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  • Are vegan diets appropriate for children? Aug 11, 2014 8:02 AM
    The vegan diet, which does not use animal products, can be a healthy one if done right. In its 2009 position statement, the American Dietetic Association declared that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and … are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle.”

     
  • Can kids who have lost a paired organ play sports? Jul 21, 2014 6:33 AM
    The student was a natural athlete, but in an anatomical quirk of fate, had been born with only one kidney. Protective parents would naturally assume such children need to refrain from competitive sports, but that’s not always the case.

     
  • Why are newborn vitamin K shots necessary? Jun 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    Just what is the deal with standard newborn vitamin K shots? The most important feature of vitamin K shots is that they are potential life-savers. Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that every newborn receive an intramuscular injection of vitamin K at birth to prevent hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.

     
  • ‘Swimmer’s itch’ caused by allergic reaction Jun 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Itchy red spots had appeared after the boy’s swim, subsided a bit with a dose of an oral antihistamine, but then spread out to cover the boy’s arms and legs in a variety of welts and pimple-like lesions.The happy camper was suffering from swimmer’s itch — fancy name, cercarial dermatitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that swimmer’s itch is most common during the summer months and is actually the result of an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites which have been released into fresh and salt water by infected snails.

     
  • The real truth about teething May 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Fussy and feverish, the toddler was having a really bad evening. Her mom was calling for some advice, knowing it was a long shot, but hoping to blame all of her daughter’s misery on teething.

     
  • Mumps cases still popping up throughout the state Apr 28, 2014 6:30 AM
    Mumps is a viral disease which actually still pops up periodically in the U.S. In fact, The Associated Press reports that Illinois has already seen 65 cases of mumps this year, compared with a total of 26 cases reported across all 12 months of 2013.

     
  • What to do about traveler's diarrhea Apr 7, 2014 7:04 AM
    Flying would take a good 15 hours, but the parents knew their four kids were hardy adventurers and the whole family was looking forward to the trip-of-a-lifetime to China. The children were fully vaccinated, but mom and dad were also hoping to avoid any cases of dreaded travelers' diarrhea which would really put a damper on their grand plans.

     
  • Music education pays off in other areas Mar 17, 2014 9:08 AM
    Multiple scientific studies show a strong association between music participation and positive neurological, educational, and social outcomes.

     
  • Teen’s stiff neck complaints could be from posture at desk Feb 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    The high school junior woke with a sore, stiff neck, a complaint which tends to worry parents and pediatricians alike. Experts at the National Institutes of Health note on MedlinePlus that day-to-day activities are often the source of the muscle strain causing neck pain.

     
  • Joint inflammation can cause chest wall pain Feb 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    Able to get up on the exam table, but obviously not feeling her best, the high school student tried to be helpful when explaining her symptoms. She was somewhat congested, but her main complaint was chest pain. It was diagnosed as costochondritis, a common condition accounting for about 14 percent of adolescent chest pain.

     
  • Strep bacteria can cause a variety of symptoms Jan 13, 2014 9:33 AM
    The little girl came in first with vaginal itching, redness and discharge, while her 9-year-old brother followed, complaining of a sore throat. Though number three wasn’t on my schedule, mom asked me to take a look at their brother, who was very crabby and had a mysterious fine pink rash on his torso. It turned out that these children were all exhibiting interesting manifestations of the same common Group A streptococcus bacteria: strep vaginitis, strep throat, and a scarlet fever rash.

     
  • When do babies need molding helmets? Dec 23, 2013 8:20 AM
    Flattened and uneven skull shapes can occur in utero or can develop during the first few months of life. Most cases of benign positional skull asymmetry will not require the use of corrective devices.

     
  • Antibiotics help children with mycoplasma pneumonia Dec 2, 2013 7:00 AM
    According to experts in the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book, the bacterial species Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a top cause of school-age and young adult pneumonia.

     
  • Bilingualism doesn’t cause speech delays Nov 8, 2013 12:50 PM
    Many experts find that bilingualism does not cause language delay in children with normal learning potential. Therefore, speech-delayed bilingual kids require the same speech evaluation and treatment as their speech-delayed single language peers.

     
  • Quick response helps skin lacerations heal faster Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM
    In their article, “Wounds,” in the journal Pediatrics in Review, Dr. David M. Spiro and colleagues report that lacerations make up one third of all pediatric injuries.

     
  • Childhood hernias carry special risks Sep 23, 2013 6:49 AM
    Unlike adult hernias, hernias of childhood are rarely a result of muscle weakness. Ninety-nine percent of pediatric inguinal hernias occur when the processus vaginalis, an embryonic out-pouching of the abdominal lining, fails to seal off as expected late in pregnancy or soon after birth.

     
  • Preparation key to emergency allergy treatment Aug 26, 2013 1:04 PM
    Peanut allergies are potentially dangerous. Readily available and rapidly administered epinephrine can be a true life-saver in the event of an accidental peanut exposure. While acknowledging that the device is a bit pricey, parents are advised to treat it like car insurance, a necessary investment which with luck will never be needed.

     
  • Avoiding sugary drinks can help protect young teeth Jul 29, 2013 6:25 AM
    Making a difference in a child's nutrition can be a difficult task. That's one of the reasons I focus not just on the range of solid foods that my patients eat but also on what they drink.

     
  • Traveling abroad means taking health precautions Jul 8, 2013 6:55 AM
    Officials at the World Health Organization note that non-immune individuals from malaria-free countries who travel to high risk areas are particularly vulnerable to malarial disease. Individuals who have lived for years in malaria-endemic areas can develop partial protection and are then less likely to develop severe malaria, but are never completely immune to the disease.

     
  • Button batteries can pose health hazard to young children Jun 3, 2013 6:27 AM
    The small silver disc fell out of the back of the electronic toy and lay nestled in the carpet. While his parents didn’t notice it from their vantage point 5 and 6 feet up, the shiny object did catch the eye of their ever-inquisitive 3-year-old who promptly popped the button battery in his mouth and swallowed. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but after he told his parents what he had done, the boy’s impulsive ingestion sent the family on a trip to the local emergency department. Thankfully, his chest X-ray was clear of any foreign body, so the battery was not in the esophagus.

     
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