Health Information For You!

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Here’s an alphabetical list of handouts and links to outside resources that you may find interesting. Please check back, because I plan to post all my handouts. You may also want to follow me on facebook for more health information.

Antioxidants

Breastfeeding, including information on mastitis, meds to increase milk, and more

Babyproofing tips, including list of poisonous plants

Calorie boosters for kids who aren’t gaining weight well

Circumcision — information on anesthesia

Colic — babies who cry over 3 hours a day

Cough and cold

Items you may wish to use for a cold:

  • Hungarian baby-nose-vacuum: This device attaches to your vacuum cleaner and sucks snot out of a baby’s nose. There are videos to watch of it in use on this site.
  • Nosefrida The Snot Sucker: This one uses your own mouth to suck. There’s a filter in-between the baby’s nose and your mouth.
  • Baby Comfy Nose: This one also uses your own mouth to suck. You put a tissue in the plastic egg to act as a filter.

Dermatology: a link to a dermatology diagnostic tool that may help you

Diarrhea

Drowning prevention: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends drowning prevention class. I especially recommend it for any young child who will be at a privately owned pool this summer. Here is a guide to water safety from CHOP and a drowning prevention class. Many neighborhood YMCAs also offer lessons, and this is a 2016 list of swim classes in the Philadelphia area.

Fever

Food allergy prevention: More and more studies suggest that LATE introduction of solids may lead to an INCREASED risk of food allergies, while EARLY (4-6 months) introduction may lead to a DECREASED risk. Here are some articles on this topic:

High blood pressure

Iron deficiency prevention: AAP Guidelines say, start iron supplements in breastfed babies at 4 months

Measles

Migraines

Nanny hiring: If you are hiring a nanny, please pay for him or her to be tested for Hepatitis B and tuberculosis to see if she has them, and to be checked for immunity against measles, mumps and chicken pox, before starting. Also, provide for the nanny to receive a flu vaccine each fall, and a Tdap vaccine (against whooping cough) within 2 years of starting with a newborn, as well as give proof of a hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccine at some point in the past.

Overweight: how to prevent it in young children and how to lose weight

Probiotics

Ringworm

Sleep:

Smoking cessation

Talking about violence with children

Thrush

Tick Information: if you find a tick on your child, please put it in a small jar with rubbing alcohol and bring it to the office. We will send it to the lab to be checked for Lyme Disease.

Tuna fish – how much is safe?

Tylenol and ibuprofen: this very interesting article from the American Academy of Pediatrics questions the safety of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Worth reading before giving your child this common over-the-counter medication. And concerns re ibuprofen in infants are probably overstated. That said, do be careful with ibuprofen if your infant or child is dehydrated, and give Tylenol until they are better hydrated.

Vaccine information: our vaccine page has links to Vaccine Information Statements by the CDC and to the AAP information site on immunizations, as well as a number of interesting articles.

Vomiting

Yeast diaper rash

Healthychildren.org Symptom Checker: This is good, reliable information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.