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Myths and Facts About Whooping Cough May 4th, 2021

In the 1930s, around 250,000 Americans contracted whooping cough every year. And by the mid-1990s, it appeared as though the disease had been nearly eradicated. However, since 2000, cases have been rising. In fact, in 2016, more than 15,000 Amerians got it and seven people died.  In order to protect...

My Child is Terrified of Shots Apr 6th, 2021

No one likes getting shots. Some people may like the benefits of a shot or say that getting a shot doesn’t faze them, but there is nothing appealing about a needle being put into your skin. Studies have shown that 20% of the population has some degree of fear about...

How to Care for Your Child’s Croupy Cough Mar 11th, 2021

Almost everyone comes down with a little cough or cold during the winter. Over the course of an average year, Americans collectively suffer from about 1 billion colds. Children, who are often in close contact with others during school, sports, and daycare, tend to have about 6-10 colds a year....

Virus vs. Bacteria: What’s Causing Your Child’s Illness? Feb 4th, 2021

For many people, winter means coming down with some kind of illness, whether it be a head cold or something more serious, such as strep throat. With COVID-19 still active for this cold season, you may be watching your child — and any symptoms — more carefully than ever before....

What Are Rapid COVID-19 Tests? Jan 6th, 2021

Typical COVID-19 tests can sometimes take days to come back, which can instill worry and anxiousness or delay clearance for work. Fortunately, rapid COVID-19 tests are available, which can give you results quickly. In this blog, the health professionals at Ross Bridge Medical Center explain everything involved in rapid testing....

Three Types of ADHD Dec 3rd, 2020

All children get restless, energetic, and have trouble sitting still at times. So, it’s important for parents to keep an eye on their child’s behavior and recognize when there could be something else going on. Their behavioral issues could stem from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  If you think your child...

Why Rest is so Important When Your Child has the Flu Nov 2nd, 2020

Flu season begins in October and runs through the early spring. Getting your child a flu shot is the best prevention tool. Still, some kids will catch the virus anyway. When that occurs, among the most effective recovery measures is rest. Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center...

When to Schedule a Sick Visit for Your Child Oct 4th, 2020

If you’re a parent, you may worry every time your child isn’t feeling well. How do you know when it’s time to bring them to the doctor? Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, offers same-day sick visits. In this blog, Dr. Labovitz explains...

Does My Child Have Diabetes? Sep 6th, 2020

Children can get Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and it's crucial that they see a doctor if they have either. If they don’t get medical attention, they could develop other long-term health problems. In this blog, Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama,...

What is the Importance of Head Circumference in a Well-Child Exam? Aug 12th, 2020

If you’re a new parent, you may be a bit overwhelmed at all the doctor’s visits your child needs during their first few years. These visits are important for monitoring your child’s growth and development and watching for signs of trouble. Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center...

How to Guide Your Child Through the Trials of Diabetes Jul 21st, 2020

Children of all ages and teenagers can be diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. While it may be surprising to get this diagnosis, don’t worry. Diabetes is manageable, and your child can lead a normal life. Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover,...

Activities That Help Develop Your Baby’s Fine Motor Skills Jun 24th, 2020

As your baby grows, they start developing their fine motor skills, which is the ability to perform small, precise movements. While they should largely develop these skills on their own, you can help them progress. Furthermore, you can monitor their development to make sure they're on track.  In this blog,...

Recognizing the Signs of ADHD May 4th, 2020

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is common in children of all ages. It can be hard to tell if your child has ADHD, especially if they’re on the younger side. This is because some of the signs are similar to how a child would normally behave at a certain...

5 Tips for Soothing a Crying Newborn Apr 28th, 2020

The life of a new parent is incredibly exciting, But, it can also be incredibly frustrating, especially when your tiny bundle of joy seems to cry nonstop.  The good news is that, with the right steps, you can help soothe your crying newborn. In this blog, expert pediatrician Gina Labovitz,...

Managing Your Child’s Allergies Mar 2nd, 2020

Many parents are familiar with the sounds of sneezing, coughing, sniffling, and wheezing coming from their child, especially during the spring months. If your little one has allergies, you’re probably wondering how you can ease their symptoms.  Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics wants you to...

Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep? Feb 1st, 2020

Most teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. But, many teenagers don’t get anywhere near that. Maybe your teen works hard and is up late doing homework. Maybe your teen has an after-school job that doesn’t let them off until late. Or maybe your teen just likes to stay...

How to Tell if Your Child is Too Sick for School Jan 1st, 2020

As a parent, you face a tough decision every time your child doesn’t feel well: Should they go to school or stay home? This can be a particularly tough decision if you’re a working parent and either have to stay home or arrange for childcare.  In this blog, Gina Labovitz,...

5 Tips for Traveling With an Infant or Toddler Dec 1st, 2019

You can’t always control what your infant or toddler will do during travel. But, you can prepare to make travel as trouble-free as possible. In this blog, Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, of Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics gives her top five tips for traveling with infants and toddlers.  1. Get...

Most Common Health Issues for Infants Nov 1st, 2019

All new parents, whether they’re caring for baby #1 or #4, feel concern when their little one suffers from a health problem — even if it’s one that’s common in infants.  So, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Not only that, but Dr. Madhav Devani and our entire team of caregivers...

What's a Well-Child Exam? Oct 1st, 2019

Raising children would be a lot easier if they came with an owner’s manual. But, since they don’t, we provide the next best thing: well-child exams.  Dr. Gina Labovitz and our team at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama offer these physicals to help ensure your child grows into...

Preventing Your Child From Developing Type 2 Diabetes Sep 1st, 2019

From kidnappings to school shootings, parents worry about their children's safety any time they leave the house. Equally important yet less publicized are health dangers. For example, Type 2 diabetes. Here at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, Dr. Gina Labovitz and our highly trained staff provide exceptional...

It's Back to School Time: Are Your Kids Up to Date on These Important Vaccines? Aug 1st, 2019

Back-to-school is a special time for parents. It combines the thrill of a new year with the dread of making sure everything’s checked off your to-do list. Are vaccines still on there? Don't worry! If you're not sure which important vaccines your child needs, we're here to remind you. Dr....

10 Tips for Preventing Common Summer Injuries and Illnesses, From Swimmer's Ear to Insect Bites Jul 1st, 2019

Summertime means more time spent outdoors with the family. But with that also comes a higher chance of suffering common summer ailments.  No matter how carefully you planned out your summer activities, you probably didn’t plan to take your child to the pediatrician for an urgent issue. To help prevent...

Coping with Your Child's ADHD Diagnosis Jun 12th, 2019

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a common developmental disorder that affects about 8% of the children in the United States (and 2.5% of adults). An ADHD diagnosis may give parents a name for and some understanding of their child’s behavior, but coping with your child’s ADHD can still...

What Parents Should Know About Infant and Child Fevers May 28th, 2019

Nothing makes a parent more concerned than an unhappy or unwell child. Often parents feel powerless when their child has a fever. But, it may help to know that, in most cases, a temperature is nothing to worry about. Fevers are common in infants and children. A fever is a...