Posts Tagged ‘children’s diseases’

Your Back-to-School Sick Kids Questions — Answered

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The kids are back in school, and you know what that means.

Pinkeye! Lice! Medicine! Ack! All kinds of fun stuff, spread by sweet little filthy hands and faces.

We’ve got you covered. They may be sick, but at least you won’t be at a loss. This week, we’re featuring answers to common questions about kids’ health, including:

  • It’s pinkeye, I tell you! Why, oh why, do we have to come in to see the doctor?
  • How do I get pills down this child’s throat?
  • Doctors have dissolving stitches. Why don’t they just use them?
  • Psst … one of my kids has gained some weight. The other one hasn’t. What do I do?

And more! Read the answers here. And the best of luck to you this year.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of

Top children’s medical news stories within the past few months

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

I write on my top, must read, recent medical news stories about children at the Homemaker Barbi website.  They include:

  1. Kawasaki disease
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Cough and cold medicines
  4. Bisphenol A (BPA)
  5. Influenza vaccines

What is Kawasaki disease? Should I worry about my child?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Whenever there is a public tragedy such as the death John Travolta and Kelly Preston’s son, Jet, we are all sad, and some of us worry how it might relate to us. At least, I do.  It is a realty check. Don’t we all, sometimes, fear the worst for our children or is it just me?

We don’t know the cause of his death yet, but we do know that both parents have talked about their son getting Kawasaki disease when a child.  So, for now, if our own child gets sick we think, could it be Kawasaki Disease?  What if I, or the doctor miss the diagnosis?  How serious a threat is it to my family?

Knowledge and perspective may help a little.
photo CDC.strawberry tongue


Treating children with cholesterol medication. Did the AAP strike a nerve?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

A few months back, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended drugs for some children to lower cholesterol.  Outrage, controversy and indignation followed.  Apparently this reaction took the AAP by surprise.  I am not sure why.

Authors of an opinion piece called “Storm Over Statins: The Controversy Surrounding the Pharmagologic Treatment of Children” take a look at this dilemma in the Sept. 25, 2008, issue of the NEJM.

They write:


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