Tips for Navigating the Formula Shortage Crisis

By Dr. Dale Volquartsen, Pediatrician Many parents today are faced with difficult decisions concerning the feeding of their infants in the midst of what is now a crisis due to the shortage of infant formula. As with most crises, there are numerous factors that play…

Myth Busters: Only Allergists Can Treat Allergies

With Spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, we are seeing more than just tourists arriving here on the Emerald Coast. As is evident by the yellow dust showing up on our cars and, well, everywhere else, allergen levels are on the…

Mid-Year Health Screening Breakdown

The halfway mark of the year is upon us and it’s time to take stock of all that you have accomplished and what is yet to come. While it’s a lot more fun to think about all the things you have achieved so far in…

The Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Surgery can be a scary word, but with advances in technology that shouldn’t be the case. As with any medical intervention, surgery can have its risks, which is why it almost always the last route taken by doctors. Fortunately for patients, technological advances have been…

Tackling the “Quarantine 15”

During the fight against COVID-19, staying home and limiting interactions has been key to preventing community spread. While there is no argument that taking these steps has benefited all of us in the long run, unhealthy side effects have occurred during this time. “Many people…

The Path to Herd Immunity

Over the last month, vaccines tasked with arming us against COVID-19 have begun arriving around the country, bringing with it much excitement that we might soon be rid of the global pandemic that has plagued us. While it may be a while before the public-at-large…

Myth Buster: Wet Hair Can Result in a Cold

  Cold and flu season is well underway, and you may hear that, “you better make sure your hair is dry before going to sleep or outside, otherwise you’ll catch a cold.” This myth can be traced back for decades to when it was believed…

Storing Holiday Leftovers Safely

As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking about what we and our friends and family will be eating come the big day and, as leftovers are an inevitable part of any large meal, many days afterwards. No matter how much you plan and…

Is My Kidney Function Declining?

Sometimes it seems like each birthday brings a new set of ailments or pains. Our knees may ache a little more than they used to, or we might squint a little harder when reading the score of Saturday’s game. Those are just a normal sign…

Myth Busters

Green Nasal Mucus Means It’s Time for Antibiotics. Or Does It? With springtime comes allergies, and for many, a nasty runny nose. But is that runny nose just allergies, or is there an underlying infection? The color of our nasal mucus is not something we…

Understanding Heart Disease and its Long-Term Effect

Every February we honor heart month, and it is a good yearly reminder to assess the health of our hearts and understand our risk for heart disease. With February seemingly long behind us, it’s all too easy to put our healthy heart choices on the…

How Sick is Too Sick For School

It’s one of parenting’s many dilemmas – is my child well enough to go to school?  We all want our children to be resilient, but it is not uncommon for kids and teens to pretend to be ill in order to avoid something unpleasant at…

The Importance of Back-to-School Physicals

School is out for summer! Although it may seem like the break has just begun, summer goes by in the blink of an eye and it is not too early to start planning for the school year ahead. From gathering supplies to meeting your child’s…

Myth Busters: You Can Sweat Out The Flu

This busy cold and flu season, many are willing to try anything to help them get feeling better fast. We are often told that one of the best ways to beat the flu is to sweat it out; but is this true or just another…

6 Things to Discuss with Your Pediatrician

Dr. Irina Smith sees herself as both your pediatrician and a partner in your health care. In her practice, she has the opportunity to work alongside parents and children to provide the best care possible for her patients. “Just like any relationship, communication is key,”…