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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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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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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Is It Allergies Or Is It “A Cold?”

Is It Allergies Or Is It “A Cold?”

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

It’s the time of year for seasonal allergies. It’s also still, unfortunately, the time of year for “colds.” Although it may be intuitive for many parents to decipher the causes of symptoms in their child during the month of May, some of us have a hard time determining what’s causing our children to wipe their […]

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Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen

Safe Dosing for Pediatric Liquid Acetaminophen

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

When your little one is sick, nothing is more important than knowing how to treat them with care. The makers of pediatric liquid acetaminophen, the most commonly used medicine to treat pain and fever in children, have made certain changes to help parents ensure proper dosing. There used to be two concentrations: one for infants […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies

Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies

By: Val Jones, M.D.

It’s that time of the year again. Pollen levels around the country are rapidly increasing at the same time that some of my patients are catching cold viruses at the tail-end of winter. How can you tell if your runny nose and watery eyes are a result of allergies or a cold virus? Sometimes it’s […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza

By: Val Jones, M.D.

What causes the flu? Every year, 5 to 20% of Americans become sick with the flu. This illness is caused by a highly contagious family of influenza (“flu”) viruses that live in human respiratory droplets and are transmitted from person to person through the air and on surfaces that have been touched by individuals with […]

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Safely Treating the 5 Most Common Infant Ailments

Safely Treating the 5 Most Common Infant Ailments

By: Cyril Sahyoun, M.D.

The first time your baby gets an ear infection or catches a cold, you may feel scared or anxious. But it’s very common for your child to experience one or several of these ailments within their first year. Fortunately, not all infant illnesses mean a trip to the doctor. There are many things you can […]

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Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family

Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family

By: Val Jones, M.D.

What is acetaminophen and how does it work? Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer that is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) medicines, including not only pain relievers and fever reducers but also medicines for cough, cold, allergy and sleep aids. It was first marketed in the United States […]

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Common Questions Parents Ask About OTC Medicines and Kids

Common Questions Parents Ask About OTC Medicines and Kids

By: Stacy Styer M.D.

You’ve probably heard that babies and children must be treated with special care when it comes to giving them medicines. But as a concerned parent, you want to do everything you can to soothe your child when he or she is sick. What can you do? These are some of the most common questions that […]

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