Posted by: Mike Patrick, MD on Dec 10, 2020


We know the simple act of handwashing is a powerful way to protect ourselves from infection. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two million young children die each year from illnesses that can be prevented by washing hands with soap and water.

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700 Children’s® features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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Ear Infections: Why Kids May Not Need 10 Days of Antibiotics

Feb 04, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their recommendations for treating childhood ear infections in 2013. The current guideline states that a full ten days of antibiotics may not be necessary for children over two years of age with non-severe ear infections. Read More

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Flu Complications: Risk Factors, Symptoms and Prevention

Jan 21, 2020

It's that time of year: flu season! While the influenza virus can be severe and long-lasting, the bigger problem with the flu is the complications that arise during the infection. Read More

When Should Your Child Visit Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Department

Urgent Care or Emergency Department for Childhood Injuries?

May 16, 2019

As the weather warms and kids head outdoors, the chance for injury rises. Where should families seek help when accidents occur? The answer depends on the nature of your child’s injury and the services offered in your community. Read More

How to Choose an Urgent Care

Aug 01, 2018

Convenience seldom plays a role in the timing of your child’s illness or injury. Take the sudden earache at 3 in the morning…or a fall down the stairs on a Sunday afternoon. Sporting injuries are more likely in the evening or on a weekend. Read More

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4 Things to Know If You Think Your Child Has the Flu

Feb 26, 2018

Should influenza find its way to you and your family, you will be faced with the decision to seek medical care or let the virus run its course. Trust the judgement of your health care provider regarding testing and treatment. Read More

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What Parents Need to Know About Adenovirus

Jan 23, 2018

Adenovirus infections peak in winter and spring; but unlike the flu, they remain common throughout the year. These viruses cause about 10 percent of all childhood fevers, and nearly every child has had at least one adenovirus infection by 10 years of age. Read More

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Urgent Care or Emergency Department: Which One Is Right for Your Child's Needs?

Jun 12, 2017

Not so long ago, parents had two choices for after-hours medical care: wait for the doctor’s office to open or head to the local emergency room. Today’s parent has more choices, including urgent care centers, grocery store clinics and the newest player in town – the stand-alone ER. Read More

All About Croup

Jan 24, 2017

What causes croup? What other symptoms are present? How do we treat croup, and can it be prevented? Let’s take a closer look. Read More