ALL ABOUT ACNE

By Candice Hutchins, RN at Health West Pediatrics Acne is the most common skin condition among teenagers, but it does affect people of all ages. The four main causes of acne are excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.  It typically appears on the face, forehead, chest, […]

Salmonella, E. Coli, Hepatitis A

By Candice Hutchins, RN Salmonella causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and about 400 deaths every year in the United States. E. Coli cause about 265,00 infections and about100 deaths yearly. Hepatitis causes an estimated 3,000 infections yearly, but that number may be higher because most people have no or mild symptoms and don’t […]

Baby Rashes Part 2

This article is a continuation of the previous article about baby rashes. Cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) shows up as scaly patches on a baby’s scalp, neck, armpits, or diaper area in the first few weeks of his/her life. The exact cause is unknown, but it could be the production of too much oil(sebum) in the […]

Baby Rashes – Part 1

A rash is a swelling or irritation of the skin that makes it appear red, bumpy, scaly, lumpy, or itchy and sometimes be accompanied by a fever. Rashes can be caused by many things such as insect bites, allergies, bacteria, fungi, viruses, heat, moisture, irritation, friction, and saliva. This article will discuss some of the […]

Keeping Safe on the Slopes: The Importance of Ski and Snowboard Safety

There are many recreational activities to do in the winter. Two of the most popular are skiing and snowboarding.  Downhill skiing and snowboarding are among the top three causes of injuries related to recreational winter activities. There are things to keep in mind when skiing and/or snowboarding that can keep it safe as well as […]

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 […]