Infant Health

4 Holiday Health Mishaps and How to Avoid Them

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The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year. While you are reconnecting with loved ones, the last thing you want to occur is a holiday health mishap. Below are some friendly tips on how to stay safe this winter season. If you find yourself in a holiday health mishap, don’t forget you are equipped with all ... Read More »

To Circ or Not to Circ… That is the Question

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The world’s oldest planned surgical procedure has come under fire in recent years by concerned parents who question its value. And given the outcry from a growing “save the foreskin” movement and the recent attempt to criminalize the act of circumcision by the city of San Francisco, it’s no wonder new moms and dads are worried. Back in the 1970’s ... Read More »

Ticks!

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When I was in kindergarten, I found a tick on my neck. After showing my teacher, who turned a lovely shade of kelly green, I was then escorted to the nurse’s office. Fran, the nurse, picked the tick out of my neck with tweezers while I chattered happily about my weekend and my new tiger fish. As I jabbered away, ... Read More »

Snakes Take a Bite Out of Outdoor Fun

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A snakebite is considered a medical emergency that requires prompt medical care. Would you know how to identify a poisonous snake if you came face-to-face with one, and more importantly, would you know how to react to minimize your chances of getting bitten? Read More »

Too Much Sun Can Ruin Your Fun

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Sunburn is damage to the skin caused by too much exposure to UV radiation.   A tan is visual proof of skin damage but sunburn represents damage at a cellular level.  Sunburn can even cause painful first and second-degree burns.  Be careful, too much sun can ruin your fun. Excessive sun exposure leads to painful sunburn. .  But, it is also ... Read More »

What Does a T-Bone Steak and a Strep Test Have In Common?

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You can get both for around $15 at the supermarket! With the emergence of retail clinics you can get tests, treatment and immunizations for common ailments while you are running around doing everyday errands such as getting the weeks groceries. Retail clinics are available in supermarkets, major pharmacies and are a perfect compliment to your primary care physician.  National chains ... Read More »

Good Shot in the Arm: August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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As the summer winds down and we prepare the kids for returning to school this is the perfect time to remind family and friends to catch up on their vaccinations.  August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and the effort is to increase awareness about immunizations across a full life span, from infants to the elderly. Immunizations not only protect ... Read More »

Signs of Bronchitis: Coughing up Mucus

Coughing up yellow and green mucus, fatigue, soreness in the chest: these are the symptoms of bronchitis. The acute form of bronchitis is usually a chest cold gone bad. The bronchial tubes in the lungs become inflamed which produces mucus and creates a cough. Other signs of bronchitis include a mild headache, body aches, a low-grade fever, watery eyes and ... Read More »

Happy New Year and Flu Shots for All

Thank you Mr. President for getting your H1N1 influenza shot. I guess it took so long because you are not in a high-risk group, but I would have let you cut in line if it was up to me. 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccinations are available for all just in time for New Years resolutions. Make the resolve to take better ... Read More »

Vaccines: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

First the good news The 2009 H1N1influenza flu vaccine is now available to everyone. No more “high risk groups‚Äù, or “special groups‚Äù, or “age specific groupings‚Äù, the “rest of us‚Äù can now get access to the best prevention for the flu, but where? Locating a shot location can still be a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. The Flu.gov website still ... Read More »