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Why do kids pass out? Syncope

May 02, 2016

As an ER pediatrician, it’s fairly common to see children and teens who have fainted and have come to the Emergency Department to find out what triggered this scary experience. Passing out can be a sign of a serious health problem, but in young people there’s usually little cause for concern and we can help them avoid another episode.

Comforting your child during a medical procedure

April 29, 2016

Going to the doctor’s office can be scary for your child. But there are ways you can support your child during a stressful visit without holding him or her down for a procedure. With some planning and help from you, your child’s appointment can go a little smoother.

Button batteries — a hidden hazard

April 06, 2016

Young children explore the world using all of their senses. As a pediatric otolaryngologist, I see children who inhale or swallow all kinds of things, including coins, peanuts and small plastic toys. Add button batteries to the list, and seek help immediately if a child swallows one.

Is it really broken?

April 04, 2016

Childhood bone fractures are a common occurrence. Many of these fractures are overt and easily identified on an X-ray. However, some fractures that occur in children can be fairly subtle on an X-ray and in their physical appearance. That’s where pediatric expertise can be helpful in sorting things out.

Seizures in children: What they mean, what to do

March 25, 2016

It can be very scary to watch a child have a seizure. Fortunately, for most children a seizure is a one-time experience. If not, a pediatric neurologist can help.

HPV vaccine proves effective yet vaccination rates remain low among teens

March 04, 2016
A new study reports that the HPV vaccine, which targets the sexually transmitted virus responsible for cervical cancer, has, since its introduction in 2006, reduced the virus’ prevalence in teenage girls by two-thirds. A reduction rate of two-thirds is quite remarkable; however, a further decline in the prevalence of HPV is possible and can be achieved simply by redirecting the HPV conversation healthcare providers have with patients and their parents.

Eliminating Fructose: A Nurse’s Perspective

February 19, 2016

You may have heard recently that Swedish Pediatrics is no longer offering juice to patients. I wholeheartedly support this decision, and here’s why.

Maternal and infant diets: Do food choices affect food allergies?

February 05, 2016

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about which foods are appropriate for infants and moms. Families often get confused and ask questions such as: Can you eat peanuts while you’re pregnant? What solid foods should I give my infant, and when? Read on for answers.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

February 03, 2016

When a professional or college athlete - and in many cases a high school athlete - gets hurt, a medical professional is on the sideline, ready to evaluate the athlete and determine whether he or she can return to the game. Who are these medical professionals?

The Zika virus and pregnancy: What you need to know

January 28, 2016
If you’re pregnant or planning to be, you may be paying attention to the news about the Zika virus. Here is an update about what we know so far.
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