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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Littleton Pediatrics: Top Things to Know About Middle Ear Infections

Did you know that ear infections among children costs the U.S. health care system approximately $3 billion every year? That’s the staggering finding of a study by researchers from the University of California. The disease is so common that millions of Americans have it one or more times, especially during their childhood. The billions that ear infections cost can be attributed to doctor’s visits, diagnostic tests, and some medications. Although it is a frequently occurring condition, ear infection still has many aspects that can be confusing or misleading. For instance, you may not be too familiar with middle ear infections or otitis media and its difference from other kinds of ear infections. This can make you extremely worried about your child or make it unclear what you should do when you suspect that your child might be suffering from it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Littleton Pediatrician Advises on Effective Peanut Allergy Management

Peanut allergy is the most common type of food allergies, according to the Food Allergy Network. At most, 1.3 percent of Americans are allergic to peanuts and food products that contain them (e.g. granola bars, peanut butter, some Asian dishes). As in any other allergy case, avoiding peanuts is the most sensible way of preventing an allergy attack. New studies are disproving this age-old advice, however, at least with regard to peanut allergy. An experiment conducted by Kravis Children's Hospital in New York found that children exposed to peanuts via a "peanut patch," which contained 50 to 250 mcg of peanut protein, increased their resistance to the protein without any adverse side effects.