Should kids get the flu vaccine?

get-your-flu-shot.shutterstock_41863411It’s that time of the year again, winter is just around the corner and you can hear the sniffles starting.

We thought it would be a good idea to do a question and answer blog post around the flu vaccine.

Q. What is the difference between a cold and influenza? Continue reading “Should kids get the flu vaccine?”

My baby is so clingy….

Mother in living room with baby“Out of no where, the child that never cried in the arms of family and friends now unleashes a wave of yelling and screaming when you pass them on. It is frustrating and tiring to say the least.”

What just happened? You may ask yourself!

The simple answer, is Continue reading “My baby is so clingy….”

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

en2662081If you have ever sent your child to daycare you would have invariably heard about an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth (HFM).

So what is it and how do we manage it?

HFM is a highly contagious viral disease (mainly coxsackie virus A16) that is most common in children. Symptoms often Continue reading “Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease”

Whooping Cough

captureWe are starting to see more and more cases of whooping cough being diagnosed in our practice.

Whooping cough, also known as “pertussis” is caused by the bacterium “Bordetella pertussis”. While most cases are mild (especially in those immunised), babies under one year of age are often Continue reading “Whooping Cough”

“I dont want to vaccinate…”

vaccinationsWhen was the last time you saw a kid with diptheria, tetanus, polio, mumps or rubella? Do you even know what they are and what they do to your little ones?  This is the sad reality we face as doctors!

Vaccinations are just a routine part of growing up which sadly some parents Continue reading ““I dont want to vaccinate…””