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QA2

back to Q&A list QA2: What should I use, tylenol or motrin? Tylenol and motrin (or acetaminophen and ibuprofen) are both anti-pyretic medications.  That means they both reduce fever and also relieve pain.  They each work differently in the body … Continue reading

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QA14

back to Q&A list QA14: What is the difference between Flovent and Pulmicort? They are effectively the same, just different molecules of inhaled steroids that prevent inflammation of the airways.  These are the 2 major brands that we use and have been … Continue reading

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QA15

back to Q&A list QA15: What is the difference between albuterol and ProAir? Albuterol sulfate is what we call an asthma rescue medication.  It relaxes the muscles that surround the small airways in our lungs to improve the movement of … Continue reading

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QA16

back to Q&A list QA16: What is the difference between albuterol (or ProAir) and inhaled steroids (like Flovent and Pulmicort)? Albuterol and inhaled steroids are central to the management of asthma in children and adults.  Asthma is a chronic disease … Continue reading

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QA17

back to Q&A list QA17: Is there mercury in any of the shots that you give to children? Thimerosal was routinely used as a preservative in all vaccines until 1999.  At that time,  the decision was made to remove it … Continue reading

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QA22

back to Q&A list QA22: What vaccines do I as a parent need to make sure that I have? It is very important for parents to make sure that they are up to date with all of their vaccines, since … Continue reading

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QA26

back to Q&A list QA26: Does my child need to take vitamins? Children should not be taking multivitamins with very few exceptions: an infant who is breast feeding should be given Vitamin D supplements daily until he or she is … Continue reading

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QA27

back to Q&A list QA27: How can I help my child to learn how to swallow pills? I usually recommend getting those small M&M’s that come in a tube to practice with initially. First have your child take a large … Continue reading

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QA33

back to Q&A list QA33: When do teeth come in? What do you do for teething? Can I give my child Tylenol? Is it safe to use those numbing gels? Teeth start appearing for most infants between 4-7 months of … Continue reading

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QA36

back to Q&A list QA36: My child has been on an antibiotic and is still having a fever. Why? Your child was likely placed on an antibiotic due to a bacterial infection. If your child’s fever persists after 72 hrs … Continue reading

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QA40

back to Q&A list QA40: My child’s health care provider has used the terms ‘rescue’ vs ‘control’ medications as it relates to treating asthma. What do those terms mean? Treating asthma usually involves using a medication daily to ‘control’ asthma … Continue reading

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QA43

back to Q&A list QA43: Can my child be started on oral birth control pills without having a PAP smear done first? Yes. We do not routinely perform pelvic examinations in this situation unless your daughter is having specific problems … Continue reading

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QA49

back to Q&A list QA49: Can my son get the HPV vaccine? Yes, the HPV vaccine is FDA approved for males ages 9-26 years. – Sharon Keating, PNP

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QA57

back to Q&A list QA57: Should my child be on Flouride? Doesn’t the water have flouride in it and isn’t that enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentists all recommend supplemental fluoride … Continue reading

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QA59

back to Q&A list QA59: My child has asthma and we use inhalers. Do we need to use that “SPACER” thing? Yes. The best way for your child to get his/her asthma medication is with a SPACER. Spacers can be … Continue reading

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QA60

back to Q&A list QA60: How do I use a spacer? Take off the cap, shake the inhaler and attach spacer Breathe out all the way. ( This is tougher for younger kids and ok if not fully achieved.) Place … Continue reading

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QA61

back to Q&A list QA61: How do I clean my spacer? Your space should be cleaned every 4 weeks. Take the spacer apart and wash it in clean water with dishwashing detergent. Don’t rinse off the bubbles but let it … Continue reading

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QA62

back to Q&A list QA62: Anything else I should know about spacers? If you are using a daily controller medication with a spacer, you should rinse your mouth out after each use to make sure there is no residue of … Continue reading

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