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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is an illness caused by a group of viruses that are generally most active during the summer and fall.  It’s the most common in infants and children under age 5 but can at times cause disease in older children and adults.  Typically the illness starts with a fever which can

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Viral Meningitis

Who is at risk for viral meningitis?    Viral meningitis can affect all ages including newborns. What is the most common way viral meningitis develops?  Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges which is essentially the lining that contains the brain and spinal cord.  There are various viruses that can cause this infection.  The most common

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June 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day

One of the most common complaints I get from parents is that their children don’t eat vegetables.  This usually starts around 18 months once kids start to realize that they have opinions about what they eat and can start to be a little pickier.  There is a biological reason why many kids don’t like the

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June 24 National Swim a Lap Day

Swimming is not only a lot of fun but a fantastic form of exercise that hopefully you can all take advantage of on Swim a Lap Day.  Like all water sports, however, swimming does come with some risks that we can work to minimize.  Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages

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Measles

Until recently many of us hadn’t heard about measles and didn’t really think too much about it (I haven’t really since my Board Exams 8 years ago).  So what is measles?  Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions.  In fact the virus can live up to

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Ticks

Let’s talk ticks!  Ticks are small arachnids (related to spiders) that are obligate exoparasites, which means that they need to feed on the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians to survive.  While ticks are a little gross to think about, the reason both parents and doctors alike worry about ticks is because of the

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