Questions Breastfeeding Moms Ask About OTC Medicines

Questions Breastfeeding Moms Ask About OTC Medicines

By: J. Kyle Mathews, M.D.

When you’re breastfeeding, you know that what you eat and drink can pass into your breast milk. But what about over-the-counter (OTC) medicines? Is it safe to take something to help a headache or to ease indigestion? First and foremost, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any OTC medicines while breastfeeding. In […]

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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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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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Talk With Your Child’s Caregiver About Medicine Safe Use

Talk With Your Child’s Caregiver About Medicine Safe Use

Whether it’s a grandparent, camp counselor, or daycare provider, it can be nerve-racking leaving your child in someone else’s care. Make sure your caregiver has a list of any over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicines that your child is taking and knows where to find them. If you know that your child will need to take […]

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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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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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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.

If your child needs a fever reducer, it is best to choose one type of medicine: either acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin, Children’s Advil). Always consult your doctor first if you are considering alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat a stubborn fever. If your doctor does recommend alternating, write down on a […]

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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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Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids

Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Healthy sleep is important for children’s physical, intellectual and social growth and development. Performance at school, in sports and at home can be influenced by a child’s sleep patterns. Additionally, children who get an insufficient amount of sleep are more likely to become obese. Therefore, it’s very important to help children get the quantity and […]

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