Cellulitis is an infection of the deep layers of skin. If not treated, cellulitis can get into the bloodstream and lymph nodes and spread throughout the body, causing very serious illness. Because of this danger, it is important for a child with cellulitis to get medical attention right away.
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What is puberty? Growing up. Everyone goes through the same process. Whether you start at age nine or at age fifteen, it’s all “normal.’’You are still you inside. Your body and feelings are changing at their own pace. Growing up can be a great experience: a time of changing and finding out who you are.
How often should your child see the doctor? Not just when he or she is sick! The doctor will set up a regular checkup schedule that includes a physical exam and an assessment of your child’s social, psychological, and nutritional development.
Chicken pox (varicella) is a very contagious viral disease. Once a common childhood illness, its incidence has been dramatically reduced by routine childhood immunization. Before the chicken pox vaccine became available, approximately 4 million U.S. children had chicken pox each year; it caused about 100 deaths annually.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) affects 1 in 1,000 Canadian children making it one of the most common childhood diseases. However, its existence is not well known. The Rheumatology team at The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC is working to dispel the following myths about JIA.
In Canada, childhood asthma has quadrupled in the last decade. It is one of the most common reasons children are hospitalized or visit emergency departments. No single factor seems to explain why the number of children with asthma is on the rise. However a combination of factors such as better recognition of the disease, increased pollution and possibly changes in lifestyle leading to more time spent indoors, together with genetic predisposition to wheezing may be responsible.
If you are the parent of a young child, you may be confused about the safety of immunizations. You may have heard that vaccines cause life-threatening side effects or can lead to other diseases. Or you may have read that vaccines are not necessary anymore.
Childhood obesity is on the rise. Dr. Laurent Legault, a pediatric endocrinologist at The Montreal Children’s Hospital of The McGill University Health Centre, estimates 10 to 15 percent of children in Quebec are obese. A person is obese when he or she weighs at least 20 percent more than a healthy weight based on the body mass index (weight/height ratio). You should ask your pediatrician if your child is maintaining a proper weight.
For most people, childhood is fondly looked upon as a time of no worries and carefree days. But behind the façade of youth, stress can be lurking.