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Evidence of Benefits of Allergy Assessment in Patients With Asthma

December 01, 2008

The most common chronic medical problem that we pediatricians treat is asthma. We do our best to manage our patients' asthma by prescribing controller medications, providing asthma action plans, and guiding families through acute exacerbations. We often ask about possible environmental triggers, such as tobacco smoke and cockroaches, and we advise patients to reduce their exposure to those triggers.

Simple Interventions Can Reduce Medication Errors

November 01, 2008

As parents prepare to leave hospitals and physicians' offices with their children, clinicians explain how medications should be administered. Studies have shown that, despite these explanations, medication errors are common in children treated at home. These errors include inaccurate dosing and failure to complete prescribed courses.1

Another Potential Effect of Maternal SSRI Use on Newborns

October 01, 2008

In the newborn nursery, pediatricians commonly encounter infants born to mothers who were receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. Earlier studies suggested a number of potential effects of maternal SSRI use on the newborn; these included jitteriness, agitation, diarrhea, hypoglycemia, vomiting, hypothermia, respiratory distress, seizures, feeding difficulties, increased or decreased tone, low birth weight, and small size for gestational age.1

Why Children Born as Late-Preterm Infants Should Be on Our Radar

August 01, 2008

For years, babies born between 32 and 36 weeks'gestation have been thought to have developmentaland neurological outcomes similar to those offull-term infants. Although studies have shownthat these infants are at greater risk for short-termmorbidities, such as respiratory distress, hyperbilirubinemia,hypoglycemia, and feeding problems,1 little researchhad been done regarding school outcomes for moderatepreterm(32 to 33 weeks) and late-preterm (34 to 36weeks) infants. Now a study in The Journal of Pediatricsby Chyi and colleagues2 has shown that these infantsmay also be at greater risk for difficulties in school laterin life.

Pertussis Vaccination at Birth?

June 01, 2008

Pertussis has long been known to cause severedisease and death in infants, especially in thosewho are unvaccinated or who are too young tobe immunized. With the number of pertussiscases in the United States increasing,1 those ofus who care for susceptible infants are looking for solutionsto this dangerous problem.

Carrots (Not Sticks) to Encourage a Healthy Weight

May 01, 2008

According to the National Center for HealthStatistics,1 almost one-fifth of American childrenaged 6 to 11 years are overweight-a proportion that has been increasing inrecent years. Overweight children are morelikely to become overweight adults, following a pathwaytoward such health complications as heart disease, diabetes,and sleep apnea.2 As pediatricians, we are constantlylooking for new ways to battle the obesity epidemic,and wonder what else we can do to slow theprogression of the trend.