COVID-19 services offered in Mcallen, TX

Though COVID-19 cases have been steadily falling, it’s important to remember that children account for about 19% of all cases since the pandemic began, and if the virus picks up again, they’ll be at risk. Maria Hoffman-Guardia, MD, at Pediatric Associates at Ridge in McAllen, Texas, offer COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for children and teens. If you’re worried about your child’s symptoms, call the office or use the online booking feature to request an appointment today.

What should parents know about COVID-19 in children?

Most children have mild or no symptoms after getting COVID-19. However, some children have been hospitalized. Your child’s risk of developing a severe illness rises if they have:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Weak immune system
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (cerebral palsy)

Parents also need to be aware of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a condition that may develop two to six weeks after a child is infected with COVID-19. 

MIS-C causes body-wide inflammation that may affect many organs, including the heart, lungs, skin, blood, and intestines. Children develop a fever, stomach pain, skin rash, and diarrhea and vomiting. 

What symptoms occur in children with COVID-19?

Symptoms appear 2-14 days after your child is exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They may experience COVID-19 symptoms such as:

  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Fever and chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congested or runny nose
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, and gray- or blue-colored skin, lips, or nails are signs your child needs immediate medical care. If you have any questions about your child’s symptoms and whether they may have COVID-19, call Pediatric Associates at Ridge right away.

What COVID-19 services are available for children?

The team at Pediatric Associates at Ridge offers comprehensive COVID-19 care, including:

COVID prevention

The team at Pediatric Associates at Ridge offers the most current COVID vaccinations, the best way to protect your child from infection. Nearly all children six months and older can get the basic vaccine series and the current boosters.

COVID testing

You should schedule testing for your child if they were exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID, have symptoms of COVID, or attended a high-risk event. Depending on the current travel requirements, they may also need a COVID test if your family plans to travel.

COVID treatment

Several medications are approved for children aged 12 and older with a high risk for serious illness. They must take one medication within 10 days of a positive COVID-19 test. Another medication can be prescribed before they’re exposed to the virus if they have a very high risk for severe illness.

Call Pediatric Associates at Ridge today or request an appointment online if you have any COVID-19 concerns or your child needs a vaccine, test, or treatment.