Pediatrics Opinion Archive
Providers should consider both medical ethics and scientific evidence when parents want to delay the vaccine schedule for their child.
Car seats must be replaced after moderate and severe car crashes, but often they do not need to be replaced after minor crashes.
The FDA approval of a pediatric indication for Oxycontin creates a safer situation for terminally ill children.
Whether to prescribe psychotropic medications in children with anxiety and sleep disorders is a common ethical dilemma faced by primary care providers.
Working in pediatrics takes good communication and negotiation skills - as well as some hand sanitizer and tissues to ward off the extra germs.
Becoming a parent can provide a new perspective for health care providers working in pediatrics.
Making flash cards, taking notes, and being flexible are just three ways to keep on top of your studies.
Primary-care providers should try to ease pediatric patients' anxiety about needles by preparing them for what to expect.
Research from Canada demonstrated that a neck-to-waist ratio of >0.41 has sufficient sensitivity and specificity to be considered a predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.
Head lice cases peak in September and January in schools, and treatment can be difficult.
A child's sleep issues may be directly related to his or her caretaker's parenting skills.
New FDA labeling system makes it easier to answer, "Is this safe to take while I'm pregnant?"
Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.
The National Sleep Foundation's annual poll reveals that children are using their electronics in the bedroom, which causes disturbed sleep.
Skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth makes an easier transition from fetal to newborn life.
Delayed sleep phase syndrome shifts circadian rhythms and sleep and wake times, making it more difficult for teens to get up early.
Begin to impart asthma information to young patients and/or their caregivers as early as possible.
Clinicians are seeing more boys with eating disorders and/or complications related to inappropriate diets, supplement use and steroid use.
Screening for speech deficiencies at each visit can identify potential delays and target interventions to achieve milestones.
Newborns that contract whooping cough most often catch it from family members.
Discussions about the female body should focus not just on looks, but also the amazing things the body can do.
As the laws regulating emergency contraception change, make sure you know the facts and are educating your patients.
Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, discussed the benefits of several Health Resources and Services Administration programs at NAPNAP 2013.
Bryan weighs in at 210 lbs, and he's 10 years old. He wants to be a policeman, but gets tired going up stairs. What can we do for him?
Children might be exposed to media coverage of violent events without their parents' knowledge. Are you prepared to discuss their fears and anxiety?
About 9 in every 1,000 U.S. kids are victims of child abuse. Are we doing our part as healthcare providers to stop it?
Despite recent declines, U.S. teen pregnancy rates are the highest among Western nations. What can we do to make a difference?
Did you know that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have a 66% chance of having moderate sleep disturbances?
Sleep is important to the maturation of the brain and central nervous system, as well as future cognition, temperament, and psychomotor development.
Accessing developmental evaluations and services is one of the biggest challenges preemies and their families face.
Primary-care clinicians need to educate parents of young children on dangers such as suffocation, car safety, falls, burns and choking.
The long-term health consequences of bath salts are not yet known, but experience suggests that proactive efforts are needed to minimize it's public health impact.
Efforts to end gun violence in Newtown's wake must address 'culture of violence.'
Despite cultural shifts encouraging more autonomy for kids, children still need structure when it comes to their bedtime schedule.
An obese 12-year-old experiences rapid weight gain over the summer. Is granny to blame?
Unstructured play increases physical activity, provides stress relief and improves a child's ability to concentrate.
Bullying can begin as early as kindergarten, and it can affect all children regardless of race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Promoting behavioral changes during childhood is an effective prevention tool that is much cheaper than treating adults experiencing adverse health outcomes from preventable conditions.
Assessing mental health in primary care can be daunting, especially if community resources are scarce and your patient has limited finances.
Self-regulation of hunger and understanding satiety is the most important thing parents and caretakers can teach their children.
Having a very high index of suspicion for concussion is extremely important in protecting children and adolescents. Did you know there's an app for that?
With decreased immunization rates, whooping cough seems to be making a comeback, showing its distinctive sound particularly on the Pacific coast.
Unrefreshing sleep can lead to prefrontal cortical dysfunction. In children, this can manifest as behavioral problems, difficulty controlling emotions and difficulty with attention and hyperactivity.
Women tend to attack those who make different parenting choices. Instead of alienating each other, we should encourage respect and understanding.
Are the new moms you treat on the fence about breastfeeding in public? Tell them Beyoncé does it.
Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.
Some adolescent girls romanticize parenthood, viewing it as a way to improve their lives and relationships.
Many health-care providers are unsure of the best way to talk about weight with their patients. A survey suggests that some terminology may be better than others for inspiring positive behavior changes.
An adolescent patient received a battery of unnecessary tests, including chest X-rays, when he visited the ER for viral respiratory symptoms. When will it stop?
A recent study shows that clinician bias leads to unequal pain care in children, but clinician avoidance of why this is so is the real problem.
Women and children with obstructive sleep apnea are often misdiagnosed because they present differently than men.
Patients with delayed sleep phase syndrome are often labeled negatively. Being out of sync with the rest of the world can lead to frustration and depression.
Milk banks now provide life-improving and sometimes life-saving services to many newborns and infants, especially premature infants around the world.
Exposure to stress hormones in infancy can lead to permanent structural brain changes that contribute to chronic physical and mental health conditions.
Does your pediatric practice use standardized developmental screening tools for autism spectrum disorder? Research shows that developmental surveillance based on clinician experience alone is not good enough.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families suffer most, as drug manufacturers produce fewer generic medications.
Does the supine position increase an infant's choking risk? Are babies really more comfortable sleeping on their bellies? At what age do pacifiers lead to dental problems?
National recommendations for SIDS prevention are too general and do not address individual environmental and cultural factors that may influence risk.
When should mothers stop accompanying their daughters to gynecology visits?
Do your adolescent patients report feeling tired and sleepy at school? Remember that the recommended sleep requirement for this age group is nine to 10 hours a night.
Group health care visits could improve adolescent health by encouraging commitment to a prevention-based lifestyle and help shift U.S. health care away from a system based on treating diseases, to one that aims at stopping them before they begin.
If health-care providers do not have open communication with teenagers about birth control early, they may find themselves providing "options counseling," when there are no good options left.
Take a few extra minutes to convince reluctant parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza.
In recent months I've seen an increase in women presenting to the emergency room with undiagnosed third trimester pregnancies, many in active labor.
Common reasons that parents give when declining human papillomavirus vaccine for their children are, "My teen is not sexually active," or "Maybe we'll wait until he/she is a bit older." This thinking negates the vaccine's preventive purpose.
What is the significance of an isolated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) of 161 IU/L in the absence of gallbladder, pancreas or liver disease?
Florida House Bill 155 prohibits health care providers from inquiring about the presence of firearms in the homes of patients. Does it violate the clinician-patient relationship?
When discussing indoor tanning with adolescent patients, appealing to their sense of vanity can go a long way toward dissuading them from engaging in risky behaviors.
Only 5.9% of eligible candidates receive the recommended pertussis booster vaccine, and the disease remains one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths worldwide.
Many pregnant women are shocked that we would allow them to continue past their due date.
There is no hard fast rule governing the timing of a first gynecological visit, but establishing a comfortable relationship with a gynecology provider during adolescence can provide young women with crucial health and sexual education.
Many people think seeing a midwife means forgoing to the comfort and convenience of modern health care. Find out here why it's not.
Women's health care providers should encourage self-awareness, appreciation and acceptance among adolescent patients.
NVIA, VAERS protect against liability, ensure public safety.
A new study tries to quantify the impact of an absent biological father on adolescent development.