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Molluscum Contagiosum

by Lyndsey M. Carlson, RPA-C Molluscum contagiosum is a very common, harmless rash of childhood caused by a poxvirus. It is easily spread through skin to skin contact and therefore is prevalent in children attending daycare or participating in contact sports. A molluscum rash is characterized by a cluster of a couple to several small, […]

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What is Mono?

by Lyndsey M. Carlson, RPA-C Mono is an infection most commonly caused by the Epstein Barr virus. It is sometimes referred to as the “kissing disease,” as it is transferred via saliva. Teens and young adults are most often affected by mono, but most people will become infected with the Epstein Barr virus at some […]

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The Cough “That Won’t Quit”

by Tariq M. Khan, MD, FAAP Although there are numerous causes of a chronic cough, and the list is too long to list here, the one we would like to talk about today is asthma in children and adolescents. There is a saying in the medical community that unless you suspect asthma, you are not […]

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Chronic Anxiety Disorders in Children

by Tariq M. Khan, MD, FAAP Chronic anxiety is not limited to adults and is quite common in children. It usually occurs in response to different stresses such as illness, loss of a loved one, a traumatic experience, or dealing with a bully at school. Most of the time it is mild, brief, and self-limiting. This type […]

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Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2017-2018

by Katie M. Bell, RPA-C According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the flu vaccine is the single most important factor in protecting infants and children from illness during the fall and winter months and should be given to children 6 months and older. It is a proven fact that the flu vaccine significantly […]

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How Should Babies Sleep?

by Maria I. Diaz, MD, FAAP Unfortunately, in the U.S. more than 3,500 babies die every year suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy statement and recommendations on how to create a […]

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Preparing for the New School Year for Your Children

by Joanna L. Olson, RPA-C With the start of the new school year here for your children, what are some thing to keep in mind? You have already gotten your kids new clothes, shoes, and materials for school, but what should you expect, health wise, for the start the new school year? Listed below are […]

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 What is Poison Ivy?

by Tariq M. Khan, MD, FAAP Poison ivy or poison oak typically refers to the rash or localized reaction caused by contact with the oils of these plants. One can get a rash from touching or brushing against any part of these plants even if they are dead. The rash is only caused and spread […]

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What is “swimmers ear,” and is it different than an “ear infection”?

by Amy R. Beach, FNP-BC, CLC Otitis externa, commonly referred to as “swimmer’s ear,” is an infection in the canal of the ear. It usually occurs after it has been wet and bacteria or yeast has been allowed to grow. The symptoms can range from just pain in the ear to pain with movement of […]

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Help! I Found a Tick on My Child!

by Lyndsey M. Carlson, RPA-C Exposure to ticks and tick-borne illnesses increases in warmer weather, typically from April to September. Avoiding high grass and wooded areas helps prevent tick bites. It is also recommended to wear a repellent containing 30% DEET. Checking you and your child’s skin and hair thoroughly after outside play is also helpful.  In the […]

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