The Biology of a Viral Illness (Pedcast)

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Today I am going to take you back to biology class to learn about the type of infections that unfortunately your children are going to get a lot of…viral infections. We are going to review a little basic science so you can understand what is happening in your child’s body when they get sick with a “virus”.  Don’t you hate when you take your child to the pediatrician and they use the V word, virus! The reality is however, that most infections, especially in vaccinated children, are viral infections.  To doctors, we like viral infections. Viral infection to pediatricians usually means a relatively mild, self limited illness that needs no specific medicine other than symptomatic measures.  You know, grandma stuff.  Many parents however hate this diagnosis…they want a medicine to make things better now.  Let’s take a little closer look at how viral infections unfold and how your child’s body deals with them, shall we? Continue reading

“Accidental” Psychotherapy (Pedcast)

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Today, I am going to tell you about an amazing experience I had last week. A longtime patient of mine, a 12 year old boy who I have known for a decade, came in for his checkup. I had reviewed his chart before walking in the room, an noticed that the last time I had seen him, he came in with classic anxiety symptoms of difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling anxious, and having headaches, and stomachaches. When I asked him why he felt so anxious, he said that the social aspects of middle school were overwhelming for him. The academics were easy but the fitting in with his peers…that was a whole nother matter as they say down in the South. After we talked all this over,  it was so clear to me and his Mom that he was exhibiting the somatic symptoms of anxiety. I suggested that they go and try a therapy called “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” or CBT as it is known in the business. Yes there are medicines for this but CBT is at least as effective. Continue reading

An Emerging Travel Disease- MERS (Article)

Disease prevention and control has become an important part of life in the age of globalization and frequent international travel. Since children frequently have opportunities for international travel, parents need to stay vigilant and informed about new, emerging infectious diseases. Right now, the Korean peninsula is struggling with an emerging respiratory disease that researchers think jumped from camels in the middle east to humans. Continue reading

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