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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Archive for the ‘Medications’ Category

Back-to-school physicals: What parents need to know

With the academic year about to start, parents likely have their kids’ school physicals at the top of their to-do lists. What do you need to ask before, during and after you visit the pediatrician’s office? We asked two local Valley pediatricians what parents should know about their child’s physical, mental and emotional health. Matthew […]

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Viral vs. bacterial: when to use antibiotics

Millions of prescriptions for antibiotics written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a new study to be released in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers looked at data on the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children from 2000 to 2011 […]

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Buying and selling ADHD drugs: What to tell kids

Nearly 23 percent of children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who use stimulant medications are approached to buy, sell or trade ADHD drugs, according to a new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to the AAP, ADHD affects approximately 8 percent of children […]

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Meds Q & A

Answers to some of the most common questions developmental and behavioral pediatricians receive surrounding meds.

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The medication equation

There is a lot of misinformation about medication, especially in what you read online and perhaps even what you hear from other parents. It can be daunting to wade through this information and determine what is fact and what is fiction.

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Don’t fear the fever

The primary goal of giving a child antipyretics, or medications to reduce a fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen should be to help a sick child feel more comfortable, not simply to maintain a “normal” temperature.

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Getting control of all that medical information

A few months ago, I was complaining to a friend about the paper chaos that threatened to take over my house. It was so overwhelming that I was having trouble finding important documents. She referred me to a blog post by Katrina Crane, a former Valley resident and mom who recently relocated to Utah. To […]

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Q & A with Bob Sears, M.D. FAAP, author of The Vaccine Book

Q & A with Bob Sears, M.D., FAAP EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Sears, M.D., FAAP, author of The Vaccine Book, will be participating in the La Leche League conference Aug. 15-17, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Register online here. For more information on childhood immunizations or Sears, or to connect with other parents or […]

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Cough medicines don’t work

Q: Why don’t medications help coughs? When your child has a cough, it’s important to try to allow the body to heal itself without interference, according to Mark Gettleman, M.D., of Great Destinations Pediatrics in Peoria. Here’s his guide to over-the-counter meds and precisely why they do not work: Dexomethorphan and codeine These medications affect […]

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Antibiotics-resistant staph infections

Q: How can I protect my family from antibiotics-resistant staph infections? Last August, as Elissa Thompson of Glendale enjoyed a late summer Saturday swim, a small bump on her lower back began to itch and ache. “At first, I thought it was a bug bite,” she recalls. But the next day, the area had enlarged […]

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