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Summertime and Tetanus

Summertime and Tetanus

Are your kids ready for Summer? Summertime means camping and spending time playing outdoors.  In addition to having plenty of fluids, sunscreen, and insect repellent- it is important to be sure that your child is up to date with a tetanus vaccine. Tetanus is a serious…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

Grandparents

Grandparents

National Grandparents Day was celebrated last month on Sept. 11th, 2016. This special day to honor grandparents was initiated by Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade in 1970. It was first celebrated in West Virginia in 1973, and later US Congress passed legislation in 1978 to celebrate…