The new spring sports season means rearranging schedules and picking up extra equipment, but parents of young athletes should also examine their meal plans to ensure young athletes are eating enough. “They absolutely need to eat more,” says Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann, a CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital pediatrician who works to provide nutrition tips and
When a child gets sick, parents may be surprised if the pediatrician isn’t quick to pull out the prescription pad for an antibiotic. Most seasonal illnesses like respiratory infections, the flu and the common cold are actually viral infections, for which antibiotics have no effect. In many cases, your child’s doctor will recommend treating the
Today is World Rare Disease Day, and The Global Genes Project, an Orange County-based advocacy group, explain the day’s significance and how you can participate. Raising a child with a rare disease can be incredibly difficult. Besides a rare disease’s physical and economic impact on a patient and their family, a sense of isolation and
Though old-fashioned hand-washing is the best way to keep hands clean and combat germs, gel hand sanitizers are a good alternative when soap and water aren’t readily available, a CHOC Children’s physician says. “They certainly don’t take the place of proper hand-washing,” says Dr. Negar Ashouri, a CHOC infectious disease specialist. “That is still the
An ear infection is an acute inflammation of the middle ear caused by fluid and bacteria behind the eardrum. “Usually it starts with a cold, so the child will have a runny nose and a cough. Colds can lead to ear infections in susceptible children,” says Dr. Nguyen Pham, an ear, nose and throat specialist at CHOC Children’s.