Sore Throats

Sore throat is a very common reason for children to visit the doctor. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and require only comfort care. Parents often worry that their child’s symptoms are from strep throat and require antibiotics. While the only way to confirm that a sore throat is from strep, not all sore

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The flu shot

Many parents wonder if they should get the flu shot for their children each fall.  In almost every case, the answer is YES! The flu shot protects against influenza.  This is a very serious virus that causes high fever, severe cough and congestion, body aches, and general misery.  It also has a high rate of

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Ticks

As your children are playing outdoors in these summer months, it is important to be proactive in preventing tick exposure and tick bites. Illinois has seen a rise in tick illness due to the warmer summer months we have experienced thus far. Ticks are mainly active outdoors in wooded areas, but most people are actually

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Antibiotics

Most of the time a child is sick, he or she does not need an antibiotic. The vast majority of childhood illness are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. If your child has a virus, antibiotics cannot make them better.  Viral illnesses include all colds as well as the flu and most cases of

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Whooping Cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis.  It is spread from person to person, usually through coughing or sneezing.  The bacteria, which only infects humans, releases toxins which damage the respiratory tract.   Pertussis usually starts with symptoms that are identical to the common cold:  congestion, runny nose,

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Stomach Flu Vs. Flu

The differences between the Stomach Flu and the Influenza “Flu” People often get confused about the difference between the stomach flu and influenza. Stomach Flu The stomach flu actually refers to gastroenteritis or irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract).  Signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis usually consist of vomiting and diarrhea,

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Eczema

Eczema is a chronic disease of the skin causing dry, itchy, irritated skin.  Many infants and children diagnosed with eczema, also have hay fever, food allergies and asthma.  The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but the condition tends to run in families.  Occasionally, certain triggers will make eczema worse. Triggers may be certain foods,

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