Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Pediatric Patients Near Winter Garden, FL
If your child is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus come to Night Lite Pediatrics as we are now offering rapid COVID-19 testing. Visit our clinic today or inquire about our virtual visit options. Call now for more information.
Amidst a global pandemic, parents are concerned for the well-being of their little ones. When our children are sick, it amplifies the stress of parenting. If your child is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, come to Night Lite Pediatrics to get a diagnosis with people who care about your child’s health as much as you do.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus?
Most people who contract COVID-19 will develop only the main symptoms – a cough or fever. However, they could also experience body aches, fatigue, sore throat and headache.
Initially, the cough is dry, but some people will eventually start coughing up mucus containing dead lung cells killed by the virus. These symptoms are treated with rest, plenty of fluids and pain relief such as acetaminophen. People with mild symptoms should make a quick recovery. The fever should ease in less than a week, although the cough may linger.
Where can my child get tested for COVID-19?
Night Lite Pediatrics performs COVID-19 testing for children in a safe, clean facility. Many families are asking whether their children should be tested for COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to talk to their child’s doctor about testing. Your pediatrician can help determine when testing may be a good idea based on infection rates and availability of tests in your area. They can also help you follow up on test results.
Who is at greater risk for COVID-19?
There are certain groups of our population that are most vulnerable to severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) secondary to COVID-19. These include the following:
- Older adults – over the age of 60 years
- As we age, our immune systems’ ability to fight infection deteriorates and therefore makes us more susceptible to infection.
- Having fewer immune cells results in a longer response to foreign pathogens.
- Fewer white blood cells may cause a delay in healing.
Other factors that make older adults more vulnerable include malnutrition, comorbid conditions (i.e. diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), decreased mucosal barriers, and a decreased cough reflex.
Individuals with underlying medical conditions:
- Cardiac conditions – such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and hypertension
- Increased risk of acute coronary syndromes associated with severe inflammatory response to the infection.
- Myocardial depression leading to heart failure.
- Under-recognized risk of arrhythmias related to acute inflammation.
- Lung disease – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and cystic fibrosis
- People with chronic lung diseases suffer from restricted airflow due to an array of conditions including constricted or obstructed airways, inflammation, alveolar abnormalities and other structural issues.
- Viral illnesses exasperate underlying lung disease and may cause respiratory failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock.
- People with diabetes mellitus have an increased risk of infection due to several different complications
- Vascular insufficiency could hinder the local inflammatory response and absorption of antibiotics.
- Immunocompromised or immunosuppressed individuals – those receiving chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, therapies for autoimmune diseases (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and organ or bone-marrow transplant patients.
As described above, compromised immune systems diminish an individual’s ability to fight off infection and heal.
If your child is showing symptoms related to COVID-19, don’t hesitate to get them tested today! At Night Lite Pediatrics, we can test your child in a safe, sanitized facility. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!