Healthy for the Holidays & Beyond: Keeping Kids Illness-Free During the Winter

The holidays are a joyous time of year meant for fun with the entire family, which is why it’s important to keep your little ones healthy all season long! Prevention is the number one way you can help lessen the likelihood of needing to visit us during the holidays, so we’ve put together a few steps you can take to help your kids fight off potential illness. 

Setting the record straight on the flu vaccine

There are certain concerns about the flu vaccine that regularly emerge during consultations with patients and their families that may result in a child going unvaccinated. Here are some common misconceptions worthy of clearing up for the wellness of our pediatric patients.

Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

 Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick.

One way to protect your child from biting insects is to use insect repellents. However, it’s important that insect repellents are used safely and correctly.

Children and Broken Bones

Although the term fracture may sound serious, it is just another name for a broken bone. As you probably remember from your own childhood, fractures are very common. In fact, they are the fourth most common injury among children under age six. Falls cause most of the fractures in this age group, but the most serious bone breaks usually result from car crashes.

A broken bone in a child is different from one in an adult, because young bones are more flexible and have a thicker covering, which makes them better able to absorb shock. Children’s fractures rarely require surgical repair. They usually just need to be kept free of movement, most often through the use of a molded cast.