Pediatricians can handle most cutaneous and subcutaneous abscesses. The site of the lesion, agent of infection, and age and immunologic status of the child are the keys to treatment strategies.
For almost 20 years, pediatricians have hesitated to use acyclovir for "minor" ailments like fever blisters and chickenpox. These authors make the case that even minor illnesses deserve this proven therapy--especially now that it is off-patent and reasonably priced. See if their argument persuades you.
As more mothers breastfeed, and for a longer time, pediatricians and their staffs are being called on to answer a wide variety of questions. These lactation experts show you how to respond to worries ranging from babies with too many or too few bowel movements to concerns about engorged breasts.
Some pediatricians consider hospitalists a threat to their professional scope and to continuity of care for their patients. But when conditions are right, hospitalists can be just what the doctor ordered.
Lead poisoning, Breastfed baby starves; who's to blame? Educating parents about early brain development, Measuring children's well-being, Is there a nurse practitioner in your future? Pediatricians' salaries decline
Catheterizing infants to monitor urine production has become so common that practitioners can lose sight of the procedure's dangers. These guidelines will help prevent urethral injuries.
Vigilant monitoring and management are the keys to keeping the healthy, full-term infant with hyperbilirubinemia healthy and heading off the danger of brain damage.