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  • Like it or not, sometimes you just have to go on the road.

    What to do about traveler's diarrheaApr 6, 2014 12:00 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 areasMar 17, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 symptomsJan 13, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 delaysNov 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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.

  • Pacifier use should depend on age of baby May 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    To use a pacifier or not to use a pacifier? That was the question posed by two families one office morning, and though their question was the same, my answer was not. Was I being inconsistent? No, it's just that one child was 2 months old, so the answer was "sure," while the second was well past his second birthday, so my advice was, "it's time to break the habit."

  • Norovirus infection can travel quickly Apr 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Norovirus is named by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in this country, with 21 million Americans affected each year. Not surprising since one infected individual can shed billions of norovirus particles, while as few as 18 of these tiny viral particles are capable of sickening another person.

  • Trying to wean a baby from nighttime feedings Mar 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    If a 9-month-old baby is growing well and getting plenty of good calories from a daytime regimen of three hearty solid meals plus 20 to 24 ounces of formula, eliminating unnecessary nighttime bottles is the way to go and can improve the sleep of everyone in the family.

  • Important for parents, caregivers to have immunizations Feb 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Parental flu shot recommendations are not new and for quite a few years flu shots have been advised for all individuals 6 months of age and up. Flu hits the very young very hard, with infected children younger than 2 years of age facing higher rates of severe flu-related complications. Vaccination makes it less likely that parents will bring influenza home from work and other public gatherings, keeping infants healthier.

  • Physical therapy often effective in treating head tilt Dec 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    The 9-month-old boy had been diagnosed with torticollis or wry neck early in infancy and had already been checked by an orthopedic specialist who found no bony abnormalities or neck masses. His parents had been diligent, but their little guy's head tilt continued to be noticeable. Mom was interested in beginning a formal physical therapy program to help stretch the infant's tight neck muscles and improve his range of motion, and I agreed.

  • Some conditions signal potential for Type 2 diabetes Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    A physical examination of a healthy 6-year-old reveals a few conditions, such as elevated weight in relation to height and dark marks on the skin, as potential signs of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

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