• Sore Throats

    Sore throat is a very common reason for children to visit the doctor. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and require only comfort care. Parents often worry that their child’s symptoms are from strep throat and require antibiotics. While the only way to confirm that a sore throat is from strep, not all sore…

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  • The flu shot

    Many parents wonder if they should get the flu shot for their children each fall.  In almost every case, the answer is YES! The flu shot protects against influenza.  This is a very serious virus that causes high fever, severe cough and congestion, body aches, and general misery.  It also has a high rate of…

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  • Ticks

    As your children are playing outdoors in these summer months, it is important to be proactive in preventing tick exposure and tick bites. Illinois has seen a rise in tick illness due to the warmer summer months we have experienced thus far. Ticks are mainly active outdoors in wooded areas, but most people are actually…

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  • Antibiotics

    Most of the time a child is sick, he or she does not need an antibiotic. The vast majority of childhood illness are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. If your child has a virus, antibiotics cannot make them better.  Viral illnesses include all colds as well as the flu and most cases of…

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