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January 05, 2018 | Kate, mother of patient

I will never forget the day we found out Phoebe had food allergies. Our pediatrician had ordered blood work to be done to see if she had allergies as a potential answer to why our baby girl had a drastically low body weight. I was putting the finishing touches on her first birthday cake when the doctor called to let us know the blood work had come back and Phoebe was allergic to soy, wheat, dairy, eggs and tree nuts. Oh - and it was serious and we needed to come pick up an EpiPen right away.  

After tossing the cake in the trash, we tried to wrap our heads around what this meant. I almost didn't even believe in food allergies. I had...

January 04, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

During this time of year (usually September through March), “wintertime” illnesses, such as the common cold, croup, bronchiolitis, asthma exacerbations and flu-like illnesses usually inundate most ECs, urgent care clinics and primary care offices. With significantly higher patient volumes, sicker patients and maximized hospital beds, this “perfect storm” oftentimes leads to crowded waiting rooms, long EC wait times, delayed admissions, and parental and patient exhaustion and frustration. In an effort to prepare patient families for future EC visits during this very busy time, I thought I would share some frequently asked parental questions...

January 02, 2018 | Marianna M. Sockrider, MD, DrPH

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With the winter comes the cold and flu season. Many people have respiratory infections during the winter months, in part because the cold weather and holiday season bring more people together inside. What can be a simple cold for many people, can be very hard on someone with lung or neuromuscular problems such as our children with Rett or MECP2 syndrome.

It is easy to pass on germs by shaking hands, kissing and most of the time germs are...

December 22, 2017 | Ann, mother of patient

At my son's sixth year annual physical with our pediatrician, Dr. Julie Schlegel, I asked her about some unusual behavior my "daughter" was displaying. "She" had recently started refusing to wear her clothes because they were too girly and wanted to shop for clothes in the boys department. She preferred toy weapons and war play rather than typical girl toys and activities. Finally, she would begin each playdate with her friends (mostly boys) by announcing her name was Max or Jake or any other masculine name and stating she was a teenage boy. Additionally...

December 21, 2017 | Jason Thomas, MPAP, PA-C

At the park, at the store, at day care – wherever babies and toddlers are found, it’s becoming a common sight to see youngsters wearing amber teething necklaces. These necklaces consist of multiple round beads strung together on a string around the child’s neck.

While they might look appealing and some parents swear they relieve teething pain, you should never put a necklace on your young child. Strangulation is a serious risk for young children who can easily get something wrapped too tightly around their neck but cannot get it off.

The proponents of amber teething necklaces claim the necklaces relieve teething pain by...

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