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  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

    Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

    What is Pink eye? Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the conjunctiva, the tissue covering the “whites” of the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. Pink eye may result from a bacterial or viral...

  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

    MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

    What is Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)? Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as “Staph,” are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25% to 30% of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present,...

  • Molluscum contagiosum

    Molluscum contagiosum

    What is Molluscum contagiosum? Molluscum contagiosum virus, or MCV, is a highly contagious poxvirus that infects the skin and mucous membranes of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, teenagers, and immunocompromised individuals. The infection spreads easily from child to child; more than 40%...

  • Meningitis


    Meningitis is an inflammation and swelling of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord.

  • Kawasaki disease

    Kawasaki disease

    Kawasaki disease is a febrile illness with inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, including the coronary arteries (blood vessels around the heart.)

  • Influenza (the flu) Symptoms and Treatment

    Influenza (the flu) Symptoms and Treatment

    What is Influenza Influenza (“the flu”) is a viral illness that strikes millions of people every year. Although many people refer to any winter-time “bug” as “flu,” it’s important to identify the real culprit. Two virus types, called “influenza A” and “influenza B” cause...

  • Fifth disease

    Fifth disease

    Fifth disease or erythema infectiousum is a common childhood viral illness caused by the human parvovirus B19. It occurs most commonly between 2 and 10 years of age.

  • Diarrhea


    Diarrhea is the frequent passage of unformed bowel movements. Its important to know what your childs stools usually look like. If the stools increase in number or become runnier than usual, this is considered an important change. Newborns often stool...

  • Croup


    What is croup? Croup is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) that may extend to the windpipe (trachea). Several different viral infections, most commonly the parainfluenza virus, can cause croup. When a child has croup, the airway just below...

  • Colds


    Colds are probably the most common type of infection in children. The average child has 6 – 8 colds each year, and children in daycare can have even more.  With each cold lasting 1 – 2 weeks it may seem...