Posts Tagged: pediatrics

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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Sleep apnea in children

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children is characterized by intermittent complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway that disrupts normal ventilation during sleep, normal sleep patterns or both. The prevalence of pediatric OSA has been estimated at 1-4 percent and its prevalence may be expected to increase with the current pediatric obesity epidemic. It…
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Be seen this Halloween

Twice as many children die as a result of being hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Now, that’s a scary statistic. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe and the roads a little less scary this Halloween.   For more Halloween safety tips, visit www.safekids.org.  

The importance of vaccinations

A friend recently asked if it would be safe for her young niece, whom she had never met, to come to the United States to visit. In fact, the whole family was contemplating a summer vacation here, and might have already booked their travel—were it not for the recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine…
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Making the decision to breastfeed

The decision to breast or bottle feed is not merely a lifestyle decision. It is an important decision with lifelong health benefits. Breastfeeding can go a long way towards making a healthier population. Breastfeeding is by far the best way to feed babies. Most people know how good breast milk is for babies. It protects them from allergies, pneumonia,…
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