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Ears

All About Ear Infections – What they are and why they happen

When babies and children have ear infections everyone in the house suffers because they cry all night and no one sleeps. They hurt. Especially at night. Parents don’t want to see their children in pain and they don’t want to see it happen again and again, so they often wonder if tubes are the answer. […]

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Cough and Colds Fever Illnesses Sore Throat

Flu Season Fears: What should you do?

Headlines are making everyone nervous about this year’s flu season. Schools are closing due to high flu numbers. Parents are worried that their child will be the next that dies. Yes, the risk is real. But there are things to do. First: Prevent Vaccinate Vaccines are the one of the best inventions to prolong our […]

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Cough and Colds

How long will a cough or cold last?

How long will a cough or cold last? I get this question all the time. Most people want it gone now. (Or more likely, last week.) Unfortunately despite our medical advancements over the years, we still have no cure for colds and coughs. Viruses do not get killed by antibiotics, and most colds and coughs […]

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Development Exercise

Is Sport Specialization A Good Idea?

I’ve seen many young athletes have their athletic careers cut short due to preventable injuries and / or burnout. We live in a competitive time and everyone likes to feel successful. When kids do well in a sport, we want to encourage them to be their best, so we let them try out for the […]

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Food Allergy

Peanut allergy prevention

For years pediatricians told parents to avoid peanuts for the first years of life to help prevent peanut allergies.  Now we know that earlier introduction of peanut products can help prevent peanut allergy. New studies to prevent peanut allergy Studies for the past several years have supported giving infants peanut products as early as 4 months of age […]

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Illnesses Medical Home

Help Us Help You! Make the most out of phone calls

Hello.  This is Dr. Stuppy.  I’m returning your call about… That’s how my phone calls start, then they take various turns. Some are easy, some not so easy. I’d like to discuss what makes a phone call to the doctor’s office more productive, so we can help you better. All examples are entirely fictitious, made […]

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Parenting Preschool School Age

Scared of the Auto-flush Toilet?

I’ve known many kids over the years who are petrified to sit on an automatic flush toilet. Often it’s because they’ve wiggled on the seat and had the toilet flush when they were still sitting. Scary! My daughter went through a period where she refused to use public toilets. It was really difficult when we […]

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Medications

Pill Swallowing Tips

One of the biggest challenges for some people (not just kids) is swallowing pills. At some point transitioning to pills is important. Some medicines don’t come in liquid or chewable form – and if they do, they might taste awful. Some kids simply get so big that the volume of liquid they need to choke […]

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Food Allergy Infants

Introducing Peanuts

For years I’ve been recommending peanut products to infants who are low risk for peanut allergy due to growing evidence that it’s beneficial. What do studies show? Studies have highlighted the benefit of early introduction of peanut product decreasing peanut allergy risk, so more parents are wanting to know exactly how to give a baby peanut products without […]

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Cough and Colds

Cough until you puke

This is the time of year it seems everyone’s coughing. I’ve heard from more than one worried parent that their child coughs to the point of vomiting. In the medical world, we call this post-tussive emesis. Post = after, tussive = cough, emesis = vomit Kids tend to have a very active gag reflex, so […]