When to Refer a Patient to a Physician

Pediatric patients should be referred to physicians if any of the following symptoms are present: skin rash chronic cough “bark like” cough stridor hoarseness constant ear pain or pulling/tugging at ears seizure or convulsion recently rapid or difficulty breathing severe abdominal pain or cramping diarrhea > 2 days vomiting > 12 hours infant not feeding … Continue reading

Pediatric GI Issues (OTC Treatments)

PEDIATRIC GI ISSUES Gripe = sharp spasmodic pain in the bowel Gripe is a symptom of colic Colic = a syndrome where a healthy baby cries or screams frequently for extended periods of time for no apparent reason Usually occurs between 4 weeks to 8 months of age May repeat on a schedule (same time … Continue reading

Diarrhea (OTC Treatment)

DIARRHEA Diarrhea = an increase in stool frequency Loose, watery stools May be acute or chronic Viruses are the cause of most acute diarrhea¬† (rotavirus vaccine cures this the majority of the time) Traveler’s diarrhea is usually bacterial in nature May also be caused by parasites, food intolerances (lactose), medications (like antibiotics) Lactose intolerance:¬† congenital … Continue reading