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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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Zika Virus is now in the United States

The Zika Virus has been in the news lately.  It is prevalent in South American and Mexico.  Some cases of Zika have been reported in Florida.  The Zika virus is a mosquito transmitted virus that usually causes mild symptoms in adults, but can cause possible birth defects when infecting pregnant women.  The birth defect seems […]

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Children Coughing Constantly

It seems like kids cough all winter long. When is it time to worry about the cough? When can you treat it at home and when should you go to the doctor? There are many causes of coughing in children. Most commonly, a cough is caused by a viral upper respiratory infection. However, coughs can […]

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FluMist Shipments Delayed

There has been a nation-wide recall of approximately 2 million doses of FluMist.  These doses were recalled prior to being released/shipped.  The testing done by the FDA revealed that this particular batch was not up to FDA standards.  All previously shipped doses passed FDA inspections and are safe and fully effective.  The manufacturer of FluMist […]

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Ear Infections (Otitis Media)

Ear infections are common in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. Most children have had at least one ear infection by 3 years old. What is an ear infection? An ear infection occurs in the middle ear. The middle ear is an air filled space behind the eardrum. It is […]

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Protecting Your Baby from RSV

RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children, and is one of many viruses that causes colds in children.  Infecting the lungs and breathing passages, it is frequently responsible for bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children under age one.  In fact, the highest incidence of RSV illness occurs […]

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Flu Vaccine

The Flu vaccine is now available as both an injection and a nasal mist. Our pediatricians recommend the yearly flu vaccine for all children age 6 months and older. The nasal flu mist is available for children 2 years of age and older. If this is the first season your child is receiving the flu […]

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Second-hand Smoke tied to Poor Lung Function in Children with Asthma

A review published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that children with asthma who live with smokers have 85% greater odds of hospitalization than asthmatic children who are not exposed to second-hand smoke.  Children with asthma also have 66% higher odds of needing emergency care, are 32% more likely to experience wheezing […]

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Breastfeeding

Dr. Elofson, Fakouri, Perilloux and Cook recommend breastfeeding your infant.   Breastfeeding your newborn is a natural and inexpensive way to provide a great start to life for your baby. There are definite nutritional benefits and, additionally, it promotes an emotional connection that is unique between the baby and mother. The first few days can […]

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