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Circumcision may be performed for religious, cultural, family or medical reasons. Although circumcision is not necessary for all boys, the procedure is recommended for newborns with urological conditions such as vesicoureteral reflux, kidney or bladder infections, posthitis or phimosis, or who have a family history of urinary infections.
The procedure takes only a few minutes with a clamp under local anesthesia. (General anesthesia may be more appropriate for older infants and children). The glands may be soothed with an application of ointment or Vaseline at each diaper change.
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a natural substance produced to protect the ear from damage and infections. It is produced in the ear canal and normally accumulates and then dries up and falls out of the canal. However, in some patients, ear wax tends to accumulate in the ear canal for a number of reasons.
If an extreme amount of wax builds up, it may need to be clean, or lavaged, by your doctor. Ear drops may also be prescribed to soften the wax and allow it to be cleared out.
The flu is a viral infection affecting millions of people each year as it is passed from person to person. Flu symptoms often mimic those of other upper respiratory infections.
A flu test can help determine the type and severity of the flu virus, and may involve a throat swab, nasal swab or a nasal wash. For rapid testing, results are available within 15 minutes and patients can begin appropriate treatment to help relieve their symptoms.
Hemoglobin is a type of protein found in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen throughout the body and carbon dioxide back to the lungs. Hemoglobin levels are important in maintaining the flow of blood throughout the body. Usually performed as part of a complete blood count, a hemoglobin test can help monitor and determine the severity of anemia or polycythemia
Incision and drainage, or I & D, is commonly used to treat abscesses or other fluid-filled lesions on the skin that do not respond to antibiotics or other more conservative treatments. During this procedure, a scalpel or needle is inserted into the lesion to drain the pus or fluid within. A piece of gauze is then placed so that the lesion can continue to drain and heal properly.
While infants are protected from certain diseases at birth because of antibodies passed from the mother, this protection is temporary. Immunization from these diseases can be achieved through vaccination shots, which use small amounts of killed or weakened microorganisms that cause the diseases.
Some of the vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics include:
Talk to your doctor to find out more about immunizations for your child.
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Newborn hearing screenings are mandated by Louisiana state law. All of our hearing tests are performed by our fulltime audiologist who also supervises the newborn hearing screening program at Acadian Medical Center. Hearing testing is performed on children of all ages both in a sound proof booth and also with specialized computerized equipment that does not require a response form the child.
A nebulizer is a breathing machine used to treat asthma in infants and young children who are unable to use an inhaler on their own. This ensures that patients receive the correct dosage of medicine through an easy-to-use, safe and highly effective treatment that can be used at home with the help of a parent or other responsible adult.
A pulse oximeter (pulse ox) is a noninvasive device used to measure oxygen saturation within the blood without having to take a blood sample. This small device is placed on the fingertip or earlobe and can determine oxygen levels, as well as heart rate, within just a few seconds. A pulse oximeter is useful in constantly evaluating oxygenation in patients in critical care situations.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat characterized by a sore and scratchy feeling. It is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15, but can affect people of all ages. Rapid tests for strep throat can provide results within minutes. A traditional test is often performed in addition to the rapid test in order to confirm results.
A urine dip test may be performed on its own or as part of a urinalysis, and involves placing a chemical strip, known as a dipstick, into the urine to test levels of white blood cells, protein, glucose and other substances.
This test is often performed to diagnose a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, diabetes or other conditions, or may lead to more precise testing. The results of a urine dip test are available right away and can be discussed with your doctor.
Warts are skin growths caused by viruses. Different warts respond to different treatments. Some go away on their own. Salicylic acid products (in the form of drops, gels, pads and bandages) can help self-treatment of many warts by dissolving the keratin protein that makes up the wart and the dead skin above it. Others can be removed via liquid nitrogen freezing or electrical stimulation. Surgery may be recommended for painful or large warts that do not respond to these treatments.
High levels of lead within the body can lead to stomach pain, headaches, vomiting, muscle weakness, confusion and complications within the brain, kidneys and bone marrow. Children may be exposed to lead in house paint used in older buildings, or from contact with lead in the air, water or food.
Lead levels within the body are evaluated through a simple blood test. Blood lead tests should be performed on all children at age one year and again at two years, with additional testing performed for those who may have been exposed to lead.