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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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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Oral Care for Pregnant Moms

Oral Care for Pregnant Moms

Changes in eating habits, such as frequent snacking and treats, make pregnant women more prone to both cavities (caries) and gingivitis. Once you find out you’re pregnant, you should visit your dentist so they can monitor your oral health and make any recommendations on care or treatment. Pregnant women should always brush and floss more […]

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13 Tips for Parents Using OTC Medicines

13 Tips for Parents Using OTC Medicines

Always read and follow the label. Only use a medicine that treats your child’s specific symptoms. Never give two medicines with any of the same active ingredients. Always give the recommended dose and use the correct measuring device. Never use a medicine longer than the label instructs or at higher doses, unless your healthcare provider […]

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Teething Tips for Parents

Teething Tips for Parents

Teething can start as early as four months. A teething baby may drool more than usual or may have discomfort, problems sleeping, or a fever. If your baby is in discomfort due to teething, there are some options for you to help soothe them: Keep it cool. Cold can be comforting. You may wish to […]

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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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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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Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Sun intensity and Ultraviolet (UV) radiation (UVA and UVB rays) have nothing to do with temperature. No difference in intensity if it’s 60 or 80 degrees out when it comes to the sun’s effect. Reality is people burn more when it’s 80 simply because they have less clothing on and more skin exposed. As a […]

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