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 I heard that immunizations have side effects and I am hesitating having my baby receive them. Should I worry?

Immunizations protect against very real and very serious diseases that can cause permanent disabilities, and even death.  Immunizations have markedly decreased the incidence of these diseases.  While some rare side effects do occur, your children are far safer receiving these shots, rather than risk serious illness.
My child woke up with an earache. What can I do?

Earaches could be a sign of an ear infection, however, sometimes pressure in the ear from a cold can also cause pain.  A dose of Tylenol or Motrin will decrease the discomfort.  Also helpful is heat applied to the ear, either with a warm compress held against the ear, or a few drops of warm (not hot) olive oil may be dripped into the ear canal. (Do not put anything in the ear if a discharge is noted).  Have us examine your child in the morning.

My child gets frequent colds. Should I start an antibiotic immediately to prevent it from getting worse?

Antibiotics will only help bacterial infections. Most colds are caused by viruses, which will resolve with just symptomatic treatment. We are facing a problem with antibiotic resistance, which we believe has been caused by the over prescribing of antibiotics in the past. Therefore, we try to limit the prescribing of antibiotics to only those cases where it is necessary.

Is fever dangerous?

Fever is the body’s response to infection, and we believe that the “resetting of the body’s thermostat” is what helps the body fight infection. We treat fever only because it makes a child uncomfortable. Rarely, a sudden rapid rise in body temperature may cause a “febrile convulsion”. While this can be a scary experience for the parent who has never seen a seizure, febrile convulsions result in no permanent damage or after-effects.

My baby seems to get frequent colds. What can I do to “boost” his immune system?

Babies, especially those who enter day care for the first time, may experience 10-15 colds a year, all bunched together in the winter season. This is normal and to be expected, and does not indicate an immune deficiency. Constant exposure to normal wintertime viruses will stimulate your child’s immune system to produce antibodies against these microorganisms, and will subsequently prevent or lessen the severity of illness.

My child has taken his antibiotic for 2 days for strep, and he feels much better. Can I stop the medicine?

Once an antibiotic is started, it should be taken for the full course, in order to prevent recurrences of disease. Your child should not return to school until he has had the antibiotics for at lease 24 hours.