For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses the draft statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force on the need to refer pregnant women at risk of perinatal depression to appropriate counseling.
Mental health is a critical component of pediatric overall health. Early recognition of subtle signs and symptoms of mental health problems followed by immediate treatment is an equally critical element to ensure the establishment of normal mental health throughout development.
Although digital media isn’t proven to cause attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers are now linking self-reported ADHD symptoms in some teenagers to heavy social media and other digital media use.
For teenagers’ developing minds and bodies, good food and activity choices are key to appropriate development. A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals trends that check how US teenagers are doing.
A new study confirms what public health officials had hoped—that maternal vaccination against pertussis can help protect vulnerable newborns.
A new report highlights the fallout from a large-scale measles outbreak in New York City in 2013.
Food additives and chemicals in food containers and preparation have been linked to a host of health issues. Now, experts are urging pediatricians to talk to parents about reducing these exposures and to advocate for larger policy changes.
Pediatricians need to recognize symptoms of perinatal depression in new mothers, provide basic counseling and treatment, and refer for appropriate services when needed.
A landmark observational study is the first to report on the effect of ultraviolet-free blue light therapy on allergic skin disease in newborns.
In my 40-plus years of pediatrics, I have sometimes treated patients based on the best of intentions, but with perhaps the worst of evidence. Here are some “best practices” I have used, and discarded, over time.