Eczema in Three Steps

Itching, scratching, weeping skin. Interrupted sleep, daytime annoyance (or worse). Bad picture days. If your child has eczema, you probably recognize problems that occur commonly in your day-to-day life. Eczema is an immune condition. In the spectrum of immune disease, it’s relatively small. Other immune conditions often produce more disability, side effects from medications, sometimes organ transplant. But if eczema is in your home, it’s bad enough. For many, there are also triggers in the environment, including hot weather, humidity, sweating, stress, and some allergens such as pets and dust mites. You may also have heard eczema referred to by[Read more...]

All About Earaches And When Antibiotics Are Needed To Treat Them

For such a small part of the body, ears have a powerful impact. Raise your hand if you’ve spent a long night with a toddler who wakes up suddenly with an earache, and his pain kept him, and you, and other family members up for most of the rest of the night. Earaches often start suddenly, but they’re also masters of surprise. Many children develop colds, sneeze their way through a week of symptoms, and then seem to be on the mend. Until a fever develops late in the week, and an ear starts to hurt right about the time[Read more...]

Enterovirus D68: What You Need To Know

** PLEASE NOTE: While we encourage comments and discussion on all of our articles, please understand that we cannot consult or diagnose patients online. If you are concerned about the health of your child or yourself, please visit your local physician. ** There’s a reason why everyone’s paying attention to the respiratory virus that’s moving across the USA and into Canada this month. Enterovirus D68 is different. It starts as a common cold. And for some previously healthy infants, toddlers and children, it progresses to severe respiratory distress treated in the intensive care unit. This virus has been around since the early 1960s,[Read more...]