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The flu shot doesn’t work

I’ve seen a few kids this season who have influenza despite the fact that they had the vaccine. When the family hears that the flu test is positive (or that symptoms are consistent with influenza and testing isn’t done), they often say they won’t do the flu shot again because it didn’t work. How do […]

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Infants

Flat Heads in Babies

Babies often get misshapen heads from laying on one side or even from being squished while still inside mom. The misshapen head is referred to as plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly, or brachycephaly — depending on the overall shape (see photo under “Diagnosis” below). These head shapes, especially plagiocephaly, are very common. If I knew I’d one day have a […]

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Parenting

When should you potty train your kids?

It’s common for parents to ask for help with potty training. Sometimes they’re just done dealing with diapers. Or there’s another baby coming soon. Often it’s tied to wanting to be able to start preschool. Most preschools in our area require 3 year olds to be potty trained. Even daycares often require toddlers to potty […]

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Fever

Fever: How High is Too High?

Despite having fever information on our website and blogging about it many times, including here and here and here, parents often call in or bring their child in with excessive concern for fevers. (Note: paracetamol is the same as acetaminophen and Tylenol in the linked article.) The information here is only for infants and children over 3 months who are otherwise healthy […]

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Cough and Colds Medications

Cough Medicines: Which One’s Best?

I get a lot of requests for an over the counter cough suppressant suggestion or a prescription cough medicine for kids so they can sleep. Despite my attempts at educating the family about why I don’t recommend any cough medicines, many parents are upset leaving without a medicine. I have collected numerous articles that show […]

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Business of Medicine Insurance Medical Home

Convenience Care

Healthcare is available at many locations, such as in the medical home (primary care office), at a specialty clinic, in a hospital or a surgery center, freestanding urgent cares, pharmacy based urgent cares, emergency rooms, telehealth companies, school health clinics and more. Convenience care is what I use to describe the care people desire here […]

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Development Parenting

When should my child start shaving?

  In my last blog I discussed the common question about when it’s appropriate to start using deodorant or antiperspirants, which led me to think of all those questions beginning, “When is my child old enough…” One of these questions: When is my child old enough to shave? This is another question without a one-size fits […]

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Development Parenting

When should my child start wearing deodorant?

I get asked all the time when kids should start wearing deodorant or antiperspirants. When Depends There’s no standard answer since kids have different needs. Some kids are active outside and simply carry the smells of the great outdoors and sweat on their body. This isn’t puberty sweat, just musty body odor in most young […]

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Infants Skin Issues

Dry Skin

Dry skin is often called eczema or atopic dermatitis. Whatever you call it, it’s itchy and annoying! We see it year round for various reasons. Managing it can be tricky, but there are things to do to help. Eczema’s Snowball effect It’s really important to keep skin well hydrated or it tends to snowball. The […]

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Medications Skin Issues

Body focused repetitive disorder treatments

A relatively new development in the treatment of trichotillomania and other BFRBs is a supplement called N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Learn more. #trichotillomania #NAC #hairpulling #nailbiting