Probiotics

Can probiotics help when my child has an infection and needs to take antibiotics? Christine Waasdorp Hurtado, MD, FAAP Answer Antibiotics can kill both good and bad bacteria in your child’s gut. This may throw your child’s gut “microbiome” out of balance. The microbiome is made up of the microscopic organisms—bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites—that […]

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RSV

What is RSV? RSV (or respiratory syncytial virus) is one of the many viruses that cause respiratory illness―illnesses of the nose, throat, and lungs.  With mask-wearing and physical distancing for COVID-19, there were fewer cases of RSV in 2020. However, once safety measures relaxed with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, a rise in RSV cases began […]

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Mental Health Problems

Is this your child’s symptom? Mental health problems that often need urgent help Examples are anxiety attacks, depression, substance (drug) abuse and acting out Resources include hotlines, mental health experts and your child’s doctor Types of Serious Mental Health Problems Suicide thoughts, threats or attempts Homicide thoughts or threats Child abuse Drug or alcohol abuse […]

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Dry Skin

Is this your child’s symptom? Cracked skin or dry, rough skin Cracked skin on hands, feet and lips Dry, rough skin of entire body surface Causes of Cracks in the Skin Most cracked skin is found on the feet, hands or lips. Feet. The soles of the feet are most commonly involved. Most often, cracks occur […]

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Eye – Allergy

Is this your child’s symptom? An allergic reaction of the eyes, usually from pollen The eyes are itchy and watery Symptoms of Eye Allergies Itchy eyes (sometimes feels like burning or stinging) Increased tearing (watery eyes) Red or pink eyes Mild swelling of the eyelids No discharge or a sticky, stringy, mucus discharge No pain […]

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Antibiotics: When Do They Help?

Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. They have saved many lives and prevented bad outcomes. These drugs do not kill viruses. They only work on bacteria. Every day, doctors must decide if a child’s infection is viral or bacterial. Here’s how they do it: Bacterial Infections Much less common than viral infections. Antibiotics […]

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