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A Bit About Bug Bites: Tick Diseases, Symptoms & Treatment Edition

Compared to mosquitoes tick bites can be more dangerous.  But the vast, vast majority of tick bites still don’t cause any significant illness. Here’s what you need to know about tick diseases and tick treatment.

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Read more of Dr. Hill’s summer tips on:

A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

Mosquitoes are far and away the queens of biting insects. I’d say kings, but only female mosquitoes bite people. Although they may seem harmless, there are a few things you should know about mosquitoes and mosquito bites.

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For more information about Arbovirus encephalitis including West Nile virus check out  http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/.

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

With the warmer weather approaching (finally!) many of us are looking forward to time in the sun, but before you head out, remember to take these sun safety tips for kids  with you!

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For more tips check out Dr. Hill’s blog “Sun Safety for Kids”

Click for more information on the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for sunscreen

How do you avoid sunburn in the summer? Comment below!

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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A Couple of Things About How To Raise Twins

Twins account for around 3% of US pregnancies, with the number rising every decade. Identical twin pregnancies occur when one fertilized egg splits into two in the first two weeks of pregnancy. Fraternal twins result from two eggs being released and fertilized at the same time. Sometimes it’s easy for doctors to tell which type of pregnancy you have, such as when the fetuses share a single placenta and amniotic sac (identical) or are different sexes (fraternal). In some cases, however, only a genetic test can reliably determine whether twins are identical or fraternal.

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5 Things To Bring To The Pediatrician

We’ve all heard this before: “Mom/Dad, I don’t want to go to the doctor, I don’t want to get a shot.”

In order to help your pediatrician do their job and start to put an end to your child’s fears of the doc, you must plan ahead (See Preparing Your Child For A Visit To The Doctor) and pack some necessities to make your trip easier for everyone.

Here is your checklist:

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With these 5 Things To Bring To Your Pediatrician, you’ll be ready for every
pediatrician visit and put an end to your child’s (and maybe your) doc-phobia.

What else do you bring to your child’s doctor visit? Comment below!

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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When To Suspect Your Child Has a Learning Disability

Everyone’s brains are good at some things and not as good at others. Mine, for example, stores a seemingly endless supply of lyrics from 80’s pop songs, but it seems to completely lack this thing I’ve heard others refer to as a “sense of direction.” Instead, I have a wife.

 Learning and utilizing information is among the most critical jobs of childhood, but some children’s brains perceive, use, store, and retrieve information in ways that can make that job seem nearly impossible. These problems, called learning disabilities (LD), involve specific school-related skills such as reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and math466197957

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3 Facts You Need To Know About Children’s Allergy Medication

Spring is in full bloom. Time to put the coats into storage, take in some sunshine, and start planning some fun outdoor activities for you and your little ones. What’s not to love about this season? Well, if you’re the parent of a child with seasonal allergies, then spring can be more frustrating than fun, and the last thing you’re thinking about is going outdoors.

Incessant runny noses, watery eyes and, of course, the whining… You start to feel like nothing can protect your little one from the “Big Bad Pollen” man. But we have your superhero, and it’s called antihistamines. It’s a fancy word for children’s allergy relief medication. But before you dash off to the pharmacy, there are a few things to know about allergies and antihistamines.

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Second Hand Smoke and Children

Full disclosure: I am a child of second hand tobacco smoke. Actually, my mom still smokes to this day, but unlike when I was young, I can ask her to take it out to the driveway. Would I have been hospitalized for asthma as a child had she not smoked around me? Would I have had as many painful ear infections, weeks of stifling allergies, and last-place picks for playground baseball games? One can never say, but almost certainly not. Sorry, Mom, I love you, and I’ll tell you so myself as soon as you get back in from the driveway.138132271 Continue reading

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Shocking News About Pink Eye Treatment For Kids

Is it a sign I’ve been spending too much time online when I start thinking of my life in terms of social media headlines? “A father checks his child’s homework; what happens next will bring them both to tears! This cat’s owner cleans the litter box and discovers something amazing! Watch as this dad drops five kids off at school and tries to get to work on time; cover your ears at 0:55, 15:48, and 22:13!”

And here’s today’s post: “What this pediatrician says about pink eye will astound you!” Really.101213804

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