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Pediatrics

Infant with failure to thrive and hypotoniaA 4-month-old girl arrives at the clinic for a well-child visit. Her mother voices concerns about the infant’s poor weight gain, slow feeding habits, and physical delays such as head lag, poor grasp reflex, and rolling over.
Hitting kids is linked to aggressive behaviorAn interview-based study conducted in 372 parents visiting pediatric emergency departments with children aged younger than 4 years found that parents who used physical discipline were 2.8 times more likely than parents who did not use this form of discipline to report that their children engage in hitting, kicking, and throwing.
BPD: Complication of prematurity
BPD: Complication of prematurityDespite improvements in obstetric and neonatal care leading to increased survival of premature infants, little progress has been made in the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatricians need to be aware of changing definitions, risk factors, prevention, and long-term health outcomes of this disease in their premature patients.
Top 10 studies you may have missed- 2017It’s that time again! Here are Dr Michael Burke’s favorite 10 articles he reviewed in Journal Club for Contemporary Pediatrics during the past 12 months that are most likely to change your practice, improve patient care, or illuminate future trends in pediatrics.
Asthma and kidney stones linked in childrenChildren with asthma are 4 times more likely to have kidney stones than those without asthma, and vice versa, according to a study published online in the medical journal PLoS One.
Cystic fibrosis guidelines for preschool childrenNew guidelines have been published that address monitoring cystic fibrosis in children aged between 2 and 5 years and highlight the key issues for pediatricians in caring for young children during this critical stage of development.
Mental health services in primary careIntegrating mental health services within the primary care setting would help to provide continuity of care and benefit a myriad of issues faced by children with mental illness and the pediatricians who care for them.
Residency training in psychosocial healthRecently, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) cited a critical lack of pediatric residency training for behavioral and mental health problems and proposed more education in preventing, recognizing, and managing these conditions. Here’s why any change needs to start with a hard look at what our priorities are.
Improve your practice: Patient visitsIn this month’s article, Dr. Andrew Schuman focuses on improving the office visit experience for your young patients. By following his advice, you will be rewarded with parental loyalty, a busy and prosperous practice, and patients who look forward to their office visits.
Challenging the ‘cute chubby baby’ notionDr Bass’s article on “Factoring the Metabolic X Syndrome” in the latest issue of Contemporary Pediatrics provides us with information on the emergence of Metabolic X syndrome in the pediatric/adolescent populations, previously a syndrome seen only in adults. How can we, as nurse practitioners (NPs) prevent children from developing the symptoms for a diagnosis of Metabolic X Syndrome?