Archive for the ‘Infectious diseases’ Category

A Cold or Allergy …Which one is it?

Your child comes to you complaining of a running nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and a cough. It’s got to be a cold, right?  This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a pediatrician. It’s important for parent to know that the symptoms of nasal allergies are similar to those of a […]


The ‘Day Care’ Stomach Sickness

It’s confirmed. The recent sickness that prematurely ended the Royal Caribbean cruise two weeks ago was the norovirus. Last week there was another cruise ship (this one operated by Princess Cruise) that also ended early due to a widespread stomach sickness…possibly the norovirus. While all the buzz is about the norovirus on cruise ships, it’s […]


Listeria laden cantalope risky-especially during pregnancy

Listeria made the news this week. While it sounds like some minty tasting mouthwash, it’s not. It’s a bacteria that can cause a pretty nasty infection–particularly in pregnant women. In fact, pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get Listeria infections than other healthy adults. How does one acquire a Listeria infection? It’s found […]


New guidelines for babies with bladder infections.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has new guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of children ages two to 24 months with bladder infections. Previously, all infants and toddlers with their first bladder infection were tested with a somewhat invasive radiologic procedure (VCUG) looking for an anatomic predisposition to bladder/kidney infections (vesicoureteral reflux or “VUR”) and […]


Flu vaccine is here. Time to get yours!

As kids return to school and fall weather arrives (okay, it’s 90 F here today instead of 107 F—but it does feel cooler), medical offices and pharmacies across the country are starting to offer flu vaccine. The flu virus (influenza) usually shows up between October and April, so it’s good to get protected as soon […]


Flu vaccine is here. Time to get yours!

As kids return to school and fall weather arrives (okay, it’s 90 F here today instead of 107 F—but it does feel cooler), medical offices and pharmacies across the country are starting to offer flu vaccine. The flu virus (influenza) usually shows up between October and April, so it’s good to get protected as soon […]


Flu is here.

It’s that time again. The influenza viruses (both A and B strains) are making their cross country tour. Unlike last year’s really strange H1N1, this year is shaping up to be a pretty typical flu season. The southern states and atlantic states are in full flu swing with Alabama and Louisiana having the highest number […]


RSV: Is your child wheezing?

RSV. Officially, it stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. But, if you are a parent with an RSV infected child, you might think it stands for Really Stinky Virus. ‘Tis the season for Wheezin’…RSV is a very common winter respiratory infection. It’s clear when RSV has made its appearance in town because infants and young children […]