Author: Carolyn Sax

Spring health cheat sheet

Health & Safety Series As the spring weather approaches, many common winter infections recede. However, warmer temperatures can introduce a new set of health challenges.

As trees and flowers bloom and grass grows, susceptible children will start to display symptoms of seasonal allergies, triggering flares of asthma and eczema. And, As children spend more time outdoors, parents also need to watch for exposure to ticks, poison ivy and excess sun.

Here are a few tips to keeping your child healthy this spring.

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Help! My daughter has become a vegetarian!

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Q: My daughter has decided to follow a vegetarian diet. Do I need to worry about protein deficiency? ~ Worried Mom

This is one of the most common questions that pediatricians are asked. A vegetarian diet, and especially one that includes fish, can be a very healthy option.

Learn more about nutrition for vegetarians and ways your family can shift to a vegetarian diet.

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Quiz: How much do you know about ear infections?

ear infectionCan an ear infection clear without antibiotics? Did my child get an ear infection because she didn’t wear her hat? Why does my toddler keep getting ear infections?

If you’ve asked yourself these questions or others about ear infections, you aren’t alone.

Concern for ear infection (the medical term is otitis media) is among the most common reasons for a visit to the pediatrician. About half of all children between 6 months and 3 years of age will get at least one ear infection over the course of a year, and many children will experience several ear infections a year.

Most ear infections are treated with antibiotics. In fact, otitis media is the most common diagnosis for which children are prescribed antibiotics. Since most parents will deal with concern for an ear infection at some point, it’s important to separate the facts from the myths about their cause and treatment.

Take the quiz. Which common beliefs about ear infections are true? Which are false?

  1. Allowing water to drip into an infant’s ear during a bath can cause an ear infection.
  2. Spending time outside without a hat on a cold day can cause an ear infection.
  3. Almost all ear infections occur during or soon after a cold.
  4. Without antibiotics, an ear infection cannot resolve.
  5. Ear infections are always caused by bacteria.
  6. Most children outgrow the tendency to get ear infections.

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