What is Asthma?

What is asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways to your lungs. According to the CDC, about 25 million Americans have asthma. In America, one child in 12 has asthma, making it the most common chronic condition among kids. Asthma symptoms vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include shortness of breath, chest […]

Common Colds

Common Colds

We’ve all had a common cold. A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses, and upper airways.  Colds are very common but kids age six and younger are at greatest risk for complications. Healthy adults can expect to have two or three colds annually, but kids can have as many as […]

Slips and Falls on Ice

Slips and Falls on Ice

Slips and falls on ice and snow are a common occurrence in the winter. Injuries from slips and falls are normally minor but can also be very serious. Common injuries from slips and falls on ice and snow are bruises and sometimes fractures. But spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries can also occur. After a fall on the ice, if you are having significant pain or difficulties […]

Concussions

Concussions

We have all seen kids fall and bump their heads. But what if the bump is more serious? Do you know when you need to take your child to a healthcare provider?  And what’s the difference between a contusion and a concussion? A contusion is a bruise that can occur on your head but isn’t typically serious and tends to resolve within several days.  A concussion […]

Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

Car accidents are the leading cause of death in children. And injure over 120,000 children annually. Properly used car seats reduce the chance of death by 70% in infants under one year and by 54% in toddlers age one to four. Booster seats reduce the chance for serious injury by 45% in children four to eight years and seat belt use reduces the chance for […]

Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is a common problem in children. Every child has different bowel movement patterns. Most children have one or two bowel movements a day, but some can go two or three days before having a normal bowel movement. Constipation can be painful and cause discomfort, but it is usually temporary. It most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive track, causing the stool to become hard and […]

Ear Infections

Ear Infections

Three quarters of children will get at least one ear infection by the age of three, but it is hard for parents to spot them since ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. The most common cause of ear infections is colds. Children can also have an ear infection when they get […]

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

It is starting to get hot outside, and with some of the restrictions from COVID-19 lifting, more of us will be outside. Being out in the sun is fun, but there are a few things to watch out for to stay safe in the sun, namely: sunburns, heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. We all have experience with sunburns, so I will skip these.  Normal body temperature is typically 98.6℉. When […]

Importance of Backpack Safety

Importance of Backpack Safety

Over seventy-nine million kids in the United States wear backpacks to school; but did you know that an estimated fifty-five percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy.  A child’s backpack should weigh no more than ten to fifteen percent of their body weight. A backpack that is to heavy or worn incorrectly can contribute to health problems […]

What is Food Poisoning?

What is Food Poisoning?

The CDC states that one in six Americans will contract some form of food poisoning each year. Food poisoning can happen at any point of production: growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping, or preparing. It can happen at home if food is not cooked or handled properly. Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food, usually from cross-contamination- the transfer of harmful organisms from […]