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Why doctors should not prescribe (and parents not request) antibiotics unless absolutely necessary


In addition to the side effects that can occur in an individual who takes an antibiotic, there are effects of antibiotic use on the millions of bacteria that live in our bodies in our digestive and respiratory tracts and on our skin (the microbiome). We know that exposure to antibiotics increases the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the individual and the community and can lead to infectio...

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Allergy and Immunology
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Help us prevent the spread of respiratory viruses


During flu season, we ask that children under the age of 12 not enter our critical care areas to visit with patients.

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Critical Care
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Eosinophilic esophagitis or reflux? Signs your child has EoE


Could your child’s picky eating or spitting up be something more? We talked to Dr. Jay Lieberman, a pediatric allergist/immunologist, about eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammation of the esophagus.

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Allergy and Immunology
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5 tips for a healthier holiday season


The holidays are often associated with sweet treats but Kimberly Boone, MS, RDN, LDN, nutrition program coordinator with Le Bonheur’s Healthy Lifestyles Network, has a few tips on how to eat healthier this season.

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Clinical Nutrition
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When should I take my child to the doctor if he or she is sick?


When your doctor tells you that you have a virus, that tells you that antibiotics are not necessary at that time.

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Infectious Disease
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What's new with the flu this season?


There are two new flu vaccines available this season which are not made in eggs. Until now, all the viruses used in flu vaccines around the world had to be grown in eggs. Infectious Diseases Chief Sandra Arnold, MD, explains this new advancement.

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Infectious Disease
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How to have 'the talk' with your teen


Here are 10 tips for talking about the facts of life from experts at Advocates for Youth, along with additional information on how to elaborate and start a discussion with your teen from a Be Proud! Be Responsible educator.

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Child and Family Support Services
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Be safe and seen this Halloween!


Halloween celebrates all things scary and spooky, but it's never a good time to feel scared for children's safety. There are several easy steps parents and kids can take to reduce their risk of injury.

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Emergency Medicine
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5 signs your child’s sniffles are an allergy


There are no hard and fast rules that can tell you if the symptoms are allergic or not. Here are some tips that can help, though.

Specialties:
Allergy and Immunology