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Teething Gives Babies Teeth

New research confirms that symptoms like fever, a runny nose and diarrhea are not caused by teething. Teething can make babies cranky, rub their gums and drool. Think about when you lost teeth in grade school–did you have a fever … Continue reading

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Baby Now and Zen: Medicine Cabinet

What should I have in the medicine chest circa 1940s? rectal thermometer absorbent cotton: one pound and toothpicks or toothpick swabs zinc ointment baby oil and cod liver oil These were suggested by Dr. Benjamin Spock in his classic baby care book. The … Continue reading

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When Should I Keep my Baby or Child Home?

Babies and kids can get sick up to a dozen times a year as they build their immunity to common childhood diseases. Each infection can last up to two weeks, so parents often wonder when to keep their child home … Continue reading

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Thermometers

Everyone has a temperature. Not everyone has a fever. Taking your child’s temperature helps you and the pediatrician make decisions about your child’s condition and recommended treatment. A rectal temperature is recommended for children under 2 months of age. There … Continue reading

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Influenza 2014

People use the word “flu” as short-hand for any number of respiratory or intestinal infections, but for doctors “flu” is influenza. And when it comes to respiratory infections, it’s the big one. Influenza has arrived in Northern California. The infection … Continue reading

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The Common Cold: How Long Do Symptoms Last?

A cold, they say, lasts seven days if you take medicine, and a week if you don’t. This chart shows the usual progression from the first few days of fever and sore throat to nasal congestion and cough, that can … Continue reading

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When Your Kids are Sick

Here are some articles for families of little and not so little ones for those sick days: When Kids Get Sick A Cough and Cold Primer Medicine Tastes Yucky The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their site for parents … Continue reading

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How Do I Keep My Baby from Getting Sick?

Colds and coughs are best avoided in babies especially during the cold and influenza season. These respiratory tract infections are spread by contact with infected mucus and secretions. They are inhaled or spread by direct contact with the eyes, nose … Continue reading

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What’s in Cough and Cold Medicines for Children?

Whenever I’m in the over-the-counter (OTC) medication aisle, I see parents confused about what’s best to buy. I sympathize, because I remember reading the same labels before medical school and wondering what might work and what won’t. Many products combine … Continue reading

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Why get a flu shot?

People use “flu” as shorthand for any chest or tummy infection, but flu is short for influenza, which is really the mother of all bad respiratory tract infections. With influenza patients get a week of high (103-104) fevers, chills, body … Continue reading

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