More of Grandma’s Wisdom (Pedcast)

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I  was out riding my bike with my buddies the other day and had an experience that reminded me of something I talk to parents about all the time…that is the concept of bronchial sensitivity. We all understand that different humans are born with different, genetic sensitivities to irritants.   Let’s take light sensitivity for example; some of us with very dark skin can tolerate an enormous amount of sun exposure without burning and others of us sustain suffer first and second degree solar burns from minimal sun exposure. How can this be?  I go to the beach with my black friends and they can be out on the beach all day without any problem and me, sitting right next to them, I get sick with severe sun poisoning. The answer is mostly in the genes and today we are going to explore how this relates your children. Continue reading

Motors and Kids, a Bad Mix (Pedcast)

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You can imagine in 33  years of practice, I have witnessed a lot of events, many terrifying and tragic for the children involved. I was reminded of one of those events recently when I was reading an article about ATVs or All Terrain Vehicles. Remember, I live in the south where ATVs and dirt bikes are popular in areas where there is a lot of open space. Many of my patients ride these vehicles with their very powerful engines. In my mind, powerful motors and children are a very bad mix. More on that in a few minutes. Continue reading

Electronic Anesthesia (Pedcast)

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Today I am going to tell you about a fascinating study I read about recently in, of all places, the Journal of Anesthesia.  I know, what was I doing there. Sometimes my reading takes me to strange places.  I read about the article in a Reuters news piece but I thought it was so interesting that I had to do a post on the subject.  The authors were trying to answer the question, “Which is better at lowering anxiety in children about to have surgery, an iPad or traditional anxiety drugs like Versed or Xanax?” Just watch this amazing video from the investigators to see how it can work, https://vimeo.com/62312705.   The authors designed a study to answer anaesthsia versus ipad question, using children ages 1-11 who were about to have surgery. To their surprise, they found the the iPad was far more effective at relieving the children’s anxiety about leaving their parents and going into an operating room than the standard drugs that are used for the purpose.  Additional benefits were that the ipad group had a faster recovery after surgery and the ipads were far cheaper than the standard drugs that are used for this purpose. Continue reading

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