Screenings at annual checkups for babies will include development, growth (including weight, length, and head circumference) and anemia checks. Screenings for children and adolescents include development, behavioral and mental health, school concerns, weight, height, BMI, blood pressure (for children three and older), anemia, lead, and vision, hearing, and cholesterol tests.
According to the Center for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorders affect roughly 1.5 percent of children. These disorders can cause issues with behavior and socialization that can have a measurable effect on a child's well-being. Autism symptoms frequently develop during the early stages of childhood. At Kids Choice Pediatrics, every child is screened for autism with MCHAT screening questionnaire at the ages of 9 months and 18 months. Autism and developmental screenings ensure that any symptoms present are investigated early on. Testing is then repeated as the child develops and can include parent/patient interviews and physical evaluations. Additionally, neurological tests, hearing and vision tests, and other forms of screenings may be recommended to establish a diagnosis or rule out other causes of abnormal behaviors or developmental limitations.
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza.
New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last year's vaccine may not protect you from this year's viruses. After vaccination, your immune system produces antibodies that will protect you from the vaccine viruses. In general, though, antibody levels start to decline over time — another reason to get a flu shot every year.
At Kids Choice Pediatrics, we offer Influenza vaccines September through June each year and strongly recommend your child over 6 months of age to be vaccinated each year. We offer preservative-free Quadrivalent vaccines and Flumist (nasal spray for ages 2 and up). Call our office at (972) 359-7600 to make an appointment for flu vaccine today.
Asthma and Allergies
At Kids Choice Pediatrics, our providers have extensive experience diagnosing and treating asthma and allergies in patients in the North Texas area, using state-of-the-art techniques to determine the cause of symptoms and providing cutting-edge treatments to relieve symptoms and prevent more serious side effects like major respiratory problems.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes the linings of the airway to become extra sensitive to irritants, resulting in inflammation and constriction of the airways and excessive production of mucus, all of which can cause problems with breathing. Asthma can be triggered by irritants and allergens like dust, pollen and smoke, and it can also be triggered by temperature extremes and physical activity. Colds and other illnesses can also trigger as asthma flare-up.
Allergies occur when the body's immune system overreacts to a trigger, like dust, pollen, smoke, mold, plant oils, detergents, foods or pet dander. Some medicines can also cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can cause respiratory symptoms which may seem similar to those associated with asthma, and they can also cause other reactions, including rashes, hives and digestive problems.
The only way to know for sure if your child has allergies or asthma is to be evaluated by a doctor. Asthma typically causes a wheezing or hissing sound during breathing, so your doctor will listen carefully to your child's lungs to determine if these sounds are present. In a few cases, asthma can occur even without these sounds, so careful evaluation as well as a review of symptoms and what your child was doing in the hours and moments before symptoms occurred is very important to an accurate diagnosis. At Kids Choice Pediatrics, our providers diagnose allergies by a simple blood test which can screen for most common environmental and food allergens in the Texas area we reside in.
Allergic symptoms like hives, runny nose and itchy eyes can be treated with antihistamines. Severe allergic reactions may require an injection of epinephrine. Asthma is usually treated with an inhaler used to deliver medication to open the airways and improve breathing.
Medical Ear Piercing
Medical ear piercing is piercing performed by a doctor who has specialized training in piercing and can help avoid the risk of infection or other issues that can occur in pediatric ear piercing, including inaccurate placement of the hole and even lobe damage. A doctor who is trained in ear piercing in children understands the unique needs of children, including the delicate structure of the ear lobes in children, which require special care to achieve the best possible results and to avoid the risk of infection. Prior to piercing, your child's ear lobes can be evaluated for the presence of cysts or other issues that could pose a challenge when piercing, and during the piercing, special techniques can be used to ensure optimal results in children of all ages.
Management of Chronic Conditions
At Kids Choice Pediatrics, our physicians and staff will help your family deal with the management of a chronic illness or condition such as diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, severe asthma, heart conditions, etc. Your doctor will oversee your child's care with any specialist or therapist. Our referral coordinator will help schedule the initial appointment and send over any lab results or medical records that they may require.
ADD/ADHD Evaluation and Treatment
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders. ADHD is a broad term, and the condition can vary from person to person. There are an estimated 6.4 million diagnosed children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. ADD/ADHD symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, difficulties following verbal directions, short/long term memory delays, cognitive distraction and difficulties initiating/completing written tasks.
At Kids Choice Pediatrics, Dr Akila Amsavelu and Dr Landon Huffman are available to administer diagnostic testing for ADD/ADHD and treat this condition appropriately. To determine a proper diagnosis for your child, you can expect the following: thorough questioning about your child's symptoms including length of time and problems caused by those symptoms, administration of ADD/ADHD tests—alongside a medical exam with one of our physicians to rule out any other physical causes of such symptoms. We require that your child stay up to date with annual well visits, quarterly weight and blood pressure checks while on stimulant medication for their ADHD.
Complementary Prenatal Visits
In an effort to find the right pediatrician for your child, we openly welcome you to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our board certified pediatricians. Many expecting parents, as well as families new to the area, take this opportunity to become acquainted with our staff and office policies. Our Pediatricians have privileges to medically manage newborns in the nurseries at the following hospitals:
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Medical City, Plano
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Frisco
Baylor Scott & White--Centennial Medical Center
Vaccinations and Advice for Travel Abroad
If you plan to travel abroad or internationally it is possible that your kids will need additional vaccinations. Different countries have different health risks and may require specific vaccines.
For those of you that are planning to travel abroad, we offer vaccinations such as typhoid, meningitis, etc. that are required for specific countries. We also offer advice and medications such as anti-malaria medication, etc.
Most immunizations should be given at least 15 days before travel, so try to schedule a doctor's visit 2-4 weeks before your trip. This gives plenty of time for the vaccines to take effect, and allows for vaccines to be given over a period of days or weeks, if necessary. But even if you are leaving in less than 2 weeks, you should still make an appointment, as kids might still benefit from shots or medicines.
Physician on Call and Always Available 24 hours
We understand that emergencies can arise any time, and as new parents, you may have questions day or night. Whenever our office is closed (evenings and weekends) there is always someone to call if you have an urgent question. Simply call the office at (972) 359-7600, and listen to the message for the on-call physician or nurse contact information. One of our physicians is always on-call for emergencies. Please limit these calls to emergencies or urgent questions that you feel cannot wait until the following day.
Same Day Sick Appointments
We understand your situation when your child is sick, and the need to be seen the same day. Our phones are answered Monday through Friday at 8:30am. If you need an appointment that day, your child will be seen. And if that means we stay later or work through lunch, we are happy to do so. We will try to schedule you with your doctor. However, there will be times when your doctor is not available, but we will ensure you get an appointment with another doctor or the nurse practitioner so that you do not have to rush to an urgent care or ER.