Bug of the Month: RSV Infection or Bronchiolitis

Technical Names: RSV Bronchiolitis NickNames: RSV, wheezing virus What it is: viral infection of the small airways of the lung; can cause a true¬†viral pneumoniaas well. Typical Ages for Illness: All ages; most severe in young and premature infants and children with heart and lung problems including congenital heart disease and asthma. Interesting fact: all kids become infected by RSV by the age of … [Read more...]

Bug of the Month: Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever

Technical Names: Streptococcal Pharyngitis NickNames: Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat What is it: infection of the throat involving the pharynx, tonsils or both Typical Ages for Illness: school age kids and teens are the biggest population; can occur in adults; rare in children under 2 years of age. Typical Symptoms: sore throat and pain with swallowing; swollen neck glands +/- abdominal pain … [Read more...]

When to keep kids home from school or daycare

It never fails. One of your children gets sick when your spouse is away on business and you have a full schedule. The domino effect for a family with a sick child is enormous - home, work and school lives are all impacted and often at the least convenient times! To complicate matters, it can be difficult deciding when to keep a child home and when to forge ahead business as usual. Sickness is a … [Read more...]

Bug Of The Month: Mononucleosis

With the news in Boston recently of two co-eds at a local college getting diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, many people are alarmed. While a very contagious illness if you have contact with an infected person, this is not contagious like the flu. So, there is little concern for wide-spread community spread. But, meningitis can be tricky to diagnose and can be a very serious and sometimes deadly … [Read more...]