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Pertussis–What’s the Big Whoop?!

Pertussis, known more commonly as Whooping Cough, has reached epidemic levels in Washington State, where I live and practice. Some people may wonder what this means to them. Attitudes about this particular disease can vary greatly represented bythe following range of questions: Isn't this a treatable illness? Should we all be wearing masks in public? What's the big deal? Isn't this just another example of media hype? How can anyone choose not to vaccinate their children or themselves? Do I really need the booster vaccine? Does my child really need the booster vaccine? Should I go to the doctor for my cough? Aren't there risks with the vaccine? Do people really die from pertussis? Please continue reading if you are interested in factual and practical information about Pertussis, including what you should do to protect yourself and family if you are not vaccinated against this highly contagious infection. The more educated we are, the more likely we will be to take measures that stop the spread of this disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Having another baby? Here are 5 topics to discuss with your child’s healthcare provider.

After a long hiatus, I have made time for blogging again. The past year has been busy with transitions, the biggest being the birth of my daughter in January. Being the mother of two has given me a whole new appreciation for the work that parents do and also a lot of inspiration for more (hopefully relevant) topics for this blog. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Benefits of Breast-feeding

Most women have heard by now that breast-feeding is the best and most economical option for babies in order to ensure adequate nutrition, but there are more benefits that may be new to some or a good reminder of why breastfeeding is so important. I have listed five benefits supported by research. There are many more benefits as well. Please feel free to comment with additional breastfeeding benefits (be sure to cite a source, either an article from a reputable site or a primary research study), and I will post your comment. Read the rest of this entry »
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