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  1. Infection As Cause For Developmental Malformation ›

    Once thought to be a genetic cause, now believed to be an infection.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Is there poison in my baby’s first food?/ How safe are our playgrounds and what can we do to improve them?/ What is the difference between Influenza A and Influenza B?

  1. When Pneumonia Looks Like Appendicitis ›

    All signs indicated that he needed an appendectomy. And then the doctors performed a CT scan on his abdomen.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A pediatric publication sends disturbing articles to the public concerning toddlers being medicated for ADHD; “Chickenpox-Parties”; dangers of laser pointers.

  1. It’s Not Chicken Pox and It’s Not Scabies…Hot Tub Folliclitis ›

    Hot tub Folliculitis is a localized infection of the hair follicle caused by a specific bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a water-loving organism.

  1. It’s Flu Season ›

    The flu generates a lot of attention every year; from your family and friends, from the media, from your doctor, from your child’s school, and on and on. It’s confusing and sometimes scary. Should you really be worried? What do you really need to know?

  1. Bronchiolitis vs Asthma ›

    I’m a little confused and maybe you can help me. I took my 8-month-old to the E.R. because he was wheezing and had a cough. The doctor gave him some sort of a breathing treatment and put him on asthma medicine. He got much better. But the doctor said that he doesn’t have asthma--that he has bronchiolitis! Does this sound right?

  1. But I Got My Flu Shot… ›

    I thought the flu shot was suppose to keep us healthy this winter. We have all been sick with one thing or another.

  1. Shingles ›

    A localized burning, tingling sensation that develops into a painful rash, that both children and adults can develop. Here’s how…

  1. Antibiotics: Friend Or Foe? ›

    You have an infection. The drippy nose goes on and on. Why hasn’t the antibiotic done any good?

  1. Probiotics – Useful Or Just Costly? ›

    What do the studies say about the usefulness of probiotics?

  1. Young Boy With A Limp — Toxic Synovitis ›

    This viral infection is self-limiting and resolves with time.

  1. What’s Up! ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up! ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. So…What Do You Think About The Swine Flu? ›

    An overview of what we know about Swine Flu.

  1. What A Strange Place For Strep ›

    This is a common skin infection that affects children from six months to 10 years of age. It is a bacteria that causes the classic strep throat, but is not a systemic infection.

  1. Different Presentations of Infectious Mononucleosis ›

    Infectious mononucleosis is a fairly common disease that is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. While many think of it as the “kissing disease” that affects teenagers, it actually can affect young children as well as young adults. It can present in many different ways.

  1. Swine Flu Scare ›

    Common sense approaches are highlighted in the wake of the Swine Flu scare.

  1. Your Child Is Sick. So Can He Go To School? The Updated Guidelines On When To Exclude Ill Children ›

    No parent WANTS to send their sick child to day care or school, but all parents know that sometimes you HAVE to. If all sick children had to stay home, parents would likely almost never get to work and kids would miss much of their education.

  1. Flu Season is Coming! Prevention and Treatment For Your Family ›

    Dr. Livingston looks at steps you can take to deal with the flu.

  1. Cold Season For Infants And Toddlers ›

    Preventing viruses is a lot easier than waiting them out.

  1. It Isn’t Measles ›

    “I have heard on the news about a measles outbreak in San Diego and Arizona. I’m worried that my baby has the disease and I’ve waited too long to bring her in,” she said in a trembling voice. “Will she be all right?”

  1. Don’t Push the Panic Button ›

    Panic is not a practical tool when countering diseases.

  1. MRSA: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Where Does It Come From? Part II ›

    Families who have experienced a MRSA infection should follow a few simple procedures in an attempt to avoid repeat infection.

  1. MRSA: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus, Part 1 ›

    Part one of a two-part article on MRSA.

  1. I Had the Flu Yesterday…Not! ›

    A look at viral gastroenteritis.

  1. How Do Diseases Get Their Name? Chicken Pox and Fifth Disease ›

    Here is the origin of chicken pox and Fifth disease.

  1. Shingles? How Can That Be? ›

    A case of shingles examined: what it is, how contagious it is, and how to treat.

  1. More Information From Pediatric Medical Literature: Diagnosis Before Treatment of Sore Throat? ›

    Why it's important to diagnose group A Streptococcus pharyngitis before beginning antibiotic treatment.

  1. Ocean Water And Your Health ›

    There are state standards for three types of bacterial indicator species. These will determine whether or not a beach remains open or closed for retesting. Be aware.

  1. The Flu…Or Not The Flu? ›

    Dr. Theriot clarifies the difference between colds and the true flu.

  1. Vegetarianism ›

    To classify oneself as a vegetarian you must understand the benefits as well as the deficiencies in this life style.

  1. The Use Of Zinc In Children And Adolescents ›

    Many parents have asked me whether zinc lozenges are helpful for their children. Zinc lozenges have been proposed as a treatment for colds caused by the rhinovirus. They are used for reducing the acute symptoms as well as preventing colds.

  1. Herpetic Whitlow ›

    That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.

  1. Differentiating Over-the-Counter Cold Remedies ›

    It pays to know what core cold medicines are in order to best treat the symptoms of your child.

  1. Questions & Answers: Chicken Pox Vaccine ›

    Some common sense about the chicken pox vaccine.

  1. West Nile Virus Revisited ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the West Nile Virus.

  1. Winter Wonders: Indications For A New Vaccine ›

    Another look at new flu vaccines.

  1. Resistant Staph: A New Plague? ›

    A look at resistant MRSA.

  1. Flu 101: Important Questions and Answers ›

    Here are some basic facts about the flue than everyone should know.

  1. West Nile Virus 2002 ›

    A look back at West Nile virus.

  1. Smallpox—2002 ›

    A look at smallpox and the vaccines available.

  1. Measles…In the Year 2002? ›

    Measles can be a devastating disease, especially for the younger patients.

  1. Up Your Nose ›

    When a patient comes into the office with sniffles, Dr. Theriot finds more than he expects.

  1. Hand Foot And Mouth…Not Hoof And Mouth ›

    Though they sound the same, there's a big difference.

  1. I Had The Flu…I Think ›

    A look at three patients and their "flu" symptoms.

  1. Meningococcal Disease - Part Two ›

    Part two.

  1. Antibiotics…Or Not? ›

    A look at the decisions doctors make in determining whether a patient requires antibiotics.

  1. Meningococcal Disease - Part One ›

    A brief overview of N. meningitides, the disease it causes, the vaccine that is currently available, and the preventive measures used when it occurs. Part one of two.

  1. Scanning the Journals: Antibiotics; Air Guns; Delayed School Entry ›

    Dr. Samson reviews journal entires on a variety of topics of interest to parents.

  1. Questions & Answers: Hand Foot and Mouth disease; Chickenpox vaccine ›

    Answers to questions about Hand Foot and Mouth disease, as well as the Chickenpox vaccine.

  1. You Have To Laugh: Antibiotics ›

    A mystery is solved, and the family dog regains its health.

  1. Scanning The Journals: ADHD; Chickenpox ›

    Dr. Samson scans the journals for articles of interest to parents.

  1. Question & Answer: Measles ›

    Is it measles?

  1. Questions & Answers: Shingles ›

    What to do if your child's caregiver has shingles?

  1. Questions & Answers: Tuberculosis ›

    What to do if your child's friend tests positive for TB?

  1. Questions & Answers: When A Cold Needs An Antibiotic ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at the causes of colds and when an antibiotic is useful.

  1. Influenza ›

    Dr. Samson clears up a common misconception about flu shots and influenza.

  1. Infectious Diarrhea ›

    A look at E.coli

  1. The Flu Bug Strikes Again ›

    Dr. Welty takes another look at the seasonal flu.

  1. You Have To Laugh: Meningitis Test ›

    Dr. Theriot relates a late-night phone call.

  1. Quarters and Nickels: Test for Meningitis ›

    To allay the fear of possible meningitis here are some at-home tests to report to your doctor.

  1. Shingles ›

    A look at shingles in children.

  1. Round Table Discussion On Why Children Get Ear Infections ›

    A look at ear infections from the perspective of three doctors.

  1. Scanning The Journals: The Flu; Thermometer; Sleep Position ›

    A look at the pediatric literature including articles on the flue, thermometers and sleep positions as they pertain to motor milestones.

  1. Myth Busting: Runny Nose ›

    Nasal drainage can appear cloudy due to other causes than a bacterial infection.

  1. Question & Answer: Coughs ›

    Dr. Theriot answers a question about chronic coughs.

  1. Scanning The Journals: Strep; ADHD; Tree Swing Injuries ›

    Dr. Samson reviews articles of interest in pediatrics.

  1. Over-the-Counter Medications; A Review for Parents ›

    Learn more about over-the-counter preparations.


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