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Lowering an infant’s fever

What is the acceptable way to reduce an infant’s fever quickly and prevent febrile seizures? Should I use cold towels or a combination of ibuprofen (Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol)?—Felix N. Chien, DO, Newport Beach, Calif. There is still some disagreement about if and when you should treat fever. Some believe that early and vigorous treatment…

Ear tubes—plastic or metal?

Many of my pediatric patients with chronic otitis media have had tubes inserted in their ears. Their parents are usually unaware of the type of tube placed. According to my limited research, a variety of forms are available (e.g., titanium, silicone, plastic-coated, antibiotic-coated, etc.). How do I determine with absolute certainty which tubes are plastic…

Kids should now get double the vitamin D

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its vitamin D recommendations for infants, children, and adolescents, now calling for 400 IU per day beginning in the first few days of life.

Psychiatric screening for adolescents

As is common in many locales, there is a significant wait to see a pediatric psychiatrist in my area. What are the recommendations for starting patients on antidepressants or atypical agents? We conduct basic screening (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ] and Mood Disorder Questionnaire), but are there other tools that are more useful for adolescents?—Deanna Bridge,…

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