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Hiding Vegetables

by Louise May 10th, 2011 | Children's Health, Diet, Nutrition, Vitamins
I love vegetables. Of course, I know that's not the case for everyone. For some reason, there are people who grow up hating vegetables. Personally, I think there was a rotten vegetable they had as a child that made them think all vegetables were bad. How can you not like carrots or bell peppers? Okay, I know that sounds crazy to some people. The reality is that most people would choose a slice of bread or a piece of fruit over a stalk of broccoli or head of cabbage. Yet, vegetables are an
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The Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and a Cold

by Tom Seman MD FAAP May 2nd, 2011 | Pediatrician on Call
My child has been sneezing more frequently and has had a stuffy nose for several days. How can I tell if it is seasonal allergies or a cold?



When considering the difference between seasonal allergies or a viral infection (common cold), one has to remember to look for other symptoms.

A viral infection will frequently cause a low grade fever or at least a feeling of being mildly ill. This may include generalized muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, stomachaches, and stuffy nose (often times tender to the touch initially with yellow thicker than average discharge that over the next several
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Treatment for a Child’s Fever

by Tom Seman MD FAAP April 1st, 2011 | Pediatrician on Call
Is it better to give my child Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for a fever?

Late fall, winter and spring are key times for a large variety of viral illness that cause a whole range of symptoms, but most concerning to all parents is fever. Fever is the body's response to an infectious agent and the means to start to immobilize the agent and kill it. Therefore, a fever should be treated to control extreme levels of fever and/or for comfort. Most fevers under 102 do not need to be controlled aggressively since at this level it is generally safe and the
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Eating Disorders Are Not a “Female Problem”

by Jane Wangersky March 25th, 2011 | Children's Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutrition
Most people would picture someone with an eating disorder as a very thin -- or very overweight -- girl or young woman, not as an athletic, muscular young male. Yet, though eating disorders affect boys and men less often, they do strike them -- and the patient's self-image as an athlete can be a factor. The results can be just as devastating as they are for girls and women.

Let's take a quick look at exactly what eating disorders are. The National Institute of Mental Health sums it up: "An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is
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Chicken Pox after Vaccination?

by Tom Seman MD FAAP March 4th, 2011 | Pediatrician on Call
Is it possible for my child to develop chicken pox, even if she has been vaccinated?

Vaccines against viral infections are difficult to make to be 100% effective, even after a booster.  The Chicken Pox vaccine is no exception. After one immunization, the vaccine confers immunity in approximately 85% of people. So approximately 15% of children and adults who are vaccinated can contract and manifest chicken pox if sufficiently exposed. However, the duration and intensity of the disease is significantly lessened.

Prior to the advent of the Chicken Pox vaccine, the disease was very common, with approximately 80% of children having
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