Many parents have found themselves in this situation: their young child is experiencing respiratory discomfort, and is coughing and wheezing but can’t explain exactly how they feel. Allergies could be the culprit, but similar symptoms are also shared with asthma, a chronic lung disease that impacts breathing. These similarities can make it challenging for parents to know what their child is suffering from.
It’s that time of year again for getting outside to garden, do yard work or take a hike–but we’re not alone out there! The tick population is already out in full swing, which means we need to be prepared and take action to prevent getting bitten. Ticks have a pretty negative reputation, and for good reason…
Earaches are certainly uncomfortable, and if you or your child are experiencing this type of pain, it’s important to understand the cause as soon as possible. Viral infections like the flu or common cold, as well as seasonal allergies can put pressure on the eardrum and lead to fluid build-up in the middle ear. Ear pain can also be caused by “swimmer’s ear”, an ear infection of the outer ear canal that occurs when water gets trapped in the ear after swimming.
In the winter months, young children tend to be especially susceptible to respiratory viruses. While most colds are fairly innocuous and can be expected to resolve on their own, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) can lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia. It is important to understand what to look for to identify RSV and determine if your Read More >
Antibiotics have had a positive effect on public health since first being introduced to modern medicine. However, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about antibiotics, how they work, and when they’re necessary. The overuse of antibiotics is a major problem in the United States, and in many cases, these drugs are not effective against the illnesses they’re prescribed to treat—particularly with viral infection.