Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents
    May 11, 2011
    Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    I remember, not long ago, seeing many children with ear infections every day I was in the office – children that were often up screaming the night before. Today it’s not surprising to go an entire…

    Clindamycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clindamycin

    Clindamycin is strong antibiotic used to treat difficult bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Cleocin on the label. It comes as liquid or capsules, and is also availabl…

    Clarithromycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Biaxin on the label. It comes as liquid, tablets, or extended…

    Cefdinir
    June 18, 2009
    Cefdinir

    Cefdinir is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Omnicef on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of ant…

    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate

    Amoxicillin-clavulanate is a strong combination antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. The clavulanate makes it difficult for some resistant bacteria to wit…

    Ceftriaxone
    June 18, 2009
    Ceftriaxone

    Ceftriaxone is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be given by injection. It’s used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children and is sometimes called by the brand name Rocep…

    Cefuroxime
    June 18, 2009
    Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Ceftin on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of an…

    Bad Breath
    April 23, 2009
    Bad Breath Causes

    Most kids would go out of their way to avoid eating garlic or onions, yet it is not unusual for a child to wake up with very smelly breath. Throughout the day, a child's saliva, swished by the mouth m…

    Dry Dog Food Warning
    May 18, 2008
    Dry Dog Food Warning

    It’s time to add a new habit to pet care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have traced a lingering 19-state Salmonella outbreak to the handling of dry dog food and dog treats. There ha…

    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections
    September 15, 2006
    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    If fluid from the middle ear space is draining out of the ear in a child with an acute ear infection (acute otitis media), there must be an opening in the eardrum - the air-tight membrane that separat…

    Canada is Calming Bacteria
    February 24, 2004
    Canada is Calming Bacteria

    The tide can be turned! Canadians have scored a victory in the bacteria battle. For more than a decade, the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been increasing around the world, and has appea…

    Cough Season
    September 11, 2003
    Cough Season

    We all want to help a coughing child. But a big difference looms between what should happen and what does happen when kids have bronchitis and other cough illnesses. Even though overall antibiotic use…

    Antibiotic Use Dropping
    September 9, 2003
    Antibiotic Use Dropping

    Antibiotic use in children increased steadily through the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s, and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria increased as well. Researchers at Harvard University looked…

    Boy laying on grass
    November 4, 2002
    Warts: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: HPV, Verrucae, Common warts, Genital warts, Condylomata accuminata Introduction to warts: Contrary to well-established belief, the underside of a wart is smooth and round, and the en…

    Food Allergies
    October 29, 2002
    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Food hypersensitivity, Oral allergy syndrome, Allergic proctocolitis Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don’t happen …

    Ear Infection
    October 28, 2002
    Ear Infection: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Acute otitis media, otitis media, AOM Introduction to ear infection: Many parents are familiar with being awoken by a crying baby with an ear infection. Ear infections are the most c…

    Diarrhea
    October 27, 2002
    Diarrhea: Your A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to diarrhea: Normal baby stool can look a lot like an adult's diarrhea stool. Healthy baby poop is often soft and runny, and (especially in the first month) quite frequent. One 2-week-old…

    Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts
    October 15, 2002
    Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts

    Treatments for warts abound, varying from as gentle and simple as taping a patch of banana peel on before bed, to as high-tech and powerful as superpulsed carbon-dioxide-laser vaporization. A study pu…

    Contagious Heart Disease
    March 28, 2002
    Contagious Heart Disease

    Group A strep is a common cause of illness in children. Usually the disease is as mild as strep throat, but strep can also cause serious illnesses, including toxic shock, “flesh-eating disease”, a…

    Body Art
    January 30, 2002
    Body Art

    Tattoos and body piercing continue to become more popular. The largest study yet of this subject, published in the January 2002 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings,  reports that now most university…