Erythema Infectiosum, Fevers, Fifth Disease, lacy rash, Parenting, parvovirus B19, Rashes, slapped cheeks

Erythema Infectiosum… Kinda sounds like a Harry Potter spell, so what is it??

No magic wand is going to work with this virus... The only thing magical about Erythema Infectiosum, is the rash appearing out of nowhere. Erythema Infectiosum is a virus, aka Fifth Disease, and also "slapped cheek" disease. If you're a HP fan, you understand my enthusiasm with the verbiage. Here's an interesting fact about Erythema… Continue reading Erythema Infectiosum… Kinda sounds like a Harry Potter spell, so what is it??

Fevers, Hand Foot and Mouth, Rashes, sore throat

Hand, Foot and Mouth…..and Butt??

I've been on call this weekend, and gotten quite a few calls about fevers and rashes that sound like Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. This illness is very common during the Spring and Summer months, is highly contagious, and very common among young children. For those of you that are wondering, is this the same thing… Continue reading Hand, Foot and Mouth…..and Butt??

Allergies, Colds (URIs), Fevers, nausea, sore throat, stomach pain, strep throat, vomiting

Is that sore throat Strep? How to know…

It's spring time, which means it's the season for Strep Throat! Not that strep has to be in season, but spring is the most common time for strep. I've gotten a call today from a parent asking me if I would call in an antibiotic because her daughter has a sore throat and stomach ache.… Continue reading Is that sore throat Strep? How to know…

dehydration, diarrhea, Fevers, gastroenteritis, nausea, Parenting, sore throat, strep throat, violence, vomiting

Yuck, the “throw ups”…Do I need to be worried because my child is vomiting??

Well, tonight's post wrote itself when friends of mine called to make sure they were doing the right thing for their daughter that had been vomiting all day. I saw kids of all ages today that had nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  So, it sounds like the best parenting advice right now would be on managing… Continue reading Yuck, the “throw ups”…Do I need to be worried because my child is vomiting??

Colds (URIs), cough, Fevers, Parenting

It’s just a “cold”…so now what??

We have all suffered with colds throughout our lifetime.  A cold or URI/upper respiratory infection can be miserable. URI symptoms are cough, congestion, runny nose (clear or yellowish), low-grade fevers (<102F), sore throat, decreased appetite, disturbed sleep and overall just miserable feeling.  If fevers accompany the cough and congestion, a day off to rest isn't… Continue reading It’s just a “cold”…so now what??

Fevers

Fevers: To treat or not to treat???

For those of you that wonder if you should treat a fever, here is what you need to know: What is a fever? By definition, a true fever is a temperature of 100.5F and above.  To treat or not to treat does not always depend on the thermometer.  I worked with an awesome pediatrician that taught me, "Look… Continue reading Fevers: To treat or not to treat???