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The Common Cold – What One Needs to Know

The Common Cold – What One Needs to Know

As the song goes – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” but along with the hustle and bustle of the Autumn and Winter seasons, is the cold season. Parents, pediatricians, daycare providers and teachers can attest to this. I thought that it would be timely to write this article about the common cold because it could cause significant burden on parents through “sleep deprivation” from taking care of sick and uncomfortable children at nighttime. Some parents and guardians will also be doubly stressed when left without any option but to take off from work in order to bring their sick children to the doctor or take care of them at home. What are the symptoms of the common cold? Running nose, cough and nasal congestion are the most common symptoms of the common cold. Fever may or may not be present. Older children and adults may complain of a sore throat and hoarseness. Diarrhea and vomiting are not common symptoms. How is the common cold diagnosed? The common cold is diagnosed based on symptoms and physical examination. There is no laboratory testing needed. Sometimes your child’s doctor may want to check for RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) or influenza infection that may be present with cold like symptoms initially, but these are not done routinely. What causes the cold season? Rhinovirus can cause at least 50% of the colds in children and adults, but the cold season is a result of different strains of viruses moving through the community during the fall and winter seasons. How does one catch a cold? There are three ways to catch a...
Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals for Your Little Athletes First Choice Pediatrics offers sports physicals for children involved in sports or other extracurricular activities who require validation from a doctor that they are healthy enough to participate in the specific activity. Whether your child is gearing up for his first season of Little League, just made the varsity team, or is captain of the cheerleading squad, First Choice Pediatrics can provide the documentation your child needs before they can participate. Video Transcription: Sports physicals are available to any child that is involved in a school sport or any kind of extra-curricular activity to where the coach or the entity may require some kind of validation from a physician that says, “Hey this child is healthy. They’re ready. They can endure this particular physical activity.”...
Our Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal Makes Life Easier Obtaining your child’s medical records has never been easier! Our Patient Portal allows you direct access to your child’s medical records. In addition to being able to view lab results or doctors notes, users can also: Update contact information Print medical records Request prescription refills Request appointments The Patient Portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Enjoy having immediate access to all of your child’s records at the touch of a button! Video Transcription: I highly recommend that patients do utilize our Patient Portal because what that does is it allows any parent direct access to your child’s records, to the patient records. If you need to see lab results, if you need to see some notes from the previous visit, anything to that effect, it’s now open to the parent or guardian in that manner. You can log in and update your information. A parent or guardian can print out records for their children. They can request referrals or medication refills. You can request appointments and you’ll get a call back the following day and they can set that up for you right there on the spot....
Pediatricians You Can Trust

Pediatricians You Can Trust

Our Doctors Bond with the Whole Family The Board Certified Pediatricians at First Choice Pediatrics love watching their patients grow up! Many families have been bringing their children to First Choice Pediatrics since they were newborns, and now they are walking, talking, and in some cases, even bringing their own children to our offices. Being able to bond with the whole family is a one-of-a-kind experience for the caring doctors and staff at First Choice Pediatrics. Video Transcription: I love seeing my patients grow up. Our Alafaya office had been open for 2 1/2 years now. Already in this office I have many patients who I’ve been following since birth. Now they’re talking to me in full sentences. We have a lot of families who brings their second and third children and their cousins and their grandchildren. It’s very fun to bond with the whole family, very fun to see the kids grow...
Circumcisions

Circumcisions

Circumcision has never been an easier, less stressful choice. At First Choice Pediatrics, we handle this important procedure with precision, expertise and compassion, minimizing the discomfort your child will experience, while simultaneously helping him to feel safe and anxiety-free throughout. And YES we use local anesthesia so that the pain is virtually nonexistent to your baby! Read more about circumcisions. Video Transcript: Nick: We do circumcisions here at First Choice Pediatrics within the first two months of the child’s life or up to 12 pounds. Esther: American Academy of Pediatrics do recommend circumcision for the babies. Circumcision is offered at all of our five locations. Although if you do have to do circumcision at later age for any other medical reasons than we would have to refer you to a surgeon. There’s some controversies and the problem is that insurances are not covering it. They’re still considering it as cosmetic procedure but we do believe that it is better for their hygiene and there’s other studies showing that it does decrease rates of sexually transmitted infections. It’s actually quicker healing and we do use this sucrose solution to calm them down and it is very effective. Doctors do use local anesthesia to help with the pain also. I do recommend getting the circumcision and we do offer the surgery here. Natalia: I have actually seen a circumcision before. The circumcision that I’ve actually seen, the baby slept through the whole...
ABC Clinic

ABC Clinic

(A) for Asthma and Allergy (B) for Behavioral and ADHD (C) for Cholesterol and obesity. With a combined experience of over 100 years of practicing medicine, our providers have gained a depth of knowledge in the most common ailments among children. First Choice Pediatrics providers specialize in the ABC’s of children. It is only a success story in the end for the children who battle with these problems every day. Our providers join in that battle with the children and parents to confront and overcome these seemingly impossible hurdles in a child’s life. Read more about ABC clinics. Video Transcription: There is an original theme, if you will, to the patients we see called the ABC clinics. A stands for asthma and allergy. We do make sure that kids who has asthma or allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis gets monitored appropriately, that we’re not missing any worsening of symptoms. We do see those patients on regular basis. We do offer spirometry which is a test that checks for your lung function and we do recommend doing that for asthma kids at least once a year. B would stand for behavior which we do have patients who has different behavior conditions including ADHD which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For those patients, not only for medication but we would see them and counsel them on regular basis to make sure that the medicines are working and they’re adjusting to the school system well. C would stand for cholesterol which we do follow obese patients on regular basis too, which obesity is a very big health problem in this country. More...

Our Locations

We have six locations throughout Central Florida for your convenience.

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Semoran Location

1651 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32807
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 1
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 1
Fax: 407-249-1755

Metrowest Location

1601 Park Center Dr., Suite 6B
Orlando, FL 32835
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 4
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 4
Fax: 407-249-1755

Alafaya Location

1561 S. Alafaya Trail, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32828
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 3
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 3
Fax: 407-249-1755

Sanford Location

1403 Medical Plaza, Suite 104
Sanford, FL 32771
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 2
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 2
Fax: 407-249-1755

Kissimmee Location

3274 Greenwald Way N.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 5
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 5
Fax: 407-249-1755

Oviedo Location

1884 W. CR-419, Suite #1000
Oviedo, FL 32765
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Phone: 407-249-1234 ext. 6
Toll Free: 866-249-1233 ext. 6
Fax: 407-249-1755

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501 W. SR 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708
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Phone: 407-249-1234
Toll Free: 866-249-1233
Fax: 407-249-1755

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