Tomorrow is National Seat Check Saturday. More than 80 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. Some of the most common questions pediatricians get during an office visit are about car seats. Here are some tips to help you understand the basics of keeping kids safe in the car. The safest place for car seat […]Continue Reading.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in infants one to 12 months of age and most common in the one to four months age group. It is not known exactly what causes SIDS, but it is not because of vaccinations or choking/vomiting. It is thought that babies who die from SIDS […]Continue Reading.
It’s summertime, even though the outside temperature may not reflect it! Even in summer, kids can get sick. A common summertime illness is Hand Foot and Mouth (HFM). It has no relation to Hoof and Mouth. HFM is caused by a virus, usually Coxsackie A-16. Children age 6 months to 4 years old are most […]Continue Reading.
Now that nice weather is here (and hopefully stays!), it is time to get outside and cut that green grass. Here are some lawnmower safety tips to keep your children and family safe: Keep children indoors or at a safe distance from the area being mowed. Clear your lawn of anything that could be thrown […]Continue Reading.
Springtime is finally here! We made it! For some, spring is not a fun time of the year. They are the allergy sufferers among us. Pollen from trees is the most common springtime allergen. Grasses cause summer/fall allergies and weeds cause fall allergies. Some have symptoms all year round; these are caused by indoor allergens, […]Continue Reading.
During the cold months, a common illness is strep throat. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria and is most common in children aged two years and older. Don’t be fooled though: Strep can happen anytime of the year and at any age. It is spread through coughing, sneezing and close contact, such as sharing […]Continue Reading.
Binky, paci, pluggie, nuk, dummy…no matter what you call it, there has been some controversy over using pacifiers. Probably the major concerns are nipple confusion for breastfed babies and dental issues in the future. Let’s face it – babies love to suck. It is their primary way of getting food in the first 4 to 6 […]Continue Reading.
A diagnosis that we make a lot during the winter months is Bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is an infection or inflammation of the smaller airways in our lungs, called bronchioles. It usually caused by a virus. Any virus can cause bronchiolitis, but the most common is RSV. Bronchiolitis occurs in the Northern Illinois area between November and […]Continue Reading.
The Christmas season is here, and that can mean a lot of toys under the tree. Here are 10 tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child. Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the […]Continue Reading.
Happy back to school! Many schools have a program or a “talk” on puberty for both boys and girls. However, many families still have a lot of questions. Puberty starts at 12 years old on average. It can start as early as age nine. T here are differences among ethnic groups, with African American males […]Continue Reading.