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COVID-19 Vaccine Feb 1st, 2021

If you are like us, you are thrilled the COVID-19 vaccine is here, but you are also a little (or a lot) frustrated that more people do not have access to the vaccine yet.  You are happy that front-line health care workers and those in nursing homes are receiving the...

COVID-19: What we have learned through 2020 Jan 5th, 2021

Though 2020 brought unprecedented challenges with COVID-19, this new year holds great promise!   Despite the hope we have in the new COVID-19 vaccine, the virus cannot leave the forefront of our minds just yet.  This does not mean we have to live in fear.  We have learned much from 2020...

Screen time and eye health in light of COVID-19 Sep 1st, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have all spent much more time looking at screens than ever before.  Though we do not know definitively what the fall semester will look like, we know that it will likely involve more screen time!  This is concerning to many parents.  Mindfully considering how...

Baseline concussion testing Aug 1st, 2020

1. First, what is baseline testing? Baseline tests are tests done before contact sports participation to determine an athlete’s normal performance.   Then, in the event we think a concussion has occurred, we repeat testing and use the baseline as a comparison.  Post-concussion testing almost always shows a drop in performance,...

Insects, insects, everywhere!  How to protect your family from insect bites. Jul 14th, 2020

Summertime brings us outside.  When summer occurs during times of COVID, we become more creative with activities for our families.  This means more people will be outside exploring new areas.  Staying active outside is a wonderful activity, if you and your children are protected from sunburns and insects.  Most children...

Molluscum Contagiosum: What is that?! Jun 2nd, 2020

What is molluscum? Molluscum contagiosium is a common wart virus caused by a poxvirus.  Though molluscum can resemble warts, the virus that causes them is different. It occurs most in children, aged 2-12 years. Signs and Symptoms Molluscum causes 1 or more tiny (from pin head to ¼ inch) skin...

Pink Eye Apr 6th, 2020

When the white of the eye becomes pink or red, it's called ‘pink eye.’ Conjunctivitis is the medical name for ‘pink eye.’ The conjunctiva is the membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It becomes pink when it is infected or irritated. Conjunctivitis can be caused by several different...

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Q&A Mar 3rd, 2020

What is it? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of a family of viruses that affects many of us every year, causing a mild cold.  What’s new about this particular coronavirus, is that it’s a new strain, and our immune systems have not yet been exposed to this...

Dispelling myths about pediatric illnesses Dec 3rd, 2019

Each of us has received advice about an illness from a friend, family member, doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc.  Often the advice we receive is welcome and helpful, but other times, we wonder if the given guidance is accurate. Though there are reliable internet resources, there is plenty of information online...

Caring for your child’s cold Nov 1st, 2019

If you or your child has recently suffered a cold, you know how frustrating this annoying viral illness can be.  Though the symptoms are not typically miserable, they do not resolve quickly and medications that promise to help symptoms often do not and have undesirable side effects.  Also frustrating are...

Tips for managing eczema and dry skin Oct 29th, 2019

We see eczema flare up at this time of year due to the cooler temperatures.  Read below to find out how you can help care for your child’s dry skin. What is eczema? Eczema is an inherited form of very dry skin.  It is often seen in those who also...

What to do if you suspect a concussion Sep 11th, 2019

What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury). They can be referred to as a “mild TBI” because they are not usually life-threatening.  Concussions occur when a hard hit to the head or body causes the brain to move in the skull.  The movement...

Our favorite internet resources for parents Aug 6th, 2019

ADD/ADHD https://chadd.org/ https://kidshealth.org/  Asthma and allergies https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma https://www.aaaai.org/ https://kidshealth.org/ Food Allergy: https://www.foodallergy.org/  Autism https://m-chat.org/  Breastfeeding https://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/ https://lllusa.org/ https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/default.aspx https://www.breastmilkcounts.com/ https://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/ https://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/ https://wicbreastfeeding.fns.usda.gov/ https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm https://kellymom.com/  Child Care http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Search_Texas_Child_Care/ppFacilitySearchDayCare.asp  Concussion care https://www.sportssafect.com/blog Dental health http://www.austintexas.gov/department/water https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/fluoride-water.html https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/resources  Development https://healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/pages https://www.aap.org/en-us/documents/periodicity_schedule.pdf https://www.zerotothree.org/ https://kidshealth.org/ Drug Abuse https://drugfree.org/  Growth and healthy eating https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/growth-charts.html https://familydoctor.org/weight-issues-in-children/...

Sun Safety Jul 24th, 2019

Preventing sunburns is so important because even a “few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer.”  The best way to prevent sunburn is through skin protection.  We recommend staying in the shade as much as possible, wearing sun-protection swim shirts...

Swimmer's Ear Jun 17th, 2019

What is swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear is the common name for otitis externa, which means an infection to ear canal.  This is different than a middle ear infection, otitis media, an infection common in infants and toddlers who have recently had a cold or upper respiratory infection.  Swimmer’s ear is...

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease May 13th, 2019

What is hand, foot, and mouth? Hand, foot, and mouth is a common childhood virus often caused by coxsackie virus which occurs in spring, summer, and fall.  It most often affects infants and children up to 5 years of age.  Adults can also develop hand, foot, and mouth disease also,...

Strep Throat Apr 23rd, 2019

What is strep throat?  Strep throat is a very common throat infection in children and adults.  It is caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus.  Unfortunately, strep throat is present year-round and is spread easily and quickly through schools and day care.  It occurs most commonly in kids over 3...

Fever Mar 20th, 2019

What is a fever?  Fever is defined as a temperature greater than 100.4°F.  A fever is one of the body’s ways of fighting infection. Viruses and bacteria often cannot live in hotter temperatures, so the body temperature elevates in order to help fight off the infection. While it is a great...

Bronchiolitis and RSV Feb 1st, 2019

RSV / BRONCHIOLITISHave you ever picked up your child from daycare and been notified that a child in the class has RSV? Or maybe a friend, a few days after a playdate, calls to tell you that their infant came down with a really awful cold and the pediatrician said...

Influenza Jan 2nd, 2019

Influenza is a contagious respiratory viral illness that circulates throughout the world all year. In the Northern Hemisphere, influenza is most commonly seen in the fall and winter months, although it can be active at any time of year. For instance, during the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic, a result of...

Croup Nov 27th, 2018

You pick little Jonny up from daycare to find that he has yet another runny nose. It seems like he just got over the last cold! But you suppose it is that time of year. During dinner and bath time you hear him cough a few times and it sounds like...

Back to School! Aug 7th, 2018

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end so quickly. We hope you and your kids are excited for a new school year. Here are a few reminders to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to head back to school. Well Child Check Ups Well child checks are...

Home Care for the Common Cold Jul 26th, 2018

Unfortunately, all kids will get an upper respiratory infection (common cold) at some point. Thankfully, there are quite a few things parents can do at home to help support their child’s recovery from these illnesses and alleviate their symptoms.  Below are some tips to help your child feel better!What are...

FAQ's on Insect Bites Jun 19th, 2018

FAQ’s on insect bites!Today we are talking about insect bites! Kids are very curious and interested by insects and love playing outside. Most bites are self-limited and benign, but there are occasions that warrant a trip or call to the pediatrician. Read below for information on some common questions we...

Injury Prevention May 10th, 2018

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and enjoying getting to play outside with your children! Unfortunately, injuries, bumps and bruises are a part of childhood, thankfully most are minor.  Here are some tips to prevent more significant injuries.BurnsBurns are one of the leading cause of injuries in children...

Ear Infection FAQs Apr 11th, 2018

Ear infections are the most common reason for doctor visits in young children. Chances are your child has had or will have at least one ear infection. Since this is common year-round, today we are answering frequently asked questions about ear infections. What is an ear infection? What causes an ear...

Water Safety Mar 23rd, 2018

The weather is warming up in Austin and spring is here!  Warmer weather means sunshine, swimming, ‘sno cones’, and lots of outside play time, but these do not come without risk. Today we want to highlight a few safety concerns for children playing in and around water. Drowning Prevention               The best...

Sunscreen Jul 11th, 2017

Tips for choosing a sunscreen/sunblock for your child.Use a "Broad-spectrum" product. Broad spectrum means that the sunscreen protects agains UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburns.Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30...