Red state, blue state: What the election may mean for kids October 01, 2016By Laird HarrisonOne candidate favors reducing the government’s role in healthcare, the other increasing it. One candidate offers broad-brush proposals, the other detailed policy briefs. One candidate has spent years working on children’s welfare, the other has no public track record on it.
In this issue
A Bioethicist’s Perspective: Why consent for newborn screening matters October 01, 2016By Norman Fost MD MPHA bioethicist discusses the history of newborn screenings and the serious reasons behind the need for informed consent. Patch testing in atopic dermatitis
October 01, 2016Patch testing is a standard part of the diagnostic regimen for ACD. However, patch testing in patients with AD represents a conundrum for clinicians.
Helping kids cope with skin diseasesAmong the stressors that can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of children are skin diseases, particularly those that affect physical appearance such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and acne. Common pediatric disorders in skin of color October 01, 2016By Lisette HiltonAlthough pediatric atopic dermatitis and acne have some similarities among children with skin of color and lighter-skinned children, there are important differences when these common skin conditions affect darker skin types. Study links hard water to eczema October 01, 2016By Lisette HiltonDomestic water hardness and chlorine have been suggested as important risk factors for atopic dermatitis (AD). One recent study by researchers from Kings College London, United Kingdom, explored the potential associations between domestic water calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and chlorine concentrations in home water systems, damage to the skin's natural barrier, and incidences of AD in infancy.
Improve your practice: Medical practice websitesPractice websites are a valuable tool to attract new parents to your practice, and they can offer a wide variety of indispensable information that can reduce your staff’s workload.
Treat plays trick on a 3-year-old boyA 3-year-old boy presents to the emergency department (ED) with a 1-day history of irritability and listlessness. According to his parents, he was well until the night before when he began to behave abnormally, becoming excessively tired approximately 2 hours after eating dinner. During the night, the boy slept poorly, sporadically awakening with crying followed by brief periods of calmness. The morning of presentation, he was difficult to arouse with intermittent fussiness and reluctance to ambulate.
Girl with rash and muscle weaknessThe mother of a healthy 10-year-old girl brings her child to the office for evaluation of new onset “eczema.” The rash is asymptomatic and began on the patient's upper eyelids, later spreading to her chest and extremities over several weeks. The child complains of difficulty riding her bicycle.
Eye on Washington
Data lacking on labeling of opioids for kids October 01, 2016By Kathryn FoxhallThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently furthered the discussion of the mind-numbing, myriad issues around the use of opioids in children.
Are thumb-sucking and nail-biting bad for kids? October 01, 2016By Marian FreedmanInvestigators examine whether thumb-sucking and nail-biting are all that bad. Trial investigates if acetaminophen aggravates asthma symptomsYoung children with asthma who take acetaminophen to alleviate pain or fever are no more likely than those who take ibuprofen for this purpose to experience asthma complications, a randomized, double-blind trial showed. Antibiotics weaken breastfeeding’s benefitsThe protective effects of breastfeeding against infections and overweight are reduced or eliminated by antibiotic use early in life, according to a retrospective study in 226 5-year-old Finnish children, almost all of whom had been breastfed for at least 1 month. Algorithm accurately identifies babies at low risk of IBIThe so-called “Step-by-Step” algorithm, a sequential approach to identifying young febrile infants at low risk for invasive bacterial infection (IBI) on the basis of clinical and laboratory parameters, is more accurate than the classic Rochester criteria or the more recently developed “Lab-score,” a new study shows.
5 facts to know about skin disease and self-esteem
October 10, 2016Physical appearance can have a significant impact on the psychosocial health of children and adolescents, especially with identity and self-esteem.