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Fever – When To Call Our Office

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Note: The following are guidelines only. Your child’s general appearance and the way he/she is acting are more important indicators of illness than the height of...
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Your Independent Toddler – Fun, Joy, Frustration and Conflict!

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(Adapted from: Pediatric Care On-Line, Bright Futures, 12 Month Visit – see link to full article at bottom) A child’s first birthday is an exciting and...
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Immunization Schedule

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The following is a list of all routine check-ups recommended by Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics with any associated routine immunizations or screening tests performed at each visit. Our...
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Treating Your Child’s Vomiting or Diarrhea

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Description/Cause/ Expected Course The main goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration. Your child needs to drink enough fluids to replace the fluids lost from vomiting or diarrhea. Even with the correct diet, vomiting or diarrhea may continue. Oral rehydration therapy is a way to help your child when he or she has vomiting or diarrhea. This therapy has 3 simple rules: Rule 1. Give your child a special liquid called an oral electrolyte solution to prevent serious dehydration. An oral electrolyte solution is a liquid that has exactly the right amount of water, sugar, and salts. You can buy this solution in most drugstores in different forms such as liquid (Pedialyte), or special popsicles. School‐aged children may also drink sports drinks such as Gatorade but it is best to avoid the red flavors. Rule 2. Feed your child healthy, good foods to help him or her heal. Rule 3. Know how to decide when your child is not getting better. Rule 1. Give your child an oral electrolyte solution. As soon as your child starts vomiting or having diarrhea, give your child oral electrolyte solution. For the first 6 hours make sure your child gets at least the right amount for his or her age. Age  Amount Less than 6 months old 2 to 3 ounces every hour. If you are breastfeeding, do not stop. Feed your child for a shorter time and more often. Breast milk is the best liquid for your child. 6 months to 2 years old 3 to 4 ounces every hour. If you are breastfeeding, do not stop. Feed your child for a shorter time and more often. Breast milk is the best liquid for your child. 2 years or older 4 to 8 ounces every hour Hints:...
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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

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Description small, painful ulcers in the mouth small blisters or red spots located on the palms and soles, and on the webs between the fingers and toes sometimes, small blisters or red spots on the buttocks low‐grade fever between 100 and 102 degrees F (37.8 and 38.9 degrees C) mainly occurs in children age 6 months to 4 years Cause Hand, foot, and mouth disease is always caused by the Coxsackie A‐16 virus. It has no relationship to hoof and mouth disease of cattle. Expected Course The fever and discomfort are usually gone by day 3 or 4. The mouth ulcers resolve in 7 days, but the rash on the hands and feet can last 10 days. The only complication seen with any frequency is dehydration from refusing fluids. Home Care 1.  “Magic Mouthwash” for pain relief Mix 1/2 teaspoon antacid solution (such as Maalox or Mylanta) with ½ teaspoon diphenhydramine solution (liquid Benedryl). Apply some of this solution to the inside of the lips and mouth before feeding, up to six times a day. Children over age 4 can use 1 teaspoon of this solution to swish and spit out. 2.  Diet Offer a soft diet. Cold drinks, milkshakes, Popsicles, and sherbet are good choices. Avoid citrus, salty, or spicy foods....
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Understanding Fevers

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FEVER FEARS A Guide To Empower Parents We DO NOT recommend combination cold products containing Mortin®, Advil®, Tylenol®, Ibuprofen, or Acetaminophen. Fever is a symptom, not a disease....
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Croup – A Parent’s Guide

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Croup is an infection that causes the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box) to swell. It is usually part of a cold. Croup occurs most commonly...
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Flu Vaccine Information (Video)

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Dr. Hartman discusses what the flu is, reviews the types of flu vaccine available, and summarizes the benefits of the flu...
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What’s Good About Vaccines (Video)

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Dr. Hartman discusses the benefits of vaccines. This video is intended only for patients of Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates. Please contact your physician for information if you...
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Toddlers and the Newborn Sibling (Video)

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Dr. Hartman discusses some of the emotions your toddler may have and how to empathize with him or her and make the transition easier. This video...
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