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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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

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

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies 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 […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza 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 […]

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Safely Treating the 5 Most Common Infant Ailments

By: Cyril Sahyoun, M.D.

Safely Treating the 5 Most Common Infant Ailments 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 […]

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Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Acetaminophen Safety For The Whole Family 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 […]

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Common Questions Parents Ask About OTC Medicines and Kids

By: Stacy Styer M.D.

Common Questions Parents Ask About OTC Medicines and Kids 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 […]

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Questions Pregnant Women Ask About OTC Medicines

By: J. Kyle Mathews, M.D.

Questions Pregnant Women Ask About OTC Medicines J. Kyle Mathews, M.D. Backaches, indigestion and nausea are just a few of the symptoms women typically experience during pregnancy. Many women also have seasonal allergies that flare up during pregnancy. And then, of course, there is the common cold and its ailments, like congestion, coughing and aches, […]

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Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Prepping My Patients For Cold And Flu Season Colds and flu: what’s the difference? Many of my patients are not sure how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Their confusion is understandable since colds and flu share some (but not all) of the same symptoms. Here’s how I describe how to […]

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