Jill M. Wallner, MD
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursPinnacle Health Center
58 W 1st St
Crossville, TN 38555
- monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Cumberland Medical Center
How can I tell if my child has low body fluids after lower spine surgery?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredAfter lower spine surgery, your child will have low body fluids. Some signs of not having enough fluids include dark yellow urine, a dry mouth (no spit), chapped lips, and the soft spot on your baby's head sinking inwards. If you notice any of these, give your child more to drink. He should urinate normally within 24 hours after surgery. A baby should have six to eight wet diapers in a 24-hour period, and an older child should urinate every 6 to 8 hours.
How can I prepare for my child’s checkup?
Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, Pediatrics, answered
I love when my patients excitedly run in the front door and give me or my nurse a big hug. Yes, this does happen every day at my office, more than you might think. Many children do enjoy going to their pediatrician’s office.
How can you prepare your child for a doctor’s appointment and encourage them to cooperate and enjoy the visit?
It’s never too early to begin talking about the doctor. Kids love learning about fireman, astronauts, zookeepers and even doctors. Get a play doctors kit for home and let your child become familiar with the equipment. Prep your child for the exam and role play. Take this opportunity to teach her body parts such as ears, eyes, nose, mouth and belly button.
Make going to the doctor’s office fun. Bring activities to occupy her in case there is a wait. Books and small toys work well. If you have fun, your kids will sense it and enjoy themselves too! A special reward or treat after the visit is a nice tradition. It’s important that you try to relax, even if you are nervous about your child’s illness. Children sense your own stress and anxiety.
Make every experience positive. Talk about when Mommy and Daddy go to the doctor’s office to stay healthy or to get well from an illness. It’s all in the presentation so talk up your own experiences. Don’t lie to your children and tell them the shot won’t hurt. Instead, explain to them that the shot will help keep them from getting sick. It’s a quick pinch, but then it’s over. Mommy and daddy get shots too to stay healthy. If you are strong and relaxed, they will be too.
If your children are comfortable with their doctor and the office from regular well child visits, sick visits will be easier for them to deal with. Going to the doctor is part of a healthy life and it should be a positive, fun experience.
How can I prevent dosage errors when giving my child liquid medication?
Small details matter in preventing dosage errors when giving your child liquid medication. With measuring devices, pay attention to the instructions. It can be easy to misread a measurement or a marking. You don’t want to give your child a tablespoon when you’re supposed to give him a teaspoon, or give her five milliliters (mls) when you’re supposed to give her 0.5 mls. Mistakes like this can be deadly.
Other best practices include getting milliliter-based dosing syringes, volume cups or dispensing spoons at either the doctor’s office or at the pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist to clearly mark off on the dosing syringe how much medicine should be poured. That step further reduces the chance for error.
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