ACL Injuries in Young Athletes

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments that stabilize the knee joint; ligaments are tough, non-stretchable fibers that hold bones together. The ACL—along with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and menisci (cartilage pads) —help keep the knee stable from sliding, rotating, and […]

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Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting

Is this your child’s symptom? Sting from a bee, hornet, wasp, or yellow jacket Over 95 percent of stings are from honey bees or yellow jackets The main symptoms are pain and redness Cause of Bee Sting Reactions The bee’s stinger injects venom into the skin. The venom is what causes the symptoms. Local Skin […]

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Sunburn

Is This Your Child’s Symptom? Red or blistered skin from too much sun The redness, pain and swelling starts at 4 hours after being in the sun It peaks at 24 hours, and starts to get better after 48 hours Severity of Sunburn Most sunburn is a first-degree burn that turns the skin pink or […]

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Swimmer’s Ear in Children

Swimmer’s ear, which doctors call otitis externa, is an infection of the skin inside the ear canal or outer ear. This type of infection occurs most often after swimming or other activities that allow water into the ears. What causes swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear develops because moisture in the ear canal encourages the growth of certain bacteria. […]

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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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