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By Southwestern Pediatrics
January 06, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Keeping Your Child Safe While TravelingWhether you’re simply taking a weekend trip to visit the grandparents, or you and the family are flying internationally, you must know how to keep everyone healthy and safe while on vacation. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is looking up local hospitals near your hotel in the middle of the night. Here are some tips for how to keep your little ones safe while traveling.
Bring all Medications with You…
And make sure you have enough. This is especially important if you are going to spend a couple of weeks on vacation. You will want to make sure that your child has access to their medications and that they don’t run out. If you’re flying, make sure to pack all medications in your carry-on, just in case the airline happens to lose your luggage.
Get the Appropriate Vaccinations
While travel throughout the US won’t typically require your child to get inoculated, traveling abroad may require certain vaccines ahead of time. You must schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician about a month in advance to make sure that they get all appropriate vaccinations before travel.
Depending on where you’re traveling, your pediatrician may recommend certain immunizations against typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, or rabies. Your child may also require antimalarial drugs to protect against malaria.
Get Travel Insurance
While we never want to imagine a medical emergency happening while abroad, it is important to be prepared just in case your child breaks their arm or gets sick. In this case, having travel insurance can be a major stress-reliever and lifesaver. Most travel insurance covers kids under 17 years of age and also provides emergency care and 24/7 assistance.
Traveling During COVID-19
Of course, during the pandemic, medical officials highly recommend avoiding any travel unless essential. While we understand everyone’s desire to travel again and for life to return to normal, we must be doing our part to keep everyone safe during this time. If you do need to travel make sure to wear a mask, practice good hygiene and social distancing, and choose outdoor places such as parks where you can avoid crowds and other people.
If you do have questions about traveling with your child, or about getting them the proper vaccines before travel, talk with your child’s pediatrician. It’s important to talk with a pediatrician a month or more before your trip so that you can ensure that your child has everything they need before traveling.
By Southwestern Pediatrics PLLC
January 14, 2019
Category: Child Health

Get all of your questions about childhood vaccines answered.

We know that there is a lot of information and misinformation out there when it comes to vaccinating your child. Isn’t it time to find out the truth about this important preventive health measure? Read below to have your questions answered, and turn to our Maricopa, AZ, pediatrician, Dr. Anthony DiGeorge, for treatment!Child Immunizations


Q. Are vaccines safe?

A. Yes, the Food and Drug Administration review all vaccines to ensure that they are safe. Not keeping your child up-to-date on their vaccines could lead to outbreaks of diseases that are serious but completely preventable with the proper vaccine schedule in place. The benefits of getting your child vaccinated far outweigh the risks, as vaccines can save lives.


Q. What are the side effects associated with vaccines?

A. Most side effects from childhood vaccines include minor effects such as soreness or redness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever. These side effects usually won’t last more than a couple of days and aren’t anything to worry about. Although it is rare for a vaccine to cause a serious reaction, if your child does experience a reaction after being vaccinated, call our pediatrician’s office.


Q. How often should my child get vaccinated?

A. It isn’t always easy to keep track of how often your child should come in for vaccines, which is why the CDC has made it simpler for parents to remember with this immunization schedule for both infants and children up to 18 years old. If you have questions about this schedule don’t hesitate to ask our pediatrician, Dr. DiGeorge.


Q. Why do some vaccines require multiple doses?

A. Continuing to bring your child into the office when they need their next vaccine dose is important to providing their bodies with the best defenses and protection against illnesses. After all, many vaccines require more than one dose in order to fully build up your child’s immunity.


Q. When should my child get their first vaccine?

A. It’s important to start vaccinating your little one right away before they come in contact with any of these serious diseases, particularly because they can be fatal or life-threatening to infants and little ones whose immune systems are still developing.

Your child will receive their first vaccine most likely in the hospital, or within 24 hours of their birth. From there, you will visit your Maricopa, AZ, children’s doctors for the next vaccination about 1-2 months after receiving their first one.


Give Us a Call!

Do you still have questions about getting your child vaccinated in Maricopa, AZ? If so, don’t hesitate to call Southwestern Pediatrics today at (520) 568-9500. We are happy to schedule appointments and answer any questions you might have about your child’s health.