Dr. Kasbekar's Child Wellness Blog


Message from Dr. Kasbekar

by Natasha Kasbekar

One of the best parts about being a pediatrician is helping parents as they welcome a newborn into their family. The first few weeks with a new baby are truly amazing, exhilarating, and exhausting! Luckily as a pediatrician I had a good … Continue reading

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Measles Update (2/9/2015)

by Natasha Kasbekar

As most of you know, there is currently an outbreak of measles in the U.S.  The ongoing outbreak in California linked to a visitor to Disneyland has grown to over 100 cases in several states. The virus has spread rapidly … Continue reading

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Fever Myths vs. Facts

by Natasha Kasbekar

Fever is a very common symptom during childhood. In addition to a child who doesn’t feel well, the fever can cause a great deal of worry for parents. A fever is generally defined as temperature at or above 100.5 degrees … Continue reading

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Enterovirus D68

by Natasha Kasbekar

A recent outbreak of Enterovirus D68 in several states in the Midwest, including Illinois, has been causing a higher than usual number of respiratory illnesses among children. Here are some things to know about the virus. What is Enterovirus D68? … Continue reading

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

by Natasha Kasbekar

If you have a little camper or preschooler at home, chances are you have recently heard about hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). While the term may sound scary, HFMD is a common viral illness. It is most common in … Continue reading

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The HPV Vaccine

by Natasha Kasbekar

What is HPV? HPV is short for Human Papilloma Virus. This virus is very common, and is usually asymptomatic, which means people are not aware that they have it. It is acquired through sexual contact. A majority of sexually active … Continue reading

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Mumps Update

by Natasha Kasbekar

What is mumps? Mumps is an illness caused by the mumps virus. Symptoms can vary from no symptoms at all, to mild respiratory infection, to acute parotitis (swelling of the salivary glands in the cheeks). Early symptoms of mumps include … Continue reading

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Choosing Wisely

by Natasha Kasbekar

A few years ago, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) embarked on an initiative called “Choosing Wisely”. This campaign aimed to create a national effort amongst physicians to carefully examine and make recommendations that would help to decrease unnecessary … Continue reading

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Vitamins and Minerals

by Natasha Kasbekar

What are vitamins? Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential for normal growth and nutrition. They are not made by the human body so must be acquired through the diet. Only small quantities are necessary for normal functioning. Vitamins are … Continue reading

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Holiday Safety Tips

by Natasha Kasbekar

Holidays are a wonderful time for families to gather and celebrate together. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, here are a few safety reminders to keep in mind. We hope all our families have a joyous … Continue reading

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