Allergies Run in the Family

Allergies Run in the Family

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

It’s a gorgeous time of year when things are abloom. Many of us suffer from irritation and allergies to these months as pollens and particles float around and trigger allergic response. Not so beautiful when our families (over)react to pollen. Thing is, there’s also the fact that cold season isn’t quite over and the exact […]

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How to Safely Dispose Medications & One Thing NOT To Throw Away

How to Safely Dispose Medications & One Thing NOT To Throw Away

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Getting rid of unused medications is something all of us do at some point or another. How to do it safely, though, is another story. Typical parenting moment: you reach into the medicine cabinet for vitamins or you’re hunting for ibuprofen or acetaminophen for a child’s fever and you grab a bottle of medication that, […]

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Influenza Hitting Hard: OTC Medications For Symptoms

Influenza Hitting Hard: OTC Medications For Symptoms

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Influenza is hitting hard this year thanks to a drifted influenza strain (H3N2) causing a more serious illness and one that is not included in our annual vaccine. Because of the hard hit, public health officials are reminding us to get high-risk patients into see physicians early if they have symptoms of “the flu” or […]

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Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Our skin gets dry in the winter for a variety of reasons. Cold temperatures, lack of humidity and recirculated air (hello office heater!) can all contribute to dry, scaly spots. Winter is also a time when we see an increased risk for eczema flare-ups, a chronic, relapsing condition that brings incredibly dry, itchy patches of […]

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Whoops: Over-The-Counter Dosing Errors Common

Whoops: Over-The-Counter Dosing Errors Common

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Data proves we’re all at risk for making a dosing error. Remarkable how easy it is to do. As a pediatrician I always have to check (and double check) the label when I’m home dosing my kids. The bottles and doses are all so different. A new study in Pediatrics found that every eight minutes a child under the age […]

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Six Simple and Smart Facts About Antibiotic Use

Six Simple and Smart Facts About Antibiotic Use

By: Kevin Patel

As we enter fall and winter, parents know it’s the time of year when children may get sick more frequently. Often, there is uncertainty about when antibiotic treatment is needed and when it’s best for an illness to just run its course.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the best […]

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Does Your Child Need A Daily Multivitamin?

Does Your Child Need A Daily Multivitamin?

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

There’s a decent amount of confusion when it comes to the decision to give our children vitamins and supplements. Store shelves (real or virtual) are filled with tinctures and gummies marketed towards children. And you’ve likely heard that, in general, pediatricians don’t recommend vitamins for children who eat a “normal” diet. There are exceptions to […]

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Teens And Medicine Abuse, A Bad Rap?

Teens And Medicine Abuse, A Bad Rap?

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

October is a lot of things (more on that this month) but know it’s National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and there’s a big push to both educate parents on signs of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse and encourage parents to talk with teens about the risks of using medications as recreational drugs. Thing is, approximately 1 in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts […]

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Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

A child with a fever can be worrisome for any parent. But contrary to what many believe, a fever doesn’t always need to be treated. One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is when to treat a fever and how. This can be difficult and depends on several factors, including the […]

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Shifting To An Ideal Bedtime For School

Shifting To An Ideal Bedtime For School

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

We know children are sleeping less now than they did 30 years ago. Our children are unfortunately more tired and can suffer side effects in life because of it. Studies show that school-age children who create a sleep debt (chronic sleep deprivation) and are chronically tired have a more difficult time completing school work, they […]

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