Ask the doctor: ear infections & bathing

Question of the day: my child has an ear infection, what do I do about bath time? Answer: Bathe normally. A typical “ear infection” is a middle ear infection. The infection is behind the ear drum. Water in the ear does not get behind the ear drum. So a child can also swim with a … Continued

Front seat in the car?

Question: What are the requirements for children to sit in the front seat of a car ? Height? Weight? Answer: There are no specific height and weight recommendations. We would all be safer in the back seat. The recommendation is to stay in the back seat until age 13. If your child is very small, … Continued

Bug Spray

Question: my daughter will be 11 in october…she will be going on a trip with her camp next week and the camp is suggesting to bring bug spray. ..I am not a fan of bug spray. What do you recommend? Answer: We don’t recommend routine use of bug spray, but if a child is going … Continued

Speech Delay & Early Intervention

Question: Thinking about getting both of my kids evaluated for speech. What do I need to do to have to do to get the ball rolling? Answer: Young children, (0-3 years) are evaluated by the state through the early intervention program. Children over 3 years (or a little younger) need to be evaluated through the … Continued

Chiropractic care for babies

Thoughts about bringing babies to a chiropractor? I read that chiropractors who specialize in pediatrics can adjust babies to aid in eliminating reflux. Answer: We are open minded about alternative types of treatment, especially the kinds that can do no harm. However, chiropractic claims of cure have very little to support them and the risk in … Continued

Leg pains

Question: Our almost 3 1/2 yr old daughter has woken twice in the last so many weeks crying that her legs hurt. I’ve given her Motrin and she’s gone right back to sleep. Today was her last day of camp, where she’s gone the last 8wks, and she’s breathed not one word about discomfort at any … Continued

Soy for boys

Question: I am a vegetarian and I eat a lot of tofu. My sons love it too and always want it when I have it. I am wondering if I should limit their soy intake though. I have heard things about soy being bad, especially for males, so I’m wondering what you tell people. TIA! Answer: … 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.