Recognizing Different Rashes in Children

Rashes in children are very common. Most are not a big deal, but can be concerning to parents who notice a new rash, welt or bump on their child’s skin. But most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. Here is a list of some of the most common rashes pediatricians see. Chickenpox: The dreadful chickenpox! Although this is becoming less frequent since the development of the chickenpox vaccine, this viral illness is something that many kids will still catch. This one is very contagious, and spreads rather quickly. It’s an itchy rash with red spots that turn[Read more...]

Access, communications, and experience: A look at our new community based services so far

We have completed two weeks of our new community based service here at Quinte Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and the feedback we’re hearing is that you are loving the change! Here’s what we’ve heard and seen: Increased access — we have been able to increase our ability to see infants, children and teens for same-day or next-day consultation, and acute assessment, as well as regular consultations and appointments. Requests for rapid access have come from referring physicians and nurse practitioners who would like urgent consultation. We’ve also been able to help parents by seeing our patients with special needs who[Read more...]

Coughing 101

We see people cough all the time: on the bus, in the mall, at school and at doctors’ offices. Coughs are annoying, and sometimes embarrassing, and everyone has had someone say to them “That cough sounds real bad”. And the sound of the cough is often what helps doctors diagnose it. Here’s a list of the different types of coughs we hear: Dry Cough: This cough is often one of those nagging coughs that do not produce any mucus or phlegm. This type of cough irritates the lungs and throat. Some common causes are environmental irritants, smoke or viral infections. Wet[Read more...]

The Story of Our Youth Sport Medicine and Healthy Living Clinic

Sports. Athletics. Training. Competing. Staying Active. These are so much a part of living with and raising children and teens that it’s hard to imagine parenting without juggling activity schedules. All of these are also very common topics of conversation and consultation at the office. They pop up even in unrelated visits for problems ranging from constipation to acne. One of the first organized sport medicine education programs I participated in was in 2002, and some have you have seen this education package in the clinic: Some of you have been part of teams, athletes and events sponsored by Quinte[Read more...]