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WHAT VACCINES DO MY CHILDREN NEED TO BE PREPARED AND PROTECTED FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR?
JULIET HANSEN, MD ANSWERED:
Thanks to vaccines, most children in our country are safe from illnesses that used to cause serious suffering and deaths. Immunization remains important to keep these diseases at bay. The start of the school year is a good time to make sure your children’s vaccines are up to date.
TDaP: “T” is for tetanus, also known as lockjaw, a non-contagious infection that kills about 20% of people who develop tetanus. “D” is for diphtheria, an extremely contagious disease with a very high mortality rate in children,...[ read more ]
AS SUMMER APPROACHES, WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO KEEP MY CHILDREN HEALTHY AND SAFE?
WILLIAM ALLEN, MD ANSWERED:
Summer is a great time in the Gallatin Valley to be outside and active. From hiking and camping to being on the water to hanging out with the family at home, this season is a wonderful time. It is also a time that can have unique risks for children.
Living at high altitude, the sun can be intense. Sunscreen should be applied every couple of hours, and after swimming or sweating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Infants...[ read more ]
I’VE HEARD ABOUT ALTERNATIVE VACCINATION SCHEDULES, WOULD THAT BE OKAY FOR MY CHILD?
ANGIE OSTROWSKI, MD ANSWERED:
Pediatricians recommend vaccinating your children according to the immunization schedule endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This is a widely utilized and extensively studied vaccine schedule, both in regards to effectiveness and safety of vaccines. In addition, the CDC monitors thousands of patients in a national registry, ensuring close tracking of vaccine side effects.[ read more ]
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT FORMULA IS BEST FOR A CHILD WHO SUFFERS FROM CONSTIPATION AND COLIC AND BREAST MILK DOESN'T SEEM TO HELP?
MICHAEL BLAKE, MD, PHD ANSWERED:
There are very few reasons to recommend formula over breast milk. If you feel your baby suffers from constipation or colic due to your breast milk, you should first review your diet. Most often there is something that you could change or eliminate in your diet that would help with these symptoms. If you eat a food that gives you gas, it will likely give your baby gas and make him uncomfortable and fussy. Moreover, there are some foods that you...[ read more ]
HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FINDING A BABYSITTER OR NANNY FOR MY 8 MONTH OLD SON?
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital does not sponsor or recommend nanny or babysitting agencies. However, each month we offer a Supersitter class, a collaboration between Child Care Connections and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The class is designed to teach youth the fundamentals of babysitting. Graduates of the class are registered with Child Care Connections. Child Care Connections and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital do not attempt to measure or ensure the quality of care given by these sitters. It is the responsibility of the caregiver to choose a sitter who meets...[ read more ]
DO ANY OF YOU SPECIALIZE OR TAKE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN ADHD? I AM LOOKING FOR A NEW PEDIATRICIAN FOR MY SON.THANKS
According to Judy Douglas, RN, clinical nurse manager, all pediatricians in this practice take interest in treating children with ADHD.[ read more ]