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News about the Flu Mist

We at Associates in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (APAM) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) do not recommend the nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) this flu season, after studies show poor effectiveness The AAP recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu shot during the 2016-17 season, as vaccination remains […]

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Flood in Baton Rouge and Surrounding Areas

By: Rodger H. Elofson, II The flood in the Baton Rouge area left many of us with water intrusion into our homes and neighborhoods.  This area has a warm, humid climate and sewage was contained in the flood waters that overflowed into many of our homes.  Exposure to contaminated water can lead to water-borne diseases […]

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Camping with the Kids

Brannon Perilloux, M.D. Summer is a great time to leave the screens behind and pitch a tent or camper at a far-away campground or some place close to home.  Kids will love the home-away-from-home and will never forget it.  Letting everyone get back to nature and ditch the electronics is great for the mind and […]

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Head Lice Treatment Myths & Realities

What do you know about head lice treatments? When your child has been diagnosed with head lice, you want to get rid of them quickly- and effectively.  But, you may not be aware of all available treatments.  Find out what’s true- and false- about current options.   True or False Over the counter head lice […]

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Anxiety in Children and Teenagers

Anxiety in children and adolescents is more common that you think.  It is normal to have fear or worry, but when it interferes with life activities it needs to be addressed.  Studies show 8% of teenagers are affected and about half have concomitant depression.  Excessive fear and worry about real or imagined circumstances can adversely […]

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Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children

Dana Fakouri, M.D. Water is one of the most ominous hazards your child will encounter. Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they’ve had swimming instruction. Swimming Lessons Are Not a Way to Prevent Drowning in Young Children. In the past, the AAP advised against swimming lessons for children […]

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Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear)

Summer’s here, the pool is open, the beach is calling and that means we will soon start seeing a lot of older kids with earaches. Swimmer’s ear differs from a middle ear infection. It is an inflammation of the skin lining the ear canal and is most common in older children and teens. Middle ear […]

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WHEN tubes and WHY tubes?

By: Brannon C. Perilloux, M.D.   When should a child get “tubes” and why should they?  This is a very frequent question amongst parents of children aged 9 months to 4 years old.  We as pediatricians here in Baton Rouge see many children daily, some with ear infections, and some ultimately go on to get […]

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Overweight Children

By: Rodger Elofson, M.D. In the last 30 years, the number of overweight children has doubled.  Over one third of children are overweight. Overweight issues during children can lead to poor self-esteem, social isolation, sleep apnea, diabetes and muscle/joint pains.   As adults, being overweight can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Causes […]

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Helping our children be BRAVE, one step at a time.

By: Brannon Perilloux, M.D. Being brave, what does this mean? Your child will likely say that it means to have no fear. And they would be wrong and is why some kids don’t become brave. Brave people are not fearless, they do something or persevere even though they were scared. Children need to learn to […]

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