Springtime Allergy Tips

by Dr. Raphael Strauss, allergist Allergy season can be very challenging as you well know. We cannot get rid of the pollen, but we can give you some suggestions to ease your discomfort. 1. Stay indoors in air-conditioning as much as you practically can. 2. Shower and wash hair after coming in from the outdoors. … Continued

Contagious with Coxsackie?

Question:  My daughter was in earlier this week with Coxsackie. She hasn’t had fever since Tuesday night and seems to be feeling fine this morning. She is staying home from school today but if she is fine all day can she go back tomorrow or should I wait till Monday? I don’t want her to … Continued

Meningitis Vaccine and Camp

Question:  I have been hearing lately that my 9 year old daughter should get the meningitis shot before she leaves for sleep away camp.  My camp recommends it but does not require it.  I understand the usual age for this vaccine is 10-11, but when they are going to sleep away, it is a good idea … Continued

Booster shot

Q: My son was in on Sat for his Tdap vaccine for sixth grade. His arm has been black and blue at the injection site. There is a bump there as well. Is this a normal reaction? A: Yes.  That is a normal reaction for a booster vaccine.

Wart

Question: My 5 year old has what appears to be a wart on her toe. Is this something you would be able to treat or should I take her to a dermatologist or a podiatrist? Thanks! Answer: We can handle it. You can also try to treat it yourself. Get OTC wart remover (CVS brand … Continued

Booster Seats

Question – My son turns 5 in September and is in his car seat still. Wanted to know about switching him to a booster. He’s a little over 42inches and weighs 36 pounds. Should he be in a five point harness booster? Thank you.   Answer – He is safer in the booster. He should … Continued

HPV on Social Media

There is an article going around social media wrtiten by a parent who claims his daughter was negatively affected by HPV. This prompted me to review the literature on HPV vaccine. There are extensive studies showing HPV vaccine safety. There are studies looking at normal teenagers and adults who got the vaccine. There are studies … Continued

Headache Info

Most Headaches not Cause for Serious Concern Head pain has plagued people since the time of Hippocrates and is probably our most commonly experienced pain. Although we usually think of headaches as an adult disease, they are quite common in youngsters. 80% of children by age 14 have experienced headaches and one in five suffers … Continued

Diarrhea

Does your child with diarrhea have any signs of dehydration? extreme drowsiness dry, sticky mouth no tears when crying sunken soft spot grayish skin fast breathing sunken appearance to eyes no wet diapers or urine in 8 hours skin does not flatten when pinched and released Call your child’s healthcare provider immediately! Is your child … Continued

Fever Info

My Child Has a Fever Fever is defined as a body temperature over 100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C taken orally 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C taken rectally 99 degrees F or 37.2 decrees C taken under the arm. Note: Temperature taken under the arm is less than 50% accurate. Treat the … Continued