Part two: Urgent Care Centers Versus Our Office What if your child is ill, and you want him to be seen quickly, and you know he does not need an ER visit? Your choices are between us and an urgent care center.
There are different places you can take your child to for health care, and in this two-part article I will explore them in greater detail. Part one: The ER I will start with the ER first. Hopefully, your child will never need one.
“Primum non nocere”, Latin translation from the original Greek “do no harm” as in the Hippocratic Oath as recited by all medical students. Perhaps while you were growing up (much as I did) you heard statements such as: “you’re sick, then go to the Doctor to get an antibiotic”
Along with holiday cheer, snow and cold weather comes Influenza (flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), two common winter illnesses that can be very serious for children. Below is Part II of my primer on winter illnesses. Influenza (flu): This illness presents with the sudden onset of fever (often with chills),
One reason why parents can be reluctant to immunize is that vaccines have been so effective that parents do not have experience with most of the diseases we can protect against. They therefore do not know the devastation the illnesses can cause,
As I approach my 17th winter as a pediatrician, I find that many patients with familiar symptoms and equally familiar diagnoses are filling my schedule. While examining the patients and counseling the parents, I am pleasantly surprised about my continued interested in these illnesses despite having seen them thousands of times.
Nowadays, many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their children, having been told, incorrectly, that vaccines are too dangerous. This is far different from when vaccines were first developed. When the Salk vaccine for polio first came out in the 1950s, parents would endure long lines for a chance to avoid a disease that crippled or killed hundreds of thousands of children yearly in this country alone.