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When do I go to Children's Hospital Emergency Department and when is an urgent care enough? This is a question frequently asked by our patients and parents. If you feel that your child's condition will require a specialist, then go to Children's Main Campus Emergency Department in Aurora. Eye injury that will require an eye specialist? Go to Children's in Aurora. Possible appendicitis? Again, Children's main campus in Aurora. Possible strep throat or ear infection? Urgent care is fine. Not sure? Give us a call and we can help you decide.
Many teens and young adults suffer from acne. This is due to hormonal changes that increase oil production in the skin leading to blockage of hair follicles. In research studies, food has not been found to have a major influence on acne, although some individuals might be more sensitive to certain foods.
There are several types of acne including blackheads, skin colored comedones, red inflammatory acne, and nodulocystic acne. Nodulocystic acne can lead to permanent scarring without treatment. Acne can be present on the face, chest, shoulders, and back.
Keeping the skin clean can be helpful. It is not possible to “scrub acne away”. In fact, scrubbing the skin can make acne more inflamed. Gentle application of soap to absorb the oil followed by gentle rinsing of the skin is best.
Despite these measures, some people will need medical treatment for their acne. Your child’s pediatrician is equipped to treat all forms of acne except for nodulocystic acne which can be treated by a dermatologist. Your pediatrician can help diagnose the type of acne and recommend the most appropriate treatment. Improvement in acne is usually seen within 4-6 weeks of starting treatment and it is often necessary to continue treatment for 1-2 years to prevent further outbreaks. Most acne treatments can make a person much more sensitive to the sun, so it is critical to use sunscreen.
Have concerns about acne? Schedule today for an evaluation!
This has been an unusual year for influenza with a very late start (we are just now seeing a ramp up in influenza). It is not too late to receive your influenza vaccination which will also provide protection for next year's influenza season as well. We have plenty of Flumist in stock, however, the injectable supply is depleted for this year. Parents are also invited to receive Flumist as long as they meet the proper medical qualifications!
Reading has been shown to impact children’s speech, language development, and reading
comprehension skills. Start reading to your children right after they are born and try to find 5-10
minutes to read every day. There aren’t many better ways to spend 10 minutes that have a positive
impact your child’s development.
The “Terrible Twos” often last well into the “threes,” or third year of life. Dealing with a defiant
toddler can be difficult. Make sure to choose your battles and be consistent. If it is a small matter,
try to let it go to prevent fights and tantrums. Always choose battles that are safety issues/concerns
and discuss your parenting style with others who care for your child so that everyone is on the same