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There is a tremendous amount of medical information available on the internet and in the conventional media.  We strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information from reputable sources.  The content is informational only, is not intended to be medical advice, and may not apply to your child.  This information does not substitute for professional medical advice given by your personal physician.  Always consult your personal physician before starting any new medical therapy.

For websites pertinent to these and other child health topics please go to our Parent Resources page.
 

Cold Medications: Over-the-counter cold medications are no longer recommended for children under two years of age.  Non-pharmacological treatments include nasal saline, humidified air, and elevating the head of the bed.  Contact our office for specific advice regarding your child.  For more information pertaining to cold medications go to the American Academy of Pediatrics website  www.AAP.org

HPV: Human papilloma virus (HPV) is an organism that is transmitted sexually and can cause cervical cancer in certain individuals.  There has been a vaccine developed to prevent HPV infection in men and women. Please discuss the risks and benefits of this vaccine with your physician at your next office visit.  For more information pertaining to HPV go to the Center for Disease Control's website  www.CDC.gov

MRSA: Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial organism that can cause infections that do not respond to the antibiotics most commonly prescribed to treat skin infections.  Good hand washing is paramount in preventing the spread of infections in general.  For more information pertaining to MRSA go to the Center for Disease Control's website  www.CDC.gov

Flu Shots: The flu shot is recommended for all children age 6 months to 18 years, and certain high risk individuals such as those with asthma or diabetes.  Children who share a home with infants under 6 months old should also be vaccinated.  Our office administers the flu vaccine from October through spring and offers flu shot clinics in the fall on certain evenings and weekends.  Call our office if you are interested in immunizing your child, or would like a reminder card mailed to your home when our flu vaccine is available.  For more information pertaining to flu shots go to the American Academy of Pediatrics website  www.AAP.org

Obesity: There has been an increase in the number of overweight children and the issue can begin during the toddler years.  In our office, body mass index (BMI) is calculated starting at 2 years of age.  Your doctor then interprets this information and discusses the changes necessary to ensure good health.  For more information pertaining to obesity issues go to the website  www.Sparkteens.com

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