E.g., 03/2018
E.g., 03/2018

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January 11, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD


Plan ahead

Most childhood illnesses or injuries are unexpected, so it’s important to have an emergency plan ahead of time! During your child’s regular check-ups, talk with your pediatrician about when to go to the emergency center (EC) and which EC to go to. Based on your child’s medical history and location, your doctor may recommend an EC close to your home or one in a hospital where he/she (or your child’s specialists) regularly sees patients.

In cases of emergency, having an updated list of medical phone numbers readily available can be extremely helpful! Your emergency contact list should...

January 09, 2018 | Elizabeth Pena, Health education specialist

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about one child dies each month from window cord strangulation. When window cords are accessible to small children they can become a deadly strangulation hazard. Most of these strangulations occur in the bedroom and living room. Children can strangle themselves when they wrap the cord around their neck or when they become trapped in the loop that is created when loose cords get tangled. Active supervision is always the key to prevent these fatalities. Below are some other safety tips and recommendations to keep your kids safe:

  1. Owners and renters should replace all window...
January 08, 2018 | Michelle M. Santiago, MD

Fibromyalgia is an illness that is commonly diagnosed in adulthood. Can it affect children as well?

is a real disease, it is part of a group of conditions known as pain amplification syndromes. It tends to affect children during their adolescence or late childhood. It is more common in girls, but boys can be affected too. In order to diagnose a patient with Juvenile fibromyalgia, they have to meet certain criteria which include the following symptoms and findings:

  • Generalized musculoskeletal pain in three or...
January 05, 2018 | Kate, mother of patient

I will never forget the day we found out Phoebe had food allergies. Our pediatrician had ordered blood work to be done to see if she had allergies as a potential answer to why our baby girl had a drastically low body weight. I was putting the finishing touches on her first birthday cake when the doctor called to let us know the blood work had come back and Phoebe was allergic to soy, wheat, dairy, eggs and tree nuts. Oh - and it was serious and we needed to come pick up an EpiPen right away.  

After tossing the cake in the trash, we tried to wrap our heads around what this meant. I almost didn't even believe in food allergies. I had...

January 04, 2018 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

During this time of year (usually September through March), “wintertime” illnesses, such as the common cold, croup, bronchiolitis, asthma exacerbations and flu-like illnesses usually inundate most ECs, urgent care clinics and primary care offices. With significantly higher patient volumes, sicker patients and maximized hospital beds, this “perfect storm” oftentimes leads to crowded waiting rooms, long EC wait times, delayed admissions, and parental and patient exhaustion and frustration. In an effort to prepare patient families for future EC visits during this very busy time, I thought I would share some frequently asked parental questions...