Sports Physicals and a Medical Home

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was making a list of tasks that her children needed to complete before the start of the school year. There were the usual tasks of summer readings to complete, buying school supplies and getting clothes for her quickly growing teens. In addition, she needed to get sports physicals for all of her teens. The schools had really emphasized that the physicals needed to…

Protecting Children from Pertusis

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It starts off innocently enough as the four month old baby starts having a runny nose, mild cough, and low grade fever. It sounds like a typical cold and one which most parents don’t worry about. Unfortunately, this is not an ordinary cold as the disease goes into the second week and the cough becomes more persistent and violent. In addition, the cough begins to…

Washing Hands Prevents Colds in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok everyone, it is time to eat. Make sure to wash your hands before sitting down,” reminded the mother to her children. This is a common reminder many parents use prior to eating and it illustrates the importance parents place on hand washing. Washing hands is one of the best ways for children to prevent various diseases including the cold, flu, and RSV. It is so…

Changes in Adolescent Sleep Patterns

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun was shining bright and it lit up the house. The house was alive with activity with the exception of one lone family member who was coming down the stairs. It was 10am and the teenager was just woke up. The teenager’s parents were wondering what had happened over the past year to their daughter. She used to be up at the crack of…

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