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Dr. Laura Asbury brings more than 15 years of pediatric health care experience to Beacon’s Children’s Diagnostic Center.  

Dr. Laura Asbury, M.D., has joined Beacon Health Alliance as a pediatrician and is now accepting patients at their Children’s Diagnostic Center located at 7550 Goodwin Rd., just off Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga. The center offers regular appointments during the day, as well as a clinic for kids who need sick care at night or on weekends.

With roots in both Chattanooga and Knoxville, Dr. Asbury has dedicated the last 15 years to caring for her patients in both cities at different times prior to her move to Beacon Children’s Diagnostic Center.

“I believe every child was created in a uniquely wonderful way, which is why I love getting to know and care for each of my patients,” Dr. Asbury said. “Caring for the ‘littles’ is my calling in life and I’m excited about joining the great team at Beacon Children’s Diagnostic Center because they feel the same way.” 

Dr. Asbury graduated summa cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and then completed her residency at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. While at T.C. Thompson, she served as Chief Resident and Director of Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Asbury is happy to continue her practice in the East Brainerd area, where she lives with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, serving on medical missions and spending time with her family.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Asbury, please call the Children’s Diagnostic Center at (423) 894-3252. 

Posted by Beacon Health Alliance | Topic: Pediatrics

Flu is a respiratory virus that can spread rapidly during the fall and winter. Someone with the flu can expose you and your family to the virus with a simple cough or sneeze. Viruses also live on hard surfaces. Our kids are notorious for putting their hands on those places and then touching their faces, which is why the virus is passed along so easily at schools and daycares.

Prevention

Flu season often creeps up on us like trick-or-treaters in October around Halloween, but can be much scarier. The season really kicks into high gear by December, so now is a great time to help protect your family. The flu vaccine is one of the best defenses against the virus, and not just for your kids. A flu vaccine is a must for every member of the family older than 6 months. And don’t believe the superstition, a flu shot won’t make you sick. Also, remember to put some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on your shopping list to help further shield your kids from this nasty bug.

Symptoms

A sudden and high fever, along with chills, aches and a sore throat, are all signs that your child may be suffering from the flu. When the flu strikes, kids usually feel miserable and you’ll probably notice their activity drop quite a bit. If your child is active and playing normally, a low-grade fever, runny nose, and slight coughing, are more likely to be symptoms of a common cold.

Treatments

Because flu is a virus, we don’t prescribe antibiotics. Children with the flu are often very tired and achy, so the most common “prescription” is a combination of extra rest and lots of fluids. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen in age-appropriate doses often work well to treat aches and fevers. Never give a child aspirin if you think they might have the flu. It increases their risk for Reye Syndrome, which can damager your child’s brain, liver and other organs.

If you think your child already has the flu or you want to get flu shots to protect your kids before flu season is in full swing, come visit us.

Posted by Beacon Health Alliance | Topic: Pediatrics

With the release of the movie Concussion and all the surrounding research that has been present in the media, it is critical for parents to understand sports-related head injuries in order to protect their children’s brains. We often think football when we hear concussion.However, it isn’t the only sport where concussions are a concern. Soccer, lacrosse, basketball, cheerleading and many others are all sports where concussions are shockingly common.

Concussions cannot always be prevented, but there are ways to do your best to avoid them. For example, make sure your child’s coach knows and teaches techniques in a way that focuses on keeping athletes safe. Also, make sure that your athlete is not practicing excessively. This may seem like common sense, but more time spent playing the sport leads to greater potential for contact that could result in a concussion. Finally, stress to your child the importance of letting a coach or parent know if they hit their head during a game or practice.

It is easy for a young athlete to prioritize playing the game over being concerned about a potential injury. They often don’t understand how damaging a head injury can be. Make sure your child understands that they should never ignore a head injury. It doesn’t matter if it may seem minor to them at the time. If they experience one or more concussion symptoms or you notice them struggling with a symptom, make sure that they stop playing until you can come visit our office to have them checked out. For example, you may notice your child seems dazed, confused, or they may express visual abnormalities, vertigo, imbalance, a headache, feelings of nausea or sluggishness. Don’t second-guess when it comes to a head injury. If they hit their head and shortly after experience concussion symptoms, getting them to our office should be a priority.

Once your child’s concussion has been diagnosed and treated, young athletes should not rush back to play. It is important for doctors to decide when the athlete is able to resume activities. For example, most concussion symptoms will resolve in four weeks. Give your child the expectation of sitting out for a month unless cleared to play sooner by the medical provider.

We realize playing sports has dangers. These may include concussions, muscle pulls or various other injuries. However, don’t let that discourage your child from playing a sport. Playing sports help kids have fun and stay healthy. Being involved with a team can also help them develop leadership skills, learn to work with others and build self-confidence.

In conclusion, if your child does experience a head injury and symptoms of a concussion after playing a game or in practice, know that we are here to help.

Posted by Beacon Health Alliance | Topic: Pediatrics