Entries by Dr. Joe Barber

Well Child Care 5 Years

Nutrition Your child may enjoy helping to choose and prepare the family meals with supervision. Children watch what their parents eat, so set a good example. This will help teach good food habits. Mealtime should be a pleasant time for the family. Avoid junk foods and soda pop. Televisions should never be on during mealtime. […]

Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen Preparations

There is a risk of accidental overdose when using ibuprofen or acetaminophen containing products due to different concentrations of infant drops and infant liquid for both preparations. The most common ibuprofen containing products are Advil and Motrin. This risk is due to the availability of different concentrations of liquid ibuprofen. This is similar to the […]

Burn and Electrical Safety

What can I do to prevent my child from getting burned? Do not handle hot liquids (coffee/tea/coca) if your child has easy access to it.  This includes trying to carry both your child and a hot liquid at the same time. Protect your child from “hot” appliances such as fireplaces, irons, space heaters and stoves […]

Car Safety

What can I do to protect my child while riding in our car? Children should never travel in a car without fitting properly into a car seat, or an appropriate lap or shoulder restraint. Make sure our care seat is approved by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  The date of a manufacture should be after […]

Acetaminophen Dosage Table

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosage Table Child’s Weight (pounds) 6-11 12-17 18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59 60-71 72-95 96+ lbs Infant Drops 80 mg/0.8 ml 0.4 0.8 1.2 1.6 2.4 — — — — ml Syrup: 160 mg/5 mL (1 tsp) 1.25 2.5 3.75 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 ml Syrup: 160 mg/1 teaspoon — 1/2 3/4 […]

Ibuprofen Dosing Table

Child’s Weight (pounds) 12-17 18-23 24-35 36-47 48-59 60-71 72-95 96+ lbs Infant Drops 50mg/1.25 ml 1.25 1.875 2.5 3.75 5 — — — ml Liquid 100 mg/ 1 teaspoon (tsp) ½ ¾ 1 1½ 2 2½ 3 4 tsp Liquid 100 mg/ 5 milliliters (ml) 2.5 4 5 7.5 10 12.5 15 20 ml […]

Sleep Needs in Children and Adolescents

Research supports the need for children to get adequate sleep if they are to be healthy. An insufficient quantity or quality of sleep causes negative effects on your child’s physical and mental health, ability to learn and behavioral and academic success. Numerous studies have shown the negative effects of sleep restriction. and the positive effects […]

Feeding Tips

Most children require exposure to food 10-15 times before they “like it”. The more frequently a child sees a food, the greater chance they will “like it”. Parents who eat many fruits and vegetables are more likely to have children who enjoy fruits and vegetables. Girls who have physically active parents are more likely to […]

CT Scans of Children

Although estimates vary a CT scan of the chest is equal to several hundred chest X-rays. Due to their age and the sensitivity of their developing organs children are more vulnerable than adults to radiation. A dose of radiation that does not harm an adult can place a child at an increased lifetime risk for […]


The United States Centers for Disease Control reports an estimated 2 million patients get a hospital-realated infection each year and 90,000 die from their infection. In terms of admissions that is 1 infection for every 20 patients. Proper handwashing techniques are the fastest and most important way to decrease the spread of communicable illness in […]