Summer is almost over, school has started and soon we will hear the crunch of fall leaves. Each season brings about its own set of potential health concerns for your family. Fall can be the worst season for outdoor allergies, cold and flu season is on the horizon and fall sports present new risks for injury. Our physicians share reliable information on these timely topics and direct you to trusted websites for further reading.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) affect many children, especially this time of year. If your children experience allergies, they may experience sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in the nose, the roof of the mouth, throat, eyes or ears. These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air, which start a chain reaction in the immune system.

To learn more about season allergies read this article http://www.completechildrenshealth.com/news/articles/seasonal-allergies

Pertussis – “Whooping Cough”

Pertussis, also know as whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness that can cause severe illness and cough. Pertussis is caused by a bacteria called Bordatella pertussis and can be prevented by routine vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control have reported increases in numbers of reported cases of Pertussis over recent years. In 2012 over 23,000 cases have been reported in the US, including 13 deaths. Because of the seriousness of this illness, it is important to understand Pertussis and prevention of the disease.

To learn more about pertussis read this article http://www.completechildrenshealth.com/news/articles/pertussis-whooping-cough

Concussions

It is one of a parent’s (and pediatrician’s) worst fears. Your child has suffered a head injury. They have headache and other mysterious symptoms or just “aren’t acting like themselves.” What do you need to know before and after that happens? Who should you go to for help? What can you to do help your child (and yourself)? Here’s some basic information to know about concussion, both sports related and otherwise.