I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the season and participate in more “normal” activities.
This month’s issue has several “must-read” articles that cover important issues more frequently seen in practice:
- This issue’s cover story focuses on gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that pediatric practitioners frequently encounter. This comprehensive article provides practical guidance on therapies for malnutrition, the latest in screening for GI care, and red flag symptoms in children who present with vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, and failure to gain weight.
- The Behavioral Health section report was authored by editorial advisory board member Michael Jellinek, MD, who presents a useful article for pediatricians to help parents deal with issues that are associated with the roller-coaster years of adolescence. Many of these issues have become significantly more frequent and acute during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Respiratory Disorders section highlights the impact that climate change has had on allergies and asthma; both conditions seem to be on the increase.
- The Infectious Diseases section report discusses safe forms of recreation for children this summer, especially as children under 12 years of age are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Dermatology section article focuses on phytophotodermatitis, or “lime disease,” just in time for the summer. This condition generally occurs following outdoor activity on a sunny day during which there has been contact with certain plants (eg, citrus fruits, carrots, celery, wild dill, and wild parsley). This article provides information on how to diagnose and treatment options.
Thank you for providing outstanding care to your patients during these challenging times. Please enjoy the summer and make time to take care of yourselves. As John Barrymore said, “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
Please stay safe and well. And as always, I welcome your suggestions, comments, and questions.
With warmest regards,
Tina Q. Tan