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Does My Child Have a Fever? How to Take a Child’s Temperature

Today is October 2nd and suddenly it’s really cold and rainy out! I am still holding out and wearing shorts but will probably give in when the thermostat goes below 45. At work, this can only mean a flood of patients with runny noses, coughs and general upper respiratory symptoms not to mention fever. I…

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My Child Won’t Stop Coughing — Is Vicks VapoRub Safe for Children?

I can’t tell you how many exasperated parents come to the ER in the middle of night because their child won’t stop coughing. Every so often, one child comes in coughing and smelling very distinctly of Vicks VapoRub. The American Academy of Pediatrics tells us that over the counter (OTC) cough suppressants are ineffective and…

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Stroller safety

We see ALOT of cases of head injury in the pediatric emergency department. Thankfully, most cases are minor. I often send parents home with an ice pack and tell them that they don’t need to wake their child up every 10 minutes to make sure that they are still alive. Many of the minor head…

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Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies by Dr. Gordon Lee D.D.S. Westport Pediatric Dentistry Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth — If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, rinse his or her mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment…

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Mosquitos, Ticks and Flies Oh My! A Parent’s Guide to Insect Repellent

My daughter and husband are the exact opposite of an insect repellent. Mosquitoes seem to love my daughter; during the warm summer months she is a mosquito magnet, covered head to toe in mosquito bites. Not only does she seem to acquire several mosquito bites, but she also has the added bonus of being allergic…

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Fresh off the Press – New Concussion Guidelines!

With all the recent news about concussions and hockey season well under way, I wanted to update you with the newest guidelines posted by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Thousands of hours of research were invested in putting together these guidelines which will hopefully help us diagnose and manage concussions more effectively. These guidelines…

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A visit to the Emergency Room for children… with my daughter

As an ER doctor I see lots of kids – some of whom are very sick, many of whom have runny noses or a rash for 3 months…and I have to confess to wondering why parents bring their kids to the emergency room for children sometimes. So, I tend to under react with my own…

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Natural Solutions to a Cough

Many of us have seen articles in the news about how effective honey is as a natural cough suppressant. As a pediatrician I am relieved to be able to offer a safe alternative to children who present to the emergency department with a persistent sleep disruptive cough. This is especially because the “traditional” cough suppressants…

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The 411 on 911 – How to Navigate the Emergency Department with Your Child

Today we presented a skit on advocating for your child in the emergency department to parents from the Little Sisters organization of East Harlem. I am extremely grateful to Little Sisters of East Harlem, R Baby and Baby Buggy for giving me opportunity to do this. In an emergency situation, we as parents might be…

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Infants and Constipation – Be in the Loop About Infant Poop

One of the more common reasons for visits to the emergency department is constipation and abdominal pain. Constipation concerns parents at all stages of their child’s development – infancy, toddler, school age and beyond. Because this is such a broad topic, I am going to focus on infants and constipation. What defines constipation in an…

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