First Aid & Health

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don’t use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you’re in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.

When your child (> 6 months) is burning up…

  • “Fever is not a disease. It is merely the child’s immune system APPROPRIATELY responding to an infectious process which is viral the majority of the time.”
  • “We treat fever with anti-pyretics because it makes the child feel bad, not because fever in and of itself is bad.”
  • “The “number” on the thermometer is not nearly as important as how the child looks (interactivity, energy, hydration).”
  • “Length of the fever is actually more concerning than height in most cases. If the fever lasts for more than 5 days, the child should at least have a repeat physical exam by a clinician.”
  • “Come back if you are worried about the child.”

How Long Does a Cough From Respiratory Illness Last?

It is completely normal and expected to have a cough for 2 or even 3 WEEKS after onset of illness!!! It is also important to emphasize to your patients that they should ONLY seek care if they are having worsening symptoms or have alarm symptoms (i.e. High fever, bloody or rusty sputum, and/or worsening shortness of breath)

Will your child get brain cancer from that unnecessary head CT Scan?

Research has showed that the amount of radiation exposure from an estimated 2 to 3 head CT scans given to a child can triple the risk of brain cancer, and an estimated 5 to 10 head scans can triple the risk of leukemia…so when do we scan a child with mild head injury not to give them cancer later?

Are you an Alcoholic? Test and get help

The CAGE questions are 4 simple and easy-to-remember to screen for alcohol use problems. CAGE is a screening tool: screening measures are NOT intended to provide a diagnosis; diagnosis occurs if/when a patient screens positive. An abnormal or positive screening result may thus “raise suspicion” about the presence of an alcohol use problem, while a normal or negative result should suggest a low probability of an alcohol use problem.

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