Pediatrics

New intranasal pain relief for kidsAn anesthetic, given by nasal spray, is a safe, needle-free alternative to opiates for relieving moderate to severe pain in children with limb injuries, according to the first randomized, controlled trial to compare intranasal analgesics in children in the emergency department.
Preemies in danger of flu complicationsContrary to current guidelines, children born before 37 weeks’ gestation should be considered at high risk for complications of influenza, a new meta-analysis shows.
Pediatricians advised to reveal mistakesTell patients and families about medical errors and apologize for any harm done, the authors of a recent Ethics Rounds article in Pediatrics counsel pediatricians.

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Pertussis outbreak strikes hard at infants, teens
Pertussis outbreak strikes hard at infants, teensInfants have borne the brunt of the worst outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, in almost 70 years in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Kids are getting many needless chest x-raysMany chest radiographs performed on children don’t benefit them clinically and expose them to unnecessary radiation, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
New tool tracks weight loss in breastfed newbornsNewly developed neonatal nomograms enable healthcare providers and parents to follow weight changes in exclusively breastfed babies during the first days of life and identify abnormal weight loss patterns, as described in a recent study.

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AAP issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine
AAP issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccineIn a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has expanded its recommendations for giving pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae to high-risk older children and adolescents.
New CDC recs on circumcision for teen boysSexually active teenaged boys can benefit from circumcision and should be given that information, according to new draft recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Federal Register.
Latest advice on managing atopic dermatitisThe bad news is that office visits for atopic dermatitis are on the rise; the good news is that the condition usually responds to topical therapy and vigilant skin care, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Don’t overlook oral health in young childrenPediatricians should include oral health assessment, maintenance, and anticipatory guidance in their care of young children, a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.

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