Blog Archive

Dispelling myths about pediatric illnesses Dec 3rd, 2019

Each of us has received advice about an illness from a friend, family member, doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc.  Often the advice we receive is welcome and helpful, but other times, we wonder if the given guidance is accurate. Though there are reliable internet resources, there is plenty of information online...

Caring for your child’s cold Nov 4th, 2019

If you or your child has recently suffered a cold, you know how frustrating this annoying viral illness can be.  Though the symptoms are not typically miserable, they do not resolve quickly and medications that promise to help symptoms often do not and have undesirable side effects.  Also frustrating are...

Tips for eczema and dry skin Oct 29th, 2019

We see eczema flare up at this time of year due to the cooler temperatures.  Read below to find out how you can help care for your child’s dry skin. What is eczema? Eczema is an inherited form of very dry skin.  It is often seen in those who also...

What to do if you suspect a concussion Sep 11th, 2019

What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury). They can be referred to as a “mild TBI” because they are not usually life-threatening.  Concussions occur when a hard hit to the head or body causes the brain to move in the skull.  The movement...

Our favorite internet resources for parents Aug 7th, 2019

ADD/ADHD https://chadd.org/ https://kidshealth.org/  Asthma and allergies https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma https://www.aaaai.org/ https://kidshealth.org/ Food Allergy: https://www.foodallergy.org/  Autism https://m-chat.org/  Breastfeeding https://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/ https://lllusa.org/ https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/default.aspx https://www.breastmilkcounts.com/ https://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/ https://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/ https://wicbreastfeeding.fns.usda.gov/ https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm https://kellymom.com/  Child Care http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/Search_Texas_Child_Care/ppFacilitySearchDayCare.asp  Concussion care https://www.sportssafect.com/blog Dental health http://www.austintexas.gov/department/water https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/fluoride-water.html https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/resources  Development https://healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/pages https://www.aap.org/en-us/documents/periodicity_schedule.pdf https://www.zerotothree.org/ https://kidshealth.org/ Drug Abuse https://drugfree.org/  Growth and healthy eating https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/growth-charts.html https://familydoctor.org/weight-issues-in-children/...

Sun Safety Jul 24th, 2019

Preventing sunburns is so important because even a “few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer.”  The best way to prevent sunburn is through skin protection.  We recommend staying in the shade as much as possible, wearing sun-protection swim shirts...

Swimmer's Ear Jun 17th, 2019

What is swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear is the common name for otitis externa, which means an infection to ear canal.  This is different than a middle ear infection, otitis media, an infection common in infants and toddlers who have recently had a cold or upper respiratory infection.  Swimmer’s ear is...

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease May 13th, 2019

What is hand, foot, and mouth? Hand, foot, and mouth is a common childhood virus often caused by coxsackie virus which occurs in spring, summer, and fall.  It most often affects infants and children up to 5 years of age.  Adults can also develop hand, foot, and mouth disease also,...

Strep Throat Apr 23rd, 2019

What is strep throat?  Strep throat is a very common throat infection in children and adults.  It is caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus.  Unfortunately, strep throat is present year-round and is spread easily and quickly through schools and day care.  It occurs most commonly in kids over 3...

Fever Mar 20th, 2019

What is a fever?  Fever is defined as a temperature greater than 100.4°F.  A fever is one of the body’s ways of fighting infection. Viruses and bacteria often cannot live in hotter temperatures, so the body temperature elevates in order to help fight off the infection. While it is a great...

Bronchiolitis Jan 31st, 2019

RSV / BRONCHIOLITISHave you ever picked up your child from daycare and been notified that a child in the class has RSV? Or maybe a friend, a few days after a playdate, calls to tell you that their infant came down with a really awful cold and the pediatrician said...

Influenza Jan 2nd, 2019

Influenza is a contagious respiratory viral illness that circulates throughout the world all year. In the Northern Hemisphere, influenza is most commonly seen in the fall and winter months, although it can be active at any time of year. For instance, during the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic, a result of...

Croup Dec 7th, 2018

You pick little Jonny up from daycare to find that he has yet another runny nose. It seems like he just got over the last cold! But you suppose it is that time of year. During dinner and bath time you hear him cough a few times and it sounds like...

Flu Vaccine FAQ's Nov 16th, 2018

Who should get the influenza vaccine? Every person 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly.  Vaccination is very important for those at high risk of serious complications; this may include those with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system.  The flu...

Important Letter from Dr. Griggs Sep 19th, 2018

Dear PAA families, I have had the great privilege of serving you and your families as your pediatrician for a number of years, and for some I was there when you were children as well.  With a sense of happiness and regret I am retiring from practice at the end of...

Back to School! Aug 7th, 2018

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end so quickly. We hope you and your kids are excited for a new school year. Here are a few reminders to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to head back to school. Well Child Check Ups       ...

Allergies and Asthma Jul 20th, 2018

The summer is a great time to bring your child to see their provider to discuss environmental allergies and asthma. This visit helps assure you have a good preventative plan in time for the school year. Most people’s allergies worsen in the fall, winter, and spring, so summer is a...

Water Safety, Swimming Lessons and Breath Holding Jun 12th, 2018

With summer in full swing we want to send a few reminders about keeping your kids safe in the water and helpful hints regarding swimming lessons. Water SafetyBackyard Pool Considerations               All pools should be surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet high, and has a self closing gate...

FAQ on Child Nutrition May 14th, 2018

We all want to make sure our children are eating all the nutrition they need.  Read through this brief guide to help you and your children make great choices when they choose what to eat. MyPlate My plate was developed by the USDA in 2011 as recommendations to help us choose the...

Car Safety! Apr 20th, 2018

Car safety is important to start teaching kids at a very young age.  Today we want to discuss everything from keeping your infant safe in a car seat, to keeping your kids safe around cars!Car SeatsChoosing a car seat can be a very overwhelming task, as there are so many...

Is your child getting enough sleep? Mar 28th, 2018

 Sleep deprivation is very common, and our children are no exception. It is not surprising that most of us need more sleep than we are currently getting, and those needs change as we grow older.  Sleep deprivation in children can cause behavior problems at home and school and can cause...