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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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Breastfeeding Cough and Colds Illnesses Infants

Help! I’m sick and I have a baby at home.

When we have newborns we don’t want them exposed to germs. We avoid large crowds, especially during the sick season. We won’t let anyone who hasn’t washed their hands hold our precious baby. We might even wash our hands until they crack and bleed. But what happens when Mom or Dad gets sick? What about […]

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Cough and Colds Illnesses

The sounds of coughing…

Parents often bring in kids with a cough but can’t describe what it sounds like. I sometimes get to hear it if they cough, but Murphy’s Law also says that a child who coughs often throughout the night and frequently during the day will have a 15 minute period of no cough at the exact […]

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Cough and Colds Illnesses Sore Throat Vaccines Vomiting and Diarrhea

It’s not the flu!

I was at the gym today and an otherwise great instructor who seems to know a lot about health was sharing incorrect information about the flu with the class of about 40 people. She said that she had received several texts from other instructors asking her to cover their classes because they were vomiting. Then she […]

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Cough and Colds Illnesses Sore Throat

Menthol for Sore Throat, Colds and Coughs… Should we use it?

I am often asked about the use of Vick’s Vapo Rub (or other menthol products and refer to all brands in this post). We see menthol for vaporizer dispensers, in cough drops, and the good ole jar of rub that mom used on our chests when we were sick. But should we use it? Cough drops Menthol […]

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Cough and Colds Medical Humor

What Doctors Want You To Know About Treating Colds (but are afraid to say)

When kids suffer from illness after illness all winter long, parents understandably get frustrated. Believe me, as a parent and a physician, I get it. Do you know what doctors want you to know  about treating colds? This is a change from my usual blogging style because I want to share a Facebook post. I […]

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Cough and Colds Fever Medications

Tamiflu status downgraded!

Those of you who follow my blog or are my patients know that I’ve never been a fan of Tamiflu. I’ve written To Tamiflu or Not To Tamiflu and I’ve posted Tamiflu from guest blogger, Dr. Mark Helm. Despite the CDC’s recommendation to use Tamiflu frequently, I rarely prescribe it. And when I do, I often find that the […]