Category Archives: Illness

My Child’s Cough and Breathing Sounds Like…

by Kristen Stuppy, MD Parents often bring in kids with a cough but can’t describe what it sounds like. I sometimes get to hear it if they cough, but Murphy’s Law also says that a child who coughs often throughout … Continue reading

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Fever- Myths vs Facts

Misconceptions about the dangers of fever are commonplace. Unwarranted fears about harmful side effects from fever cause lost sleep and unnecessary stress for many parents. Let the following facts help you put fever into perspective: MYTH: All fevers are bad for … Continue reading

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How to Know If Your Child Is Really Sick

by Dr. Claire McCarthy When I heard about the deadly strain of hand-foot-and-mouth disease in Cambodia, I thought: wow, this is going to freak a lot of parents out. After all, hand-foot-and-mouth is a really common illness. Hearing that a strain of … Continue reading

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The Pediatrician, ER or Urgent Care, Which One is the Best Choice if My Child Has a Cold?

by Dr. Kristen Stuppy As cold and flu season approaches, I have been thinking about how our kids are managed when they become sick. Not only what we do to treat symptoms, but how, when, and where patients get medical … Continue reading

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Antibiotics: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

© 2011 Roy Benaroch, MD Antibiotics are not wonderdrugs that can treat any illness. They can only treat certain  bacterial infections, and each antibiotic has a different “spectrum” of bacteria that it can kill effectively. Every time bacteria are exposed … Continue reading

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