Medication

Should You Give Your Children Tylenol? (Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)

Despite the fact that most parents and pediatricians consider acetaminophen, you know- Tylenol, a totally safe drug, there has been a growing chorus of concern about this drug among researchers for many years. In today’s pedcast I am going to break those concerns down and give you some up to date knowledge on this subject. Stay tuned.

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Are You Measuring Liquid Medicines Accurately? (Pedcast)

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Today’s pedcast will be shorter than normal but of course, no less important or practical. Recently, I found an article that revealed some wisdom about how parents can improve the accuracy in their measuring of liquid medications that they give to their children. Getting the dose just right is an essential skill of parenting and one you must master. So stay tuned.  You don’t want to miss this important installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Asthma Update 2016 (Pedcast)

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Ever wonder what asthma is and why so many children have it?  Understanding and treatment of this chronic condition in children has really come a long way in the past few decades and I thought I would bring you some of the latest information I have recently learned about the common condition called asthma.  I hope after listening to today’s discussion, you will be able to recognize the common symptoms of asthma and have some understanding of what is going on in an asthmatic child’s lungs so stay tuned to this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics!

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New Era of Minimal Treatment (Pedcast)

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The other day I was thinking about how recommended therapies, also known as the “standard of care”, have changed during my pediatric career for routine illness. It struck me that we have entered an era of minimalism with regards to treatment. It seems to me that medicine has aged into middle age, no longer eager to “treat” every condition with a therapy, assuming that medical science was smarter than mother nature. I think that concept is passe. No, we have entered an era where interventionism is out and natural healing is in. Hence the rise of integrated medicine, homeopathic medicines, nutritional and aroma therapies.  Let me give you a few examples of how previously recommended treatments have changed during my pediatric career and I think you will see what I am talking about. Let’s start with a short list of health problems pediatricians are frequently consulted about and I think you will see what I am talking about.

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“Accidental” Psychotherapy (Pedcast)

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

Rethinking Antibiotics (Pedcast)

 

Fascinating new study in Pediatrics April 2015 that raises new questions about a medical tool that has been around for almost 100 year, antibiotics. First discovered in the 1930s, antibiotics have undoubtedly saved millions of lives and have been a great tool for medical science. Until recently, doctors and scientists thought of antibiotics as targeted weapons that are able to selectively destroy germs that our bodies were fighting, invasive germs, and leave the host, your child, with a balance of  healthy bacteria, so called normal flora. Continue reading

How Long is Too Long for a Cold? (Pedcast)

 

I was browsing some articles the other day and came across a gem that I thought changed my understanding of disease and one that you might be interested in. The topic was a scientific estimates of the length, in time, of respiratory symptoms in children.

Why is this important you ask?  Well, doctors use these estimates to guide treatment… we are taught that if a cold last more than 10 days that means the child likely has a bacterial Continue reading