We at SPGPCC treat routine ailments to keep your child happy, healthy, and safe. From the common cold to the flu to scrapes that won’t heal, your child’s healthcare team is equipped with a range of diagnostic tools and knowledge to support a quick, comfortable recovery for children with special needs.
COVID-19 testing is also available through SPGPCC. Learn more about our COVID-19 policies and why at-home testing is the safest option for you and your children.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that causes insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is rooted in poor eating habits and excess weight gain over long periods, and today, more than 200,000 children suffer from insulin resistance. SPGPCC uses a combination of urine, blood, and oral glucose tests to diagnose and monitor type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We can also help your child make lifestyle changes to prevent obesity.
If your child’s arms, hands, legs, or feet look swollen, it may be edema — the build-up of excess fluid in the soft tissues. Their skin may look tight and shiny if the edema is severe, but that isn’t always the case. It may be as simple as severe sunburn or as serious as Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome, so give yourself peace of mind by contacting SPGPCC. Through high-definition images, we determine if your child’s swelling is edema and find the root cause.
Heart issues this severe tend to manifest as early as eight weeks. But congestive heart failure can show up in older kids, too — congestive heart failure can occur in children who have had Kawasaki syndrome, for example. If you notice your child struggles to exercise, lacks energy, looks puffy, and complains about an irregular heartbeat, see your SPGPCC provider right away. Chest x-rays, a mobile EKG, noninvasive stress tests, and BNP blood tests help us determine if CHF is likely.
Lung damage doesn’t only occur in older adults exposed to first-degree or second-hand smoke. Young children with asthma and cystic fibrosis can develop COPD. Frequent coughing without cause and lung infections are red flags for pediatric COPD. Whether you’re seeking a diagnosis or treatment, SPGPCC can help. We use chest X-rays, arterial blood gas analyses, and pulmonary function testing to rule out pediatric COPD for more common causes of breathing problems, such as asthma.
Scraped knees, blisters, and other wounds, we have seen it all. But if your child has had an open wound that fails to respond to over-the-counter ointments, arrange an in-home evaluation. Early intervention will help prevent your child’s wound from scaring. Our care team will determine the best medication to treat the wound and show you how to dress it. Through high-definition images, your SPGPCC provider can determine if your child has an ulcer vs. a wound. Ulcers are painful lesions caused by friction, infections, and other conditions.
Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is highly infectious and common in children ages 10 and under. If your child’s eye is starting to look mildly swollen and feels itchy, contact us right away to rule out an infection. Allergic conjunctivitis is possible, but receiving medicated eye drops as soon as possible will reduce the length of your child’s infection.
If your child had a cold, the flu, or COVID-19, they have an increased risk of developing pneumonia, an infection of the lungs that can be deadly in people with cerebral palsy. Chest pain, chills, diarrhea, night sweats, and a rattling cough are warning signs. In as little as 24 hours, your SPGPCC team can conduct at-home chest X-rays and blood tests to confirm pneumonia. Bluetooth technology allows your SPGPCC provider to hear your child breathing for themselves and determine the next steps.
It’s late at night, and your child can’t stop going to the bathroom — and they complain of severe pain during and between visits. UTIs often cause your child to urinate frequently in small amounts, and telemedicine helps avoid painful accidents. The medical technician will use a urine dipstick to culture your child’s urine sample and prescribe an antibiotic. To prevent future infections, talking with your child about good bathroom hygiene is key.
Frequent or uncontrolled vomiting and diarrhea in children make it challenging to seek medical care. We evaluate your child's symptoms to confirm that the stomach flu is the cause and that their pancreas, mouth and throat, and vitals are normal. Administering abortive medication (i.e., suppositories) is easier in a familiar, calm environment. We may also prescribe an anti-nausea medication and dietary regimen to prevent dehydration and low potassium.
It’s not unusual for children with mobility impairments to develop skin issues from their equipment. We at SPGPCC take a dynamic approach to treat and prevent skin infections. Combining a virtual examination, high-definition photos, and skin cultures helps us determine whether your child is suffering from hives, eczema, or a skin infection. These painless tests ensure that your child will quickly receive an effective oral and/or topical treatment and prevention plan.
Many special needs children who go to school or daycare are more likely to catch the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes rapid onset fatigue. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, juvenile arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders can also make your child achy and tired. The medical technician will measure your child’s lungs, reflexes, and nutrient levels and cell count blood work, and your SPGPCC provider will evaluate the results to refer you to a specialist, if necessary.
Rollerblading, sports, and falls often result in minor fractures — in fact, they are the fourth most common injury in kids. Minor fractures can be just as painful as major breaks and require medical treatment. Contact your SPGPCC provider right away if your child was in an accident and has swelling, bruising, and persistent pain in the injured area. We conduct in-home X-rays and stabilize your child’s injury with splints and slings to reduce their discomfort.
Running, colds, allergies, and even cold air can make it difficult for a child with asthma to breathe. It’s also common for children with Down syndrome to suffer from respiratory issues, including asthma. If your child suffers from frequent wheezing, persistent dry cough, and shortness of breath, we at SPGPCC can help create a better asthma action plan. If your child’s asthma is flaring, we determine the best course of action (i.e., a nebulizer vs. hospitalization).
Fevers are common in children. When should you call SPGPCC? It depends on your child’s age and symptoms. Persistent high fevers with a rash, repeated vomiting and diarrhea, and somatic pains demand an immediate at-home medical evaluation. For children with autism, the “fever effect” is a sign that you need to call your SPGPCC provider. If your child has a stiff neck, trouble breathing, severe headache, or can’t walk, head to your nearest emergency room.
For children who take special medications, severe headaches and migraines may result. Your SPGPCC provider will confirm if your child suffers from migraines. Depending on the severity and frequency of the migraine episodes, lifestyle changes may be in order, such as improving their quality of rest or trying a different prescription. If NSAIDs don't work, we prescribe a prescription-only abortive (rescue) medication.
Your child’s stuffy nose and cough are more likely a simple upper respiratory virus, but it may be something more. We rule out the flu and COVID-19 using nasal swabs. The results are available as quickly as one day. In addition, if your child’s sore throat inhibits them from swallowing, we conduct oral cultures to rule out viral infections such as strep and mononucleosis.
High blood pressure is easier to diagnose in a relaxed, at-home environment. The medical technician uses a child-sized, painless blood pressure cuff to read your child’s blood pressure levels. Your SPGPCC provider may follow up by ordering a urine sample test, blood tests to check kidney function and cholesterol levels, and an ultrasound, all of which we conduct during your child’s appointment.
The common cold can be more dangerous for children with special needs, who may have trouble clearing their airways of mucus or a weakened immune system. Colds are viral infections, so we can’t treat them with antibiotics. However, the medical technician will confirm that your child isn’t at risk of developing pneumonia, and your SPGPCC provider will decide if they need a temporary inhaler, decongestant, or an oral antiseptic for a sore throat.
Many children with special needs are diagnosed with a heart defect or another form of cardiovascular disease, often at birth. To ensure that your child is developing normally and their heart is strong, we conduct exercise stress evaluations, chest x-rays, routine (transthoracic) echocardiograms, and another standard testing in the comfort of your home.
If you suspect your child has the flu, early action will prevent their preexisting conditions from leading to hospitalization. To diagnose the flu, the medical technician will use an oral or rectal thermometer to test for fever above 103°F (39.4°C) and take their vitals. But a virtual examination is often enough. Your SPGPCC provider can prescribe an antiviral medicine if no more than two days have passed since the onset of symptoms, so don’t wait to make the call. The flu is a miserable experience for children — being treated in bed is more comfortable and reduces the spread.
Though there are eight types of upper and lower respiratory infections, bronchitis, pharyngitis (sore throat), and colds are the most common, especially in children with Down syndrome and autoimmune disorders. Your child’s medical technician will conduct X-rays, a lung function test, and a nasal or throat swab to create a regimen for mucus clearance and reducing airway inflammation.
Mental health disorders, particularly childhood anxiety and depression, aren’t solely the responsibility of childhood psychologists and psychiatrists. We at SPGPCC understand how to help treat simple and complex mental health disorders in children with special needs. If your child displays unusual or alarming mental and behavioral issues, your SPGPCC healthcare team will refer you to a specialist. We also help determine the presence of psychosomatic (anxiety-induced) illness.
Allergic rhinitis — coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and malaise — is easy to mix up with viral infections. If your child doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications like Benadryl, or if you can’t tell if it’s allergies vs. a cold, give us a call. By evaluating your child’s lung function using our Bluetooth technology, your SPGPCC provider can prescribe a corticosteroid spray to reduce sinus inflammation and sneezing.
We at SPGPCC work with children with special needs from all backgrounds. While we may be able to make an in-home diagnosis, we cannot guarantee that we can treat your child’s condition from beginning to end.
If your child requires advanced care or diagnostic testing beyond our capabilities, we can connect you with the best pediatric specialists in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.