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Thursday, January 18, 2018

8 Facts Every Parent Should Know About The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again, dreaded flu season. Hospitals, urgent cares, and primary care offices are full of sick patients, every nurse I know has chapped hands from washing a million times a day, and I think we all know some unfortunate family member or friend who has come down with it. Even I’ll [...]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Treating Your Child’s Coughing Without Medicine

Winter is in full swing, and with the cold temperatures, I see many families being hit by respiratory illnesses. The viruses circulating this time of year tend to bring an onslaught of symptoms including runny noses, high fevers, and sore throats. But a more concerning symptom, which often develops and can be tough to get [...]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Children’s Advil Dosage Chart

Advil (also known by its generic name ibuprofen or the brand name Motrin) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Advil can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and minor [...]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Children’s Tylenol Dosage Chart

Tylenol (also known by its generic name acetaminophen) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is an analgesic used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Tylenol can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, and toothaches. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about [...]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Understanding And Treating Your Child’s Sore Throat

Second only to the stomach ache, sore throats are one of the most common ailments in pediatrics. Sometimes a sore throat is accompanied by other symptoms, and sometimes it’s the only one, but a day doesn’t go by in pediatric practice without treating at least one sore throat. Because there are so many childhood illnesses that [...]

Friday, September 8, 2017

What If It’s Appendicitis? Answering Parents’ Stomach Ache Concerns

A month ago, I had a little boy come into my office. He was hunched over, and telling me about his stomach pain. None of his symptoms were very specific. Mom said that he hadn’t felt well the past several days. He vomited once. He had a low-grade temperature a few days before that returned [...]

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Kid Has A Stomach Ache, Should I Be Worried?

One of the most common ailments I treat in pediatrics is childhood stomach pain. In fact, at one point or another, all children will experience a stomach ache. I find that many of the parents I work with are unsure what to do when this happens. Since a stomach ache can be caused by anything [...]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Urgent Care Isn’t Always The Best Place For A Sports Physical

Before I share a few reasons why urgent care isn't always the best place for a sports physical, I want you to know that I understand. I understand that urgent care is convenient. I understand that you probably have a little-to-no wait time when you go there. I understand that you don’t have to make [...]

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kisses That Kill … What’s A Parent To Do?

No one likes kissing babies more than I do. One look at their adorable chubby cheeks and you just have to feel they are begging to be kissed and cuddled. In the past week, the “should you kiss your infant” debate has re-emerged after the death of 18 day old Mariana Sifrit. This baby girl [...]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Children’s Benadryl Dosage Chart

Benadryl (also known by it’s generic name: diphenhydramine) is a common allergy medication used in children. Benadryl is an antihistamine and it treats symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and hives. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about the usage of Benadryl and the correct children's Benadryl dosage. Children's Benadryl [...]