. If you've ever wondered why you shouldn't give aspirin to children, Reye's is the reason. Reye's syndrome comes on suddenly after a viral illness like chickenpox or the flu. It causes liver problems and brain swelling, leading to radical behavior and personality changes, loss of conscious, seizures, and coma.
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Pertussis, or "whooping cough," is a contagious bacterial infection. Adults and children can get the disease, but infants tend to become more severely ill with it. It's called whooping cough because it can cause a child to cough so hard and so rapidly that he runs out of breath and must inhale deeply, making a "whooping" sound.
Dr. Jabbour also administers necessary vaccinations. Kids First Pediatric Clinic follows both AAP and CDC recommendations in prescribing wellness procedures, from birth through your child’s teenage years. Contact our office today to learn more about wellness visits for children and schedule your child’s first appointment!