Strep Throat

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Strep throat is an infection of the pharynx (throat) and tonsils caused by a bacterium called group A streptococcus. Strep throat accompanied by a rash is called scarlet fever. Strep throat must be treated with an antibiotic.… Read More

Diarrhea

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Diarrhea is the sudden increase in the frequency and looseness of bowel movements. Mild diarrhea is the passage of a few loose or mushy stools. Moderate diarrhea gives many watery stools.… Read More

Croup

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Croup is a viral infection of the vocal cords. It is usually part of a cold. The hoarseness is due to swelling of the vocal cords. Stridor occurs, as the opening between the cords becomes narrower.… Read More

Hay Fever

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Definition There is a clear nasal discharge with sneezing, sniffling, and nasal itching Symptoms occur during pollen season Similar symptoms occurred during the same month of the year Previous confirmation … Read More

Fever

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Fever is a symptom, not a disease. In recent years, research has documented that many human host defense mechanisms are helped by fever, and that fever even enhances the action of antibiotics.… Read More

Thrush

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Thrush is caused by a yeast (Candida) that grows rapidly on the lining of the mouth in areas abraded by prolonged sucking (as when a baby sleeps with a bottle or pacifier). A large pacifier or nipple can also injure the lining of the mouth.… Read More

Bronchiolitis

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The wheezing is caused by a narrowing of the smallest airways in the lung (bronchioles). This narrowing results from inflammation (swelling) caused by any of a number of viruses, usually the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).… Read More

Influenza

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Sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, malaise, and diffuse myalgia are the main symptoms of flu. As the illness progresses, sore throat, nasal congestion, and deep cough can become more prominent. Severity of the illness can range from simple upper respiratory tract infection with low grade fevers to serious life threatening infection.… Read More

Healthy Habits

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I was asked to offer some tips to help kids develop habits to maintain a healthy weight. No one likes to talk about weight or change. I offer no guilt slinging here. Studies of healthy habits in kids show that the following habits are significantly associated with individuals who have and maintain a healthy weight.… Read More

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