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How to Treat a MRSA Skin Infection

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Earlier this week, we took our eight year old son in to see the doctor. He had what can only be described as a boil on his left forearm, and it was clearly infected. We’ve dealt with our fair share of things like impetigo in the past, and this was clearly different. As soon as […]

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Published on September 3rd, 2010 - One Comment
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School Start Times: Later is Better for Teens

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I just ran across an interesting article about school start times. This isn’t particularly surprising but, according to a recent study, delaying the start of school by as little as half an hour would significantly benefit teens. During a two month trial in Newport, Rhode Island, researchers found that delaying the start of school from […]

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Published on July 7th, 2010 - 5 Comments
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Intuniv Update and a Switch to Lexapro

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I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile, but just haven’t been able to find the time. As I’ve previously noted, our twelve year old started taking Intuniv (guanfacine) to treat his nervous tics, as well as to improve his impulse control and reduce his aggression. The good news is that his tics became much […]

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Published on March 26th, 2010 - 5 Comments
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Treating Impetigo That Won’t Go Away

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Our five year old son has been battling impetigo for the past couple of months. We’ve had it on the run several times, and actually thought it was completely gone at one point, but it’s kept coming back. Admittedly, a part of the problem was inconsistency on our part when treating the problem early on. […]

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Published on February 13th, 2010 - 9 Comments
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The Best Time of Day to Take Intuniv

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A couple of week ago, I noted that our son had started taking Intuniv to treat his nervous tics. He started out with a 1mg dose, increased to 2mg after a week, and then to 3mg a week later. Easing patients onto Intuniv in this fashion is the standard approach. Unfortunately, shortly after he started […]

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Published on February 9th, 2010 - 442 Comments
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Intuniv for Treating Tics and Twitches

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As I’ve noted in the past, our oldest son has a history of tics and twitches. In the past, these have come and gone, often associated with stressful periods in our lives, and never lasting more than a few months. This past fall, our son (eleven years old at the time) started middle school, and […]

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Published on January 28th, 2010 - 174 Comments
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Four Year Old With Blood in Urine

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Over the past week or two, our four year old has told us that his “pee” looks funny. When we’ve gone into the bathroom to check, he’s been right. His urine has looked darker than normal, tending toward reddish-brown. Given that he wasn’t showing any other symptoms, we chalked it up to something he had […]

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Published on June 22nd, 2009 - 3 Comments
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Strep, Impetigo, Sinusitis, and God Knows What Else

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It’s been a long, long time since we’ve updated. What can I say? We’ve been busy. On top of that, we’ve also been sick. All of us. Not for the five months since I last updated, but for the past week or two. It started with Son #4 coming home sick from preschool… In the […]

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Published on February 12th, 2009 - 2 Comments
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Books for Teaching Kids About Puberty, Sex, and Growing Up

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We’ve been meaning to have “the talk” with Son #1 for quite awhile now, but just haven’t gotten around to it. He’s ten years old, in between 4th and 5th grade, and quite curious about the birds and the bees. Beyond sitting down and talking things through with him, we also wanted to get him […]

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Published on July 2nd, 2008 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Health,Milestones
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Mycoplasma, Strep, and Antibiotics, Oh My!

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More ill health to write about… As an aside, it seems like the frequency of illness goes up exponentially with the number of kids in the house. Anyway, Son #4 is currently on antibiotics. Earlier this week he came down with what we thought was a virus. As things progressed, however, we got a bit […]

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Published on May 15th, 2008 - 5 Comments
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