152014Nov
What is a Nurse Practitioner?

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional education and training in a specialty area such as family practice or pediatrics. Pediatric and family practice NPs can provide regular health care for kids. Nurse Practitioners (also referred to as advanced practice nurses, or APNs) have a master’s degree in nursing (MS or…

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262014Oct
What is Ebola?

What is Ebola?

By Texas Medical Association What is Ebola, and how is it transmitted? Ebola is a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus that was discovered in 1976. Ebola can be transmitted only when you have direct contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person (alive or dead). Ebola is not spread through the air…

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252014Oct
What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country is enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Take basic steps to keep your child from getting and spreading…

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232014Oct
Nose Care Instructions

Nose Care Instructions

Keep the nose clean and moisturized with saline! Normal saline nose drops are a salty liquid that is like the fluids your body normally produces (tears, mucus), which makes them more comfortable in the nose. Saline is used to moisten the lining of the nose or break up thick nasal secretions. Cleans the mucus out,…

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282014Jul
Sinusitis

Sinusitis

Sinus infections develop about 10-14 days after the onset of an upper respiratory infection or with ongoing allergies. It is recognized by duration, day and nighttime cough, fatigue, headache, or persistent creamy nasal drainage (not just green mucus in the AM and face pressure). In addition, eyes may matter throughout the day and asthma may…

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182014Jul
Strep Throat

Strep Throat

Signs and symptoms may include: Sore throat and enlarged tonsils (pus and redness not essential) Swollen lymph nodes Fever, muscle, body, or joint aches Headache Belly ache, nausea, or vomiting Pinpoint rash Nasal congestion Treatment: Antibiotics will shorten the course of the illness and minimize its spread to others. Medication MUST be taken for the entire…

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142014Jul
Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Goal: Keep children comfortable and hydrated while going through this messy illness. Suppressing vomiting or diarrhea with medications prolongs the damage or masks more serious problems, like appendicitis. A heating pad or warm bath can help cramping and discomfort. If any of these warning signs become apparent, call our office immediately: Blood or mucus in…

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122014Jul
Nosebleed

Nosebleed

(EPISTAXIS) Most nosebleeds are caused by nasal congestion or chronic irritation. They occur mainly at night or early in the morning (increased blood flow to nose). They are often related to exercise, allergy, and nose picking or sinus infection. Important Questions: Are there any sinus or allergy symptoms? This may include congestion, coughing, hoarseness, creamy…

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102014Jul
Magic Mouthwash

Magic Mouthwash

FOR MOUTH SORES Mix equal amounts of Children’s Liquid Benadryl and Maalox (1 ounce to 1 ounce). Give ¼ tsp. to gargle or swallow every 4 hours to coat the throat. The best time to give this is before trying to eat or drink.

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102014Jul
5-2-1-0

5-2-1-0

WHAT DOES 5-2-1-0 STAND FOR? Aim for 5 servings of fruits & vegetables every day Aim for 2 or less hours of recreational screen time every day Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity every day Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar ever For Additional Information Visit: www.letsgo.org www.healthychildren.org/growinghealthy www.myplate.gov

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