Caring for Kids…at Billings Clinic

Author Michelle Pierson, MD

5 ways to take the bite out of summer

Bug Photo with Girl

The summer always brings the buzzing, biting, stinging creatures that wreak havoc on evening outings and picnics.  In Montana, the mosquito is not the state “bird” as it is in Minnesota, but they can still put a damper on any boating or camping trip.  The perfectly placed mosquito bite can create quite a localized reaction … continue reading

Meningitis vaccine for teens

teen meningitis

Your Health: Teen meningitis vaccine recommended By Mary Beth Dickson, Reporter, Weekend Anchor KULR-8 News BILLINGS – If you have a teenager, the CDC is recommending a vaccine booster shot for teen meningitis. Dr. Michelle Pierson, Department Chair of Pediatrics at Billings Clinic recommends a vaccine for every 16-year-old.  “This meningitis is also common in babies, … continue reading

4 things your tween needs to know about puberty but is too afraid to ask


Girls tend to hold the spotlight on adolescent hormonal angst, but sometimes boys go through the pubertal stage just as dramatically.  For many boys, puberty occurs rather suddenly and when changes do occur, they seem to happen all at once. In some instances, a boy will come back from summer break 6 inches taller and … continue reading

Exploring Montana


For some reason, I always feel like I’ve been “robbed” this time of year.  I am not ready for the summer to be over yet.  My kids will be off to school this week, and I wish we had more time together!  My kids are a bit older now and they are fun to hang … continue reading

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