How Long Do Colds Last?

8th Oct 2017

HOW LONG DO COLDS LAST? We’re often asked: “My Child Has a Cold, How Long Will it Last?” Sadly, the answer to that question is, “A lot longer than you think, and there is very little that you can do about it.” These things won’t speed recovery: Vitamin C, orange juice, cold medicines, or antibiotics. Extra rest and plenty fluids might.   Here is a graph showing how long cold symptoms last: Notice that at

Sign up for MyChart

27th Sep 2017

As part of our transition to the EPIC electronic medical record system, we are encouraging patients and families to sign up for MyChart. MyChart enables you to view your child’s medical record (including notes from medical visits and lab tests), request prescription refills, schedule appointments and even download camp and sports forms. You can access MyChart through the web and mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. We are confident MyChart will aid in communication


4th Dec 2016

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the clear tissue that covers the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids.  The conjunctiva can become inflamed by bacteria, viruses, irritants, or allergens.  All cause conjunctivitis.  Bacterial Conjunctivitis–Bacterial conjunctivitis is less common than viral conjunctivitis, except in infants and toddlers.  Kids with bacterial conjunctivitis have uncomfortable, sticky, red eyes with lots of yellow-green discharge. Eyes are often stuck shut on waking. It’s treated with prescription antibiotic eye

Could it be strep?

4th Dec 2016

Sore throats can be caused by viruses, bacteria, irritants or allergies. Strep throat is a bacterial infection and is treated with antibiotics. Common symptoms of strep include sudden onset of pain, fever over 101 F, enlarged tonsils, blood red spots on the back of the throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Many kids with strep also have head and belly pain. Sometimes strep causes a sandpaper red rash. Most sore throats are caused by cold viruses.


4th Dec 2016

Ear infections occur when infected fluid fills the middle ear space. Normally the middle ear is filled with air, but cold viruses cause mucus to build up in the middle ear space. Almost all ear infections occur in the setting of a cold or cough and are most common in the first two years of life. Parents should suspect an ear infection when their young child: Tugs at her ears or complains of ear pain

Summertime injuries can be managed right in our offices

22nd Jul 2016

The ER is time-consuming, expensive, and often unnecessary. Our HPP providers can evaluate your child’s injured ankle, knee, wrist, finger, etc. X-rays if needed can be obtained and read at our Milton Office site, or at a Children’s Hospital X-ray facility. Both our Hyde Park and Milton office sites are stocked with appropriate treatment materials including crutches, aircasts, and splints. If an injury requires an orthopedic visit, we will work with our Children’s Hospital Orthopedic

Sun Protection: Dangerous Effects of Sun Exposure and How to Prevent Them (Part 1)

4th Jun 2015

Part One: UNDERSTANDING SUNBURN Sunburn.  That painful, red, and occasionally blistering reaction of the skin in response to excessive sun exposure.  It’s a well-known, generally warm-weather phenomenon. In the US, 30 to 40 percent of adults and 70 to 85 percent of children and adolescents have reported at least one sunburn in the previous year.  But the significance of sunburn lies not simply in the acute discomfort it causes; more importantly, sunburn is a marker

Help! My child has become a vegetarian!

17th May 2015

Q: My daughter has decided to follow a vegetarian diet, do I need to worry about protein deficiency? This is one of the most common questions that pediatricians are asked. The answer is, a vegetarian diet, and especially a pescatarian (eats fish) diet, can be a very healthy option. Vegan and macrobiotic diets on the other hand pose significant nutritional challenges for children and teens. Complete nutrition, including adequate protein, can easily be obtained without

Does the ‘BRAT’ Diet Really Work?

26th Mar 2015

Has the BRAT diet withstood the test of time? As a wave of vomiting and diarrhea illness sweeps our area it is worth reviewing the best foods to feed a child with a stomach virus. For decades parents, grandparents, and pediatricians alike recommended the very bland BRAT diet for kids with diarrhea. BRAT stands for: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. The BRAT diet was thought to rest the gut by being easy to digest and

Why We Stand Behind Immunizations (Part 3)

27th Jan 2015

 Why We Stand Behind Immunizations By Carolyn Sax, M.D. and Olutoyin Fayemi, M.D. All of the clinicians at Hyde Park Pediatrics are firmly committed to immunizing all children as early as possible, according to the guidelines that have been established by the Centers for Disease Control and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The following article is the first in a three-part series provides some facts about immunizations and dispels a few common myths.