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  • 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.

  • Teaching kids how to cope with colorblindness Oct 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    Colorblindness is a minor inconvenience for most affected schoolchildren. Color vision defects can, however, cause problems since students are often expected to differentiate colors on classroom graphs and whiteboards. Colorblindness can also be socially challenging as affected kids try to coordinate matching clothes for each school day.

  • Cause of children eating nonfood items unclear Sep 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    Pica, or the ingestion of nonfood objects, can occur in kids as habit behavior, as well as in children with developmental delay or those with some type of nutritional deficiency. The word pica derives from the Latin term for the magpie, a bird known to have a wide- ranging and indiscriminate appetite.

  • Precautions urged when making a hospital visit Aug 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Though officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that friends and relatives who visit hospitalized loved ones are "not likely" to get C. dif, they should still take simple precautions during these visits. Hospital visitors should start by checking with the patient's nurse to see if gowns and gloves are needed for a visit. Visitors are also urged to wash their hands both before entering and as they leave the patient's room.

  • Keeping up to date on hepatitis viruses, vaccines Jul 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Hepatitis A is a virus known to infect the liver, and infection can result in a monthlong illness featuring fever, vomiting and diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stools and jaundice. While vaccines have not yet been developed for the rest of the "alphabet" of infectious hepatitis, it is fortunate that safe and effective vaccinations are available against both the hepatitis A and hepatitis B viruses.

  • Healthy, growing kids often don’t need vitaminsJul 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    In their Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics comment that, "Supplemental vitamins are expensive and probably unnecessary for the healthy child older than 1 year who consumes a varied diet." Without a doubt, there are children who can benefit from certain vitamin and mineral supplements. For patients who don't drink enough milk or have limited dairy intake due to lactose intolerance, targeted calcium and vitamin D supplementation can help promote bone health.

  • HPV vaccines provide important protection Jun 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    Mom was on board before I even finished talking. I had just done a physical on her 16-year-old son and was discussing the new recommendations for human papillomavirus vaccination for tween and teen boys. The mother felt that providing her son with the same viral protection as her daughter seemed like a sensible medical decision.

  • Be on lookout for ticks, Lyme disease symptoms May 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    Fevers are not that unusual in elementary schoolchildren and, in fact, nothing worrisome was turning up as the physician examined the 7-year-old. But after other symptoms started appearing including a rash, more tests were conducted. After months, the child's condition was finally traced to Lyme disease.

  • Child's rectal bleeding linked to congenital intestinal defect Apr 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Rectal bleeding in children is alarming, with the list of possible causes quite long. For one young patient, it turned out to be Meckel's diverticulum, which occurs in only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population, but ranks as one of the most common congenital intestinal defects.

  • Risk of injury still exists for ‘safe' baseball, softball Mar 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    While baseball and softball are considered to be relatively safe, traumatic and overuse injuries do still occur and tend to "cluster," with the highest number of baseball injuries occurring in 11- to 14-year-olds, and the greatest number of softball injuries seen in 13- to 16-year-olds.

  • No definite cause for Kawasaki disease Feb 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Some pediatric diseases are obvious from day one, while others take a while to declare themselves. My little patient came to the office with a history of two days of high fever, thick yellow-green nasal drainage and a cough. The boy was suffering from Kawasaki disease, an inflammation of the blood vessels. KD is well-studied and treatable, but still lacks a defined cause.

  • Take action when objects get stuck in noses, ears Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    While nasal foreign bodies rarely are an issue in the adult world, they are frequently seen in the pediatric population. Nasal foreign bodies that are quickly and easily removed generally don’t cause problems for children. An item that lingers in the nose undetected can cause unpleasant symptoms, and classically presents at some later date as an unexplained chronic, thick and foul-smelling discharge coming from only one nostril.

  • Any way you slice it, breakfast an important mealNov 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    Is breakfast important? Most nutrition experts seem to think so. Yet, in her review in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, registered dietitian Gail Rampersaud notes that up to 30 percent of American children and adolescents often or always skip breakfast.

  • PCD patients suffer from abnormal airway cilia Oct 23, 2011 12:00 AM
    PCD is often lower on the list of possible airway diagnoses because it is a fairly uncommon medical condition. Symptoms of PCD can include neonatal respiratory distress and nasal congestion, as well as a chronic and persistent cough, wheeze, sputum production, sinusitis and ear infections.

  • Parents, children can suffer from same skin condition Oct 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    Keratosis pilaris, often referred to as “chicken skin” due to its flesh-colored appearance and rough, bumpy texture, is seen most prominently on a child's cheeks, upper outer arms and front of the thighs. At times, KP bumps can become inflamed and reddened. This common benign skin condition is known to have a genetic link, so it's not unusual for parents to display the same skin features as their affected kids.

  • Corneal abrasion a common eye injury for kids Sep 26, 2011 12:00 AM
    Corneal abrasions are superficial scrapes to the outer lining of the eye. Experts at the National Institutes of Health explain that corneal abrasions can result from damage due to chemical irritants, contact lens overuse, scratches, foreign bodies or light exposure. An an article in the American Family Physician journal, reports that corneal abrasion is the most common pediatric eye injury treated in emergency rooms.

  • Hand washing key to avoiding nasty GI parasite Sep 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    It was not, the teen thought, a really great way to spend a week of her summer vacation. At least she wasn't throwing up, but all the other unpleasant GI symptoms were there. She had contracted giardiasis, which affects approximately 20,000 Americans each year. Typical victims include hikers who drink water contaminated with the waste of infected animals and kids younger than 5 who pick up the parasite courtesy of infected child care classmates.

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