Summer is a time when water safety becomes a top priority News coverage is wide spread about swimming pool safety, water quality with our beaches and sun care. The Pinellas County Department of Health shared the following web links for references on the water quality of public pools, public water parks, and local beaches. http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/index.html   The Pinellas County Department Read More

Stomach Ache

Is your child having Vomiting and Diarrhea? What should you do when the Stomach Virus strikes?  Most stomach viruses are self-limiting and can be managed at home by following a few simple steps. 1. Gatorade or Pedialyte for 24 hours. Give your child no more than 1 ounce at a time and allow 15-20 minutes between ounces. After the first 24 Read More

Medications

Knowing Your Childs Medications Have you ever gone to your child’s pediatrician, a specialist or a walk in clinic and been asked what medications your child takes regularly? Well let’s talk about why this is important. All medications that are prescribed or taken over the counter have side effects. A side effect is a reaction that may or may not Read More

Bacteria Vs Virus

Bacteria vs. Virus Have you ever wondered why you take your child to the doctors only to leave frustrated that the Provider did not give your child any medication to get better. Instead they said your child has a virus and to treat the symptoms. So let’s take a look at why providers do not give treatment for a virus. Read More

Allergy Pollen Joke

If you have walked outside your front door lately, you have seen the lovely yellow and green film on your windows, car, patio furniture. Please know this is a high Allergy Asthma season right now. If your child has a know diagnosis of Allergies, Asthma, Reactive Airway Disease or other lung disorders that require the occasional use of Allergy medication Read More

How can I be sure I am buying toys that are safe for my child? Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys. Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and Read More

Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help ensure they have a safe holiday. All Dressed Up: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with Read More

Choking Prevention What can I do to keep my child from choking? Choking is a very common cause of unintentional injury or death in children under age one, and the danger remains significant until the age of five. Objects such as safety pins, small parts from toys, and coins cause choking, but food is responsible for most incidents. You must Read More

When to Suspect an Allergy Here are some common clues that could lead you to suspect your child may have an allergy: Repeated or chronic cold-like symptoms that last more than a week or two, or develop at about the same time every year. These could include a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes. Recurrent Read More

The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Making the First Day Easier Remind your child that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. Read More