Antibiotics are an some of the most important medications pediatricians can use to combat infections. Antibiotics are also over requested and over prescribed. Antibiotics kill bacteria or keep them from reproducing. Disinfectants, like bleach, also kill bacteria but it’s not … Continue reading
Parenting Tips – Is My Child Really Too Sick for School?
Sometimes it’s hard to know if your child is really coming down with something or just suffering a bout of Monday-itis. In a perfect world, kids would never get sick, and they’d never miss a day of school. But it’s … Continue reading
Newborn Tips – When a Fever Really Maters in Your Newborn
Fevers in newborns under two months of age need to be monitored. Fever phobia is common among parents but most times these fears are unfounded. That all being said; very young infants ARE at high risk for serious infections, so … Continue reading
Antibiotics Series #3 – Antibiotics Can Prevent Infections, Especially For Children With Chronic Conditions
In certain circumstances, we give antibiotics to prevent infections. This isn’t something we do for the average child, but for those with chronic conditions that predispose them to bacterial infections, it can be quite effective. For most of these situations, … Continue reading
My Infant Has Jaundice! What Is Jaundice? Should I Be Worried?
Jaundice is a common problem in newborns-one that is responsible for a lot of office visits and hospitalizations in the first few days after birth. Infant jaundice is a yellow discoloration in a newborn baby’s skin and eyes. Infant jaundice … Continue reading
New Baby Tips – When, What, and How To Feed Your Baby
Trying to decide when to start solid foods for your baby can be confusing, you are not alone. We would like to take some time to go through some of the issues that can be overwhelming. The following comments are … Continue reading
Poll Results Are In: Do Parents Want Children in Daycare to Be Vaccinated?
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a nationwide survey of 614 parents with children ages 5 and under. They asked the parents what they would do if one in four kids at their child’s day care was under-vaccinated. Three-quarters … Continue reading
Antibiotics Series #2 – Choosing the Correct Antibiotic for Your Child’s Illness
Even the most common problems in antibiotic treatment do not have simple solutions. Choosing one antibiotic drug from among several candidates entails balancing the benefits and the detriments associated with each. One challenge of deciding which one to use is … Continue reading
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Other Vaccines Show No Link to Autism in a New Review of Existing Scientific Evidence
A new study shows that vaccines are very safe for children, and add to a substantial body of evidence that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the very low risks of taking it. This review found strong evidence that the measles, … Continue reading