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This page is our opportunity to explain the services we provide. We may also include a description of each service and explanation of the procedures we utilize.

Dr Franczyk has been in practice for 16 yrs and Dr Storlazzi has been in practice for 30+ yrs.  After much discussion and experimentation we decided to join our practices to help improve patient care and increase patient access.  We are truly excited about this opportunity.  We will see children from ages birth to 18 yr.  Patients over the age of 18 AND in college can continue to come to our practice.
 
Preventative visits:  Our goal is to give the best possible care to your child.  In order to do this we need to get to know you and your child.  We want to see your child for routine physicals at the following ages:  1 wk, 1,2,4,6,9,12,15,18 months, 2yrs and then yearly.
 
If your child is sick please call the office for advice or an appointment.  We will not call in antibiotics without seeing your child for an appointment.  This is to insure we can adequately evaluate and treat the illness effectively.   Regular medications maybe refilled as long as your well visit is up to date.
 
If you are new parents or already have children and are deciding on a new pediatrician, call for a free consultation visit.
 
 

We may discuss some common medical problems in this section.  If there is a specific subject you would like to address please let me know.   This website is intended to provided information for educational purposes.  It is not intended to constitute as medical advice. The contents are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Please consult your medical doctor prior to starting or stopping treatments. 

Colic and reflux

Colic is a well documented instance where healthy children have fussy period and may seem to be in pain, gassy, or inconsolable.  No one know exactly what causes colic but we do know it is common and some things can help.  If your think your child has colic try some of these things: swaddle and hold your baby close to your heart; try using white noise like running the vacuum cleaner, the hair dryer or running water, if one of these works make a tape recording and play it over and over; take your baby for a ride in the car; and mylicon drops for gas.  Lastly we may want to try a formula change.  If you are not sure if your child has colic please make and appointment. 
Reflux is when your child spits up.  This can make be normal but can also make your baby fussy.  Babies have an immature esophagus so reflux can be normal.  If your child is a "happy spitter" meaning your baby is happy and gaining weight then this is probably normal.  If you baby is fussy or not gaining weight this is may need to be treated, so please make an appointment.  Either way, some simple things to do are: feed your baby at a 45 degree angle; burp your baby frequently; use low flow bottles, so your baby does not swallow air; sit your baby up for 20 minutes after a feed; when you lay you baby down keep his/her head elevated.  Do not feed your baby lying on his/her back.  Sometime we may need to change the formula or use medications to treat reflux.

Croup

Croup is caused by a virus.  It associated with a barky or seal like cough.  Along with the cough your child may experience a fever, rash, runny nose, and vomiting.  Croup often worsens for the first 3-5 days then improves over 3-5 days, so it may last 6-10 days.  If your child develops trouble breathing call the office immediately.  If you are not sure whether your child has croup call the office for and appointment.  The best treatments are using a humidifier, nasal saline drops, and over the counter cough and cold medicines. 

Diarrhea and Vomiting

Diarrhea and Vomiting has many causes, food related, viral and bacterial.  Most likely your child has a "stomach virus".  The most important thing it to keep your child hydrated.  Sometimes when children try to drink when they are sick they drink to much then throw up.  Often you need to go very slow and give your child 1 teaspoon every 5 minutes for 1 hr.  If your child tolerates this then increase to 2 teaspoons every 5 minutes.  Then continue  to increase.  If your child has mostly diarrhea then I generally recommend to feed through it.  Things to watch our for are milk and full strengh juices as they may worsen it.  Reasons to call immediately Yellow/Bilious vomiting, No urine output for more than 8 hrs straight, severe pain, and blood in the stool.  If you are not sure whether your child should be seen call for advice.

 

Ear Pain, middle ear infection and swimmer's ear

Ear Pain has many different causes.  The most common is a middle ear infection.  This is usually caused by a virus or bacteria.  This may need an antibiotic, though 50% of ear infections will resolve on their own.  Another cause of ear pain is referred pain, child often have trouble isolating pain and throat pain can often cause ear pain.  Fluid can also cause ear pain, but it is often just a side effect of the virus.  Lastly swimmer's ear.  Swimmer's ear is not an middle ear infection it is a skin infection.  This is why it hurts to pull on the ear.  This is treated with drops.  If your child has ear pain, call the office for an appointment so I can adequately diagnose the cause.

Fever

There are a lot of misconceptions about fevers.  Fevers are the body's natural reaction to an infection.  Fever helps the body fight off the infection and it is a good thing.  Fevers are generally not dangerous to children until a temperature of 106 is reached.  Fever do not cause brain damage.  Sometime fevers are associated with a seizure, called febrile seizures, but that is due to the immaturity of a child's brain.  There are no long term effects from it.  But your child should be evaluated by a physician to make sure that is all it is.  What can be dangerous is the infection that causes the fever.  The most important thing is how is your child acting.  If your child appears sick and/or has other symptoms you should bring your child in to be seen.  Fevers can last up to 10 days.  I recommend cool towels, and a fever reducer to make your child more comfortable. 

Headache

If you are experiencing headaches all the time it may be more than just a simple problem. We will do a full examination to determine the cause of the problem.

For any questions or to schedule an appointment call us at (302)-478-1975 or please e-mail us at:

drdarren@franczykpediatrics.com