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Teen Depression

Rates of depression among boys and girls are relatively equal up until age eleven or so.  During adolescence, though, girls become twice as likely as boys to experience bouts of depression.  If you see changes in your child’s grades, sleep patterns, moodiness, activities or other problems, please contact us to evaluate whether your child may […]

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Meningococcal Vaccine Updates

The Meningococcal Vaccine is currently administered at 11 years of age.  Studies have shown a somewhat waning immunity during the college age years(18 to 21 years old).  Since the college age years is one of the highest incidences of Meningococcal disease (Meningitis and overwhelming infection of the blood-sepsis), a booster Meningococcal Vaccine is recommended by the American […]

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

We at Associates in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Baton Rouge have seen many, many cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease over the past 2 weeks.  Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness of infants and children.  The disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin […]

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Flu Vaccine via Injection, Nasal Spray are Effective for Children

Researchers found that children ages 6 to 35 months old produced similar amounts of antibodies to protect them against flu regardless of whether they received two doses of flu vaccine injection, two doses of live, attenuated nasal spray or one dose of each.  Researchers added that one flu vaccine followed by one nasal spray may […]

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Is your child overweight?

Children who are significantly overweight or obese are at risk of many future health problems as adults.  Here in Baton Rouge we evaluate, through our pediatricians with history, examination, and if necessary lab work.  We can help those who want to help their child and themselves lose weight or just to not gain any for […]

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Fireworks Safety

The 4th of July is a great day in American History.  We as Americans should all celebrate the freedoms we have and honor those that helped us achieve the freedoms.  Fireworks have been a popular way of celebrating Independence Day.  Please supervise your children when lighting your own fireworks.  We discourage parents from letting your […]

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Skin Infections, Abscesses, Boils, Impetigo

Warmer weather means more children are outside playing.  We typically see more skin infections, boils, abscesses, and impetigo in the summer months.  Many are now caused by a Staph bacteria (MRSA) and can be very serious if untreated.  We do not take these infections lightly and all skin infections should be evaluated in the office.  […]

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Pool and Beach Safety

The pool and the beach are great family outings.  We at Associates in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine remind everyone to never leave children alone near a pool.  Keep rescue equipment (shepherd’s hook and life preserver) near the pool as well as a phone.  Avoid “floaties,” they are not a substitute for life vests and can […]

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Sunscreen for Children

The weather is warmer, the pool is open and trips to the beach are in the future.  Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child prior to going to the pool, beach or lake.  Use a sunscreen for children that has SPF of 15 or greater and PABA free.  Reapply every couple hours especially after […]

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Insect Repellants for Children

It is summer time and time to be outdoors.  We at Associates in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine along with the AAP advocate for the use of insect repellants on kids over 2 months of age.  Insect repellants containing DEET up to concentration levels of 30% are safe to use in children over 2 months of […]

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