Our highly skilled physicians treat each patient with compassion and dignity. Children First Pediatrics is committed to listening to each patient's concerns and aggressively treating common ailments.
From routine checkups to immunizations, Children First Pediatrics is equipped to handle all of your child's health needs. To help you and your family understand your treatment options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
Our services include:
We specialize in treating:
- Serious Colds
- Strep Throat Infections
- Ear, nose, and Throat Ailments
- Ear infections
- Children Adolescents
- Digestive Problems
- Special Needs Children
- Chronic/complex health care needs
- Genetic Syndromes
We accept the following insurance companies:
- Aetna / Coventry
- Midland Choice
- Bright Health
- Medicaid - current patients only
- Tricare Standard - current patients only
- We do NOT accept Healthy Blue, AmBetter, Oscar Health or Provider Network of America
Please call the office to verify your insurance if it is not listed above.
Oh no, my child has a fever!
A fever, by itself is not an illness. Rather, it is a sign that the body is fighting off an infection, which can be a good thing. Fevers stimulate certain defenses in the body, known as white blood cells, that work to attack and destroy bacteria or viruses.
Fevers often make your child uncomfortable, they can increase his or her heart and breathing rates and increase the need for fluids. A fever usually accompanies respiratory illnesses such as croup or pneumonia, influenza, severe colds and sore throats or ear infections.
When should my child be seen?
If your child is younger than 3 months old, and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher, call your child’s pediatrician. The doctor will probably want to examine your infant to rule out any serious infection or disease.
If your child is older than 3 months and has a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) or has had a fever for 3 days (72 hours) it is best to call, even if there are no other complaints. The doctor will probably want to examine the child.
My child has had a runny nose for a week, how do I know when it is more than a cold?
Most upper respiratory infections (URIs) or colds will last one and two weeks. Oftentimes they are associated with a low grade temperature (100-101) in the beginning of the illness. In general, children should be seen if the cold is associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, high fever (>102), fever that lasts more than 72 hours, or a fever that appears at the end of a cold. Of course, if your child is complaining of earache or sinus pain/pressure, a visit to the doctor would also be advised.
My child’s runny nose has been thick and green…..does that mean he/she has a sinus infection?
No. Most colds will go through a purulent phase, when the nasal secretion appears thick and green. This often occurs at the beginning and the end of colds and in the morning when the nasal muscosa tends to be drier. Sinus infections will also produce thick nasal secretions, but are usually associated with sinus pain or pressure.
Will an antibiotic help my child’s cold?
No. A cold is caused by a virus. Antibiotics only help bacterial infections. Sometimes a cold can lead into an ear infection or sinus infection. These infections may be bacterial, and the therefore, may need an antibiotic.
Why not treat all colds with an antibiotics, because my child always gets a sinus or ear infection?
Antibiotics can have many potentially harmful side effects. For many years, doctors over-prescribed antibiotics to treat infections that were not bacterial. This over-prescribing has led to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the commonly-prescribed antibiotics. The more antibiotics your child is prescribed, the greater the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance. Antibiotics can also kill many good bacteria that live in our intestines and aid with digestion. By killing these bacteria we can harm our digestive tracts and cause diarrhea.
Would culturing my child’s nasal secretions tell you what is causing their infection?
No. Many bacteria normally live in our noses. Even a completely healthy person will grow some bacteria from their nose.
Helpful Charts & Guides
Website Links & RSS Feeds
Healthychildren.org - the new webpage for parents sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics
Brightfutures.org - a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy
CDC.gov - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Teachakidtofish.org - Energizing the movement to prevent childhood obesity, based in Lincoln
Product recalls – US Consumer Product Safety Commission RSS Feed
Health Alerts – AAP News Health Alerts RSS Feed
FDA.gov – Food and Drug Alerts RSS Feed
Pediatric News – News RSS Feed