Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?
Jul23

Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?

Have you freaked out about a high fever and fast breathing or rapid heart rate only to find a dose of Tylenol turns a floppy mess of a toddler back into her usual playful self? You check on your little darling and find she is burning up with fever, breathing really fast and looks simply terrible. If you haven’t rushed off to see a doctor under such circumstances, the thought certainly has crossed your mind. Usually sometime around...

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Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills
Feb18

Don’t blame teething for baby’s ills

Teething has had a bad reputation for over 5000 years. Hippocrates, Homer, and Aristotle associated teething with serious diseases1. Since then teething has been blamed for ailments from seizures, to infections like cholera, meningitis, tetanus and even penile discharge. In 18th century France, about half of all infant deaths were attributed to teething. Obviously, it’s ridiculous to blame the eruption of a new tooth for...

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Bend over and take your medicine:  rectal acetaminophen
Aug06

Bend over and take your medicine: rectal acetaminophen

Child refusing fever medicine? What to do when not even a spoon full of sugar will make the medicine go down. Most kids can vomit on command as many parents have witnessed after politely begging a child to take their medicine. Vomiting is no special trick. But I’ve yet to meet a kid who can bear down and push out a rectal suppository. So, if you’ve got an uncooperative medicine-taker at home, there are options. Rectal acetaminophen...

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Sick all the time?
Apr29

Sick all the time?

Does it seem like your child is sick all the time? You’re probably right. Should you be worried? It’s the end of the winter when the average child will have had 8 different illnesses. A new illness every two weeks is common for kids under age five. If you are normal, you’ve worried that your child has an immune system problem or even cancer. And there are a few other things you could worry about: ‘periodic fever syndromes’ and...

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Calculating kids’ medication dose is rocket science
Oct22

Calculating kids’ medication dose is rocket science

Parents often tell me kinda strange things about giving medication to their children. I’ve heard: “I gave her a half-dose of Tylenol because her fever wasn’t that high.” And “She’s allergic to pink medicines; they make her hyperactive.” Some of these stories seem illogical to me at first, but the truth is that kids’ ability to metabolize drugs is so complicated, that it’s nearly impossible to be logical. So it isn’t surprising...

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Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say
Oct03

Fever has a mind of its own, scientists say

Fever is not all bad. In fact, raising your body temperature enhances the body’s infection-fighting defenses. Lizards, fish and even cockroaches and leeches mount a fever to fight infection. But only humans take medicine to get rid of their fever. If fever blocks the multiplication process of germs and enhances immune system function, what happens when we block fever? Researchers at Kings College London[1] considered this question and...

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