Posts By: Heather Felton, M.D.

Important facts about measles

We have all heard the recent buzz on measles in the news.  But what is the measles and should I be paying attention to this buzz? Measles used to be a disease that nearly all children got by their 15 birthday.  Before a vaccine became available in 1963, it is estimated 3-4 million people in…
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What you need to know about chicken pox

Ask an adult over age 30 about the chicken pox and many will immediately start to feel a little itchy and uncomfortable. These itchy adults can often tell you their story about the week they missed school. They can also recall their parents scolding them every time they went to scratch because a parent never…
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Prescription for play

Fond memories of playing with our friends as a child are common, but play time should not only be part of our memories, it should be a part of our children’s every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now urging doctors to talk with families about getting kids to play. Types of play, include:…
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Parents: Don’t share the slide with your kids

A seemingly simple and fun activity that parents may want to share with their children could have medical repercussions, as evidenced by a video currently popular on Facebook. Sharing a ride down a slide with your child may appear to be fun but it could cause injury to your child. A USA Today photo showing…
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Summer car safety tips

Every summer, children die from heat stroke because they are unintentionally left in a hot car, with the majority of these deaths occurring in children age 3 and under. I want to remind parents and others they should never leave a child in a car unattended. Infants and small children are not able to regulate their…
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