Vol 36 No 6

Reading books with toddlers: Print or electronic?

June 05, 2019

When parents and children read a book together they have better collaborative experiences when the books are traditional print volumes than when they are tablet-based (electronic) books, according to a recent study in 37 parent-toddler pairs.

Fever and neck swelling in a teenaged girl

June 06, 2019

A previously healthy 15-year-old female presents to the emergency department (ED) with complaints of right-sided neck swelling, pain, decreased range of motion, and fever for 3 days. She also reports a sore throat and mouth pain with decreased oral intake. She denies any rhinorrhea, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, or dental pain. What's the diagnosis?

Living near greenspace reduces children’s risk of mental health problems

June 07, 2019

Living in a dwelling that is close to greenspace reduces youngsters’ risk for behaviors associated with neurobehavioral problems. This relationship varies with the type of behavior, the child’s age, and the proximity of the greenspace, according to a study conducted in an ongoing prospective birth cohort.

Fathers’ influence on development and well-being of children

June 12, 2019

Despite the growing involvement of fathers in their children’s lives, there persists a lack of focus on fathers in pediatric care. Updated guidelines can help pediatricians to better engage fathers in the care of their children.

Fuzzy brown spots on a healthy 3-year-old

June 19, 2019

A healthy 3-year-old girl presents for evaluation of light brown spots on her trunk and extremities that have appeared over the last 2 years. The spots are not symptomatic but the girl’s parents are worried that she could have neurofibromatosis.

Developmental screening via phone increases referrals

June 17, 2019

Young children whose parents are screened via telephone about their offspring’s development are far more likely to be referred for evaluation and to receive services than children who receive usual care from their primary care provider (PCP), a randomized trial involving 152 youngsters found.

How to identify and treat bullying

June 13, 2019

Bullying is a preventable health problem that has lasting impacts. Pediatricians need to screen patients for risk factors, empower families with coping skills, and advocate for antibullying resources in their communities.

Riddle me this: The making of a bully

June 14, 2019

This month’s Riddle Me This! online quiz explores the study evidence to reveal some unexpected traits, risk factors, and trajectories for these children. Are there common functional skills traits in younger bullies? What does the literature say about the familial linkage of bullying-is it learned at home?

Urine drug screens: Caveats for interpreting results

June 18, 2019

Rapid drug screening immunoassays quickly assess pediatric patients for drug exposure. However, certain limitations of these immunoassays call for caution when interpreting presumptive positive results.

Recognize & Refer: Turner syndrome

June 15, 2019

Contemporary Pediatrics sits down exclusively with Philippe F. Backeljauw, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist to discuss the one key condition for which he believes community pediatricians should be especially aware-Turner syndrome.