Our Certified Medical Assistants at Family Care Associates are here to provide advice and quality care to our patients. Below you will find advice regarding the treatment of common health problems. At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to our Well Child Exam and Vaccine Schedule, as well as, a link to Dosing Charts for over the counter (OTC) Medications:
Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns. Please call for appointment for the following concerns:
- Infants 12 months and under with fever, cough or wheezing
- Wheezing or any breathing problems
- Fever lasting longer than 2 days
- The patient must be seen in the office to receive a work or school excuse
- If your child has a fever, do not send them to school!
Cough or Sore Throat
Acetominophen (Tylenol) may be given every 4 hours and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 6 hours to control fever, they may be given concurrently for high fever. Elevate head, encourage fluids. Use humidifier.
Limit moisture to affected area. Avoid baby wipes, use warm wash cloth. Use a barrier cream such as A&D ointment.
Use Rid as instructed. Disinfect combs, brushes, carpet, furniture, clothing, stuffed animals and bedding. Bag up non-washable items for 10 days. Call for prescription of stronger lice medication as needed.
Acetominophen (Tylenol) may be given every 4 hours and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 6 hours according to weight. Encourage fluids such as Pedialyte, juices, gatorade or popsicles. Watch for signs of dehydration including decreased urine output, dark circles under eyes, dry cracked lips and lethargy (very tired/sluggish). If no improvement in 2 days (or 24 hours for infants under 12 months of age), call for appointment.
Apply warm compresses, wiping inside to out, use new wash cloths each time, wash hands frequently, encourage fluids and rest. If there is drainage or contacts are used, call for appointment.
Use any of the following: Benadryl as needed/directed, hydrocortisone 1% cream.
After appointment in the office with diagnosis of strep throat: Increase fluids, give Acetominophen (Tylenol) every 4 hours and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) every 6 hours, try chloroseptic spray, gargle with warm salt water, and use throat lozenges. Complete all antibiotics, replace toothbrush after treatment, call if not better in 4-5 days.
For rash without significant associated symptoms, consider Benadryl and Hydrocortisone cream over the counter. For rash with significant associated symptoms, call our office for an appointment.
Apply Lotrimin cream 2-3 times daily for 7 days. Avoid scratching, bathe daily, encourage fluids. If no improvement in 7 days, call for appointment.
Use antihistamines as needed, limited use of nasal spray, encourage fluids. Call for appointment if no improvement with over the counter treatment.
Topical lotions, Ibuprofen by mouth. Extensive burns may be associated with dehydration.
Acetominophen or Ibuprofen can be given for discomfort. Fever could be associated with concurrent illness.
This is a common problem in infants. It can be associated with antibiotics and will not fully resolve until the infant finishes the antibiotic. Wipe mouth and gums after each feeding. If no improvement, if baby is not feeding well or baby is irritable, call for appointment. Be sure to sterilize bottles, store bought nipples, pacifiers, pump equipment etc. Wash breasts, apply Lotrimin after each feeding, encourage fluids.
Upper Respiratory Infection
Use OTC antihistamines, nasal spray on a limited basis, humidifer, encourage fluids. Call for appointment if symptoms persist.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Stay hydrated with pedialyte or Gatorade, a few spoonfuls at a time. Avoid solid food until patient is able to keep fluids down for 4 hours. Then, start with crackers, toast or dry cereal. Continue with BRAT diet (bread, rice, applesauce, toast) for the next 24 hours, avoid milk products. Monitor for signs of dehydration. Call for appointment if symptoms persist or worsen.