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Which Vaccinations Does My Child Need? Jun 18th, 2020

Getting your child immunized is one of the best ways you can protect their health. Immunizations, or vaccines, contain small amounts of a killed or weakened version of the germ that causes specific diseases. The vaccinations build up your child’s defensive immune system so they can fight off infections they...

Understanding Anaphylaxis May 26th, 2020

In some children, exposure to specific allergens can cause the life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Allergens that cause this reaction can be found in certain medications, insect stings, or foods. If you’ve been told your child is at risk of anaphylaxis or you’ve seen them experience it first-hand, you must...

Who Needs a Sports Physical? Apr 22nd, 2020

Sports physicals should not be considered optional. Any child who starts a season of play benefits from this essential checkup, as it helps ensure their health and well-being both on and off the field, court, or track.Margaret Lubega, MD is a pediatric specialist who happily provides sports physicals to children...

Menu Planning When Your Child Has a Food Allergy Mar 23rd, 2020

It’s not so easy to pick up food on the run or throw together a quick meal when you have a child with a food allergy. Having a plan in place when it comes to meals helps you avoid unnecessary stress and hunger as well as a potentially dangerous allergic...

What Happens During an Asthma Attack? Feb 6th, 2020

Asthma is a respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and constriction of the bronchial tubes. Asthma usually doesn’t cause constant distress, but has flare-ups that are triggered by stress, pollutants, exercise, or allergens. An asthma attack can last from just a few minutes to several days, depending on the nature of...

Most Common Sports Injuries for Kids Jan 9th, 2020

For many children, sports are a big part of childhood. Sports can help kids exercise, learn team-building skills, and have fun. Unfortunately, along with all the fun can come a lot of injuries. In fact, Stanford Children’s Health reports that more than 3.5 million injuries occur annually among the more...

Spotting the Warning Signs of a Food Allergy Dec 1st, 2019

One in 13 kids has a food allergy, and 40% of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one of the greater than 170 foods known to cause allergic reactions. Two in five children with food allergies have suffered a severe reaction. How can you tell if your...

Myths and Facts About Vaccines Nov 1st, 2019

Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your child’s health. Vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness, and Dr. Margaret Lubega strongly recommends that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) schedule for childhood immunizations. Some misconceptions about vaccination have taken hold, however, even prompting some people...

How to Help Your Child Prevent Eczema Flare-ups Oct 1st, 2019

Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions kids can get, affecting more than 9 million in the United States alone. The incessant dry, red, itchy skin shows up on various body parts from the scalp to the feet. It’s not contagious, but it’s not curable either. It is,...

What Are the Benefits of Circumcision? Sep 1st, 2019

If you’re having a male child, one of the first questions you will likely be asked is if you want to circumcise him. Although especially popular in the United States, circumcision rates have fallen since the post-war years, from 83% in the 1960s to 77 percent in 2010. While some of...

The Link Between Stress and Hives Aug 1st, 2019

As an adult, you know all about stress. It can make your heart race, your blood pressure skyrocket, and your headache. But did you know it can also cause hives? And did you know it’s not just an adult problem? If your child is complaining of an itchy, red rash,...

Can My Child Still Be an Athlete With Asthma? Jul 3rd, 2019

If your child is one of the more than six million in the United States who has asthma, there are two things you want for them: to be healthy and to have a normal childhood. For many kids, sports are a huge part of their life, so the question is...

Protect Your Child From Ticks This Summer With These Tips Jun 1st, 2019

Summer is just around the corner, and so is the potential for a greater exposure to tick bites. Tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, can threaten your children, your pets, and even you. Don't let these little carriers ruin your family’s good time. To help protect your children from ticks...

Are You Traveling This Summer? Make Sure Your Kids Are Up to Date on Their Immunizations May 6th, 2019

Vaccinating your child is one way you protect little ones from a host of potentially harmful, even deadly, diseases. And when you travel during summer, it’s doubly important to make sure your child is up to date on standard immunizations and recommended vaccines specific to your destination. At First Pediatric...

Does Your Child Have Dry, Itchy, Inflamed Skin? It Might Be Eczema Apr 2nd, 2019

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects children and adults. Red, dry, itchy patches of skin are frustrating and can be painful at any age. From environmental irritants to genetic predisposition, eczema can develop in infants as young as 2 months old. If you notice that your child is...

What To Expect During A Pediatric Sports Physical Mar 12th, 2019

Participation in organized sports has a wide range of physical, emotional, and social benefits. It helps to promote physical fitness, improve self-esteem, and helps kids learn teamwork. As a parent, you need to make sure your child is healthy enough to play sports safely, so a sports physical is required...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Minimize Asthma Attacks Feb 6th, 2019

About 6 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While asthma is a condition that you can keep under control, it can also be deadly. Asthma is responsible for nine deaths each day,...

How Children Are Typically Diagnosed With Food Allergies Jan 10th, 2019

Nearly 6 million children worldwide have some form of food allergy. Seeing your child become sick but not understanding why can be scary. If your child has been sick and it doesn’t seem to be passing, food allergies could be to blame. Allergic reactions to foods have been on the...

Top 5 Health Benefits for Your Baby Dec 7th, 2018

There’s much debate about circumcision these days. While some some people opt out of having their infant son circumcised, others keep up the tradition, citing the need for their sons to “fit in” with his peers. The majority of boys in the United States are circumcised, usually within days of...

Top Treatment Options for Hives in Children Nov 14th, 2018

Whether your child breaks out in hives once or once a month, seeing the swelling and irritation spread over your child’s skin can be frightening for a parent. But Dr. Lubega with the First Pediatric Care Center wants you to know there are several treatment options available for your child....

Why There's a New Flu Shot Every Year Oct 18th, 2018

As the temperature drops and you’re dodging every stranger on the sidewalk who’s sneezing, coughing or clutching a tissue, you know that flu season has arrived. It isn’t an enjoyable time of the year since you worry that your child returning home from school with a runny nose has succumbed...

How To Help Your Child Manage Food Allergies At School Sep 24th, 2018

For many people, a handful of peanuts makes for a delicious snack. For someone who is allergic to peanuts or other foods, it can be deadly.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that between 4-6% of children have a food allergy. It’s an irregular response to food that’s activated...

The Importance of Childhood Vaccines Aug 15th, 2018

The Importance of Childhood VaccinesOver the last five decades, vaccines have nearly wiped out major viral diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Today, once deadly diseases like polio, diphtheria, and smallpox are virtually unheard of, and cases of MMR are extremely rare. Though  good sanitation and clean drinking water...

Managing Your Child’s Asthma While Traveling Jul 20th, 2018

Asthma is a common childhood condition, affecting about 9 million U.S. kids under 18. While there is no cure for asthma, you can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and manage symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath with an effective asthma care management plan.This means family vacations...

5 Tips for Preventing Pediatric Sports Injuries Jun 16th, 2018

Taking part in recreational athletics or organized team sports can benefit young children, adolescents, and older teens in a variety of ways. Besides giving them an opportunity to hone their physical skills, become more disciplined, and stretch their limits, playing sports can also help young people stay fit and learn...