Pertussis, “whooping cough”

by | September 27th, 2012

Whooping cough is a common childhood virus that can be prevented with vaccination. Pertussis, or “whooping cough”, is a highly infectious disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. It is a serious illness which can cause permanent disability or even death, particularly in very young children. There are 3 stages to this disease Catarrhal Stage: this is the first stage,… read more…

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West Nile Virus

by | August 28th, 2012

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease spread by mosquitos who bite an infected bird and then bite a person. Mosquitoes carry the highest amount of virus in the late summer/early fall, which is why the incidence peaks in August and September. If you find a dead bird, call the authorities – dead birds may be a sign… read more…

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Summer Safety

by | August 21st, 2012

Summer is here, and while this is a great time for outdoor play, barbecues and swimming, it is also a time when serious injuries can occur. Here are some tips for summer safety: Sun Exposure Estimates show that 60-80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life. One blistering sunburn in… read more…

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Viral Upper Respiratory Infections/ Colds

by | August 7th, 2012

A cold or URI is a viral infection of the nose and throat.  Cold viruses are spread from person to person by hand contact, and sneezing not by cold air or drafts.  Healthy children get at least six colds each year.  Usually, fever lasts up to 3 days, congestion and throat symptoms for one week,… read more…

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Strep Throat/ Scarlet Fever

by | August 7th, 2012

Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash, caused by a toxin produced by some strep bacteria.  The complication rate is no different than the complication rate for strep throat alone.  The red rash usually clears in 4 to 5 days. Recommendations for Scarlet Fever include: Antibiotics: Your child will be given a prescription for… read more…

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Ear Infections

by | August 7th, 2012

An ear infection is a bacterial infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum).  The main symptom is earache and muffled hearing.  A fever is present with almost half of ear infections, due to pressure and bulging of the eardrum fro trapped, infected fluid. In 5-10% of children, the pressure causes the eardrum… read more…

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Diarrhea /Gastroenteritis

by | August 7th, 2012

Diarrhea is usually caused by a viral infection of the intestines, although occasionally by bacteria or parasites.  Diarrhea usually lasts from several days to weeks, thus maintenance of oral fluid intake is imperative.  Do not expect a quick return to solid stools.  Follow these recommendations: Encourage Fluids:  Infants- continue with formula or breast feeding unless… read more…

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Croup

by | August 7th, 2012

Croup is a viral infection of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), ad windpipe (trachea).  There is a distinctive tight low-pitched barking cough with hoarseness due to swelling of the vocal cords..  A harsh, raspy vibrating sound (stridor) is heard when your child freathes in, usually only with crying or coughing.  Symptoms usually last 5… read more…

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