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


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


Coxsackie virus (named after Coxsackie, New York) is part of the enterovirus family of viruses. It lives in the human digestive tract and is passed by touch and by droplets.   In New York coxsackie usually occurs in the summer, though it can cause infections year-round in tropical parts of the world. The incubation period for coxsackie … Continued


By Jennifer Ratas, Ph.D. Children need discipline……….it helps them to learn that all behaviors have consequences, both positive and negative, and that control over themselves is always a choice.  Choosing a discipline technique can feel confusing and overwhelming.  However, discipline does not have to be, and most often should not be, something born out of … Continued


Recent studies have shown that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus) is increasing both in the hospital and the community.  Here are the facts you need to know about MRSA. Glossary: Staph Aureus – is a form of bacteria that is commonly found on people’s skin and in their noses.  It is the most common cause of skin infection … Continued


UNDERSTANDING TUBERCULOSIS in children and adults Tuberculosis was once the leading cause of death in the United States. Effective antibiotic regimens have dramatically decreased the number of cases nationwide, though resistant strains have emerged. While the risk for TB is greater in communities with lower socioeconomics, it is important that all communities remain vigilant. Recommendations … Continued

Feeding Your Picky Eater

Have realistic expectations of what a toddler needs to eat.  If your one year old is eating ½ of an egg, that is a full portion for him. Add to that ½ a piece of bread (not ½ of a sandwich) and you have a great meal! One ounce of chicken is a portion for children up to … Continued

The Ear Piercing Procedure

On the day of your appoinment, your child comes in early and EMLA (a topical anesthetic cream) is placed on the ears.  This safely numbs the ear lobes so the procedure does not hurt.  Ear piercing can be done at the end of a check-up. Babies are held in their mother’s (or grandmother’s) arms.  The … Continued

Ear Piercing at PHA

Ear piercing is a subject that can bring out strong opinions.  Some people feel strongly that infancy is the best time because any discomfort is quickly forgotten.  Other people believe that this surgical procedure should not be done before a child is old enough to ask for it.  Leaving the social implications for another time, … Continued