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Helping Kids with Stress

It's the start of a new school year! Parents may rejoice sending kids back to school, but for the kids themselves it can be a stressful time. During the school year, both coursework and social situations may cause kids stress. Some stress is expected from coursework, and a small-to-medium level of stress is actually good [...]

By |September 3rd, 2017|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Helping Kids with Stress

Ear Skin Tags and Children

It's relatively common for children to be born with extra pieces of skin, or ear tags, around the front of the ear. Infant skin tags are different from adult skin tags because they may not just be skin. Infant skin tags can contain fat and cartilage. Infant skin tags may occur by themselves or as [...]

By |June 25th, 2017|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Ear Skin Tags and Children

Ear Tubes and Children

Every year more than 500,000 children in the U.S. have surgery to insert ear tubes. It's the most common childhood surgery that's performed using anesthesia. There are two main reasons children need ear tubes: Recurring ear infections of the middle ear Fluid in the ear that doesn't drain Persistent fluid in the ear can cause permanent [...]

By |May 29th, 2017|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Ear Tubes and Children

Flat Head Syndrome in Infants (Plagiocephaly)

Plagiocephaly is the term doctors use to describe a misshapen skull, including a flat spot on the back or side of the skull. The term positional plagiocephaly is used when the flat spot is caused by an infant lying on one side for too long. The flat spot occurs because infants' skulls are still soft [...]

By |September 17th, 2016|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Flat Head Syndrome in Infants (Plagiocephaly)

Back-To-School: Avoiding Germs in the Classroom

It's the time of year when teachers prepare, kids grumble, and parents rejoice. The start of the new school year is upon us! Whether your kids dread or welcome a new school year, there are plenty of things you're probably already doing to help them prepare. As your kids come in contact with other kids [...]

By |August 16th, 2016|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Back-To-School: Avoiding Germs in the Classroom

A Lump in a Child’s Neck

Finding a lump or mass in your child's neck can be alarming to any parent. Most of the time, a lump in the neck is a swollen lymph node and not cause for immediate concern. Lymph nodes on the side of the neck, under the jaw, and behind the ears can swell for a number [...]

By |July 9th, 2016|Pediatrics|Comments Off on A Lump in a Child’s Neck

Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

Secondhand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), occurs when a cigarette, cigar, or pipe is lit and the smoke is exhaled by the smoker. Secondhand smoke lingers in the air and is retained in soft surfaces such as carpets, curtains, clothing, and hair. More than 4,000 different chemicals have been found to be present [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

Treatment Tips for Babies with Colds

Watching your child suffer through an illness may be one of the most difficult things for parents. There's no cure for the common cold, but there are some things you can do to treat your child's symptoms and make him or her feel as comfortable as possible until the illness passes. If your child is [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Treatment Tips for Babies with Colds

Causes of Swollen Lymph Nodes in a Child

Lymph nodes are part of the body's immune system. They're located in the neck, armpits, and groin. Lymph nodes filter out bacteria and viruses and capture them so that white blood cells can destroy them. When the body is fighting an infection, lymph nodes may swell. Because children are frequently exposed to new bacteria, your [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Pediatrics|Comments Off on Causes of Swollen Lymph Nodes in a Child

Infant Pacifier may Increase Risk of Ear Infections

Pacifiers can have many benefits, including reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), shorter hospital stays for preterm infants, and a calming effect on the child. Pacifiers may also lead to ear infections in children, several studies suggest. One study conducted at the University of Oulu in Finland found that infants who continuously sucked [...]

By |March 10th, 2015|Ears, Pediatrics|Comments Off on Infant Pacifier may Increase Risk of Ear Infections