Whooping cough cases highlight need for vaccination

A number of children in the Milwaukee metro area recently have been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Whooping cough is particularly worrisome for parents of infants, because children have to be 2 months old to receive the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Although it first seems like a regular cold, whooping cough can turn more serious. It causes coughing so bad that it’s …Continue reading this post

The adolescent health visit

Bright Futures, a helpful guideline for our physicals, describes the ages of 11 to 14 as early adolescence.  These years are typically filled with a great amount of change in a child’s life and can be both exciting and terrifying.

Most of us remember our own awkward years, either good or bad. Visits to the doctor can be a lot of fun for some children but embarrassing to others. This makes the pre-teen and teen visits even more important. Because of this awkwardness or embarrassment, we …Continue reading →

Head lice: The itchy and scratchy show

Just say the words head lice and you’ll have parents, teachers and pediatricians cringing. These little creatures, about the size of a sesame seed, mostly affect school-aged children between 2 and 12 years old. Lice also create unnecessary fear and panic.

As children return to school in the fall, our office starts getting calls from worried parents about lice and nits (lice eggs). In some cases, parents call us in tears and tell us that their son or daughter has been kicked out of school until all the lice and nits are gone. Not only do we have to work to get rid of the lice, but we have to fight to get the child back to class.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report that provides good recommendations for dealing with lice.

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