Helping Kids Who Are Afraid to Visit the Doctor

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter practices as a physician in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area. In addition to offering health services to adults, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter also provides pediatric care, or health care for children.

It is very important that children see a doctor regularly for preventive care and regular checkups, as well as to address any sicknesses or health problems that may arise. However, getting a child to cooperate when it’s time for a doctor’s visit can be a challenge, particularly if the child is afraid of the doctor or sees going to the doctor as a negative experience. Fortunately, there are a number of things parents can do to make taking their children to the doctor more pleasant.

First of all, a parent should help the child know what to expect. For example, the parent might talk with the child and tell him or her what might happen during the visit. This can include discussing which tools the doctor will use, such as the stethoscope and tongue depressor, and how the doctor will use them. The parent should then answer the child’s questions and correct any misconceptions the child might have. In some cases, it might help a younger child to tag along on an older sibling’s visit to the doctor. Finally, the parent should convey the experience of going to the doctor in a positive light by explaining that the purpose of going to the doctor is to stay well and healthy. This way, the child will be less likely to view visits to the doctor as negative or scary events.

Signs of Appendicitis in Children

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter practices family medicine in Henderson, Nevada, where he regularly sees patients with common childhood illnesses. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter also has built extensive experience treating patients in a hospital setting.

Stomach aches are one of the most common everyday symptoms in children, and parents can find it difficult to tell when the pain signals something more serious than gas or constipation. Appendicitis stands out as a more serious cause of stomach pain, particularly as its symptoms can be vague in children. Adults typically present with a classic symptomatology that includes lower-right quadrant pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. However, physicians have found that these symptoms do not necessarily indicate appendicitis in children.

In conducting an in-depth study of pediatric appendicitis, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that a more reliable predictor is rebound tenderness in the lower-right abdomen. If a child has appendicitis, applying pressure to the lower belly and subsequently letting go will more than likely worsen the pain. In addition, appendicitis pain in children typically begins around the navel and travels to the lower right. Physicians recommend that parents in doubt seek medical attention.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter, M.D., strives to provide the best medical treatment for his patients. As the owner of a family practice in Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of health conditions. Among these are strep throat.

Strep throat is a common sickness in both children and adults. One of its identifying symptoms is a severe sore throat with a sudden onset. It is often accompanied by cold symptoms, such as sneezing and coughing, as well as a fever over 101 degrees. The individual might also have swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. An examination might also reveal spots in the back of the throat, on the tonsils, or the roof of the mouth.

Strep throat is typically treated with antibiotics. Whether a person receives this treatment or not, the symptoms usually begin to resolve within three to seven days. However, the person remains contagious for a period afterward. Therefore, it is important to minimize contact with others so as not to spread the sickness.

Visiting the Civil War Battlefield at Antietam

A physician by profession, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter enjoys spending his free time learning about the Civil War. An avid traveler when pursuing his interests, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter enjoys studying the War onsite at its great battlefields.

One not-to-be-missed location for Civil War buffs is Antietam in Maryland. The site of the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, it is now a tranquil park with rolling cornfields and quaint country fences. However, in September of 1862, more than 23,000 troops met their violent ends on these fields. The site honors the fallen with a daily half-hour documentary shown at the battlefield’s visitor center. Ranger-guided or self-guided auto tours are on offer. Visitors can also take battlefield walks with the park rangers or self-guided hikes through a variety of the field’s key spots.

Off of the battlefield itself, visitors can learn about Civil War medicine at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, located in the home where Union Commander General George B. McClellan headquartered himself during the battle. Now, visitors can see a re-created operating room as well as the implements that surgeons used when treating the battle’s wounded.

A Brief Biography of Ulysses S. Grant by Dr. Kevin Buckwalter

Born on April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant grew up in Georgetown, Ohio, where he helped out on the family farm. Despite having little interest in the military, Grant attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated and became a Second Lieutenant for the 4th U.S. Infantry in St. Louis, Missouri. There he met and married Julia Boggs Dent. He stayed in the military until 1854 and then left to begin his own farm.

Once the Civil War began, however, Ulysses S. Grant once again joined the military and became a Brigadier General almost immediately. He became Lieutenant General in March 1864 and eventually led the Union forces to victory. After the war ended, Grant became the Secretary of War before being nominated as the presidential candidate by the Republican Party. He became President of the United States but is considered one of the worst presidents in U.S. history as a result of several scandals that prevented him from making any major accomplishments.

After leaving office, Grant traveled throughout Europe. He lent his son money to begin a brokerage firm, but the firm went bankrupt and Grant lost all his money. He ultimately began writing his memoirs to earn money for his wife before he died on July 23, 1885.

About the author: Dr. Kevin Buckwalter greatly enjoys learning about the Civil War. Additionally, he serves as a physician in Las Vegas.