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3 Lesser-Known Colic Home Remedies

by Kari Kassir, M.D.* Q. My baby has colic. I’ve tried everything my doctor suggested, but it’s not working. Do you have any tips? A. Several home remedies may help with colic, above and beyond the usual calming strategies. […]

By | October 13th, 2015|Children|6 Comments

How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime. Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus? […]

By | August 11th, 2015|Children, Hot, Weather|2 Comments

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions? Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick. When to Add the Breathing These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker. But there are exceptions. […]

By | October 6th, 2014|Children, General|16 Comments

3 Childhood Illnesses That Cause Swollen Necks

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When you’re sick and go to the doctor, one of the first things we often do is feel your neck. We’re looking for swelling in certain places, which can indicate an infection. So if your child gets sick and you’re unable to get expert help, if there’s swelling in the neck, that can give you clues about what’s going on. […]

By | August 25th, 2014|Children, Infectious Disease|5 Comments

4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

Part 2 in my childhood charts series. See more charts here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs. […]

By | August 11th, 2014|Children, Infectious Disease|1 Comment

Ye Olde Childhood Rashes Chart: Quick-Reference for Today’s Outbreaks

This is the first in my series of childhood-illness charts. See more here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Unless you’re of a certain age, you may have never seen some of the diseases in the chart on the next page. Join the crowd; many younger doctors haven’t either. Measles and rubella, which used to be so common, have been close to wiped out in the U.S. Chickenpox cases have come down to an estimated 80 percent of what they were in the 1990s. (Scarlet fever cases have remained about the same, but they’re still pretty rare compared with fifth disease and roseola.) So why should you care about them? The words “close to” are key. […]

By | July 28th, 2014|Children, Infectious Disease|16 Comments

Knee Injury Prevention: Lessons Learned From Girls Soccer

Girls are especially prone to knee injuries. James Hubbard, MD, MPH Question. What do adolescent girl athletes and the rest of us have in common? Answer. Knee injuries, of course :). In fact, anyone who gets in a little too much of a hurry or doesn’t watch what they’re doing is susceptible. Add jumping or a quick pivot for whatever reason and your risk increased greatly. A while back, I jumped off a porch with such a jar I thought I’d shaken my teeth out. The reason was I landed without bending my knees and it’s a wonder I didn’t injure one of them. You can be in tiptop shape (unlike me), and have the strongest of legs and still get hurt—just because you land or pivot wrong. Fortunately, there’s been a lot of recent research in knee injury prevention triggered by the growing amount of injuries in girls’ sports. It seems they are particularly prone to ACL tears. The keys are not only strength but balance, and training our brain to make our legs land in the correct position. A little preparation can go a long way to prevent a debilitating injury. […]

By | July 7th, 2014|Children, General|5 Comments

Why You Might Need Swimming Lessons Even If You Can Swim

James Hubbard, MD, MPH Every year even good swimmers drown. Some are in an accident or become unconscious due to a seizure, alcohol, or another reason. Some drown trying to help others. And some just don’t know how to swim as well as they thought. According to a survey done by the American Red Cross, 80 percent of Americans say they can swim, but only 56 percent can complete all five critical water safety skills that make up what’s known as “water competency.” Could you? The skills are: […]

By | June 16th, 2014|Children, General|5 Comments

7 Measles FAQs: What You Need to Know

Typical measles rash. (Click to zoom.) Usually starts on the face three to five days after symptoms begin. Travels down the body. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH One of the worst U.S. measles outbreaks in years is going on in Ohio. So far, around 70 people have been infected. Another outbreak, in California, has involved about 60 people. Though the measles is considered essentially eradicated in the U.S., there are a few cases here every year. This is a big year for them though, with 187 cases nationwide as of May 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So this is a good time to bone up on your knowledge. Here are seven FAQs about this very contagious viral infection. […]

By | May 19th, 2014|Children, Infectious Disease|11 Comments

Fever in Children: When to Worry, What to Do

Part 1 in our 4-part series on fever in children by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A common call I get from parents and grandparents is about their child’s fever: They can’t get it to go down. They want to know if it’s too high, what to do, and why the medicine they’re giving isn’t getting it back to normal. It used to happen all the time after I’d seen a child with strep throat, until I got smart enough to explain at the visit that with strep, no matter what we do, the fever is usually going to hang around for about 72 hours. It’s going to get worse at night. Even taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen sometimes won’t bring it down to normal. If the child is drinking fluids and not looking a lot worse, they’ll just have to be patient and wait for the immune system, with the help of antibiotics, to have time to fight it off. And still, I get the calls. But I understand. Because fever in children can be scary—doubly so if you don’t know the cause and can’t get expert advice when you need it. […]

By | July 10th, 2013|Children, Infectious Disease|27 Comments