Parents have recently been out of breath with questions regarding the effect of secondhand smoke on their infants and children. So let me cough up some information on this important topic. Secondhand smoke: what is it? Secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, refers to smoke from a burning tobacco product as well as what smokers […]

Influenza is a viral infection. It that causes many symptoms that can range from mild (runny nose, cough) to severe (pneumonia and respiratory failure). Did you know that about 30,000 people die from influenza infection every year in the United States alone! The virus develops changes in its genes. That’s the reason that the vaccine […]

For the past decade, when Vermonters think about tickborne diseases, they think Lyme disease. And this is for a good reason. In 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of Lyme disease cases in the United States. However, in the past several years, Vermonters have started to ask questions about other tickborne diseases. Here, I […]

Parents have been asking me what I could recommend to keep their children healthy. Believe it or not, I always answer hand washing. That’s right: hand washing. In fact, let me give everyone a hand in understanding why this is such an important thing to do. Your child is exposed to all kinds of germs […]

Molluscum contagiosum. It sounds like a spell straight out of Harry Potter. And this common childhood rash can seem like a curse to many children and their parents. Who it affects Although adults and teenagers can develop spots of molluscum, it is most common in children 1-10 years old. Like many rashes in young children, […]

When you spend time outside on the trails being prepared and well fed will make your family’s time outside more comfortable and fun. Here’s how you can make that happen. Stay Hydrated During the winter, staying hydrated is important to feel your best, perform at your peak, and stay healthy and safe. Dehydration is common […]