Hand, Foot, and Mouth…Oh My!

Hand, Foot, and Mouth…Oh My!

What is it? Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common, contagious illness caused by different viruses. It typically affects infants and children under age 5, but older kids and adults can catch it as well. From the time the child is exposed to hand, foot, and mouth...

Fever: Myths & Facts

The Trials & Tribulations of Fever: Myths & Facts 1. Does a fever above 102.5 mean you need to go to the ER? One of the most common questions parents ask is “at which temperature is a fever dangerous”? Before going into more detail, a fever is defined as a...

Molluscum

My son was exposed to another child who has molluscum. What is this and is it contagious? Molluscum contagiosum, commonly referred to as molluscum, is a common and benign viral infection that affects the skin.  Rare among infants less than 1 year old, this condition...

Sore Throat

If my child has a sore throat, will they need antibiotics? Pharyngitis, commonly known as a sore throat, is one of the leading causes for children’s visits to pediatrician.  The cause of a sore throat is most commonly due to a virus.  This virus is oftentimes the same...

Ear Infection

My 19 month old just got over their first ear infection. How common are ear infections? Acute otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear), commonly known as an ear infection, is responsible for approximately 24 million visits to the doctor’s office each year.  Ear...