Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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Using Cotton Swabs to Clean Your Child’s Ears May Land You in the E.R.

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Aug 5, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Using cotton swabs to clean ears may very well be your ticket to the emergency room.

Research shows that cotton-swab-induced mishaps are a major cause of ER visits among U.S. adults and children in need of treatment for bleeding ear canals and punctured eardrums.

As reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, cotton swab injuries to children’s ears most often occur when children use the cotton tip applicator by themselves, followed by injuries when a parent or sibling used it clean a child’s ears. The highest rate of visits to the ER for ear injuries is among children 3 and younger.

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Topics: kids Qtips, kids ear wax, kids cotton swabs

UTIs and Kids

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Jun 7, 2017 7:58:00 AM

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in kids are more common than you might think - especially in girls. In fact, by the time children are 8, about 8 percent of girls and 2 percent of boys have experienced a UTI. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.

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Topics: urinary tract infections in kids

How to Handle Daytime Potty Accidents in School Age Kids

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Apr 19, 2017 8:06:00 AM

Is there anything more embarrassing or humiliating for a kindergartner or first grader than wetting themselves at school? It does happen. Such accidents can range from small wet spots in their underpants to needing a change of clothes. When a potty-trained child has wetting accidents during the day, it’s referred to by medical experts as diurnal enuresis. About 3 to 4 percent of children, more often than not school-aged girls, experience this problem. This is not an issue you should ignore as it can be a source of distress and embarrassment for the child, invite bullying from other students and lead to low self-esteem. Patience and support are needed to correct this problem and by following a few recommendations, you can help your little one overcome it.

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Topics: daytime potty accidents, potty accidents kids, school potty accidents

How to Stop Bedwetting

Posted by Ghazala Abuazza, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Mar 11, 2017 8:56:00 AM

Sleepless nights are probably something you’re accustomed to if you’re a parent. Sometimes those sleepless nights are spurred by colic or night terrors, but for so many parents, the problem comes from bedwetting, which means both you and your child are up, wet, tired and probably frustrated. Bedwetting is a common problem, and while there isn’t a cure-all to stop it, there are some things you may be able to do to help prevent the issue. 

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Topics: bed wetting, bedwetting

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