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Helping Your Child Manage Asthma Symptoms

Childhood asthma commonly results in symptoms before the age of five. These can include persistent wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma is a serious condition that can adversely affect a child’s quality of life. It may also require emergency care, such as when an asthma attack occurs. With help from the pediatrics team at Kendall Regional Medical Center, you can learn how to help your child manage asthma symptoms.

Keeping Good Records

Your child’s allergist may ask you to keep track of your child’s symptoms. Make a note of the severity of the symptoms and when they occurred. Write down whether your child was exposed to any potential asthma triggers before the symptoms developed. This information will help you reduce your child’s exposure to these triggers in the future. Some common asthma triggers include the following:

  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Respiratory infections
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen, dust mites, and other allergens

Managing Medications

In addition to helping your child avoid asthma triggers, you can keep careful track of his or her medications. Your child’s asthma management plan may include the use of nebulizer solutions, metered-dose inhalers, or dry powder inhalers. Some oral medications can also be helpful. The pediatrician will give you instructions for administering these medications. Remember to keep your child’s rescue inhaler available at all times to manage asthma attacks. If your child attends daycare or school or is under the supervision of other caregivers, make sure these individuals understand how and when to administer your child’s asthma medications.

Encouraging Safe Exercise

Children are encouraged to be physically active every day, yet kids with asthma need to take some extra precautions. Make sure your child follows the pediatrician’s guidance with regard to exercise. He or she shouldn’t exercise until the asthma symptoms are under control. Your child may also need to modify his or her preferred activities.

Pediatric emergency care is just one of the many services you’ll find at Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our pediatrics team in Miami includes respiratory therapists, pediatric intensivists, and clinical pharmacists. For further information about our children’s services or to request a referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 223-3000.

Reasons to Sign up for a Childbirth Class

Labor and delivery are natural transitions in many women’s lives. Although your body knows what to do on the big day, it’s perfectly normal to experience some anxiety about childbirth. Attending childbirth classes at the women’s services department of Kendall Regional Medical Center can help you learn what to expect.

Labor Information

Patient education is always crucial, but it is particularly important as it concerns maternity and newborn care. During a childbirth class, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and share your concerns. You’ll have access to a wealth of important information, such as how to recognize the signs and stages of labor, how to breathe during contractions, and how to create a birth plan. You’ll also explore your options for pain management, which may include massage, relaxation techniques, and an epidural.

Maternity Tour

During your pregnancy, you’ll need to choose where you’d like to give birth. Childbirth education classes typically include a tour of the maternity department. You’ll be able to ask questions about the hospital’s routine practices, what you should bring with you to the hospital, and whether you can pre-register.

Partner Support

Another good reason to sign up for childbirth classes is that they’re a way for your partner to learn how to support you during labor and delivery. Even if your partner or birth coach has previously attended the birth of a child, each birth is unique and it never hurts to be thoroughly prepared.

Newborn Care

First-time parents and current parents alike can benefit from brushing up on newborn care. With so many aspects of your baby’s health to keep track of, these types of childbirth classes are invaluable. You can learn about vaccination recommendations and childproof the home. You’ll learn which problems require a trip to the ER and which can wait for an appointment with the pediatrician.

Kendall Regional Medical Center looks forward to helping expectant parents welcome their little ones into the world. Our maternity services for Miami-area families include a suite of childbirth education and newborn care classes, such as infant CPR, breastfeeding, and car seat safety. You can direct questions about our women’s services and pediatrics to a registered nurse at (305) 223-3000.

Knowing Where to Go for Immediate Medical Care

At first blush, it may seem obvious to patients that they ought to go to the ER when they need immediate medical care. Yet, it’s crucial to know exactly where to go for emergency care depending on the situation. Kendall Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital with emergency care services for patients with all sorts of urgent health problems.

When to Call 911

If you or someone else is experiencing a potentially life-threatening health problem, you shouldn’t try to drive to the nearest emergency care department. Instead, call 911 and let the emergency dispatcher know your exact location and the nature of your emergency. Some examples of potentially life-threatening health emergencies include heart attack or stroke symptoms, anaphylactic shock, severe internal trauma, and traumatic amputation. Depending on your specific health emergency, the response team may take you to a trauma center or burn center for specialized care.

When to Go to the ER

For non-life-threatening medical emergencies, it may be acceptable to go to the ER rather than calling for an ambulance. However, it’s generally best to avoid driving yourself there because this can jeopardize your own safety as well as the safety of others sharing the roadways. For instance, you can have someone drive you to the ER if you think you may have broken a bone. Other emergencies include suicidal thoughts and other psychiatric crises, severe food poisoning, and moderate to severe dehydration.

Where to Bring a Child

If your child has a non-life-threatening emergency, you can bring him or her to the ER instead of calling 911. However, you may wish to take a few minutes to look up the directions to a pediatric ER near you. Children aren’t “little adults;” they have their own unique health issues. Going to a pediatric ER ensures that your child will receive the specialized care he or she needs.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to serve families throughout the Miami area with comprehensive emergency care services. Our community hospital features a pediatric ER, outpatient burn center, and level II trauma center. To request a referral, patients with non-emergent conditions can call (305) 223-3000.

What to Expect When You Live with a Pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small, implantable device that can treat arrhythmias by regulating the heartbeat with electrical pulses. Pacemakers will automatically adjust pulses based on your level of activity so that your heartbeat remains steady. With a pacemaker, you may significantly reduce your risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest, though there are some lifestyle changes that you will need to consider when you have one of these devices implanted. Below you can see some of the most important aspects of living with a pacemaker so that you know what to expect after your pacemaker implant surgery.

Avoiding Magnetic Devices

Electronic devices and devices that have strong magnetic fields will interrupt the electrical pulses of a pacemaker, so prolonged contact with these devices should be avoided. For example, you may need to avoid keeping a cell phone in your shirt or jacket pocket, stay away from electrical generators, and reduce extended exposure to household appliances. If you need to have medical procedures such as an MRI or shock-wave therapy to treat kidney stones, pacemaker performance may be disrupted during these procedures.

Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

You should be able to participate in most physical activities when you have a pacemaker, and it is important to get regular exercise to keep your heart in good health. The only activities that may be prevented with a pacemaker are high-impact sports, such as football and rugby.

Attending Regular Doctor’s Visits

After having a pacemaker implanted, you will need to maintain a schedule of doctor’s visits at intervals of about three months. During these visits, your doctor will check the wires and battery of your pacemaker and ensure that it is working as it should be.

To explore your options for arrhythmia treatment, connect with the Heart and Vascular Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center. For physician referrals or more information about our cardiovascular care, call (305) 223-3000 to speak with one of our registered nurses.

Safety Tips to Prevent Electrical Burns

Burns of any type can be serious injuries that will require specialized emergency and rehabilitative care. Electrical burns can be particularly damaging, as these types of burns happen quickly and are usually very widespread over a large area of the body. To prevent electrical burns around your household, follow these guidelines from Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Keep All Appliances Away from Water

Any time you are using a plugged-in appliance, be sure that you are not near water, as an electrical shock can occur when appliances get wet. Often, injuries related to this type of shock will take place in the kitchen or bathroom where handheld appliances such as hair dryers or immersion blenders are used in close proximity to the sink.

Use Electrical Outlet Covers

If you have children in your household, you should have all open outlets capped with protective plastic covers. This will avoid an electrical shock from curious kids putting fingers or other objects into the outlet. It is also a good idea to tuck away any cords or wires so that children do not cut or chew them.

Shut Off the Power Before Home Repairs

Whenever you perform any repairs to your home where you might encounter wiring, you will want to turn off the power to a given area. If there is a problem with your home’s wiring or electrical fixtures, you should avoid making repairs yourself and call a professional, as there us a high risk of shock with repairs of this nature.

Plug Into Surge Protectors

Surge protectors will provide added safety when plugging in electronic devices so that you avoid overloading outlets when power surges and electrical spikes occur.

When you do suffer from a burn energy of any type, the Burn Clinic at Kendall Regional Medical Center can provide the most advanced care available in Miami. To contact us for more information about our services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (305) 223-3000.

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