Posts Categorized: Children

Childhood obesity—A medical concern

Childhood obesity is a growing medical concern. In fact, one out of every three children is considered overweight or obese. And the number of overweight and obese children has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. An overweight child has a body mass index (called BMI) greater than the 85 percentile for age while an…
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What to do when your child has palpitations

Just as it is often the case, children have their own unique ways of describing symptoms that we, adults, would commonly report as palpitations. A teenager may complain of “fluttering” in the chest or “heart racing,” while a 7-year-old may report his “heart is beeping fast.” A toddler or infant likely will say nothing at…
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My child has a heart murmur. What does that mean?

Imagine taking your 18-month-old child to see her pediatrician for her regular well-child visit. The doctor listens to her for an extended period of time looking somewhat concerned. He then turns to you and says, “Has anyone told you that your child has a heart murmur?” You tell him no, he then says, “We need…
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