Category Archives: Health Issues

Vaccines, Allergies & More

Coronavirus Update

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, we here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, have implemented the following precautionary measures to screen for possible high-risk patients. If you have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea (or any areas with confirmed ongoing community transmission) in the past 14 days or have come in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 and have a fever

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Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1 E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine. Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future. What Are E-Cigarettes? E-cigarettes are electronic devices that

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Who Should Get the HPV Vaccination and Why

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. There are more than 150 types of HPV, and HPV infection is very common. In fact, about 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV every year. Most of the time, infection with HPV doesn’t cause health problems and just goes away on its own. People usually don’t even know they have it. But in some cases, HPV

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When to Call the Pediatrician

If your child is two months or younger and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher, call your pediatrician immediately. This is an absolute necessity. The doctor will need to examine the baby to rule out any serious infection or disease. You also may need to notify the doctor if your child is between three and six months

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Best Ways to Take a Temperature

There are several ways to take your child’s temperature. What type of thermometer should you select? The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends mercury thermometers because these glass thermometers may break and, as their mercury vaporizes, it can be inhaled, resulting in toxic levels. Digital electronic thermometers are better choices. Digital devices can measure temperatures in your child’s mouth or rectum. As with

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Influenza Vaccine: Why you should get vaccinated?

It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, symptoms last only a few days. They include: fever/chills sore throat muscle aches fatigue cough headache runny or stuffy nose Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for

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