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Bites and Stings

The freedom of summer brings with it many bites and stings that are usually harmless if a tad painful. They will usually go away on their own without an issue. However, some bites or stings may require more attention. Some kids have severe reactions that require immediate medical care.  Read on to find out more …

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Constipation

Constipation Many think that constipation is a time-related ailment, but this is not the case. Your child may go two or three days without pooping and still isn’t constipated. Constipation is a matter of consistency. Constipation is when your child has hard, dry, small stools that are painful or difficult to pass. Breastfed babies become …

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Hemangioma

Hemangioma A hemangioma is a kind of birthmark on infants. They are commonly called “strawberry marks,” are bright red, and usually show up on the head, face, chest, or back at birth or within the first month of life. They may continue to grow until about 5 to 6 months of age, then fade and …

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a disease that proportionally affects children aged five and younger.  HFMD is caused by coxsackievirus and is contagious, especially among children. Coxsackie Virus Coxsackievirus is part of a family of enterovirus that includes the poliovirus and hepatitis A. The coxsackievirus lives in the human digestive tract and is …

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RSV Infections

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a virus that is common during the cold and flu season. Almost all kids get RSV infections during early childhood.  Luckily, most cases are minor and result in symptoms that mimic the common cold.  However, RSV can cause more severe conditions, including pneumonia and bronchiolitis.  Typically, RSV infections become …

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German measles

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, & Varicella

Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella are all contagious diseases caused by viruses.  The MMR vaccine is currently used to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella.  And varicella is another word for chickenpox.  The MMRV vaccine includes prevention against varicella.   Measles Before the measles vaccine became available in 1963, it was a common disease among …

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Cholesterol in Kids

Cholesterol is a type of lipid that is made by our livers.  However, we also consume cholesterol in many of our animal-based foods, like eggs, meat (including chicken and fish), and dairy. Also, saturated and trans fats can cause our livers to produce more cholesterol.  Our livers make all the cholesterol that we need, so …

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Acrocyanosis

Acrocyanosis describes a condition in which the mouth and extremities become blue due to a lack of oxygen.  It is common and is most often seen in healthy newborn babies immediately after birth. Does acrocyanosis go away? This blueness can last 24 to 48 hours after birth. However, the symptoms can return whenever your baby …

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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common and painless skin infection caused by a molluscum virus. This virus is spread through direct skin contact with an infected person. So, it is common in places where materials like towels, toys, and other objects are shared. It will also spread to other body areas if you scratch a lesion …

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Tongue and Lip Ties

Babies with tongue and lip ties have difficulty because their lips or tongue are held too tight to their jaws and gums by tissue, making moving the mouth challenging and resulting in breastfeeding issues. Frenulums Frenulums in the mouth are pieces of tissue that attach the tongue to the lower jaw and upper and lower …

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