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A Comeback for Measles?

A Comeback for Measles?

In 2004, the US was glad to announce that endemic measles was eliminated due to effective vaccination. Historically, before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that measles outbreaks lead to approximately 2.6 million deaths each year. Sadly, there has been a dramatic increase in […]

Lead Exposure: What you should know

Lead Exposure: What you should know

Lead is a metal found in the environment kids can be exposed to through a variety of methods. We worry about lead because lead toxicity is associated with decreased IQ and often has no symptoms until the level becomes very high;  in those cases it can cause anemia, decreased kidney […]

Pumping and Storing Breastmilk

Pumping and Storing Breastmilk

Providing expressed breastmilk is an alternative to nursing for mothers who either have difficulty with latch, are working or otherwise away from their baby, or who find it more convenient. Nursing frequently and on demand is the best way to stimulate milk production in the early days after baby is […]

What’s up with Vaping?

What’s up with Vaping?

The term “vaping” is used to differentiate between smoking an electronic cigarette versus the conventional cigarette.  The electronic cigarettes were initially introduced in 2003 in China, and later in the US and European markets in 2006 as a method to help individuals to stop smoking.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any clear […]

Thanksgiving Poem

Thanksgiving Poem

by Dr. Elizabeth Leon It’s a time for giving thanks… Thanks to our past families who began with our practice 22 years ago. Thanks to our present families who come to visit us currently. Thanks to our future generation of patients who now have babies of their own. Thanks to […]

Tylenol vs. Aspirin

Tylenol vs. Aspirin

Now that the flu season is beginning again, it is a good time to remind families to use acetaminophen (Tylenol) rather than aspirin. Why? In 1963, the first case of Reye’s syndrome was described and presented as encephalopathy and liver disease. This particular disease was noted to occur within a […]

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many families are looking for ways to help. Families can donate items like toiletries, diapers, wipes, baby bottles. Many organizations are also looking for volunteers to donate their time. Listed below are some websites with some information on […]

New Vaccine Recommendations

New Vaccine Recommendations

Why get 3 shots instead of 2 ??? For the ages of 9-14 years, the HPV vaccine series has been decreased from 3 doses down to 2 doses! Just recently, a new recommendation for the HPV vaccine series was made by the CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  […]

Teething

Teething

Teething begins around 4 months and lasts for about 2 years. So, what is a parent to do? The best answer is to offer firm toys or teethers that are cool. Beware of frozen toys that can cause an ice burn or liquid teethers with unknown gels that can pop. […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for me to express my gratitude towards all the families of West Plano Pediatrics. It has been a joy to see patients grow up from infancy to young adulthood. I never grow tired from seeing a 2 month old baby smile at me, a 1 […]