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Drowning in Misinformation – Dispelling Common Myths about Children and Drowning Terminology

July 27, 2017

This June, a four year old boy old died tragically in Texas several days after swimming in a dike. He felt fine that day but started vomiting and having diarrhea the following day. A few days later, his father found him unresponsive, called 911 and he was rushed to the emergency department but did not…

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

October 2, 2015

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?

September 21, 2015

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

September 17, 2015

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

September 9, 2015

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

September 1, 2015

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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August 27, 2015

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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Back in the Saddle!

August 27, 2015

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted but now I’m back! I’ll be posting about natural remedies for kids that work (or don’t), helpful or scary things we hear about regarding kids’ health and basic things that we should all know about as parents with accident prone kids. So, just to update you –…

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What’s All the Buzz About?

April 30, 2014

Even though it is 41 degrees out, with cold winds and chilling rain, I have to believe that spring is actually here. There seems to be some evidence of spring since I’m starting to see more kids with insect bites in the emergency department. Most insect bites that I see in the ER are not…

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My Dad

April 3, 2014

On Sunday, I woke up at 5:15am, drank my coffee and took the train to work. It was a slow morning in the ER. Not a lot of patients come in before noon on Sunday morning, so I was talking with my resident and the nurses, thinking about what I would do for dinner, the…

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