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What You Need to Know about Children’s Immunizations

Immunizations save lives. They are especially important for children because a child’s immune system is not as strong as that of an adult. Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, and Read More

The Importance of Newborn Care

Newborn babies are fragile. Their immune systems are fragile too. That means you need to take special care of your newborn, and our pediatricians can help. Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Read More

Pediatric Mental Health Screenings: What To Expect

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrate an increase in mental health disorders among children and adolescents. Recognizing the early signs of anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Read More

What To Know About Respiratory Viruses

Respiratory viruses circulate in the air, causing infections that lead to problems with congestion, sore throats, fevers, body aches, chills, and pain. At Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, our three providers, Dr. Read More

The Importance of Well Child Exams

Taking care of your child requires a lot of work, especially when they’re sick. It’s important to take all the steps you can to help your child avoid sickness so Read More

Dietary/Nutrition Guidance

When providing dietary and nutrition guidance to parents, it is essential that your pediatrician in Tucson, AZ, take into account your child's individualized needs. Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, Read More

Types of Chronic Conditions in Children

It is estimated that 10-20 million children and adolescents in the U.S. have a chronic medical condition or illness. A condition or illness is considered chronic if it persists for Read More

Helping Anxious Children Wear Masks

This is just a quick entry about wearing masks.  A lot of children have difficulty wearing them, though usually it is not due to a medical condition.  Wearing a mask Read More

Which masks are best?

Many studies have shown masks to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the type of mask you wear does matter. A study by Duke University released the Read More

Creating Positive Experiences

There has been a lot of research over the last several years on the phenomenon called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). According to the CDC: “Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially Read More

Fruit is good for you, right? Not always...

It's time for some non-COVID information.  In general, fruit is thought of as healhy to eat and that you basically can't really eat too much of it. But it turns Read More

Vitamin D and COVID-19

We get a lot of questions of what parents can do to protect their children from COVID-19. We continue to recommend physical distancing, masks, and hand washing as the most Read More

Nasal Swab Testing for COVID-19

We understand that there is some confusion about COVID-19 testing. Data suggests that people may spread the infection beginning a few days before symptoms begin (pre-symptomatic spread) and they also Read More

Updates to our COVID-19 Page

We've updated our COVID-19 general information page to be more up to date reflecting the current situation in Arizona and recommendations for reducing the spread.  See it here: https://www.mesquitepediatrics.com/coronavirus-and-covid-19.html Read More

Should my child go back to school this fall?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from parents about whether it’s going to be safe to send their kids to school in a few weeks. Understandably, people are concerned Read More

COVID-19 Antibody Tests

We had hoped that with summer we would see the end of this COVID-19 wave of infections, but unfortunately it appears that will not be the case. Neverthless, very few pediatric patients Read More

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