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Ensure Your Child is Ready for the New School Year With an Annual Physical May 21st, 2020

Though the coronavirus pandemic has likely stirred up many of your routines, there’s one routine you shouldn’t forget about as the new school year approaches: the school physical. School physicals help ensure that your child is healthy and up to date on their vaccinations. The pediatricians at Smita Tandon, MD,...

Understanding the Vaccine Schedule Apr 16th, 2020

When it comes to vaccines, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. As a parent, you want the best for your child, but it can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. The bottom line is this: Vaccines work. They’re safe, and they prevent millions of...

COVID-19 Questionnaire Mar 17th, 2020

Are you at risk? Do you have a fever AND respiratory symptoms like cough or shortness of breath? If No, you do not have COVID-19 and do not require testing. If Yes, continue: Have you had close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or history of travel to an affected geographic area?...

Is it a Bump on the Head or Something More Serious? Mar 2nd, 2020

The importance of physical activity for children is widely known. Participating in sports is a good way for children to channel their energy, have fun, and have a sense of accomplishment. Injuries, though, are part of the game. More than 2.6 million children suffer injuries each year while involved with...

Is My Child Physically Ready to Play Sports? Feb 3rd, 2020

According to the Novak Djokovic Foundation, the importance of sports for children is well documented. And if you’re a sports enthusiast yourself, you’re probably champing at the bit to get your child signed up for some kind of organized physical activity. Still, it’s necessary to consider whether or not your...

Helping Your Child Cope with Autism Jan 3rd, 2020

If you’re parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder, you know just how challenging it is. You may feel frustrated with tips and remedies that don’t work; you may question your capabilities as a parent; you may feel like giving up. But the important thing to realize is that autism...

Can My Child Get Sick From a Vaccination? Dec 1st, 2019

The health and safety of your child is your first priority — and ours. Unfounded fears about vaccines are causing more and more parents to leave their children unprotected, and with them, others who are already vulnerable. Knowing the facts about childhood vaccinations can set your mind at ease about...

How to Tell if Your Child is Coming Down with Strep Throat Nov 1st, 2019

About three in 10 children with a sore throat have strep throat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are many reasons why your child’s throat may hurt, such as the common cold, various viruses, or the flu. How is a parent to know when a...

Helping Your Teenager Cope With Acne Oct 1st, 2019

It’s nothing new — teens have been battling acne forever. But how they cope with the inevitable breakouts has changed quite a bit. From over-the-counter products to prescription medical systems, the multiple options may be overwhelming.  Smita Tandon, MD, and her staff in Fountain Valley can calm your concerns and...

How to Keep Your Little Athlete Healthy and Injury-Free Sep 1st, 2019

Youth sports are great. They teach your little one the importance of teamwork, sharing, and sportsmanship. They’re also a perfect way to spend time outside, get in those recommended 60 minutes of exercise, and — hopefully — burn off a little bit of your child’s endless energy. With that in...

With Recent Nationwide Measles Outbreaks, Vaccination is More Important than Ever Before Aug 1st, 2019

As of July 17, 2019, the California Department of Public Health had reported 60 cases of measles. That’s the most since the outbreak of 2015 when 131 Californians were infected. And throughout the U.S., more than 750 cases have been reported. If you’re concerned about your family’s health and safety,...

What Makes Kids More Susceptible to Ear Infections? Jul 3rd, 2019

If you’ve had kids, you know the drill: They run a fever, maybe have a runny nose, and start pulling at their ears. It’s time for a trip to the doctor’s office to get some antibiotics to fight yet another ear infection. Ear infections are practically a rite of passage...

What to Expect From Your Child’s Upcoming Sports Physical Jun 1st, 2019

There’s hardly a school today -- elementary, middle, or high school level -- that would allow a student athlete to start their season without being given a a medically-approved thumbs up to play their sport of choice. The sports physical, or pre-participation exam (PPE), is now a rite of passage...

Childhood Vaccines: What They are and Why Your Child Needs Them May 1st, 2019

Vaccines—also known as immunizations—are an essential part of childhood. It used to be taken for granted that all children would receive their vaccinations against diseases like measles, mumps, polio, and pertussis, but that is no longer the case. A growing movement of parents is saying no to vaccinating their children,...

5 Reasons Why Autism Diagnosis Is Delayed Apr 17th, 2019

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a brain disorder that is usually diagnosed in childhood. This developmental disability is characterized by social, behavioral, and communication challenges. Symptoms vary greatly from child to child, but common signs of autism are limited eye contact, lack of facial expression, and making repetitive...

Most Common Allergies in Kids Mar 29th, 2019

When it comes to allergies of any kind, kids suffer more than adults, with 40% of American kids diagnosed with allergies as opposed to 30% of adults. And these numbers have been steadily rising over the last few decades, especially when it comes to food allergies. Here at our pediatric...