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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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How Can I Help My Teenager with Acne?

by Maria Diaz, MD, FAAP Acne is the medical term for pimples. These happen when pores get clogged with dead skin and oil, and bacteria build up. Hormonal changes during adolescence contribute to acne. Teaching your teenager about skin care is the first step: ·         Wash face no more than twice daily using a gentle […]

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What can parents do to prevent cavities?

by Lyndsey M. Carlson, RPA-C Dental decay is a very common problem among toddlers. By the age of five, 50% of children will have developed one or more cavities. For this reason, it is extremely important to begin taking care of your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. From infancy until three years of […]

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When should I bring in my child for cough, runny nose, and congestion?

by Joanna L. Olson, RPA-C Children often have a cough, runny nose, and congestion during this time of year, sometimes even multiple times throughout the winter. So how long should you wait until you make an appointment for your child to be seen in the office? Children can have a cough, runny nose, and congestion […]

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Do I need to worry about my baby’s funny shaped head?

by Katie M. Bell, RPA-C Many new parents worry whether the shape of their newborn’s head is normal or not. Parents often worry that their baby’s head seems a bit flat on one side or maybe a little uneven. Most of these slight imperfections happen when infants spend too much time in one position in […]

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My child’s hands often get chapped and dry in the winter.  What should I do for them?

by Amy R. Beach, FNP-BC, CLC Dry skin is very common in the winter months.  Drier air, heat from furnaces and wood stoves, and frequent hand washing can all contribute to this.  If left untreated, the skin can breakdown and lead to a condition called eczema.  Some children already have eczema and winter months can […]

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

by Katie M. Bell, RPA-C The coxsackie viral illness, also known as hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that goes around in daycares and schools especially this time of year. This disease is most commonly seen in infants and children under the age of 10 but can also affect adults and […]

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Fainting

by Maria Diaz, MD FAAP Fainting, also called syncope, is a temporary loss of consciousness. It is common among healthy adolescents but should not be ignored. It usually creates a lot of anxiety among patients and parents because of the fear that people with syncope are at risk for sudden death. The most common cause […]

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It’s summer time. How much screen time should my child get?

by Joanna Olson, RPA-C During summer time it is sometimes hard to keep track of how much screen time your child has on a daily basis. Between television, computers, tablets, video game consoles, and phones it seems that children are more apt to be on a device playing games or watching shows. So  some questions […]

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