Taking Medicines Safely

A dose is the amount of medicine you take each time. You may take several doses in one day. It is very important to take the right dose, especially for children. This “Choosing Wisely” report helps you measure the dose for liquid medicines correctly. Don’t use a kitchen spoon The teaspoons and tablespoons you use… Read more »

Which Dental Treatments Are Right For You?

Keeping your mouth healthy is the best way to prevent problems with your teeth. This means taking care of your teeth every day and seeing your dentist regularly. There are other steps you can take to prevent problems. Your dentist will help you decide what is best for you and your family. Getting to know… Read more »

Antibióticos para infecciones del oído en niños

Muchos niños contraen infecciones del oído. Por lo general, son en el oído medio, cerca del tímpano. Es posible que las cause una bacteria o un virus. A menudo, los doctores tratan las infecciones bacterianas con antibióticos. Los antibióticos son medicamentos potentes que matan las bacterias. Los recién nacidos y algunos bebés y niños necesitan… Read more »

Antibióticos para la conjuntivitis

El “ojo rojo” es una condición común, especialmente en los niños. También se le llama conjuntivitis. Los ojos se ponen rojos porque están infectados o irritados. Es posible que sienta comezón y que los ojos estén llorosos, con una secreción líquida, y los párpados se vean hinchados y costrosos. A menudo, los doctores recetan gotas… Read more »

Antibióticos para garganta irritada, tos o nariz tapada

Si su niño tiene la garganta irritada, tos o la nariz tapada, usted podría esperar que el médico le recete antibióticos. Pero la mayor parte del tiempo, los niños no necesitan antibióticos para tratar una enfermedad respiratoria. De hecho, los antibióticos pueden hacer más mal que bien. A continuación se da la razón: Los antibióticos… Read more »

Treatments and Tests Your Baby May Not Need in the Hospital

Premature babies often need tests or treatments in the hospital. Some tests and treatments have side effects and risks. So it’s important to get just the ones your baby needs. Here are some com­mon tests and treatments your baby may not need. Heartburn medicine for premature babies. Premature babies may stop breathing for 15 to… Read more »

Avoid Sleeping Pills for Children with Insomnia

Some adults look back on childhood as a time when sleeping was easy. But many children do have trouble sleeping. The problem can be so bad that parents and doctors sometimes turn to sleeping pills as a solution. But often, sleeping pills are not the best solution. Sleep drugs aren’t made for children. There are… Read more »

Brain Scans for Head Injuries

A blow to the head can be scary. Usually, the injury is not severe. But sometimes there can be a concussion, bleeding on the brain, or cracks to the skull. It is important for the doctor to examine you or your child for a possible concussion or another injury. A blow to the head can… Read more »

Screening Tests

Screening tests help doctors look for diseases when you don’t have symptoms. The tests can find problems early, when they are easier to treat. Sometimes this can improve your health and help you live longer. But it’s important to know which tests you need, and how often you need them. Screenings have risks. Screenings can… Read more »

Home Apnea Monitors for SIDs

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. It is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant under one year old. SIDS is rare, but parents worry a lot about it. It is more common in babies that were premature. There’s also more risk if you had another baby who died of SIDS. Home apnea monitors… Read more »

Vision Care for Children

Children should start routine vision screening early—before they start school. This is important, mainly to rule out a condition known as amblyopia or “lazy eye.” If it’s not treated early, it can lead to permanent vision loss. Usually, your child’s doctor can do routine vision screening. The child reads a vision chart using letters or… Read more »

Pelvic Exams, Pap Tests and Oral Contraceptives

Before you get birth control pills, your doctor may want you to have a pelvic exam with a Pap test. Your doctor should get a complete medical history before giving you a prescription for birth control pills. But you usually don’t need a Pap test and pelvic exam, especially if you are a teen. The… Read more »

CT Scans for Children with Head Injuries

A blow to the head can be scary. But usually it is not very serious. Often there is just a mild concussion, with no serious injuries like bleeding or cracks to the skull. After a head injury, the doctor may order a test called a CT scan (pronounced “cat” scan). A CT scan takes many… Read more »


Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. But we have overused antibiotics for many years. As a result, we now have bacteria that resist antibiotics. Resistant bacteria cause infections that are harder to cure and more costly to treat. Antibiotic-resistant infections can strike anyone. They can be passed on to others. For example, more… Read more »

Antibiotics For Your Skin

Skin problems can sometimes look like infections, especially if they’re red, swollen, or tender. So it might seem like treating them with antibiotics is a good idea. But some skin problems don’t stem from infections at all. So treating them with antibiotics can do more harm than good. Learn about situations when you don’t need… Read more »