Pediatricians specialize in the health and care of children and young adults. They monitor the normal growth and development of children’s motor and intellectual skills. They take care of diagnosing and treating common childhood illnesses and diseases.
Choosing a pediatrician for your child is an important decision for parents. You want to ensure that your child’s health is the top priority at your chosen pediatric clinic. Our board-certified pediatricians at TexomaCare have dedicated their lives to taking special care of our youngest patients through every stage of development, from birth through age 21.
The frequency of pediatrician visits fluctuates throughout childhood development. From birth to age two, a pediatrician will see your baby several times for wellness checks. Wellness checks typically include a growth chart, head check, hip check, reflex check and umbilical cord examination.
We provide a wide variety of pediatric services, including:
- Newborn nursery
- Newborn cardiology screenings for suspected heart issues
- Phototherapy (light therapy used to treat jaundice, a yellowing of the skin, in infants)
- IV therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Video EEG monitoring
- Pain management
- General surgical services
- Ear, nose and throat care
- Sleep studies
Conditions We Treat
Our pediatric specialists can diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including:
Asthma in children is common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 children ages 0-17 years have asthma. Although there is no cure for asthma at the moment, it is very manageable. With the right treatment, children can live a normal and healthy life.
Asthma is when there is swelling in the airways of the lungs. This causes the airways to be hypersensitive to allergens, viruses, and irritants. During an asthma attack, the airways become even more and make it very difficult to breathe.
Common asthma symptoms include tightness or pain in the chest along with difficulty breathing. A child will sometimes wheeze or have a cough that won’t go away.
The cause of asthma is still unknown but family history and environmental factors increase the risk of a child developing asthma. In order to control asthma, pediatric doctors typically recommend a combination use of medications and asthma devices like an inhaler.
Bronchitis is the inflammation of breathing tubes in the lungs. This makes it difficult for air to pass in and out of the lungs. This irritates the bronchial tube lining and triggers an overproduction of mucus. Bronchitis in children is most often caused by a virus.
Common symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing sound while breathing, and coughing up thick white, yellow or green mucus.
Because bronchitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used as a course of treatment. Antibiotics only fight against bacteria. Rest and plenty of liquids is recommended for this illness.
If your children’s symptoms do not improve, schedule an appointment at our pediatric unit.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious viral infection. It is commonly caused by a virus called coxsackievirus.
HFMD is very contagious and is spread through the contact of breathing droplets and fluids from an infected person. A parent or caregiver caring for a child with HFMD can get infected when they come into contact with nose and throat secretions. Transmission can also occur from touching feces during a diaper change.
HFMD can cause fever and flu-like symptoms. Mouth sores and skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of feet are also common.
HFMD infections are normally mild and symptoms can be treated at home. However, reach out to your pediatrician if your child has difficulty drinking, fever lasts longer than 3 days or if their condition worsens. Signs of dehydration like a sticky mouth or less wet diapers is also a reason to call a doctor.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
RSV infection in infants is dangerous, yet common. It can cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis. RSV is spread through direct contact with virus droplets from a cough or sneeze. Protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
RSV causes cold-like symptoms. Like the cold it causes the following symptoms like runny nose, coughing and fever. However, if you notice these severe RSV symptoms, like short and rapid breathing or poor feeding, in your child, consult a doctor right away.
RSV is typically mild and can be treated at home. Be sure to keep your child hydrated to recover loss of fluids. If symptoms do not subside after a week or two, consult your primary care doctor.
Find a Pediatrician
If you need a referral to a pediatrician or other physician at Texoma Medical Center, call our free physician referral service at 1-903-416-3627.
TexomaCare of Denison
5012 S US Hwy 75
Denison, TX 75020
903-416-6200 – Drs. Ahmed, Brumit, Graham, S. Hayes, T. Hayes, Kalil, Lopez and Nurse Practitioners Deborah Mitchell and Angela Posey
903-416-6025 – Dr. Landrum
500 Brookside Drive
Madill, OK 73446
580-795-5506 – Dr. Gordon
954 W. Van Alstyne Parkway
Van Alstyne, TX 75495
903-416-3790 – Dr. Houston
Saturday Sick Clinic
8 am – 11:30 am
*Established patients only