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Have you met our nurse practitioners?

We are delighted to have two extraordinary nurse practitoners, Danielle Keever and Whitney Ewing, as part of our team at Twin City Pediatrics. These wonderful providers are beloved by our patients and deliver quality and compassionate care to each child they see. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a nurse practitioner does, here is a brief explanation.

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who is qualified as a medical provider having completed a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) and an additional two years of required clinical education. NPs diagnose medical problems, order treatments, prescribe medications, and make referrals for a wide range of acute and chronic medical conditions within their scope of practice. NPs tend to concentrate on a holistic approach to patient care, and they emphasize health promotion, patient education/counseling, and disease prevention. Most NPs maintain close working relationships with doctors and consult them as needed.

July 22, 2017

Back to School Kickoff 2017

Has your child had their annual checkup? if they're enrolling in public school in NC for the first time (moved from out of state, entering kindergarten, etc), then they need a school form completed. And if they're going to play school sports, they will need a sports form filled out. We are here to help!  Consider signing up for our... READ MORE

February 13, 2016

Dr. Brown's Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Summer

 School's out!  Summer is here!  We here at Twin City Pediatrics hope that all our school age patients are enjoying these early days of summer.  In order to help you all stay healthy and make the most of your summer vacation, we are sharing our TCP Healthy Summer Tips with you all.  1. Go outside every day. The American... READ MORE

January 23, 2016

Parenting Tips For Your Puking Child: What to do when the stomach bug hits your house

 We have seen a large number of pitiful patients in the past few weeks with a gnarly stomach bug.  Most of these kids have had vomiting for just a couple of days but then lingering stomach aches and diarrhea for 1-2 weeks. So I was preparing to write this blog post last week with all my pediatrician tips for how to... READ MORE

January 23, 2016

CDC issues travel warning for pregnant women due to Zika Virus

 Please be aware that there is a new virus, spread by mosquitos, which has triggered the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to issue a travel warning for all pregnant women going to affected areas.  The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos of the Andes species and typically causes fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye).  However, the virus is... READ MORE

May 22, 2015

To Do: Schedule a Summer Checkup (for kids 3 years and older)

 You may have seen headlines warning about children who have check ups in the winter being at higher risk of getting sick.  This is not rocket science.  Viruses like colds and influenza usually peak in the winter. And yes, if there is a doctor's office filled with sick kids, then walking into that office with your healthy child for their... READ MORE

May 5, 2015

Introducing Ear Piercing at Twin City Peds Clemmons

 We are excited to announce that we will begin offering ear piercing services this summer at Twin City Pediatrics (in our Clemmons office only). The doctors here at TCP have researched the best available medical ear piercing product and our clinic has decided to use Blomdahl Medical Ear Piercing (which is only available only in a physician's office).  The Blomdahl Medical... READ MORE

March 2, 2015

Parenting for your puking child: What to do when the stomach bug hits

 We have seen a large number of pitiful patients in the past two weeks with a gnarly stomach bug.  Most of these kids have had vomiting for just a couple of days but then lingering stomach aches and diarrhea for 1-2 weeks. And a lot of these kids, more than we typicaly see, have gotten dangerously dehydrated (some even are... READ MORE

January 18, 2015

FYI: Debunking Fever Myths

  Uh oh, fever strikes. Often in the late afternoon or evening after the doctor's office has closed. What to do? Depending on who you... READ MORE

January 18, 2015

Milk, it does a body good...even when sick

Like most doctors, I spend a lot of time teaching parents how to help their kids feel better while they are sick.  I run... READ MORE

July 19, 2014

Welcome Dr. Forrest

We are thrilled to welcome a new doctor to the Twin City Pediatrics family.  Dr. Stephanie Forrest joins us this summer after competing her residency training at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.   But Dr. Forrest is no stranger to Winston-Salem (she spent eight years here attending WFU undergrad and medical school at WFBH).  Here's some more background information Dr. Forrest... READ MORE

June 3, 2014

Child Safety: Teaching your Teen to Drive

Though I still have quite a few years before I have to worry about teaching a teenager to drive, I'm sure the time will be here before I know it...and the thought is already anxiety provoking! I had the privilege to attend a talk recently about teen driving by Dr. Dennis Durbin, Director of the Center for Injury Research at... READ MORE

May 28, 2014

Sunbathing Babes: Chosing a Sunscreen for Infants

by Dr. Caroline Brown, MD The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for infants (especially those under 6 months of age) the best way to protect their skin is to keep them out of direct sunlight.  And certainly, light weight blankets, hats, and protective clothing can be hugely helpful for keeping them covered.  But, realistically, exposure to the sun is difficult to avoid entirely during our North... READ MORE

March 17, 2014

In the News: Sound Machines Effect on Hearing

Overall, our kids are pretty good sleepers.  We have our share of long nights with middle of the night awakenings, but overall we can't complain.  We have an established bedtime routine for each child involving bath time, stories, lullabies....and a sound machine.  Many sleep experts advise parents to use white noise to help soothe a fussy infant, and the noise-canceling effects... READ MORE

February 19, 2014

FYI: Does your child need ear tubes?

Ear infections are very common in children.  For most children who have an occasional infection here or there, antibiotics may be all they need (and many mild infections may actually go away on their own without any antibiotics - for more details about this please see Dr. Brown's prior blog post on ear infections).  But other kids, who get one ear... READ MORE

February 7, 2014

Milk - it does a body good (even while sick)

Like most doctors, I spend a lot of time teaching parents how to help their kids feel better while they are sick.  I run through the list of things that may be helpful, depending on the age of your child and whatever is ailing them.  Tylenol and Motrin for fever or aches and pains, honey for cough, Vick's vapor rub  and bulb suctioning... READ MORE

January 15, 2014

Nosefrida. The best baby product of all time!

 Dr. BrownWhen I first suggested to my husband that we needed to buy the Nosefrida, he says he nearly fainted.  Clearly, he was clearly not sold on the idea.  And most parents that I describe it to in clinic have similar first impressions. And yes, I understand that the concept behind the Nosefrida seems gross.  But this baby product is... READ MORE

January 15, 2014

New Year, New Car Seat Guidelines

Dr. BrownHappy New Year!  Today, as we all consider our new years resolutions, add this one to your list:  figure out the weight of your child plus the weight of their car seat.  The reason?  Effective next month (February 2014), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSSA) requires that the LATCH system should be used to secure your child's car seat ONLY if... READ MORE

January 15, 2014


 ot on Santa's list this year: RSV Dr. Barry Inevitably, the fun and excitement of the holiday season also brings... READ MORE

December 9, 2013

Holiday Home Safety - separating fact from fiction

Are poinsettia plants poisonous?  Is that holly harmful?  Is the mistletoe toxic?  Unfortunately, it can be tricky to figure out what plants to avoid if you're decorating for the holidays with little ones toddling around (especially if those little ones also enjoy putting things in their mouths).So let's set the record straight:Poinsettia plants are NOT poisonous.  In fact, a few... READ MORE

November 28, 2013

FYI: Ouch! Does your child need stitches?

My baby girl, now 9 months old, has started crawling, pulling up, and cruising over the last few weeks.  She is getting faster by the minute!  Unfortunately, she is putting our baby-proofing to the test as she prefers to pull up on things that are unstable or with sharp corners.  It seems like almost every time that she pulls up... READ MORE

October 31, 2013

Dr. Brown Knows Flu...Do You (PART 2)

Lots of you have gotten your children in for flu vaccines (Yeah)!  But if you haven't made it in yet....don't fret.  We have flu clinics scheduled for 11/6 and we'll hold another No Flu Drive-Thru clinic (always widely popular) on Sunday 11/10.  Call our office for details!And here are a few more interesting flu facts for you:- Does timing matter?... READ MORE

October 9, 2013

Dr. Brown Knows Flu...Do You (Part 1 of 2)

This morning, while on a walk with my two young kids, I paused to appreciate the cool, crisp autumn air and the hint of... READ MORE

June 18, 2013

Readers' Questions: Battling Eczema

Eczema, also known as the "itch that rashes," is an extremely common skin condition among children and adults. The fancy medical term for eczema is atopic dermatitis, and both terms refer to chronic inflammation of the skin that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash and can be a real nuisance! Eczema can affect anywhere on the skin, but is most... READ MORE

May 7, 2013

Practical Parenting: Removing a Tick

Happy Summer!  Summertime is a time for running through the grass with bare feet, sipping lemonade and eating watermelon on the front porch, swimming all day long, bubbles and side walk chalk and bicycles and slip and slides...But all this outdoor play provides ample opportunity for ticks to find their way onto our little ones arms and legs.  Why do we... READ MORE