Hypothyroidism in childrenOf the many forms of thyroid disease in children, hypothyroidism remains the most common. Since the 1970s with the advent of neonatal screening for thyroid disease in most industrialized countries, the incidence of congenital hypothyroidism has increased from about 1 in 6700 live births to about 1 in 2500 births.
In this issue
Counseling parents about safe infant sleep May 01, 2016By Lisette HiltonCounseling parents about safe infant sleeping recommendations is an important step for preventing sudden infant death syndrome. Yet, many providers, including pediatricians, do not give families with infants basic advice regarding the AAP-recommended infant sleep practices. Living life online: Talking to parents about social mediaSocial media applications and surfing the Internet are among the most common activities today for children and adolescents. Although there are a number of benefits of social media, there are also a number of risks. Kids on planesWith a few tips, parents and adults flying with kids can diminish some of the angst that can set in at the thought of trying to subdue a crying baby in flight or concerns with potential risks posed to children, such as dehydration and gastrointestinal discomfort, by sending them up in the air.
Neonate with acute respiratory distressAfter an otherwise normal pregnancy, a male infant was born at 37 weeks gestational age via emergency cesarean delivery for decreased or absent fetal movement with multiple late and variable heart rate decelerations.
What’s new in baby techMany years ago, when my now-grown children were babies, we had the bare necessities for raising our young ones. Cloth diapers and diaper pins, plastic bottles and NUK nipples, and the all-important windup baby swing. Now decades later, parents have an assortment of high-tech gadgets to help raise their newborns.
Can we prediagnose opiate addiction?We have a serious public health problem called “opiate addiction.” It affects all age groups, and in the last 2 decides it has spread across the country. It used to occur only among the poor and minorities. Now it impacts everyone, even family members of those running for presidential office.
Eye on Washington
Pediatric drug voucher program moves through Congress May 01, 2016By Kathryn FoxhallThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) practically pleaded with Congress not to renew a 4-year-old program to give special voucher incentives to companies that develop drugs for rare pediatric diseases, saying it skews the agency’s work away from other priorities.
Toddler with lesions on cheeks, ears, and armsAlarmed parents bring their healthy 14-month-old son to the office for evaluation of a rash that appeared on his face and arms 3 days ago. He had a fever and runny nose at that time, but the fever has since resolved and he is behaving normally.
High fiber may lower breast cancer riskWhile it has long been hypothesized that consumption of high-fiber foods reduces the risk of breast cancer, a new study found that this association might be particularly relevant to teenagers and young adults. Delivery mode, diet influence infants’ intestinal microbiomeBoth mode of delivery and feeding method are significantly associated with intestinal microbial community composition, according to a study in 102 full-term infants, whose gut microbiota investigators analyzed using stool samples taken at the age of 6 weeks. Traditional toys are best for babies' language developmentParents who want to stimulate their young child’s language development during their playtime together should put aside electronic toys in favor of traditional toys or books, an almost 1.5 year study in 26 parent-infant pairs suggests. Nasal irrigation can improve oxygen saturation May 01, 2016By Marian FreedmanHere’s news for the next bronchiolitis season. Nasal irrigation with saline solution improves oxygen saturation in infants with bronchiolitis.
May 01, 2016This article presented a singular perspective from the medical pathology model: that being deaf is a problem that needs to be fixed. This is a paradigm that is now considered outdated.