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How to Remove a Splinter
For Splinter Removal – you can try to remove the splinter ASAP to prevent infection from foreign bodies and apply rubbing alcohol to the affected area. The longer you wait, the harder it is to remove a splinter. Seeing a medical professional on day 3 or 4 isn’t likely to lead to successful removal.
How To Use a Thermometer To Check Fever In Kids
It’s cough and cold season again. Boo! Do you have a sick child? Here’s how to use a thermometer to check fever in kids. I am asked all the time what temperature is considered a fever.
Lacerations, Cuts and scrapes – welcome to summer!
Lacerations, Cuts and scrapes – welcome to summer! I’m not sure about your kids, but as soon as the snow starts to melt mine are begging to go outside and play on the swings and slides. Since everything is still a bit wet, soggy and thrilling, this is perhaps the...
How To Treat A Burn – Do’s & Dont’s
How To Treat A Burn With Your Child Do’s and Don’ts of Burn Management Unfortunately I see burns from hot liquids and flames too often in the emergency room. The patient is usually a curious toddler who wants to see what a caregiver is drinking, or wants to peer into...
6 Sleep Tips for Toddler Sleep Training Over the Holidays
6 Sleep Tips for Maintaining Child and Toddler Sleep Training Over the Holidays With the holiday season quickly approaching, parents are wondering how they can maintain their child’s healthy sleep routine and schedule while travelling over the holidays. No one wants...
How to manage epistaxis (nosebleeds)
Nosebleeds, or epistaxis, are very common in children. They are usually caused by dryness or irritation of the skin between the two nostrils, called the nasal septum. This area is rich in blood vessels and very easily irritated. The most common cause for nosebleeds is...
The Latest From Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Starting Solids to Prevent Food Allergies
Most babies are eager and ready to start solid food before six months of age. With your healthcare provider’s support and guidance, most babies can begin to experiment with solid foods, as a secondary source of nutrition after four months of age.
How to prevent kids allergies to foods
Kids allergies can be terrifying and overwhelming – watching a baby’s allergic reaction, particularly to foods that you are feeding. Study shows that as many as 5.6 million children under 18 years of age in the United States alone have a food allergy.
What Do Puffers Do? The Definition of Asthma, and Treatment In Kids
What do Puffers do? It’s that time of year again when Fall viruses hit and kids everywhere are coughing up a storm. Unfortunately for many kids (and their parents), viral induced coughs and asthma are prevalent and lingering this time of year. In the depths of winter...
How to Be Friendly to Food Allergies on Halloween
How to Be Friendly to Food Allergies on Halloween The weather is starting to turn, the decorations are going up, and we can feel that Halloween is fast approaching! As you consider what to dress your little ones up as I would also urge you to consider some non-candy...
Lactose Intolerance In Children?
Lactose Intolerance In Children - Gassiness and Belly Pain? Parents tell me all the time that their children are lactose intolerant, just like they are. Their children exhibit milk intolerance symptoms that include: fussiness, bloating, irritability, gassiness and...
How to Recognize an Anaphylactic Reaction
Anaphylactic Reaction - What To Do I'm an allergy parent, and I write the Irritated by Allergies blog for Yummy Mummy Club, as well. My son has had severe food allergies since birth, so I've got six years of handling those allergies, and mitigating his risk of...
The Latest From Infectious Diseases
Symptoms of a Bladder Infection in Kids
Urinary tract infections are prevalent in kids — especially if you have an infant in diapers or an older child that holds in their urine for more extended periods (like in the classroom or during extracurricular activities). This is especially true for a constipated toddler who is less able to communicate the issue.
Causes of Sore Throat in Kids Including Viral Pharyngitis and Strep Throat
Is your kid not eating and drinking? What can be the possible reason? Perhaps your child has a sore throat, viral pharyngitis, or strep throat. Sore throat is medically known as “pharyngitis. This is the inflammation of the pharynx. Usually, we see viral pharyngitis or sore throat caused by viral infections. Other times we see pharyngitis as a result of a bacterial infection like strep throat.
Stomach Flu Treatment in Kids – What to Know and Do
Stomach Flu in children – or viral gastroenteritis – can be unsettling and something that all parents dread. However, it generally just requires hydration to best combat the illness. If your child is not eating, it can be ok as long as they are drinking plenty of fluids.
COVID Vaccine Trials in Kids – What you Need to Know
COVID Vaccine Trials in Kids – Parents are enrolling their kids in the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids trials in young children. As such trials get underway to test Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in kids, scientists seek answers to important questions about how safe and effective the vaccines are in kids.
What temperature is a fever? Is high fever dangerous for a baby?
What temperature is considered a fever? Understanding what your child's temperature means is essential and can be a quick way of telling if they are sick. When assessing your child's illness, many doctors will ask if your child has had a fever, how high it has gotten,...
7 Tips For Preventing Viral Infections This Fall and Winter
Those pesky germs that are lurking in daycares, schools, and even your workspace. It’s virus season, and it comes every year. For the next few months, my office and emergency room will be filled with kids and adults coughing, wiping their noses, and suffering from vomiting or diarrhea. Prevention is the key.
The Latest From Doctors, Hospitals, & Medicines
What is virtual healthcare?
Virtual healthcare refers to virtual visits between a healthcare provider. The pandemic has highlighted that virtual care can provide reassurance and efficiency, while allowing families to remain in the safe comfort of their homes, while still accessing expert care. Satisfaction amongst patients is high.
How to Find the Best Doctors for Your Family
How to Find the Best Doctors for Your Family We all know the adage ‘good help is hard to find’. Should this apply to your child’s paediatrician as well? I think not. There are thousands of excellent 'best doctors'. They are waiting to be found! There are thousands of...
One Pill Can Kill – Medications That Can Kill a Child if Ingested
One Pill Can Kill - Medications That Can Kill a Child if Ingested As an emergency room physician, I see overdoses to medications all the time. Many prescription and non-prescription medications can cause illness and death in children. In this article I will discuss...
How to Ensure You Use The Correct Infant Tylenol Dosage!
Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Tempra) has been a standard treatment choices for fever and pain in children for decades. It works well, and can be purchased over the counter, a big benefit for when your child is sick and you can’t see your doc. But just because it is...
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