Blog Archive

The dreaded stomach virus Nov 1st, 2022

During the months of March and April this year it seemed that everyone in Austin had an awful stomach virus!  Viruses causing vomiting and diarrhea are very common in children and often occur 2 or more times/year in kids 5 and under.  In this blog post, My Friend The Pediatrician...

When a bat's home is not under the Congress bridge, but in your house!! Oct 3rd, 2022

Though hopefully you never find yourself in this situation, in case you do, My Friend the Pediatrician (https://www.facebook.com/myfriendthepediatrician) has a great post explaining what to do if you were to find a bat in your house!     Her post states: "If you find a BAT in a room with...

Car Seats: From turning around to moving to the front seat Sep 19th, 2022

We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for car seat safety.  The AAP guidelines are even more stringent than Texas state law; because child safety is our top priority, we follow their recommendations.     Car Seats Rear facing car seat guidelines Keep your child rear facing until they...

Infant feeding support: fed is best! Aug 1st, 2022

When you see pictures of mothers feeding their babies, you are often met with the image of a sweet and calm bundled baby with a mother who is lovingly looking down. While this absolutely can be true, infant feeding can be a bit more challenging than the pictures show. I...

Is it infected? Guidance for mosquito and tick bites. Jul 1st, 2022

In this article, Dr. Martin, a pediatrician at Cook Children's explains how to determine if an insect bite is infected or is instead something known as 'Skeeter Syndrome' or a large local reaction.  She also reviews how best to handle tick bites. Please read more here: https://www.checkupnewsroom.com/skeeter-syndrome-is-my-kids-bug-bite-infected/   Her post...

Drowning Prevention Jun 2nd, 2022

On her popular Facebook feed (https://www.facebook.com/DrDianeArnaout/) Dr. Arnaout discusses a topic we must keep at top of mind at all times, especially in the summer when swimming is such a common activity to keep us out of the Texas heat.  We love her idea for group gatherings where adults rotate...

Farewell from Dr. Mowry May 19th, 2022

To all my wonderful patients and families,  It is with a bittersweet heart that I’m writing to announce that I will be leaving Pediatric Associates of Austin in May to move to Denver, CO. While I am excited about this new adventure for my family, I will very much miss...

Tongue Ties May 4th, 2022

In this blog post Dr. Diane Arnaout, a pediatrician with Cook Children's consults with a speech language pathologist, a dentist, a lactation consultant, and an ENT and synthesizes the most up-to-date data on tongue ties. Please read more here:  https://www.checkupnewsroom.com/does-my-baby-need-his-tongue-tie-cut-4-health-experts-answer-top-questions/  

Viral illness treatments - Including COVID, Influenza, and the common cold Feb 4th, 2022

Having an ill child can be such a helpless feeling.  We are here to provide some helpful tips as you navigate this cold and flu season, complicated by COVID.   Though this handout was specifically written for those testing positive for COVID-19, the treatment ideas are useful for any viral respiratory...

Return to sports after COVID-19 illness - UPDATED Jan 21st, 2022

Return to sports after COVID-19 illness COVID-19 continues to affect our lives and the lives of our children and teens. Thankfully, in children, the illness typically continues to be mild, without long term complications.  One very rare complication of the COVID-19 virus is myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).  Though...

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children: FAQ's Nov 22nd, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children: FAQ's While Pediatric Associates is still in the planning stages to hopefully be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to children 5-11 years, we do not yet know for certain when/if this will happen.  The logistical aspects are far more challenging than the flu vaccine clinics...

COVID-19 Antibody Testing FAQ's Nov 2nd, 2021

What is COVID antibody testing? “Antibody or serology tests look for antibodies in your blood that fight the virus that causes COVID-19.  Antibodies are proteins created by your immune system that help you fight off infections. They are made after you have been infected or have been vaccinated against an infection. ...

Reliability of at home rapid-COVID tests Oct 1st, 2021

Can we trust the at home rapid COVID tests?  This is a great question that we are asked often.  There are many variables to consider. 1.  Are symptoms present? Rapid tests are most accurate for those who have symptoms of illness, ideally including runny nose and/or nasal congestion. 2.  Was...

What if I test positive for COVID? Sep 14th, 2021

COVID-19 Illness in Children Before we discuss the questions that come with learning your child tested positive for COVID-19, we want to offer some reassurance.    Time and again we have seen children with COVID-19 illness presenting with mild symptoms, not causing complications, severe illness, or long-term effects.  This does not...

Fifth Disease Apr 5th, 2021

What is Fifth Disease? Fifth disease (aka erythema infectiosum) is a viral rash that is common in childhood.  We see it most in children aged 4-13 years. The rash is caused by the Parvovirus B19 (unrelated to parvovirus found in dogs) and received its name when it was the fifth...

Returning to sports after COVID-19 illness Mar 9th, 2021

COVID-19 has changed almost all aspects of our lives over the past year.  Now, when we head out the door, in addition to remembering our wallet or purse and keys, we must remember a mask and hand sanitizer. Our ability to have birthday parties for our kids has changed and...

COVID-19 Vaccine Feb 1st, 2021

If you are like us, you are thrilled the COVID-19 vaccine is here, but you are also a little (or a lot) frustrated that more people do not have access to the vaccine yet.  You are happy that front-line health care workers and those in nursing homes are receiving the...

COVID-19: What we have learned through 2020 Jan 5th, 2021

Though 2020 brought unprecedented challenges with COVID-19, this new year holds great promise!   Despite the hope we have in the new COVID-19 vaccine, the virus cannot leave the forefront of our minds just yet.  This does not mean we have to live in fear.  We have learned much from 2020...

Screen time and eye health in light of COVID-19 Sep 1st, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have all spent much more time looking at screens than ever before.  Though we do not know definitively what the fall semester will look like, we know that it will likely involve more screen time!  This is concerning to many parents.  Mindfully considering how...

Concussion baseline testing Aug 1st, 2020

1. First, what is baseline testing? Baseline tests are tests done before contact sports participation to determine an athlete’s normal performance.   Then, in the event we think a concussion has occurred, we repeat testing and use the baseline as a comparison.  Post-concussion testing almost always shows a drop in performance,...

Insects, insects, everywhere!  How to protect your family from insect bites. Jul 14th, 2020

Summertime brings us outside.  When summer occurs during times of COVID, we become more creative with activities for our families.  This means more people will be outside exploring new areas.  Staying active outside is a wonderful activity, if you and your children are protected from sunburns and insects.  Most children...

Molluscum Contagiosum: What is that?! Jun 2nd, 2020

What is molluscum? Molluscum contagiosium is a common wart virus caused by a poxvirus.  Though molluscum can resemble warts, the virus that causes them is different. It occurs most in children, aged 2-12 years. Signs and Symptoms Molluscum causes 1 or more tiny (from pin head to ¼ inch) skin...

'Pink Eye' Apr 6th, 2020

When the white of the eye becomes pink or red, it's called ‘pink eye.’ Conjunctivitis is the medical name for ‘pink eye.’ The conjunctiva is the membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It becomes pink when it is infected or irritated. Conjunctivitis can be caused by several different...

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Q&A Mar 3rd, 2020

What is it? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of a family of viruses that affects many of us every year, causing a mild cold.  What’s new about this particular coronavirus, is that it’s a new strain, and our immune systems have not yet been exposed to this...

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...