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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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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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