Tag: respiratory infections

  • Pediatric Newsletter #5

    Welcome to my more or less monthly newsletter for parents about pediatric topics. In it I highlight and comment on new research, news stories, or anything else about children’s health I think will interest parents. I have 30 years of experience practicing pediatrics, pediatric critical care (intensive care), and pediatric emergency room care. So sometimes…

  • Treating coughs in children: don’t use cough medicine, but honey may help

    I’ve written about this before, but it’s well worth doing it again. It’s once more cold season, bringing up the question parents commonly face: Should they buy one of those rows and rows of cough, sneeze, and runny nose medicines one finds in every drug store and supermarket? In a nushell, no — none of…

  • Commercial cold medicine for young children? Just don’t.

    I’ve written about this before, but it’s well worth doing it again. It’s once more cold season, bringing up the question parents commonly face: Should they buy one of those rows and rows of cough, sneeze, and runny nose medicines one finds in every drug store and supermarket? In a nushell, no — none of…

  • Decreased rates of ear infection diagnosis: one reason antibiotic prescribing is trending down

    The rates of prescribing oral antibiotics in children have been declining steadily since the early 1990s. A principle reason for this is the increased awareness, both among doctors and the general public, of the problem of producing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These superbugs are created when we expose the whole population of bacteria in our bodies, most…

  • How many colds are too many?

    My child is sick all the time. If you are a parent of a preschool child, have you ever thought that? And, if you have, did you worry all those frequent illnesses meant there was something seriously wrong, some significant, underlying illness? Pediatricians and family doctors often hear this worry from parents. Preschool children have…

  • Want to avoid colds? Wash your hands.

    This time of year I’m closely exposed to dozens of children with viral respiratory infections. I don’t want to get what they’ve got, both because it would be unpleasant for me and because my unhappy colleagues would be forced to cover whatever time away from the PICU an infection caused me. So I do whatever…

  • Cold remedies for small children

    In a nutshell — none of the preparations sold over-the-counter to treat upper respiratory infections in children work, and all could be dangerous. That’s the conclusion of a recent report by the Food and Drug Administration. You can read about the details of the decision, as well as the history of how and why these cold remedies…