A Summer Camp For Kids With Asthma

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Lloyd Takao

A former member of the board of directors for the Children’s Hospital Oakland, Dr. Lloyd Takao sees more than 15-20 patients each day at his private pediatric practice in Orinda, California. Lloyd Takao, MD specializes in treating children with asthma. He spent time on the board of directors for the American Lung Association (ALA) at the local, state, and national levels, and is responsible for establishing the first Breathe Easy Day Camp in Alameda County.

Breathe Easy Day Camp is a four-day camp designed to help children with asthma gain skills in managing the respiratory illness, while still offering the usual amenities of a summer camp – cabins, swimming pools, arts and crafts, and sports fields. Camps are held throughout the United States in partnership with ALA and local organizations.

The Alameda County camp has taken place annually since 1984 at Camp Arroyo. It has been supported by local non-profit organizations such as Kerry’s Kids, the Asthma Coalition of Alameda County, and the Taylor Family Foundation, a fundraising collective with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for Northern California children living with chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. Mindy Benson, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with the Children’s Hospital Oakland, has been the camp’s director for the past 12 years.

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Potential Consequences of Not Vaccinating a Child

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Lloyd Takao, MD, heads an independent pediatrics practice located in Orinda, California. There, Dr. Lloyd Takao advises parents on various important measures to protect their children’s health, including vaccinations.

In recent years, some parents have been choosing not to have their children receive doctor-recommended vaccines, or to delay the administration of these vaccines. Health experts warn that this can have a number of negative consequences for the child.

First of all, the child will be vulnerable to sicknesses normal childhood vaccines could have prevented, many of which can lead to major health consequences or even death. Should an outbreak of one of these diseases occur in a community, it may be too late for the child to receive the vaccine and be adequately protected.

Parents should also keep in mind that the child’s vaccination’s status must be disclosed to schools. Should instances of the disease occur within the area, school administrators might require that the child stay home, causing him or her to miss out on classes and social events.

Additionally, a child who has not received vaccines may need to undergo additional testing and evaluation by medical professionals should he or she fall ill. This is because doctors cannot rule out certain diseases that they could for a child who received his or her vaccines. The unvaccinated child might even need to be treated in isolation, since a potential infection could put infants and others in the area at risk.

Concussions in Infants and Young Children

 

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Lloyd Takao, MD, is a family physician in Orinda, California. He provides a hands-on approach to his patients, taking advice calls seven days a week and administering his own shots and procedures. As part of his practice, Lloyd Takao, MD, is well versed in caring for infants and young children.

A concussion is a closed head injury typically caused by a strong blow to the head, a fall, or hard shaking. When a child experiences a concussion, symptoms can vary from vision problems to loss of consciousness. Many of the effects are temporary and go away with time, but sometimes they can be more severe.

When a head injury happens–and for a few week afterwards–signs to watch for include slurred or confused speech, lethargic behavior, vision problems, balance issues, vomiting, and pupils that are unequally dilated. For infants who aren’t talking or walking yet, check the soft spots on the skull for bumps. Trouble feeding and very high-pitched cries are also indicators of a concussion.

If any of these symptoms are present or if you are worried about the seriousness of the head injury in any way, call your pediatrician as soon as possible. Should the child lose consciousness, go directly to the emergency room. If the loss of consciousness is accompanied by convulsions and/or irregular breathing, call 911 and do not move the child unless he or she is in danger of further injury.

Learning Disorders and Their Effects

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Lloyd Takao, MD, has practiced as a pediatrician in the Orinda, California, area for 30 years. In addition to helping patients who are feeling sick or have minor injuries, Dr. Lloyd Takao consults with children and their families who are dealing with a variety of struggles, including learning disabilities.

Parents whose child experiences ongoing problems with schoolwork may become concerned that their child might have a learning disability. For instance, they might notice that the child seems to have difficulty telling different letters and numbers apart, or that he or she has trouble focusing on instructions or remembering information. If parents suspect a learning disorder is contributing to their child’s performance in school, it’s important that they seek help for the child, as learning disabilities can have a number of negative long-term effects. Dr Lloyd Takao can help differentiate when this happens.

Of course, one of the most obvious effects of a learning disability is poor grades and not keeping up with peers in certain respects. However, learning disorders can cause psychological problems as well. For instance, children who have a disability might begin to think that they are stupid because they have difficulty mastering certain skills in school. However, many children with learning disabilities are actually very smart; they simply might have different brain wiring that affects the way they learn and their academic achievement. To understand how they learn best becomes very important. They might be constantly told that they are not trying hard enough, a factor that can hurt self-esteem and make them less interested in trying in school. Fortunately, an evaluation and specialized treatment plan can go a long way in helping these children and ensuring their long-term well-being and success.

Strep Throat in Children

A practicing family doctor with decades of experience, Dr. Lloyd Takao treats patients in Orinda, California. In addition to providing routine care during checkups, Lloyd Takao, MD, sees patients when they complain of symptoms such as a sore throat.

There are many reasons why a person might get a sore throat. While some causes of sore throats are relatively minor, other causes, such as strep throat, might require medical treatment. Named after group A Streptococcus, strep throat is a common condition, particularly among children. It is contagious and is typically spread by such means as coughing, sneezing, and sharing a drink with someone who has the infection.

When a person becomes infected with group A Streptococcus bacteria, he or she generally experiences a severe sore throat, fever, and body aches, among other symptoms. Red spots might appear in the person’s mouth, and the tonsils might appear swollen. If strep throat is suspected, a doctor can perform a throat culture on the patient to test for the presence of the strep bacteria. In our office, we perform two simultaneous tests with one cotton swab. One test immediately tells us in 5 minutes if we have a positive result for Strep and the other is a confirmatory 24 hour culture result we read the next day. If the sore throat is, in fact, caused by strep, the physician usually prescribes a course of antibiotics to decrease the duration of the infection.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, maintains licensure to practice in the state of California. Dr. Lloyd Takao sees patients at his self-titled practice in Orinda, where he specializes in treating children with asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Commonly referred to as ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects millions of children. The chronic condition makes it difficult for a child to focus for extended periods and often results in impulsive behaviors. It is common for children diagnosed with ADHD to experience low self-esteem and poor performance in academia.

Parents of children with ADHD may notice their children struggle to pay attention and properly follow directions. In some cases, they accidentally misinterpret these behaviors as children not listening. In addition, a child with ADHD tends to fidget more than normal, talk excessively, and exhibit impatience when waiting. Other symptoms of ADHD include forgetfulness and frequent daydreaming.