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Benadryl on the gums?

Benadryl on the gums? Question Is Benadryl a good solution to a baby’s teething pain? Our pediatrician has advised us to use Benadryl before she goes to bed. She has instructed us to apply the Benadryl liquid to her gums with a cotton swab. What are your thoughts on this? My daughter Palmer is 14 […]

Aluminum in vaccines

Dear DR Mike, I try and protect my children. But, I don’t like giving them things that are bad for them. I don’t vaccinate my babies because of the aluminum in the vaccines. Karen. C Dear Karen,  As a parent, I totally agree in the concept of “protecing our children”. I also share your concern […]

Cough or Habit

Cough or Habit   Question Dr. Mike, I have a question concerning myself, I’m 16 years old and i have had this cough for over a year, maybe even longer.  Sometimes its more of a cough, but sometimes I just cough gently by jerking my stomach in and just blowing out my nose.  I’ve been to the docters […]

Bottle or not?

Bottle or not?   Question My daughter is a year-old and I want to break her from the bottle. She will drink water and juice from a sippy cup, but not milk. She won’t touch it until you put it back in the bottle. My sister-in-law says to let her “ditch” the bottle when she […]

Blood in Stool

Blood in Stool   Question Hello Dr. Mike, I have a 3 week old who has been on Similac with Iron, Isomil, and Alimuenium, and lastly Nutramagin. She is also on Zantac daily. Her irritation from esophageal reflux seems better but she still has blood in her stool and if very irritable while eating and […]

Anti bacterial soap

Anti bacterial soap   Question Is it true that overuse of antibacterial hand soap or hand sanitizer can cause ill effects? Also, is it true that they are not recommended for children or infants.  Is there any danger in young children using anitbacterial hand soap or gel?  What effects could develop??   Answer Hello, It seems […]

Nurse practitioner is NOT a mid level provider

I really hate it when a nurse practitioner is called a “mid-level provider”. I hate it because the term “mid-level provider” isn’t even a legal or academic term. It is slang developed to demean or minimize a health professional, who is not an MD. The term “mid-level provider” is primarily aimed at nurse practitioners (NPs) […]