When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics
When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics

Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Most sore throats are caused by viral infections like colds or the flu. In these cases, antibiotics don’t work and can actually make you sick longer. Taking antibiotics for a viral infection won’t cure your sore throat, keep others from catching it, or help you feel better. In these … Continue reading “When a sore throat doesn’t need antibiotics”

Dr. Kevin Nelson joins our Payson office
Dr. Kevin Nelson joins our Payson office

We are excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Nelson joined our office in Payson this July 2016. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Nelson is also a father of four. He and his family live in Payson, Utah. Dr. Nelson has a special interest in promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families and has many years … Continue reading “Dr. Kevin Nelson joins our Payson office”

Why good parents leave their children in hot cars
Why good parents leave their children in hot cars
  • Leaving your baby in the car on a hot day for even a few minutes is enough to cause heat stroke.
  • Parents are more likely to forget their children when their habit memory system suppresses their prospective memory system.
  • Don't assume you are immune to mistakes, set in place a reminder for when your child is in the car with you.
Talk to your child about drinking as early as 9 years old
Talk to your child about drinking as early as 9 years old

Article at a Glance The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you talk to your child about the dangers of drinking as early as 9 years old. Help your children understand the dangers of drinking and teach them “media literacy” techniques. Because teens and children are smaller than adults, it takes fewer drinks for them … Continue reading “Talk to your child about drinking as early as 9 years old”

Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS
Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS

Article at a Glance Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is one of the leading causes of death among babies under one year of age. Reduce the risk of SIDS by placing babies on their back to sleep and making sure they are in a safe sleeping environment. Offering a pacifier, breastfeeding, immunizations, room sharing, and … Continue reading “Nine ways to reduce the risk of SIDS”

Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking
Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking

Article at a glance: The percentage of babies who get an ear infection has dropped in the last 20 years. Doctors believe the decrease is due to the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, flu vaccines, an increase in breastfeeding, and a decrease in smoking.   According to a recent study, fewer babies are getting … Continue reading “Drop in ear infection rates attributed to vaccines, breastfeeding, and a reduction in smoking”

Joseph Hershkop joins our Saratoga Springs Office
Joseph Hershkop joins our Saratoga Springs Office

We are excited to announce that Dr. Joseph Hershkop joined our office in Saratoga Springs this May 2016. Dr. Joseph Hershkop, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and father of two. He and his family recently relocated from Nevada, where Dr. Hershkop practiced for several years. Dr. Hershkop not only has extensive experience working in a … Continue reading “Joseph Hershkop joins our Saratoga Springs Office”

10 travel tips for children with autism
10 travel tips for children with autism

Article at a Glance Keep things as familiar as possible by sticking to a routine and incorporating familiar toys, experiences, and foods. Keep your expectations and itinerary realistic. Find out ahead of time what special accommodations may be available for your child at amusement parks, attractions, and the airport.   At first, taking a family … Continue reading “10 travel tips for children with autism”

Does my child have an ear infection?
Does my child have an ear infection?

Article at a glance: Common signs of an earache or ear infection include tugging on the ears, fever, fussiness, or ear pain. Your pediatrician is in the best position to diagnose an ear infection. Prevent ear infections by keeping your children up to date on their immunizations, avoiding secondhand smoke, breastfeeding your baby, and practicing … Continue reading “Does my child have an ear infection?”

When taking an antibiotic can do more harm than good
When taking an antibiotic can do more harm than good

If you don’t need antibiotics, play it safe. Learn when antibiotics can do more harm than good. Antibiotics work great on bacterial infections – shortening illnesses and saving lives. But most colds, flu, coughs, sore throats, and earaches are caused by viral infections. If you have a viral infection, an antibiotic won’t help and the … Continue reading “When taking an antibiotic can do more harm than good”


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