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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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Minty fresh -the good and bad of peppermint oil

Two weeks ago, my son went to the pediatrician for his routine check up and brought home a souvenir – 10 days of headaches, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps. This meant no school, no hockey practice and lots of whining around the house for me and him. Over the counter remedies for diarrhea like Imodium…

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Sick Kids At School — Some Useful Guidelines

Labor Day has passed, and now it’s time to go back to school… and back to strep throat, colds, stomach viruses, pink eye and any other bug that your child can pick up in a classroom the equivalent of a petri dish. One of the big questions for parents is if my child has strep…

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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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