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  • Periorbital cellulitis is more than meets the eye Feb 17, 2015 12:25 PM
    A collective gasp went up as the patient poked his head into the staff work area. The poor little guy's left eye was surrounded by hard, angry, red swelling.

     
  • Most kids with flat feet outgrow the condition Jan 24, 2015 8:36 AM
    Over 95 percent of flat-footers outgrow the condition and go on to develop normal arches. The other good news is that of the 5 percent who continue to be flat-footed as older children and adults, few will ever feel pain or be hampered by their lack of arches.

     
  • Dispelling myths about viruses Jan 3, 2015 1:42 PM
    Flu season is in full swing. But, what is true and what is myth when it comes to viruses?

     
  • Chest wall indentation can vary in severity Dec 13, 2014 7:01 AM
    Pectus excavatum, a chest wall deformity, varies greatly in depth from trivial to severe. The severity of the chest wall indentation does not always correlate with severity of symptoms.

     
  • Pediatric kidney stone disease on the rise Nov 22, 2014 7:01 AM
    Pediatric kidney stone disease is on the rise, according to University of Pennsylvania medical researchers Drs. Gregory Tasian and Lawrence Copelovitch.

     
  • Do natural remedies help with children's colds? Nov 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Colds typically last from two days to two weeks, so it's no wonder that parents look for ways to help their kids during these minor, but still uncomfortable illnesses.The National Institutes of Health report that about 12 percent of American children — often kids with colds — are treated with complementary, non-traditional health products or practices. These alternative treatments can be found all over the internet but, as always, it's a good idea to hunt through reputable sources before trying any advertised remedies.

     
  • Constipation in children is fairly common Oct 11, 2014 7:57 AM
    Constipation is a common pediatric condition. A few children will experience constipation as a result of a medical disorder such as celiac disease, underactive thyroid, or a spinal cord abnormality. However, for most constipated children, an underlying disease process is never found.

     
  • Incidence of severe rotaviral disease is decreasing Sep 20, 2014 7:00 AM
    The incidence of severe rotaviral disease has dramatically decreased in this country since the introduction of the newer rotavirus vaccines. Between 2006 and 2008, U.S. hospitals recorded a whopping 85 percent decrease in rota-related emergency department visits and hospital admissions.

     
  • How to manage your child’s headaches Sep 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    In a comprehensive article in Pediatrics in Review, Dr. Heidi Blume reports that in any given year, 58 percent of children will complain of some type of headache. Tension headache, often described as an episode of “band-like” or tightening pain, is the most common type of childhood headache.

     
  • 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.

     
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