What are colds? Illnesses limited to chest and nose congestion (or coughing and sneezing in older children and adults) – the most common of all pediatric infections – are commonly called “colds”. These infections are caused by viruses. Many of them will have lots of snot...

Looking for ways to send off the cough and fight the tight chest of exercise asthma? The cough and chest tightness from narrowed and swollen lung airways in exercise asthma can make sports and free play more difficult. But don't let these symptoms keep you off...

Sports physicals offer golden opportunities to share information and listen to young patients. Sure, they frequently are viewed by parents and young athletes as more annoyance than necessity. It’s easy for sports physicals to turn into automatic answers to a list of questions. Those long checklists on sports...

Every ill athlete or performer wants to know one thing: "Can I exercise when sick today?" As a pediatric and sports medicine specialist, I want to know a few things to make that decision: Is the athlete currently too ill to exercise? Do we have a good...

Told you have asthma but still struggling to breath with exercise? Have throat tightness if running or singing? Start thinking about Vocal Cord Dysfunction! Typical Vocal Cord Dysfunction scenarios: https://youtu.be/kCAUoc-3QZQ What actually happens with Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Key signs of Vocal Cord Dysfunction and how it differs from Asthma: What else could...

Childhood Allergies WHAT CAUSES CHILDHOOD ALLERGIES? One helpful ways to think about childhood allergies is to view them as being caused by the immune system having gone haywire. Specifically, the immune system of people with allergies responds to dust, for example, as if a germ or a threat...