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How Do I Know if a Cut Needs Stitches?


One of the most common questions I get is, “Does this need stitches?” Here are a few tips that might help. (Note: When I say “stitches,” that simply means the wound needs closure by a doctor — see types of closures below).  Wounds that need stitches are: Gaping open. If a wound is in a high (...)

10 Things You Should Have In Your Medicine Cabinet


Everybody should have a few common, key items in their medicine cabinet. These few items should help in a pinch, and save you from making trips to the store in the middle of the night. Here are the must haves to any medicine cabinet: Tylenol (generic is acetaminophen). You can buy the children’s or infant formula; (...)

How Good Is Your Knowledge Of Caring For A Wound!


Summer is injury season. While I don’t see most simple scraped knees, I do see the consequences of ones not properly cared for. Hopefully a 3 minute review can prevent your child’s next simple wound from turning into a big problem. (...)

Eczema: The Itch That Rashes


Eczema is a very common childhood skin condition. It can affect all ages, and it ranges in severity from mild (hardly noticeable and requiring no prescription medications) to very severe (requiring multiple prescription medications and very life-altering). The key to successful treatment is in understanding what eczema is all about. What is Eczema? Eczema is (...)

Cradle Cap: The Scaling, Flaking Rash On Your Newborn’s Head


Have you noticed that your newborn’s head has yellow, scaly flakes on it? If so, your baby probably has a condition called “Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis” (awesome name, right?). Everyone outside of medicine calls it “cradle cap.” Take heart, you didn’t do anything wrong to cause it, but there is a lot you can do to (...)

Seen These Spots On Your Kid’s Hands And Feet?


It is late spring/early summer and I’ve been fielding daily calls about an illness going around daycares and preschools. The bug is Coxsackie Virus, which causes “Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease” or “Herpangina” (if it’s limited to just the mouth). It’s a miserable illness that all parents should know about, since you’re likely to be (...)

Newborn Tips: Skin Care


As many of you know, I had another baby this past week. Despite having done this a few times, I am reminded of all the quirky nuances of caring for a newborn. So, I’ve decided to share a series of quick tips on caring for newborns (seeing as how I have a cute example at home). Last night, (...)

Real Tips for Treating A Burn


I haven’t posted an article for some time due to a burn I sustained on my hand. As is the case with most accidents, it happened when my mind momentarily left me and I instinctively reached out to grab something hot. The problem was compounded when at the moment my mind registered the crazy pain, (...)

5 Things Newborns Do That You May Not Know About


I had the privilege of seeing 5 newborns in clinic yesterday. As I found myself repeatedly talking about some of the quirky, lesser known, normal activities of newborns, I realized that there are things parents didn’t warn each other about. These are all NORMAL things in the newborn stage. Skin peeling. Babies have been swimming (...)

Top 10 Questions Parents Ask About Vaccines


Because August is National Immunization Awareness month, I thought I’d address vaccines. Parents are savvy and ask great questions. Vaccine concerns are no exception. I spend a huge part of my work day discussing vaccines. These are the most common questions I get. 1. Are vaccines safe? The short answer is: yes. The longer answer is that (...)